Hysteroscopy involves inserting a thin telescope into the womb through the vagina. This can be done without an anaesthetic as an especially thin telescope is used, which causes minimal discomfort and is usually well-tolerated. You can read more in our Outpatient Hysteroscopy patient information leaflet.
- Diagnosis and management of women with heavy or irregular periods
- Diagnosis and management of women found or suspected to have womb polyps or thickened lining, fibroids or scar tissue within the womb cavity
- Taking samples or biopsies from the womb lining
- Treatment of polyps (womb growths) and scar tissue (adhesions)
- Insertion of Mirena coil for treatment of heavy periods
- Investigation of fertility problems or recurrent miscarriage.
What to expect
We advise patients to take simple painkillers, such as paracetamol or Ibuprofen, just before the procedure in order to prevent excessive discomfort.
The procedure itself takes only a few minutes. If some treatment is required, this can usually be done at the same time. Most women experience a little bleeding and period-like cramps following the procedure. A hysteroscopy cannot be performed if there is any chance that you are pregnant. It’s essential to use contraception or avoid sex between your last period and your appointment. You may be offered a urine pregnancy test on arrival at your appointment.