TruCare Fertility Clinic offers an outpatient hysteroscopy service for women with heavy or irregular periods and other problems concerning the womb lining or cavity.
Hysteroscopy involves inserting a thin telescope into the womb through the vagina. This is done under anaesthetic as an especially thin telescope is used, which causes minimal discomfort and is usually well-tolerated.
Why Perform a Hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is used to diagnose potential problems with a woman’s womb, or to treat them if they are known.
Conditions that may be investigated with Hysteroscopy:
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Heavy and irregular bleeding
- Thin endometrum
- Asherman’s Syndrome
Conditions that can be treated with Hysteroscopy:
- Thickening of the uterus lining
What To Expect
You should take a day off work to undergo the procedure, particularly if you plan to undergo the Hysteroscopy under sedation. The Hysteroscopy should not be performed while you are menstruating because this can compromise the images, but it can be performed on any other day of the cycle.
After you check in, you will be taken into the theatre where the procedure will take place. The procedure involves a telescope camera (hysteroscope) gently passed through the vagina and cervix and into the uterine cavity. Normal Saline (salt water) is passed down the hysteroscope. After the doctor inspects the uterine cavity they will take pictures and may proceed to any appropriate intervention. The actual procedure duration depends on the findings but usually doesn’t last more than 15-30 minutes.
After recovering in the clinic for an hour or so you will be able to go home. You may experience some mild symptoms such as cramping similar to menstrual cramps; these should pass within a day or two. The results of the Hysteroscopy will be fully explained by your doctor, and a written report provided.