When you’re struggling with issues that affect your uterus, it’s not always possible to uncover the underlying cause with a manual examination. To discover the root of the problem, board-certified OB/GYN Asia Mohsin, MD, at Progressive Women’s Health in Friendswood, Texas, may recommend a minimally invasive procedure called hysteroscopy.
A hysteroscopy uses a flexible tube with a light on the end, called a hysteroscope, to examine the inside of your cervix and uterus to help diagnose the cause of your issue. Dr. Mohsin can also treat different conditions using the same device, which guides tiny tools to the problem areas.
Whether you need a hysteroscopy depends on many factors, including your symptoms and Dr. Mohsin’s preliminary findings from your lab work, imaging, and physical exam. While the best way to learn if hysteroscopy is right for you is by meeting with Dr. Mohsin, here’s a look at some of the reasons you may need this procedure.
Hysteroscopy for diagnostic purposes
Because of the internal nature of your reproductive organs, Dr. Mohsin may recommend a diagnostic hysteroscopy if you have issues with the following:
- Infertility (trouble getting or staying pregnant)
- Heavy bleeding
- Abnormal results after a Pap test
- Bleeding during menopause
Dr. Mohsin may also recommend hysteroscopy if you have an IUD and she’s unable to see or feel the threads from your device.
Hysteroscopy for treatment
Sometimes Dr. Mohsin finds an issue that can be treated using hysteroscopy. Depending on your unique issues, she may be able to treat the problem during the diagnostic procedure, or you may need to schedule a follow-up appointment.
Hysteroscopy is frequently used to treat issues linked to infertility, but it can also be used to:
- Remove scar tissue or adhesions
- Excise benign growths, such as fibroids or polyps
- Ablate the lining of your uterus (endometrial ablation)
- Correct uterine deformities (e.g., uterine septum)
In addition, Dr. Mohsin may recommend hysteroscopy to care for ectopic pregnancies.
Hysteroscopy procedures have many advantages
Hysteroscopy is a safe and effective way to diagnose and treat many conditions. Compared to more invasive gynecological procedures, a hysteroscopy offers the following:
- Diagnostic exams and treatments are usually on an outpatient basis
- There’s less pain involved, and recovery times are faster
- The procedure can allow you to avoid a hysterectomy or open surgery
- General anesthesia is usually not needed
- No incisions or stitches are involved
To learn more about hysteroscopy and whether this useful procedure might help diagnose or treat your condition, call 281-993-4072 or book an appointment online with Progressive Women’s Health today. We also offer telehealth visits.