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This post is going to go into details that some may not want to read. I’m going to explain why I had to have a biopsy at the gynecologist and what they did during it. Originally, I wasn’t going to go into details but instead I will give my readers a heads up.
Last month during my period, I threw several clots the size of a golf balls. I’ve always had very heavy, painfully debilitating periods but this was a lot worse then normal. I called the gynecologist on-call and he told me to keep my feet up and to get into my gynecologist the next morning. I called my doctor the next morning and she had me come in right away. She did a pelvic exam and then I had my blood drawn. When the results of the blood work came back, I found out I have PCOS. My ultrasound results came in today showing that I have a calcified cyst on my cervix that is benign. My gynecologist told me not be concerned with that.
Today was the day I had the biopsy done. What I had done was called a hysteroscopy. According to www.acog.org:
What is hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is used to diagnose or treat problems of the uterus. A hysteroscope is a thin, lighted telescope-like device. It is inserted through your vagina into your uterus. The hysteroscope transmits the image of your uterus onto a screen. Other instruments are used along with the hysteroscope for treatment.
Why is hysteroscopy done?
One of the most common uses for hysteroscopy is to find the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding. Abnormal bleeding can mean that a woman’s menstrual periods are heavier or longer than usual or occur less or more frequently than normal. Bleeding between menstrual periods also is abnormal. In some cases, abnormal bleeding may be caused by benign (not cancer) growths in the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps.
Hysteroscopy also is used in the following situations:
- Remove adhesions that may occur because of infection or from past surgery
- Diagnose the cause of repeated miscarriage when a woman has more than two miscarriages in a row
- Locate an intrauterine device (IUD)
- Perform sterilization, in which the hysteroscope is used to place small implants into a woman’s fallopian tubes as a permanent form of birth control
How is hysteroscopy performed?
Hysteroscopy can be done in a health care professional’s office or at the hospital. It will be scheduled when you are not having your menstrual period. To make the procedure easier, your health care professional may dilate (open) your cervix before your hysteroscopy. You may be given medication that is inserted into the cervix, or special dilators may be used. A speculum is first inserted into the vagina. The hysteroscope is then inserted and gently moved through the cervix into your uterus. Carbon dioxide gas or a fluid, such as saline (salt water), will be put through the hysteroscope into your uterus to expand it. The gas or fluid helps your health care professional see the lining more clearly. The amount of fluid used is carefully checked throughout the procedure. Your health care professional can view the lining of your uterus and the openings of the fallopian tubes by looking through the hysteroscope. If a biopsy or other procedure is done, small tools will be passed through the hysteroscope.
If I say this was painful, that’s an understatement. I wasn’t allowed to move and it was the worst pain I have ever experienced. I came home and laid on a heating pad for awhile and fell asleep for a couple of hours. I’m sitting up now and cramping pretty bad. Hopefully, as the night goes on the pain starts to go away. My gynecologist said I could bleed from this for up to a week. I will get the results back in 14 business days. Keep your fingers crossed that the biopsy comes back ok.
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