What is hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is the process of viewing a woman's uterine cavity with the help of a hysteroscope. This process allows a doctor to diagnose and surgically repair/operate at the same time if necessary. It is a procedure that can be carried out both in a hospital or in an office and is considered more effective if done after a woman has had her period since her endometrium would be thinner at this time. To learn more about hysteroscopy and how the procedure works, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.
When is it safe to try and have a baby after a hysteroscopy and how long does it usually take?
Typically, a woman should wait at least two weeks, after having a hysteroscopy, before having sex. If a woman has sex during the two weeks following this procedure, there is a higher chance of her getting an infection. The time it will take for a woman to become pregnant will usually depend upon different factors. In many cases, a couple can conceive within the first year if both parties are in good health and the woman’s cycles are regular. Age can also play a major role as to when a woman can become pregnant. Generally, the older a woman is, the harder it becomes to get pregnant but this is usually more applicable for women who have crossed the age of 35.
Is it normal to have abdominal pain eight weeks after a hysteroscopy?
Case details: Removed polyp, adhesions and uterine lining. There could be many reasons for this. Generally, if a woman is experiencing pain eight weeks after a hysteroscopy there may be an infection which will usually be accompanied by bleeding or intermittent spotting. In some cases, the infection may be a mild one that causes pain but isn’t severe enough to create bleeding. Newly formed adhesions could also cause pain due to pulling of the tissue. Whatever the reason, an ultrasound can usually determine the cause of abdominal pain. Once a doctor diagnoses the problem, they can prescribe antibiotics and pain medication to treat it.
What does hysteroscopy, polypectomy and myomectomy mean? Do I lose my entire uterus and fallopian tubes?
A hysteroscopy is a method of viewing the inside of a woman's uterus with the help of a camera. A polypectomy is a procedure that removes a polyp and can usually be performed during the hysteroscopy. Neither procedure will cause a woman to lose her uterus or fallopian tubes. Usually, the only thing removed during the procedure is the polyp and any bleeding that is associated with the polyp will also end. A myomectomy is a procedure that removes fibroids. This procedure has different methods of removal but the most common ones are by making an incision, similar to that of a c-section incision, or through a laparoscopic method with several small incisions. Usually, the only side effects to the procedure are scar tissue forming inside the abdomen after the procedure as well as scars from the incisions.
When is it safe to take a bath or have sexual intercourse after a laparoscopy with tumor removal, hysteroscopy with D&C and removal of one ovary?
In most cases, it is safe to resume sexual intercourse six weeks after an abdominal surgery and four weeks after a laparoscopic procedure. However, the time frame will usually depend on the doctor and what they deem safe for the patient. Many times, having sex for the first time after surgery may be uncomfortable so it is always best for the couple to take things slow. Sharp pain and/or bleeding are not normal occurrences and should generally be treated by medical professionals immediately. As for bathing, usually one week after the surgery is considered safe to resume regular bathing.
There are times when a woman has issues inside her uterus that require treatment and need to be examined at close quarters with the help of a hysteroscopy. If you are undergoing a hysteroscopy or would like more information about one, ask an Expert for medical clarity and insights. They can offer information both quickly and affordably based on the details of your case.