If you experience abnormal bleeding, your doctor at Capital Women's Care Howard County located in Fulton, MD, may recommend a hysteroscopy to identify the cause of your symptoms. Marc L. Chaiken, MD, FACOG, Christine Richards, MD, FACOG, and the rest of the expert OB/GYN team provide this minimally invasive procedure in-office to diagnose and treat some reproductive conditions. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more and get to the root cause of your symptoms.
A hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that allows your doctor to look inside your uterus to diagnose reproductive health conditions, and in some cases, perform procedures to treat them. A hysteroscope is a long thin tube, much like a tiny telescope, that is inserted into your uterus through your cervix.
The most common reason your doctor at Capital Women’s Care will recommend a hysteroscopy is to diagnose the cause of abnormal or heavy periods. Heavy periods are classified as those that saturate a sanitary pad or tampon more than once an hour for several consecutive hours. If your period lasts for more than seven days, it’s also considered abnormal and heavy.
Your doctor may also use a hysteroscopy to check for physical abnormalities in your uterus that may have caused multiple miscarriages. They may also use the procedure to locate an intrauterine device or Essure® coils for sterilization.
During a hysteroscopy, you recline on a treatment table with your feet resting in stirrups. Your doctor applies a local anesthetic to your cervix to ensure your comfort. You can also request a mild sedative to keep you relaxed throughout the procedure.
Your doctor inserts a speculum to keep your vagina open and dilates your cervix. Then, they insert the hysteroscope through your cervix into your uterus. Your doctor inflates your uterus with gas or a clear saline solution to make it easier to see the interior.
Your doctor looks through the hysteroscope, checking for signs of fibroids, polyps, other physical abnormalities, or your lost IUD. If your doctor notices an abnormality, they can take a biopsy through the hysteroscope. They can also access your fallopian tubes to place the Essure coils if you’re having a sterilization procedure.
You can return home to rest directly after your hysteroscopy. A friend or family member should drive you home. You may want to take the rest of the day off and you may experience some mild cramping, but you should be able to get back to your normal activities within 24 hours.
If you’re experiencing abnormal bleeding or need a hysteroscopy for other reasons, call or schedule an appointment online to meet with the experts at Capital Women’s Care.