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Hysteroscopy Gynaecological Service

This procedure uses a fine telescope with a camera, called a hysteroscope, to look inside your womb. Gynae Clinic uses hysteroscopies to diagnose the cause of a number of problems, such as:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding (including, heavy bleeding, irregular periods, post coital bleeding, bleeding between periods, and bleeding after menopause)
  • Infertility
  • Persistent discharge
  • Scar tissue within the womb lining

This method can also be used after diagnosis to treat conditions in the womb, including:

  • Endometrial hyperplasia (thickened womb lining)
  • Fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the uterus)
  • Polyps (benign blood-filled growths in the uterus)
  • Removal of scar tissue from the lining of the womb
  • Removal of displaced intrauterine contraceptive systems

Are there any alternative procedures?

A pelvic ultrasound can be also used to diagnose problems in the womb, but it doesn’t provide as much detail as a hysteroscopic process. If a sample of the womb lining is required, an endometrial biopsy can be performed.

At Gynae Clinic our gynaecologist discuss your treatment options with you beforehand and help determine the right one for your case.

What happens during the procedure?

This course of action usually takes between 10 and 30 minutes. A medical instrument, called a speculum, is inserted in the vagina to see your cervix (the neck of the womb). This is the same instrument used for cervical smears.

The hysteroscope is then passed into your womb with the camera sending pictures to a TV screen. Sterile fluid is used to open up your womb slightly to allow a better view.

Your gynecologist in Harley Street will look at these images and, if necessary, take a hysteroscopy biopsy or carry out any treatment (such as, removing polyps or fibroids).

What happens after the procedure?

Your gynaecologist will discuss the results of the procedure with you, and schedule a follow-up appointment if needed.

Once you feel ready, you can return home. You should arrange for a friend or relative to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure. You should also not drink alcohol, drive, or operate machinery during this time.

You may need to take a day or two to rest before you go back to work. Your gynaecologist will advise you on when to return to your usual activities.

Hysteroscopy side-effects?

You can expect to have mild cramps and minor bleeding after your hysteroscopy. Over-the-counter painkillers (paracetamol or ibuprofen) can be taken to relieve any pain.

Most hysteroscopies are performed successfully without complications. However, you should contact us immediately if you experience any of the following problems:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • HIV

Comprehensive sexual health screening

Our comprehensive sexual health screening checks for:

  • High temperature
  • Excessive vaginal bleeding
  • Pain that lasts for 48 hours or longer
  • Dark or smelly vaginal discharge

If you would like to book a consultation with an experienced private gynaecologist, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Gynae Clinic today.

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