If you have abnormal bleeding, your provider may suggest that you have a procedure known as a hysteroscopy. This procedure allows your provider to examine the inside of your uterus to diagnose and, in some cases, treat the condition that is causing your abnormal bleeding.
Here at Associates in Women’s Health in Cincinnati, our team of care providers are experts at performing hysteroscopies. We take every precaution to ensure that you have a safe, comfortable experience.
If you are scheduled to have a hysteroscopy, you may be wondering about how you can prepare yourself for your procedure. Here, we share important information about what you can do to be ready for your hysteroscopy.
A look inside
A good place to start preparing for your hysteroscopy is to understand what it is and what it can do for you.
When patients experience heavy bleeding, it can be hard for providers to determine what may be causing their symptoms. A hysteroscopy allows providers to look inside your uterus in real time to check for problems that could be contributing to your symptoms.
To perform a hysteroscopy, your provider uses a thin device (a hysteroscope) with a light and a tiny camera. Your provider inserts the scope into your uterus through your vagina. The scope is connected to a computer and sends images from your uterus to the computer screen. This allows your provider to look closely at your uterine structures.
Your provider will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your hysteroscopy. Generally, we ask patients not to insert anything into their vagina for 24 hours before the procedure, including medications, douches, or tampons. Your provider may also recommend that you avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen beforehand.
Here at Associates in Women's Health, our providers perform diagnostic hysteroscopies using the EndoSee®, a state-of-the-art handheld device. This safe, quick, in-office procedure takes just a few minutes.
Why have a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy can be used to identify and/or treat a range of conditions, including:
- Abnormally long or short periods
- Adhesions (scarring)
- Bleeding between periods
- Heavier-than-normal menstrual bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Removing a retained IUD
- Repeated miscarriages
- Unusually frequent or infrequent periods
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine polyps
A hysteroscopy can also be used to collect cell samples for biopsy.
What to expect
A hysteroscopy should be performed when you are not menstruating, so we schedule your appointment with your period in mind.
Depending on your preference and your medical history, you may receive medication to relax you before your procedure. In some cases, your provider opens (dilates) your cervix before inserting the hysteroscope, although this is often not necessary.
You can go home soon after your procedure. During the days that follow, you may have some mild cramping or bleeding, but that's normal. Although more serious side effects are possible, they rarely happen. Your provider will tell you what to look out for, such as fever, heavy bleeding, and pain.
Care for heavy bleeding
If you're experiencing heavy bleeding or other menstrual symptoms or women's health conditions, we're here to help. We provide a wide variety of diagnostic and treatment services for a full range of issues. Schedule a visit or a well-woman exam by calling our office at 513-794-1500 or requesting an appointment via our online portal today.