Hysteroscopy is performed when an abnormality in the uterine cavity is suspected. Such abnormalities include myomas (muscle tumours) or polyps (tumours protruding from the mucous membrane).

Procedure

Hysteroscopy is carried out under general anaesthesia if needed. The uterine cavity is inspected via the vagina, and possible abnormalities can be removed or a sample taken. If necessary, curettage of the uterus is performed.

Recovery

You may experience minor vaginal discharge for 1–2 weeks. Due to a risk of inflammation, you should avoid intercourse, swimming, bathing, and using tampons during that time. You should shower the genital area and change the sanitary pad often enough. The next menstruation usually comes within 4–6 weeks. The following few periods may differ from normal in the amount of bleeding and pain, especially if curettage was also performed.

Treatment of pain

Usually non-prescription painkillers are enough for home treatment. Take the medication prescribed by your doctor according to instructions.

Contact us

If you experience inflammatory symptoms (fever, severe abdominal pain, foul-smelling vaginal discharge) or heavy vaginal discharge and clotting, contact your health centre or occupational health centre.

  • Gynaecological Outpatient Clinic
  • Gynaecological Ward A4
  • Day Surgery Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • You own health centre or occupational health centre  
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