Your doctor or a member of the hospital staff will take you to the room where the procedure is taking place.
Your doctor will ask you to lie on a couch with your legs held in supports and a sheet covering your lower half. If you’re having spinal anaesthesia, general anaesthesia or sedation, your anaesthetist will administer it.
Your doctor may insert an instrument called a speculum into your vagina to hold it open.
Your doctor will then pass the hysteroscope into your uterus. If your cervix is tightly closed, an instrument may be used to widen the opening. After the hysteroscope is in place, your doctor will gently pump in carbon dioxide gas or a liquid solution to expand your uterus and to clear away any blood or mucus.
The hysteroscope has a camera that sends pictures to a monitor so your doctor can see and/or treat any abnormalities.
If you’re awake, you may feel discomfort similar to period cramps during the procedure.
Your hysteroscopy can take up to 60 minutes, but if it’s just being done to diagnose or investigate your symptoms, it may be over in just 5 to 10 minutes.