A hysteroscopy is an examination of the uterus performed by your doctor using a special viewing tool called a hysteroscope.
This procedure is used to examine the inside of the uterus to find the cause of abnormal bleeding and menstrual pain or to examine polyps or fibroids.
A Hysteroscopy can also be used to determine if there is a problem in the uterus preventing conception. Hysteroscopy is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under general or local anesthesia. It will take about 20 minutes to complete.
The Hysteroscopy Procedure
A hysteroscopy can be performed in a hospital operating room or outpatient surgery center or in a doctor’s office.
The doctor will first use a local, regional or general anesthetic depending on the patient’s situation. The cervical opening will then be dilated allowing insertion of the hysteroscope.
When Is It Necessary?
A hysteroscopy is necessary when the patient has been experiencing:
- Abnormal menstrual bleeding
- Bleeding after menopause
- Severe menstrual cramping
- Difficulty getting pregnant or repeated miscarriages
- Fibroids or polyps inside the uterine cavity
- Abnormal pap smear results
What If The Doctor Sees Something?
In cases where an abnormality is present, the hysteroscope can be combined with instruments that allow the doctor to remove or manipulate uterine tissue.
A hysteroscopy shouldn’t be performed when:
- A woman is pregnant
- There is an active pelvic infection present
- Cervical cancer has been diagnosed
Inform your doctor if you know that any of these conditions apply to you before undergoing a hysteroscopy.
Your recovery will depend on the kind of anesthesia that was used. If the doctor used a general anesthetic, your blood pressure, pulse and breathing will be monitored until they have stabilized and you’ve become fully alert. You may experience cramping or vaginal bleeding for a couple of days afterward.
Contact DFW Center for Fertiltiy & IVF
To learn more about the Hysteroscopy procedure, please contact our fertility clinic in Allen by calling Dr. Beshay at (469) 854-0305.