Hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy

If you’re having heavy menstrual periods and severe cramping, or your doctor needs to know more about your reproductive health, she may recommend you have a hysteroscopy. The procedure can give her an up-close look at your cervix and uterus and help her learn what’s causing problems.

During a hysteroscopy, your doctor inserts a hysteroscope -- a thin tube with light on the end -- into your vagina. She’ll be able to see into your cervix and inside your uterus. If she finds anything abnormal, she can take a sample for later testing.

What Are the Risks?
Just like any medical procedure, you could have some complications from a hysteroscopy, including:

Problems from the anesthesia
Infection
Tearing or damage to your cervix, though this is rare
Problems with gas or fluid from the uterus
Damage to nearby organs like the bladder, bowel, or ovaries
Pelvic inflammatory disease