How It Feels
If you are given a sedative or a local or
regional anesthesia, you may have some cramping during the test. If you have
general anesthesia, you may have a tickling, dry throat, slight hoarseness, or
a mild sore throat after the test; these symptoms may last several days. Throat
lozenges and warm saltwater gargles can help relieve the throat
Some women feel dizzy and sick to their stomachs. This
is called a
vasovagal reaction. This feeling will go away after a
You may need to avoid sexual intercourse, using
tampons, or playing sports for a while after hysteroscopy. Talk to your doctor
about when you can resume normal activities.
If a fluid is used during the test to help your
doctor see the uterine lining clearly, you may absorb some fluid and feel bloated. It
may also change the level of sodium in your blood. If gas is used, you have a
small risk for an air bubble (air embolism) in a blood vessel, though this is
A hysteroscopy can cause injury to the uterus or
cervix, an infection, or bleeding. In rare cases, the uterus, bladder, or bowel
can be punctured during the test, requiring surgical repair. If general
anesthesia is used, there is a small risk of problems from the
After the test
Right after the test, you will be
taken to a recovery area where nurses will care for and observe you. Usually
you will stay in the recovery area for 1 to 4 hours, and then you will be moved
to a hospital room or you will go home. In addition to any special instructions
from your doctor, your nurse will explain information to help you in your
recovery. You will likely go home with a sheet of care instructions and who to
call if you have any problems.
It is normal to have a small amount
of vaginal bleeding for a day or so after a hysteroscopy. You also may have
some mild belly pain if a gas was used during the test. This should go away in
24 hours. You can take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) to relieve the
Follow any instructions your doctor gave you. Call your
doctor if you have:
- Heavy vaginal bleeding or discharge (more
than a normal menstrual period).
- A fever.
- Severe belly
or pelvic pain or cramping.
- Shortness of breath.
hysteroscopy is a way for your doctor to look at the
lining of your
uterus. He or she uses a thin viewing tool called a
hysteroscope. Your doctor will talk to you about what he or she sees at the
time of the hysteroscopy.
The inside of the uterus looks normal in size and shape.
fibroids, or other growths are present.
Openings to the
fallopian tubes look normal.
The size or shape of the inside of the uterus does not
Scar tissue is present in the uterus.
Uterine polyps, fibroids, or other growths are
intrauterine device (IUD) is found and
The uterine openings to one or both fallopian tubes are