Women's Health Alliance

Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy is a procedure done to look at the lining of your uterus. It is the visualization of the inside of the uterus to diagnose or perform minor surgical procedures.

Reasons For A Hysteroscopy:

  1. To determine the cause of abnormal bleeding, severe cramping or postmenopausal bleeding
  2. To see if there is a problem inside the uterus causing infertility, like scar tissue
  3. To remove growths, such as fibroids or polyps
  4. To take small sample tissue for analysis (biopsy)
  5. To find the cause of repeated miscarriages
  6. To check for endometrial cancer
  7. To place a permanent sterilization contraceptive, Essure.

The Procedure

A hysteroscopy is used to determine problems inside your uterus or confirm other tests. Before the procedure, you will be given medication or anesthesia. During the procedure, a thin viewing tool called a hysteroscope is put into your vagina and gently moved through the cervix into the uterus. The hysteroscope has a light and camera hooked to it, so the endometrium can be seen on a video screen. Compared to more invasive procedures, a hysteroscopy is usually a same-day procedure, with short recovery times, and less medication for pain.