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Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about a hysteroscopy?

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.

Female Reproductive System

How do I prepare for a hysteroscopy?

What will happen during a hysteroscopy?

What will happen after a hysteroscopy?

Healthcare providers will monitor you until you are awake. You may be able to go home, or you may need to spend a night in the hospital. It is normal to have vaginal bleeding and cramps for 2 to 3 days after your procedure. Your bleeding may range from barely staining a pad to soaking a pad every 2 to 3 hours. You may see blood clots on the pad. Call your healthcare provider if you see blood clots that are larger than the size of a quarter.

What are the risks of a hysteroscopy?

You may get an infection or bleed more than expected. Scar tissue may form in your uterus. This may make it difficult to get pregnant. You may have an allergic reaction to the fluid injected into your uterus. The fluid may build up and cause problems in your lungs, heart, or brain. This may become life-threatening. The scope or tools may make a hole in your cervix, uterus, bowels, or bladder. This may require more surgery to fix and may become life-threatening.

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