What is hysteroscopy? Why is hysteroscopy performed during fertility treatment?
Hysteroscopy is a procedure in which a thin, flexible telescope (hysteroscope) is inserted through the cervix into the uterus to assess the inside of the uterus. It is often used to diagnose and treat problems of the uterus, such as abnormal bleeding, fibroids, and polyps.
Hysteroscopy may be performed during fertility treatment to evaluate the uterus for any abnormalities that could affect fertility. It can also be used to diagnose and treat certain conditions that can cause fertility problems, such as uterine septum (a dividing wall in the uterus) or uterine scarring.
Hysteroscopy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and it is typically done under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour, and recovery time is usually short.
It is important to discuss your specific needs and concerns with a healthcare provider to determine if hysteroscopy is appropriate for you and to understand the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.