A hysteroscopy may be used to try to determine the cause of various problems such as:
- Heavy or irregular bleeding that has not got better with medication.
- Bleeding in between your periods.
- Bleeding after your menopause.
- Irregular bleeding whilst you are taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
- If you are thinking about having an operation to make your periods less heavy (eg, endometrial ablation).
- Unexplained miscarriages.
A hysteroscopy may also be used to investigate the cause of various problems such as:
- Remove polyps - small lumps of tissue growing on the lining of the uterus.
- Remove scar tissue in the uterus.
- Remove adhesions (areas where the walls of the uterus are sticking together).
- Remove fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the uterus).
- Locate a 'lost' or stuck contraceptive device, such as an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) - also known as a 'coil'.
Before you have the procedure your consultant at Kingsbridge Private Hospital will talk to you about the test and discuss a number of different treatment options with you. For some symptoms it may be possible to treat them immediately, using a hysteroscope. Your consultant will advise you on the best course of treatment at your appointment.