What is a Hysteroscopy?
During a hysteroscopy, your physician will insert a thin, flexible, lighted tube called a hysteroscope into your vagina to examine your cervix and uterus. The procedure is not a surgery and is usually performed in an outpatient setting or at your physician's office under local or no anesthesia. In more complicated cases, you may undergo a hysteroscopy in an operating room under local, regional or general anesthesia. If you are pregnant, you cannot undergo this procedure.
During a hysteroscopy, your physician may:
- Do a biopsy (tissue sample)
- Remove fibroid tumors or polyps
- Perform an endometrial ablation to prevent heavy menstrual bleeding
- Remove intrauterine devices (IUDs)
- Put birth control inserts in the fallopian tubes
Reasons you may need a hysteroscopy
There are several reasons your physician may want you to have a hysteroscopy, including:
- Abnormal or heavy uterine bleeding
- Bleeding during menopause
- Abnormal Pap smear results
- Infertility or repeated miscarriages
- Birth control procedures