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This is a procedure that allows your doctor to inspect the cavity of the uterus using a hysteroscope, which is a telescope-like instrument with a lighted tip. This procedure can be used for diagnostic and treatment reasons. A hysteroscopy is performed to determine and evaluate the cause of infertility or repeated miscarriages. It can also locate the location of polyps and fibroids.
It is an in-office procedure, taking about thirty minutes. You will lie on your back with your feet in stirrups, just as you would for a pelvic exam. Your doctor will insert the hysteroscope to view the inside of your uterus. Since the walls of your uterus normally touch each other, your doctor will inflate your uterus with carbon dioxide gas or fluid. If polyps or fibroids need to be removed, additional instruments can be inserted through the hysteroscope to remove them.
Mild cramping can occur after having a Hysteroscopy. You may be asked to take an over the counter anti-inflammatory before your procedure to help with cramping afterwards.
Reasons you may need to have a Hysteroscopy: