If you’ve been experiencing painful periods or other menstrual problems or you have trouble conceiving, a hysteroscopy could provide the information needed to make a diagnosis. Carolyn Kaplan, MD, of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Group in Atlanta, is a leading gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist who carries out hysteroscopies at the clinic to help women find the cause of their problems. For all your reproductive and gynecological needs, call the clinic today or book an appointment online.
Hysteroscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to investigate the causes of pain, menstrual problems, and infertility. Dr. Kaplan uses a hysteroscope, a slender, lighted tube that she inserts into your vagina. The light enables her to see your cervix and uterus more clearly so she can identify the cause of your problems. Dr. Kaplan can also take samples of tissue and remove scar tissue, polyps, and fibroids if she sees anything that needs closer examination and testing.
The most common reason why you would need a hysteroscopy is to look for causes of menstrual problems like longer, heavier periods, or bleeding between cycles. You may also need a hysteroscopy if:
Hysteroscopic techniques can also assist if your intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) is out of place.
Dr. Kaplan carries out hysteroscopies at the clinic and offers both general anesthetics and lighter sedatives, depending on your level of pain tolerance. Dr. Kaplan opens your cervix with dilators and uses a speculum to keep the walls of your vagina open, exactly as she would during a pap smear.
Dr. Kaplan inserts the hysteroscope into your vagina and through the cervix into your uterus, then pumps gas or saline through the tube to expand your uterus. She then has a clear view of the inside of your uterus through the hysteroscope. If needed Dr. Kaplan can also remove scar tissue, polyps, or uterine fibroids using a special device called a myosure
A hysteroscopy doesn’t involve any incisions, so there are no wounds to heal after the procedure. You’ll be able to go home the same day, but don’t drive yourself if you’ve had an anesthetic or sedative. Dr. Kaplan talks you through the post-procedural effects and prescribes any medication you might need.
In the days following your hysteroscopy, you may experience slight bleeding and mild cramps, and you could have gas problems for the next day. You should avoid sexual intercourse for one week after the procedure. If you experience any effects that are more serious than these mild symptoms, you should call Dr. Kaplan for advice.
Having a hysteroscopy can provide valuable information, confirm a suspected diagnosis, and remove tissue preventing pregnancy, which Dr. Kaplan will go over with you in detail. For the finest reproductive health care and gynecological services, call Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Group today, or book an appointment online.