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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A hysteroscopy is a procedure to find and treat problems in your uterus. A hysteroscopy may be done to find, and possibly treat, the cause of abnormal vaginal bleeding, problems getting pregnant, or miscarriage. It may also be done to insert or remove a device that prevents pregnancy.
Call 911 if:
- You have trouble breathing.
Seek care immediately if:
- You have heavy vaginal bleeding that fills 1 or more sanitary pads in 1 hour.
- You have severe pain or bloating in your abdomen.
- You feel lightheaded, weak, and confused.
- You see blood in your urine.
- You stop urinating or urinate less than usual.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- You have pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your vagina.
- You see blood clots on your sanitary pad that are larger than the size of a quarter.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or you have a rash.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
You may need any of the following:
- Estrogen helps heal the lining of your uterus.
- Antibiotics help prevent a bacterial infection.
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.
Do not have sex, use tampons, or douche for 6 weeks. These actions may cause an infection. Ask your healthcare provider if it is okay to take a tub bath or swim. Rest as needed. Do not drive, return to work, or exercise for 24 hours or as directed. You can return to most activities in 1 to 2 days.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.