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Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about hysteroscopy. Learn how the procedure is done, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.

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The basics

A hysteroscopy is a procedure that’s used to view the inside of your uterus (womb).

How is it done?

It’s done using a hysteroscope, which is a narrow tube with a light and camera at the end. Your doctor guides the instrument into your uterus via your vagina and cervix, so no incisions need to be made in your skin. The hysteroscope sends images to a monitor so your gynaecologist can look for any abnormalities in your uterus.

Why is it done?

A hysteroscopy is used to diagnose conditions such as fibroids and polyps (non-cancerous growths). It’s also a good way to investigate problems like heavy periods, unusual vaginal bleeding, postmenopausal bleeding, pelvic pain, repeated miscarriages or infertility.
Diagnostic hysteroscopy combined with biopsy is a highly accurate way to diagnose uterine cancer.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your gynaecologist can use the hysteroscopic technique to take samples of the tissue inside your uterus and to treat certain conditions. This is known as an operative hysteroscopy. Fine instruments can be inserted through channels in the hysteroscope and used to:

  • Correct intrauterine adhesions (scar tissue)
  • Remove fibroids or polyps
  • Remove a displaced intra-uterine device (IUD)
  • Remove or cauterise (burn) the lining of your womb (endometrial ablation)
  • Release a blockage in your fallopian tubes that’s preventing conception
  • Remove a congenital septum inside your uterus
  • Investigate bleeding after childbirth

It’s different to colposcopy

Colposcopy is a similar procedure which your doctor can use to view and take biopsies from your vulva, vagina and cervix. Colposcopy doesn’t extend to the inside of your uterus.

Where is it done?

A simple diagnostic hysteroscopy may be done in your doctor’s rooms. An operative hysteroscopy (where your doctor performs a therapeutic procedure at the same time) is done in a day-stay clinic or hospital.

How long does it take?

It can take between 5 to 60 minutes, depending on whether other procedures are done at the same time.

Who is involved?

  • A gynaecologist
  • Possibly an assistant surgeon
  • Possibly an anaesthetist
  • Nurses
  • Possibly a pathologist

The details

Considering the procedure

Alternatives to a hysteroscopy

Are there any other options?

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Results vs. risks of the procedure

The benefits and potential complications of the procedure.

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Choosing a specialist

How to find a gynaecologist

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Questions for your doctor

What you should be asking before going ahead with a hysteroscopy.

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Preparing for your procedure

What you need to do before your procedure

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Your anaesthetic options

About the anaesthetic and post-procedure pain relief.

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Going to hospital

What to expect on the day of the procedure.

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Your procedure

What happens?

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After your procedure

What happens before you go home

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Taking precautions and resuming activities

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Patient experiences

People who’ve had a hysteroscopy talk about their preparation, hospital stay and recovery.
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