A hysteroscopy is a way for your doctor to look at the lining of your uteruscamera.gif. He or she uses a thin viewing tool called a hysteroscope.
A hysteroscopy may be done to find the cause of abnormal bleeding or bleeding that occurs after a woman has passed menopause. It also may be done to see if a problem in your uterus is preventing you from becoming pregnant (infertility). A hysteroscopy can be used to remove growths in the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps.
Why It Is Done
A hysteroscopy may be done to:
• Find the cause of severe cramping or abnormal bleeding. Your gynaecologist can pass heated tools through the hysteroscope to stop the bleeding..
• See whether a problem in the shape or size of the uterus or if scar tissue in the uterus is the cause of infertility.
• Look at the uterine openings to the fallopian tubes. If the tubes are blocked, your doctor may be able to open the tubes with special tools passed through the hysteroscope.
• Find the possible cause of repeated miscarriages. Other tests may also be done.
• Find and remove a misplaced intrauterine device (IUD).
• Find and remove small fibroids or polyps.
• Use heated tools to remove problem areas in the lining of the uterus (endometrial ablation).
• Place a contraceptive implant (such as Essure) into the opening of the fallopian tubes as a method of permanent sterilization.