A diagnostic hysteroscopy is an examination of the inside of the uterus (womb) using a slim telescope (hysteroscope) with a light and camera on the end. The instrument is very thin, only around 3-5mm in diameter, and is passed through the vagina and cervix into the uterus by an experienced medical consultant.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, sometimes with a local anaesthetic, but often without. It lasts for around 15-20 minutes, although it may take longer depending upon the reason for the procedure.
What is a diagnostic hysteroscopy used for?
The purpose of a diagnostic hysteroscopy is to discover the cause of any issues that you may be experiencing.
If you are commencing a fertility treatment journey, an outpatient hysteroscopy can prove helpful in uncovering and sometimes treating certain problems that may be affecting your fertility, or impacting upon your chances of carrying a pregnancy full term, such as endometrial polyps.
Typically, a hysteroscopy procedure will be suggested if you are suffering from very heavy periods, bleeding between periods, or irregular bleeding whilst on hormonal treatment, including contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.
It may also be offered following a miscarriage, or to further investigate something that came to light during an ultrasound scan, such as an endometrial polyp. In some cases, a hysteroscopy can also be used to remove a contraceptive coil where the threads cannot be seen at the cervix.
Sometimes, a minor procedure can also be carried out during a diagnostic hysteroscopy. Such procedures may include an endometrial biopsy where a sample is taken from the uterine lining; polyp removal, or insertion of a contraceptive device, such as the Mirena coil.
Although an Outpatient Hysteroscopy is funded on the NHS, current NHS waiting times means patients may have long waits for this procedure. Hull & East Riding Fertility are able to offer this service on a private, self funded, basis with no waiting list.
If you would like to know more about this having a privately funded hysteroscopy, please contact us for more information and/or to book an appointment with one of our highly experienced consultants please Contact Us we are here to help.
Page Last Modified: 27th September 2023