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A hysteroscopy is a procedure used to examine the inside of the womb (uterus). It's carried out using a hysteroscope, which is a narrow telescope with a light and camera at the end. Images are sent to a monitor so your doctor or specialist nurse can see inside your womb.

The hysteroscope is passed into your womb through your vagina and cervix (entrance to the womb), which means no cuts need to be made in your skin.

Hysteroscopy is a procedure that investigates the cause of abnormal bleeding from the uterus. At our outpatient Hysteroscopy Clinic, we diagnose and treat many gynaecological conditions. It is a friendly and relaxed environment for patients and offers the advantage of delivering a modern 'see and treat' service without the need for a general anaesthetic. Most women feel able to return to their normal activities the following day, although some women return to work the same day.

While you're recovering:
• you can eat and drink as normal straight away
• you may experience cramping that's similar to period pain and some spotting or bleeding for a few days - this is normal and nothing to worry about unless it's heavy
• you should avoid having sex for a week, or until any bleeding has stopped, to reduce the risk of infection


'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital