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Reasons You May Need a Hysteroscopy

If you’re experiencing unusual symptoms such as unexplained vaginal bleeding, severe cramping, or difficulty getting pregnant, you’re probably eager to find out the cause and get relief. Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to help make a diagnosis.

At Medical Care for Women, PC in Astoria, New York, Dr. Andrea Olanescu and her team are pleased to provide hysteroscopy as a means of examining your reproductive organs and pinpointing or treating any issues. Read on to learn more about this procedure, including reasons to have one.

What happens during a hysteroscopy

During your hysteroscopy, Dr. Olanescu places a lighted scope-like instrument called a hysteroscope through your vagina to get a good look at your cervix and uterus. 

The procedure isn’t typically painful, but you may feel some cramping. If you’re anxious, stressed, already in pain, or would simply like added ease, we may recommend a sedative or anesthetic.

Why you might need a hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is a very versatile procedure that allows Dr. Olanescu to pinpoint, assess, and recommend treatment for a range of conditions and issues. Some of the most common reasons it’s performed include:

Good candidates for a hysteroscopy

Most anyone with a cervix or uterus can safely benefit from a hysteroscopy. Some conditions may interfere with the procedure, however, such as pelvic inflammatory disease. 

And several factors can get in the way of accurate viewing and results, such as cervix inflammation, vaginal discharge, and bloating. For these reasons, Dr. Olanescue may make efforts to time your hysteroscopy in terms of your cycle.

What to expect after a hysteroscopy

If your hysteroscopy, we’ll continue monitoring your vital signs. Then, you’ll need to have someone drive you home.

Some people experience abdominal pain, cramping, or bleeding hysteroscopy, which tends to be mild to moderate and diminish on their own. A heated or ice pack and over-the-counter pain medications can help relieve any discomfort. Temporarily, you’ll need to avoid penetrative sex, as directed by Dr. Olanescu. 

If you experience severe pain, bleeding, or fever after the procedure, seek immediate medical care. While these issues are rare, they can be serious. 

To learn more about hysteroscopy or schedule an appointment with Dr. Olanescu, call Medical Care for Women PC or use our online booking feature. 

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