A hysteroscopy is a way to diagnose the causes of uncomfortable bleeding, cramping, and menstrual cycles. At Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Care in Elgin, Illinois, board-certified OB/GYNs Dr. Rachel Kulsak and Dr. Pamorn Kulsak offer this minimally invasive procedure and treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online if you have pelvic symptoms that require a hysteroscopy.
A hysteroscopy is an in-office procedure that gives Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak a better look at your cervix and uterus, so they can diagnose what’s causing uncomfortable pelvic symptoms.
During the procedure, your doctor gently inserts a thin tube with the light on the end, a hysteroscope, into your vagina to see the organs more clearly and get a sampling of any suspicious tissue.
If you have long, heavy periods or irregular bleeding between periods, you may require a hysteroscopy for diagnosis. Other reasons why Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak may recommend the procedure include:
A hysteroscopy helps Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak identify adhesions in your uterus and remove them. This scar tissue can cause irregular menstrual cycles and infertility.
If you’re having a tubal ligation or hysterectomy, a hysteroscopy may also be required prior to the procedure.
When you have a hysteroscopy, you’re under mild sedation, and medication is administered, usually vaginally, to help your cervix, the opening to the uterus, dilate.
First, Dr. Rachel or Pamorn Kulsak gently opens your vagina with a speculum and inserts a hysteroscope through your cervix into your uterus. Next, they place a saline-like solution through the tube to expand your uterus and obtain a clearer view of the uterine lining and opening to your fallopian tubes.
Depending on the reason for the hysteroscopy and your doctors’ findings, the entire procedure takes between five minutes and one hour.
You can go home the same day as the procedure, but you need a driver to take you home.
In the days following, you may experience mild symptoms, such as cramping and bleeding. The inflation of your uterus may cause you to have extra gas for about 24 hours.
Following the procedure, you should avoid sexual intercourse for two weeks.
To learn more about getting a hysteroscopy, call the office of Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Care or book an appointment with Dr. Rachel or Pamorn Kulsak online.
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