It is a procedure needed to view inside the womb (uterus) to identify the cause of bleeding problems, remove polyps or fibroids or perform sterilization procedure. It is performed using a thin light tube (scope) which is inserted through the vagina.
A sedative may be prescribed before the procedure to help you relax. It is followed by preparing you for anesthesia. The procedure involves widening of your cervix to allow the scope to be inserted. Next, the scope is inserted through the vagina and carbon dioxide gas or a liquid solution is inserted into the uterus, for widening it and clearing away any blood or mucus. A light is shone through the scope to help the health care provider view the inside of the womb. The procedure can take from less than 5 mins to more than an hour.
Before the procedure inform your health care provider about current medications you are taking, any disease you may have (e.g. heart disease or kidney disease etc) and if you are pregnant. You may be asked to stop eating or drinking anything 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.
In case anesthesia was administered you may be put under observation for several hours before being allowed to go home. For one or two days after the procedure you may feel cramping or slight vaginal bleeding. You must contact your doctor in case you get fever, severe abdominal pain or heavy vaginal bleeding or discharge after the procedure.
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