What Is a Hysteroscopy?

A hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your doctor to look inside your uterus. It is commonly used to diagnose and treat the causes of abnormal bleeding. Women who have periods that are longer or heavier than normal, or those that have unexplained bleeding between periods are most likely to undergo a hysteroscopy procedure.

What happens during a hysteroscopy?

This procedure begins much like a Pap smear. The doctor will gently insert a speculum into the vagina, which opens the area just wide enough she can see the cervix. Next, she will insert a small, thin tube with a tiny light at the end (called a hysteroscope) and guide it through the cervix into the uterus. She will then insert a small amount of saline or gas into the uterus through the hysteroscope to expand it. This allows her to see the lining of the uterus and the opening of the fallopian tubes as well as any abnormalities.

What are the benefits of a hysteroscopy?

A hysteroscopy is a unique procedure that is most commonly used as a diagnostic test, however, if issues or abnormalities are identified, they can quickly correct them at the same time. This often eliminates the need for a second procedure. Compared with other, more invasive procedures, hysteroscopy may provide the following benefits:

  • Shorter recovery time
    Many women are able to resume normal daily activities the next day.
  • No incisions, no scarring
    Significantly reduced risk of infection and minimal postoperative pain that typically subsides in 1-2 days.

If you’re looking for a safe, effective hysteroscopy in Huron, call The Women’s Wellness Center at 605-554-1020, or use our easy online form. We are proud to offer comprehensive healthcare for women and passionate about caring for your mind, body and spirit through every stage of your life.