A hysteroscopy is a minor surgical procedure that can be done in your doctor’s office. It allows your doctor to see the inside of your uterus. Your ovaries, tubes, and the outside of your uterus are not seen with this test. This test lasts about 20 to 30 minutes.
The test is done by placing a small thin tube into the vagina then through the opening of the uterus (the cervix). Your doctor will then slowly fill the uterus with fluid in order to see the walls of the uterus. If there are polyps or other growths that are small, they can be removed at this time. You will not have stitches.
Most women feel mild cramping. It is much like period cramps. A few women have stronger cramping that goes away quickly after it is over. One hour before you arrive, you should take Tylenol® 1000 mg or ibuprofen 800 mg.
Most patients do very well and recover in 10 to 15 minutes. You can return to your normal routine after you leave the clinic. You will notice a small amount of clear fluid from the vagina for a day or two. It is fine to wear a light pad. There should be little or no bleeding.
Call the doctor if you have
- Fever above 101° F for two readings taken 4 hours apart.
- Severe pain.
- Heavy bleeding, more than a period or if you are changing pads hourly.
- Vaginal discharge that is foul smelling, cloudy, or greenish color.
How to Schedule this Procedure
On the first day of your menstrual cycle please call the clinic to schedule an office hysteroscopy. This procedure needs to take place during the early part of your menstrual cycle. For most women this can be scheduled between cycle days 4 - 12. A nurse will help you with scheduling.
Generations Fertility Clinic, Monday-Friday, 7:00am - 4:30pm, at (608) 824-6160.
If you live out of the area, please call 1- 888-474-3933.
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Last Updated: 10/21/2010
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