Hysteroscopy

by vyyvaa

The reason I’m writing this post is for other fellow female bloggers who might have gone through the same symptoms i have had. i would appreciate no silly sarcastic remarks for the intimate nature of this post.

i have been spotting a lot for consecutive days, mid of my cycle, around the time of my cycle, and even it could result to delay my cycle, plus the period pains are severe severe severe… i mean the whole drill: throwing up, no power, no appetite, every 3 minutes visit to the restroom, and feeling cold in this hottest weather. even though i have had these before my marriage, but it is more important for me now not to neglect them, and also it was affecting my prayer, thinking it was actually period..

i went to London hospital, to dr Christina James. i want to mention her by name because she was such a good soul to me, and very professional, took alot of details before she put me on bed. i’ve had awful experiences with european gynocologists…. something about them, they are always nfaisa… i have no idea why! maybe its a culture thing.

so, i thought she will give me some pills, but it resulted in the procedure, here is a brief of what she did:

1. i had to do blood pressure test, weight, and quantitative pregnancy test (to make sure I’m not pregnant).

2. an ultra sound that showed my period is yet to happen, and what i had was irregular vaginal bleeding.

3. she took samples. and then i had to be put under general anesthesia 6 hours after my last meal.

4. a hysteroscopy was performed, basically a camera to clearly see the uterus and the reason of the bleeding.

5. and then it turned into an operative hysteroscopy, when she saw two blood polyps attached to my uterus. at which they were removed.

6. i woke up and spent the next 5 days on two types of pills, during which my period has finally come, and not as painful as before (or as heavy as most of the blood was drained in the operation).

and here is a web explanation of it:

Hysteroscopy

 

A 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. The tip of the hysteroscope is put into your vagina and gently moved through the cervix into the uterus. The hysteroscope has a light and camera hooked to it so your doctor can see the lining (endometrium) on a video screen.

A hysteroscopy may be done to find the cause of abnormal bleeding or bleeding that occurs after a woman has passed menopause. It also may be done to see if a problem in your uterus is the reason a woman cannot become pregnant (infertility). A hysteroscopy can be used to treat growths in the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps.

Your doctor may take a small sample of tissue (biopsy). The sample is looked at under a microscope for problems. Another surgery, called a laparoscopy, may also be done at the same time as a hysteroscopy if infertility is a problem.

Why It Is Done

A hysteroscopy may be done to:

  • Find the cause of abnormal bleeding. Your doctor can pass heated tools through the hysteroscope to stop the bleeding.
  • Find the cause of bleeding after menopause.
  • 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 reposition a misplaced intrauterine device (IUD).
  • Find and remove small fibroids or polyps.
  • Use heated tools to remove problem areas in the lining of the uterus (endometrial ablation).
  • Place a contraceptive implant (Essure) into the opening of the fallopian tubes as a method of permanent sterilization.

How To Prepare

Tell your doctor if you:

  • Are or might be pregnant.
  • Are taking any medicines.
  • Are allergic to any medicines.
  • Have had bleeding problems or take blood-thinners, such as aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin).
  • Have been treated for a vaginal, cervical, or pelvic infection in the past 6 weeks.
  • Have any heart or lung problems.

A hysteroscopy needs to be done when you are not having your menstrual period. If there is a chance that you could become pregnant, the hysteroscopy should be done before you are ovulating so your doctor is sure you are not pregnant.

Do not douche, use tampons, or use vaginal medicines for 24 hours before the hysteroscopy.

You may be given a medicine (sedative) to relax you for the test, or general, regional, or local anesthesia can be used. Your doctor will discuss this with you. If you are going to have general anesthesia, you will not be able to eat or drink for 8 hours before the test.

source: WebMD

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