WHAT IS HYSTEROSCOPY?
Hysteroscopy is a procedure for examining the inside of the uterus (womb), using a fine telescope – like instrument which is passed through the cervix (neck of the womb) while distending the uterine cavity gently with a clear fluid. The cavity and the quality of the womb lining is then examined carefully.
In some cases we may perform endometrial biopsy. This involves taking a small strip of the tissue lining the uterine cavity (the endometrium). The tissue will be sent to the laboratory for examination under the microscope, to check that the lining is normal and at the correct stage of development for the time of the cycle.
We may perform a dummy/mock embryo transfer before proceeding with hysteroscopy. This will not cause any harm and should not, in general be painful. This will help us to determine Embryo Transfer ease/difficulties well in advance.
WHEN IS THE PROCEDURE DONE?
Hysteroscopy is ideally performed in the post menstrual phase when you are not bleeding or having a menstrual cycle.
ARE THERE ANY PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN?
A hysteroscopy could disturb an early pregnancy and you should therefore use some barrier contraception (eg. Condoms) in the menstrual cycle before, and the one in which your procedure is scheduled. If you have missed a period, or if you think there is any possibility that you might be pregnant, please discuss with us before the procedure or do a test to rule out pregnancy.
- You should have been tested and found negative for : HIV, Hep B antigen, Hep C AB
- You will be seen by a consultant Anaesthetist before the procedure to discuss any other relevant medical problems
- You must not eat or drink 6 hrs before the procedure. You must be driven to and from the clinic by a responsible person
- Patient are advised not to empty their bladder prior to the procedure