A hysteroscopy is a way for your doctor to look at the lining of your uterus:
A hysteroscopy may be done to:
- Find the cause of severe cramping or abnormal bleeding. Your doctor 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.
- Check for endometrial cancer.
- 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.
During a hysteroscopy, your doctor may take a biopsy of tissue to further help with diagnosis. Another surgery, called a laparoscopy, may also be done at the same time as a hysteroscopy if infertility is a problem.
Your doctor will let you know if you need hysteroscopy. Please call our office to let us know if you have any questions at (601) 936-9190.