Our Hysteroscopy service is managed by a team of Consultants and Nurse Hysteroscopist. Outpatient hysteroscopy services are located within the Gynaecology Outpatient Department on the ground floor in Women’s Services

Our team

  • Mr R Raychaudhuri – Hysteroscopy Lead
  • Dr M Srinivas
  • Nurse Hysteroscopist

What is hysteroscopy?

It is carried out using a hysteroscope, which is a narrow telescope with a light and camera at the end. Images are sent to a monitor so your doctor or specialist nurse can see inside your womb.

The hysteroscope is passed into your womb through your vagina and cervix (entrance to the womb), which means no cuts need to be made in your skin.

Why you might need a hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy can be used to: investigate symptoms or problems including.

  • Abnormal periods (heavy or irregular)
  • Endometrial polyps (non-cancerous excess growth of womb lining)
  • Submucosal fibroid (non-cancerous excess growth of womb muscle, extending into the womb cavity)
  • A thickened lining of the womb on ultrasound scan
  • Difficulties conceiving
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • A difficult to insert or remove contraceptive coil

Options for your hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is a safe, simple and quick procedure which is well accepted by most women however you will be offered the choice of having the procedure as a day case under general anaesthetic, or as an outpatient.

For women who wish to have the procedure in outpatients we advise taking painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol about an hour beforehand as this can help reduce discomfort after the procedure

The hysteroscopy procedure

The procedure usually takes between 10-15 minutes and involves inserting the hysteroscope into the vagina. In some cases, a speculum may need to be used, (the instrument that is used for cervical screening).

A saline solution is gently pumped into the womb to enable the doctor/nurse to see inside. The procedure can be uncomfortable and some women may find it painful.

You will be given the opportunity to discuss pain relief with the doctor/nurse beforehand. The procedure can be stopped at any time if you are finding it  too uncomfortable.

Following your hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is usually a well-tolerated procedure but you may experience the following during or for a short while afterwards:

  • Period pain-like cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vaginal spotting (small spots of blood)

Most women feel they can return to normal activities, including work, the day after having a hysteroscopy. Some women return to work later the same day. You can drive home following outpatient hysteroscopy and may eat and drink as normal.

You will be contacted by letter about any biopsies taken at the time of your hysteroscopy.

Please read the patient information leaflet from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Can I have a hysteroscopy if I am pregnant?

Hysteroscopy cannot be performed if a woman is pregnant or has an active pelvic infection. Important point – If you are of child-bearing age, you must use contraception from the start of your period before your hysteroscopy. You cannot have a hysteroscopy if you are or could be pregnant.

Can I have a hysteroscopy if I am on a period?

It is best to keep your appointment. Hysteroscopy can still be performed unless the bleeding is very heavy

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