Hysteroscopy is the exam of the inside of the cervix and uterus using a thin, lighted, flexible tube called a hysteroscope. Your healthcare provider inserts the device through the vagina.
Your provider may use hysteroscopy to:
Your provider may do hysteroscopy in his or her office or in an outpatient center. You may have local or no anesthesia. Procedures that are more complex may be done in the operating room under local, regional, or general anesthesia.
You may need a hysteroscopy for:
You can’t have a hysteroscopy if you are pregnant.
Your healthcare provider may have other reasons to do a hysteroscopy.
Some possible complications of hysteroscopy may include:
You may have slight vaginal bleeding and cramps for a day or two after the procedure.
There may be other risks based on your condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider before the procedure.
Certain things may interfere with a hysteroscopy. These include:
Your provider may do a hysteroscopy an outpatient basis or during a hospital stay. Procedures may vary based on your condition and your healthcare provider's practices.
Generally, a hysteroscopy follows this process:
Your recovery will vary based on the type of anesthesia you have. If your provider used general anesthesia or a sedative, he or she will track your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing until they are stable and you are alert. When stable, you will be discharged to your home. Hysteroscopy is most often done on an outpatient basis.
Otherwise, you won’t need any special care after a hysteroscopy.
You may have cramping and vaginal bleeding for a day or two after the procedure. Report fever, severe abdominal pain, or heavy vaginal bleeding or discharge.
You may have gas in the digestive tract and pains from the gas given during the procedure. This can last for about 24 hours. You may also feel pain in your upper abdomen and shoulder.
Take a pain reliever for soreness as advised by your healthcare provider. Aspirin or certain other pain medicines may increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to take only recommended medicines.
Don't douche or have sex for 2 weeks after the procedure, or as advised by your healthcare provider.
You can go back to normal activity and diet unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
Your healthcare provider may give you other instructions based on your situation.
Before you agree to the test or the procedure make sure you know:
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