A hysteroscopy is an operative procedure used to examine the inside of the uterus. It is performed either under general anesthetic or sedation.
During the procedure, a narrow telescope with a tiny light and camera at the end is passed through your vagina into your cervix and uterus. This transmits images of the area to a scan monitor for your gynaecologist to examine. Whilst this is happening, fluid will be gently pumped inside the uterus to enhance the visibility of the uterine cavity.
You may experience some discomfort similar to period cramps but it will not be painful. As the hysteroscope is passed through the uterus, there is no need for any incisions to be made to your skin, and you can often return home the same day.
A hysteroscopy cannot be performed on patients who are, or may be, pregnant. Therefore, your gynaecologist should be aware of your full sexual history and have carried out a pelvic scan before the procedure.
To book a consultation to discuss a hysteroscopy, please phone Queen’s Clinic on 020 7935 5540.