How To Prepare continued...
If you are going to have
general anesthesia, you will need to stop eating and drinking before the test. Follow the instructions exactly
about when to stop eating and drinking, or your surgery may be canceled. If
your doctor has instructed you to take your medicines on the day of surgery, do so using only a sip of water.
Arrange to have someone drive
you home the day of the test in case you are given a sedative.
You will be asked to sign a consent form that says you understand the risks of the test and agree to have it done.
Talk to your doctor about
any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will
be done, or what the results will mean. To help you understand the importance
of this test, fill out the
medical test information form(What is a PDF document?).
The hospital or surgery center may
send you instructions on how to get ready for your surgery, or a nurse may call
you with instructions before your surgery.
How It Is Done
A hysteroscopy is usually done by your
gynecologist in the operating room of a hospital or
surgery center. Most women go home the same day. In some cases, the
hysteroscopy can be done in your doctor's office.
You may be given
medicine (anesthesia) to help you relax, to numb the area, or to help you sleep.
You will take off all of your
clothes and wear a gown for the test. You will empty your bladder before the
test. You will then lie on your back on an examination table with your feet
raised and supported by footrests (stirrups).
Your doctor will insert a lubricated tool called a speculum into your vagina. The
speculum gently spreads apart the vaginal walls so your doctor can see inside
the vagina and the cervix. Your vagina will be cleaned with a special
The hysteroscope will be placed at the entrance to your
vagina and gently moved through the cervix into your uterus. A gas or liquid
will be put through the hysteroscope into your uterus to help your doctor see
the lining clearly. Your doctor looks through the hysteroscope at a magnified
view of the lining of your uterus. Your doctor can also see the uterine
openings of the fallopian tubes. A video screen may be used during the
If a biopsy or other procedure is done, your doctor will use
small tools through the hysteroscope. A hysteroscopy takes about 30 minutes,
unless other procedures are being done.