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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A hysteroscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of your uterus. Other procedures may also be done during the hysteroscopy.
- Acetaminophen decreases pain. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
- NSAIDs help decrease swelling and pain. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your PHP or gynecologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
You may feel like resting more after the procedure. Slowly start to do more each day. Rest when you feel it is needed. Ask your PHP when you can return to your daily activities.
- Do not put anything into your vagina until your PHP says it is okay. Do not have sex, douche, or use tampons.
- You may need to continue to wear a sanitary pad for up to a week. You may have light bleeding or spotting.
Contact your PHP if:
- You have a fever.
- You have to change your sanitary pad every hour.
- You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- You have abdominal pain that does not go away.
- You have abnormal or foul-smelling vaginal discharge.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or you have a rash.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
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