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Lipiodol Tubal Flushing

What is Lipiodol Tubal Flushing?

Dr Jessup regularly uses the medication “Lipiodol” in conjunction with IVF with high success to maximise the chances of pregnancy as demonstrated in a number of studies and papers. Lipiodol IVF utilises an additional technique of Lipiodol Flushing to clear out the fallopian tubes prior to the IVF cycle. Studies have shown that Lipiodol flushing

can increase pregnancy rates by up to 37%. It is equally and perhaps more importantly believed to have an immunological benefit to the lining of the uterus giving the embryo a better chance to implant.


Lipiodol treatment is performed in the rooms or as part of a surgical procedure in theatre. Under ultrasound guidance, as small catheter with a balloon is carefully placed in the endometrial cavity and 10mls of the lipiodol oil is infused into the uterine cavity, through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic abdominal cavity. It is a safe and well-tolerated procedure.


Dr Jessup uses this technique particularly in women who have:

• Unexplained sub-fertility


• Undergone previous unsuccessful IVF treatment cycles

A number of studies and papers have been published supporting the use of Lipiodol

including article in the New England Journal of Medicine in April 2017.

For more about using Lipiodol look at :

How poppy seed oil could be the key to beating infertility  -  Daily Mail, June 2017

Lipiodol flushing benefits for helping women fall pregnant  -  Mamamia, June 2017

To book an appointment with Dr Sonya Jessup to discuss your fertility, gynaecological or surgical needs, call +612 9157 8599 

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