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What Is a Hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopies provide a closer look at your cervix and uterus and help your doctor diagnose any possible issues. Abnormal bleeding is a cause of concern for many women. Whether you are experiencing heavy bleeding or intense cramping, you want to know the cause so you can work towards a solution. After consulting with your doctor, they may schedule a hysteroscopy to learn more about your reproductive health.
How Does a Hysteroscopy Differ From a Hysterectomy?
You may have heard the term hysterectomy before or know someone who has had this procedure. While this term does sound similar to a hysteroscopy, there are some significant differences between the two procedures.
A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and the fallopian tubes and ovaries if needed. Your doctor may recommend this procedure for various reasons, including cancer, endometriosis or abnormal bleeding. Having a hysterectomy surgery is only an option after trying other treatments since it results in infertility.
A hysteroscopy is primarily an examination of your reproductive organs and other minor procedures. During a hysteroscopy, your doctor will insert a thin tube with a tiny camera called a hysteroscope into your vagina to examine the uterus. With this camera, your doctor can diagnose issues such as infertility or endometrial cancer. Your doctor may also perform a hysteroscopy to find and remove an intrauterine device (IUD) or implant a contraceptive device.
Who Needs a Hysteroscopy?
Depending on your age and symptoms, a hysteroscopy may be a good starting point for your treatment. Your doctor may request a hysteroscopy if you are experiencing any of the following situations:
- Doctors find an abnormal result from a pap smear.
- You experience bleeding after menopause.
- There is scarring, polyps or fibroids on your uterus.
- You have miscarriage or fertility issues.
- Your doctor needs to perform a biopsy of your uterus lining.
- You are having a hysterectomy.
- Your IUD requires adjustment.
A hysteroscopy may also be necessary if you are experiencing heavy periods or are bleeding between periods.