Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that can diagnose and treat gynecological disorders. Board-certified OB/GYN Asia Mohsin, MD, at PWH Fertility Evaluations in Mission, Texas, performs hysteroscopies to determine possible causes of infertility. Based on the results, you can then receive the most effective treatment. Call PWH Fertility Evaluations to learn more about hysteroscopy, or schedule a consultation online today.
A minimally invasive hysteroscopy procedure enables Dr. Mohsin to look inside your cervix and uterus without making surgical incisions.
She uses a thin tube (hysteroscope) with a tiny camera that she inserts into your vagina. The camera transmits images onto a video screen so Dr. Mohsin can see the tissues in detail.
Hysteroscopy has diagnostic and treatment uses. Dr. Mohsin performs a hysteroscopy to evaluate problems like abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain and find causes of infertility. Hysteroscopy can also help determine the cause of repeated miscarriages.
You might need a hysteroscopy to locate and remove uterine fibroids (noncancerous growths), remove scar tissue from your uterus, or extract an intrauterine device (IUD) if you’ve been using this birth control method. Dr. Mohsin can also take a biopsy — a small tissue sample — for lab analysis.
Before your hysteroscopy, Dr. Mohsin completes a pelvic exam and may perform a Pap smear, sexually transmitted disease test, and/or blood test.
Most women can have a hysteroscopy with a sedative so they’re sleepy but not completely knocked out. However, a general anesthetic might be better in some cases. You lie on your back with your feet in stirrups for vaginal area cleaning with a special soap, then Dr. Mohsin inserts a speculum into your vagina to spread your vaginal walls.
Next, she inserts the hysteroscope and passes it through the cervix into your uterus. She injects a liquid or gas through the hysteroscope to expand your uterus for a better view and examines the images on a video screen. Dr. Mohsin may take a biopsy or insert special instruments through the hysteroscope to remove uterine fibroids or scar tissue.
A hysteroscopy can take between 15 and 60 minutes, depending on what Dr. Mohsin needs to do. She usually performs hysteroscopies on an outpatient basis so you can go home afterward, but make sure someone can drive you because the sedative takes a while to wear off completely.
You may experience light bleeding and/or cramps immediately after your hysteroscopy, which should clear up in a few days.
Dr. Mohsin might prescribe medication or other treatments after a hysteroscopy, which she’ll discuss with you in detail.
Call PWH Fertility Evaluations to request more information about hysteroscopies or book an appointment online today.