What is lipiodol?
Lipiodol is derived from poppy seed oil. It is a mixture containing organically combined iodine. You should not have this procedure if you are allergic to iodine.
How is the procedure done?
I prefer to do this procedure in a hospital setting in case any allergic reactions occur. Most people tolerate the flush well and it does not cause any discomfort, however you are advised to take some painkillers about two hours before. It could be done also under sedation if you wish.
In this procedure a fine catheter is inserted into your uterus and the lipiodol is then flushed through it. An ultrasound scan is used at the time to confirm that the lipiodol has passed through the tubes to the abdominal cavity.
How does it work?
It is proven that lipiodol improves fertility up to three times especially if the woman has endometriosis. However, the mechanism is still not completely clear yet. Lipioodol might have an effect on the intra-peritoneal environment to enhance the immunology and suppress the inflammatory reaction of the pelvic cavity toward endometriosis. This makes the whole environment more conducive to pregnancy, either by a positive effect on the quality of eggs or the interaction between sperms and eggs. The other theory is that lipiodol has an effect on the endometrium (the uterine lining) that possibly improves the chance of an embryo implanting.