Hysteroscopy is a technique that enables the doctor to take a look at the womb by using a thin telescope called hysteroscope which is passed very slowly and carefully through the cervix into the womb itself. The hysteroscope is attached to a TV camera the doctor gets a full view of the inside of the womb. If any disease is suspected a biopsy (a sample of the tissue in the region) is taken. With this small polyps or missing Intra Uterine Contraceptive devices can be retrieved.
How to go about it?
The doctor will explain the procedure to you and then complete the paper work. At that stage, you could ask questions if any. Please inform the doctor if you have any allergies or have reactions to drugs or other tests.
You will be advised to takeoff all your clothes and wear a hospital gown. You will be advised to rest on a couch and place your legs on two knee supports placed on either side of the couch. An instrument called speculum is slowly inserted in the vagina enabling the doctor to see the neck of the womb. The hysteroscope is placed gently close to the outer opening of the cervix and you may feel a slight cramping feeling in the lower part of the tummy. The hysteroscope is passed through the cervix into the womb to inspect the area, a procedure that takes about 15-20 minutes.
Post procedure it is important to rest at home for the day though it does not involve any drugs that could affect driving, operating machinery or drinking alcohol.
Result of Hysteroscopy
The doctor will explain the findings immediately after the procedure. If a biopsy or polyp has been extracted the test results will take a while. Further course of action will be advised by the doctor post this.