Patient Comments: Hysteroscopy - Patient Experience

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Comment from: Kiwigirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

A pelvic ultrasound revealed a thickened endometrium that was not smooth, and a couple of polyps. I had a hysteroscopy and D and C today under general. No polyps found, and lining looked healthy! My cervix decided not to dilate as it should have, so I was on the table for 50 minutes, with 2 surgeons. I had the shakes when I came to; mild bleeding which has slowed, and mild cramping. I haven't needed the pain relief. The worse pain was putting the lure in and ripping the Band-Aid off my hairy arm!

Comment from: Donna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I had a hysteroscopy done to remove a cervical polyp and to check the uterus for polyps. It was done in the office with shots of a numbing agent. The shots were horribly painful and the procedure even worse. I'm not a wimp! I had two kids by natural childbirth and this is the worst pain I've experienced in my life outside of childbirth. Do not do this procedure without general anesthesia! It was traumatizing.

Comment from: Jennifer , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

Yes, I got a hysteroscopy done today. I got it done under general anesthesia. I woke up groggy from the anesthetic but had no pain. I have a lot of bleeding which is manageable with period underwear and sanitary pads. I am very happy with the operation. I have taken paracetamol before and after the operation. The staff at the hospital treated me very well. I am able to eat normally, but no alcohol. I got tramadol and diclofenac which I don't think I will need. The paracetamol will be enough.

Comment from: JustMy2Cents, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

Please don't worry. I just had a hysteroscopy done one hour ago and it was painless. I was more nervous and anxious, but all for nothing. I was told that you should always be under local anesthesia as this would be very uncomfortable, and hurt without it. The two doctors told me. I don't know if they removed anything, I just no I had minimal bleeding and I feel good. Take care!

Comment from: Stacey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I had a hysteroscopy done yesterday under general anesthesia. I woke up in pain but they gave me stuff in the IV right away and the pain subsided. There was a lot of blood. A lot. I took Aleve when I got home yesterday and didn't have to take anything today. The only issue so far is that my throat is terribly painful from the breathing tube and I have two painful blisters in the same spot on each side of the inside of my mouth, by my bottom lip.

Comment from: Feeling betrayed, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I had a hysteroscopy with attempted biopsy of fibroid without anesthesia. I was told the procedure would feel like heavy cramping. I took 2 Aleve before the procedure. As another person stated, I feel the procedure is quite barbaric. I have never felt such intense pain. I have tolerated well, 2 fillings without anesthesia, and hiked 3 miles on a grade 4 ankle sprain. This pain was torture.

Comment from: Me @Kaiser Irvine , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I had a hysteroscopy and it was ok. They say cramping, but it is not like period cramping. It is like pre-labor cramping (I've had four kids, natural vaginal childbirth, no pain medicines and no epidural). I rated the pain 3/10, where active labor with mild swears is 6/10, four letter swears is 8/10, screaming like an animal is 10/10. I took it very easy for two days (stayed home, skipped housework, read books and slept) and the recovery has been good. My gynecologist was very gentle and skillful.

Comment from: Mia M, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I had a hysteroscopy done yesterday with just ibuprofen and local anesthetic it was literally like torture. I have given birth 3 times and honestly can say this experience was way worse. Shocked they keep people awake during this procedure! My concern is I had just started a period before I went in and unlike most who have this procedure my bleeding has stopped completely. So now I am worrying where the period is, and where the blood has gone. I am still suffering with bad cramps and need pain relief.

Comment from: Barb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I underwent hysteroscopy, D and C, and polyp/cyst removal 10 days ago. I was an outpatient under general anesthesia, and woke with a slight pain, but was given no medicines for it except the antibiotics. I had mild bleeding. At home I had the same little to mild bleeding first day, then very light, for only a few days. I only used pain medicines 2 times. As I was moving round a lot (still have kids and animals to care for, you know) so that probably made me have pain that I wouldn't have had if I was just sitting. I went to work after a few days and my job is heavy labor.

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Comment from: Moca , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I had a hysteroscopy three weeks ago and I am still having thick discharge with odor, sharp pain like my skin cracking out and a little blood. I don't know what's wrong with me, whenever I take milk, sweet things and tofu my discharge gets worse and my lower back hurts so badly. I did this procedure twice.

Comment from: greekwomen , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I am 29 had a hysteroscopy with D and C last month. I have had heavy premenstrual syndrome with intense pain along with other stuff all my life. The problem is ever since the procedure I have pain and a burning. I had told my gynecologist about it and he said it was not a yeast infection, but it has gotten worse.

Comment from: Ellie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I had a hysteroscopy done on 11/14/18 in the hospital under general anesthesia. Prior to the surgery I had a pelvic transvaginal ultrasound that revealed endometrial polyp measuring 0.5 x 0.5; and two fibroids measuring 3.2 x 3.2 x 2.0 and 1.6 x 1.8 x 1.2. Although the measurements are small the doctor advised I may miscarry with the polyp. After surgery, the doctor advised there were no fibroids (about which I'm shocked and happy) but removed the polyp; I am now 1 week post operation and still spotting.

Comment from: HRT, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I read many reviews about hysteroscopy and was frankly quite terrified of having it done but the thought of not having it done and the possibility of developing endometrial cancer frightened me even more. I had an excellent lady gynecologist who injected a local anesthetic, removed a polyp and took a sample of cells. I have a high pain threshold but it was quite uncomfortable although not unbearable. Don't be scared but be prepared.

Comment from: karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had a hysteroscopy, manual vacuum aspiration (lining thinning) and polyp removed in the doctor's office without anesthesia. I have been told I have a high pain tolerance, but this was very painful for me. Beforehand the doctor told me that it would just feel like cramping. It was way worse. I was told to take an ibuprofen before the appointment, which I did. There was a 2nd polyp that didn't get removed because I was way past the point of being able to tolerable the procedure. I honestly feel quite traumatized.

Comment from: Pauline, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had hysteroscopy done a week ago, it was awful, never felt pain like it. I also had a polyp removed and Mirena coil fitted. A week on I'm bleeding really heavy, passing massive blood clots, have no energy, and just sleeping most of the time. I don't know how they can justify keeping patients awake for this procedure, it's barbaric. I'm 60 years old and have found all this very traumatic. I don't care what they say I will never allow them to do this ever again.

Comment from: Rona, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

At 26 I had a hysteroscopy plus curettage to remove a large polyp. I was told I am too young to be having a polyp down there but sure enough it was there and had to be removed under general anesthesia. Post procedure pain was excruciating but then became very mild. Bleeding was moderate and lasted two days however I am on day 5 now and I am getting bloody thick discharge when I go to toilet. I don't know if that is normal.

Comment from: Helen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I had a hysteroscopy and coil fitted 11 days ago with no pain relief. It was awful, so much pain. I have an infection and not stopped bleeding yet. When will the bleeding stop! I thought I will be able to go back to work after a day. But I am going to try and go back tomorrow but I am still in pain and bleeding. I wonder if anyone else has had an infection after and still bled days after hysteroscopy.

Comment from: Sondra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I had a hysteroscopy 2 days ago. Bleeding was light but 2 days later it is a little heavier and I am having cramping and pain. It was done in hospital under sedation.

Comment from: Summer , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I had my hysteroscopy done 3 days ago under general anesthesia. There was very minimal discomfort with little bleeding afterward, and didn't take any pain medicines before or after. I was planning to take at least 3 days off to recover but went back to work the following day as I was feeling totally fine.

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Comment from: Goofy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 29

I have had 3 hysteroscopies and each one was extremely painful. I have a good pain threshold and I, like others, was asked several times if I wanted the doctor to stop but like others I wanted this done and not delayed. I have never experienced such pain. Someone used the word barbaric, I would agree. This type of operation was always done under general anesthetic 10 years ago. I have to go to the hospital now and have a polyp removed under anesthesia.

Comment from: SilverMoon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I had my hysteroscopy done on Wednesday. I was advised to take ibuprofen several hours before coming into the office. Upon arrival I was tested to ensure I wasn't pregnant and I was given a shot of Toradol and a Valium to calm my nerves. I still felt the pain and also the snip of my uterus for the biopsy. The procedure lasted maybe 25 minutes. I was unable to go to work due to weakness and a splitting headache followed. I had body aches 100 F temperature and a stiff neck. Advil and ibuprofen helped me through the next two days. I feel better now.

Comment from: Nish, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I had a hysteroscopy in 2017, under anesthesia. For ages afterwards I suffered immense discomfort and pain. I had only been advised to take paracetamol. The general physician prescribed antibiotics and I was on a cruise. I was so uncomfortable I couldn't sit down and I had to pay to see the doctor, who told me about all the stitches and burning she could see. It was frustrating and ironic that they didn't give me more information at the time, and that the subsequent hysterectomy was less painful.

Comment from: Mariela, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

Good to hear that I am not the only one who experienced extreme pain after a hysteroscopy. I had two children delivered by C-section and yet never experienced as much pain as in the first couple of hours after the procedure. It took a ridiculous amount of very strong pain killers to take the pain away, dihydrocodeine, tramadol and oxycodone.

Comment from: Lyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had polyps removed with a hysteroscopy a week ago and a Mirena coil fitted at the same time. I am in so much pain I can hardly walk, just so tired. I wonder if anyone else has experienced pain like I am having and how long it lasts.

Comment from: AndreaC, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I am 39 years old. I had my 2nd polyp removal and hysteroscopy. I was given Valium and Advil. It did nothing. It was again one of the worst and most torturously painful procedures. I had and have a great doctor, but this is an agonizingly painful procedure; 3 shots into your cervix, and nothing numbs you. You feel them cut everything out of you! I have had 4 miscarriages, a broken pelvis, dislocated ankle, and sinus surgery. High pain tolerance. This is crazy.

Comment from: Diamond, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I had a hysteroscopy on 6/26/18, no cramps or pain at all; they did put me to sleep. My follow up is July 23, and I feel fine. I would recommend this surgery to anyone going through problems with heavy periods. I never had fibroids, just uncontrollable bleeding. I am happy I had the surgery, just feel really fatigued sometimes since I had it done.

Comment from: Mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I am of age 55. About 18 months into menopause, I got my period (all normal signs and symptoms as before.). I wasn't worried, but told my doctor. She recommended ultrasound (normal) and hysteroscopy. I just finished the hysteroscopy, with no pain relief except advice to take acetaminophen before going in (NSAIDs bother my stomach). I can't believe this procedure is done in an office, with no pain relief. It was intensely, agonizingly painful. Doctors: this is essentially torture.

Comment from: Lilmssunshine, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had a D and C along with a polyp removal and hysteroscopy. Clearly I was under anesthesia and I had cramps and bleeding for a day and night after that. I took pain killers. I was numb at first then everything woke up, it hurt to even to urinate. I still have cramps and this is 30 days after. My results are benign.

Comment from: Dancer , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I am a 55 year old woman who went 13 months without a period; post-menopausal perhaps, but not convinced. Anyway I then bled for three weeks and had cramps. I went to the doctors who sent me for ultrasound. My uterine lining is 20 mm thick. I was very anxious to say the least, so had a hysteroscopy under a general anesthetic. They found polyps which were benign and the reason for the thick lining. I had a period like bleed after procedure for 8 days with daily cramps, all apparently normal. Worry over!

Comment from: Silverangel24, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I have just had a procedure carried out under anesthesia, hysteroscopy and endometrial curettage. I found it ok and I was treated very well at the hospital I attended. I am having cramps and mild period like pains (which feel weird as my periods stopped 9 years ago) and a slight loss of blood. I am now awaiting my results. I only had the operation done on Thursday 11th January 2018, so it is still early. But I was able to carry on normal things after 2 days rest and painkillers.

Comment from: jack, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

Today, 1st February 2017, I had hysteroscopy and polyp removed. I was terrified, up all night worried for weeks, and wasn't going to have it done. I met the doctor who explained away all my fears of the horrendous pain I have read and been told about. I went ahead with the understanding he would stop at any time I said. Please don't listen to anyone, this was ok, not that bad. In fact facet joint injections are 100 times worse. I am ok, no pain and very relieved it is all over. I would go back and do it again with no fear or worries. By the way, I had no anesthetic.

Comment from: Helen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I just had a hysteroscopy today to have a cervical polyp removed and my coil replaced. I also had a biopsy and can honestly say I hardly felt a thing. I had no anesthetic and didn't take any painkillers. The whole thing took approximately 20 minutes and I was soon home with only very mild cramps. Don't worry about this procedure at all. It's very quick. I didn't feel the polyp removal (only knew it was done when the surgeon showed it to me) and the rest of it was just like a mild period pain.

Comment from: jayne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I had a hysteroscopy yesterday at my local hospital with no pain medication. I would definitely urge anyone undergoing this procedure to ask for some kind of pain relief before having this done. The nurses were all very kind but the doctor who performed this never once explained what was happening. If I ever have to have this done again I will definitely ask for a local anesthetic.

Comment from: Vero, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I had a hysteroscopy (outpatient procedure) done to remove my IUD (intrauterine device) which had lost its strings and was misplaced. I was put into general anesthesia and only had a mild cramping as well as a small blood loss (period like) upon waking up. I was a bit nervous as it was my first hospital procedure but the staff was really friendly and managed to put me at ease.

Comment from: Annie T, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

My hysteroscopy procedure was entirely painless. I have a very high pain tolerance and carried on a conversation with the nurse during the whole procedure without feeling anything. The consultant had to dilate my cervix, twice, because it had narrowed over time. In the end, because I have a retroverted uterus, she couldn't reach the site and I now have to go under general anesthesia. My concern is that two weeks after the procedure, I'm needing to wear two pads a day. I have discharge mixed with blood, probably from damaging the cervix during the procedure. Hopefully the operation will put it right.

Comment from: Lindalue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I had hysteroscopy. I had a bit of mild pain when they first went in, after that the pain felt like a really bad period and you feel you want to push, and then I had to go toilet. After bowel movement I felt a lot better. I also had mild bleeding for a couple of days.

Comment from: Kat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had a hysteroscopy and D and C today in an outpatient setting. I had general anesthesia and woke up from the procedure with mild cramping and a light blood flow. I am following home instructions and getting along fine with some ibuprofen. I had a uterine polyp removed. Not much to it.

Comment from: Marigold, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 25

It was my first hysteroscopy/myomectomy, no previous general anesthesia except at delivery decades earlier. I was terrified. I had no need for any pain medicines. I was given a mild tranquillizer and an unpleasant-tasting Alka Seltzer like drink to ward off nausea. Injected Versed was so effective I don't even recall the classical music the doctors played for me in the operation room (though maybe that's the reason for such an easy recovery). The only pain was first voiding. Advice to all is, stand up to go to the bathroom (which you should do in public facilities, anyway). That eliminated the burning sensation.

Comment from: aries, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I had a hysteroscopy done recently at the hospital by my professional. I had an excellent experience starting with the pre-operation and after the procedure. All I had was some vaginal bleeding which did not last more than a day. I was given orders to follow up after and that is very important to do. I hope this will help other people and I wish them well. Thank you for this opportunity.

Comment from: H.W., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I had a hysteroscopy and a dilation and curettage performed yesterday at the hospital. I had no cramping and the bleeding stopped by the time I was at home. I have been told by friends to stay off my feet for a few days and will take their advice.

Comment from: summer, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I was given spinal anesthesia for my hysteroscopy. I didn't feel anything during the surgery. I was given pain killer after the surgery. Doctor had removed a polyp as well. My concern is that I am still having discharge of fluids mixed with blood even after a passing 15 days since the surgery.

Comment from: Julie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

I found this procedure of hysteroscopy excruciating. If I'd known how painful it was going to be, I would have had a general anesthetic. I'm not soft and am in constant pain from various health conditions, so this was really unexpected. I was given gas and air, but it didn't help much. I cramped really badly for some time afterwards and wasn't allowed to leave the department until this had settled. I was given a Voltarol pessary after the procedure to help with the cramps. One of the worst experiences of my life. I would advise being put out.

Comment from: jenfnp, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

My hysteroscopy was done as an outpatient hospital procedure. Pre-op preparation for surgery was more bothersome than the procedure itself. I had some significant cramping in the recovery room, but it went away quickly. I was using only NSAID for couple of days after for pain. Pain is mostly uterine cramping and slight back pain. Bleeding stopped on second day.

Comment from: ladydirealtor, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I just underwent a hysteroscopy and was extremely anxious and stressed about it. Just to reassure anyone who will be having this, I woke up with no pain, the mildest of cramps and felt fine. I had a large fibroid removed. It was so much easier than I imagined. Don't be worried about the procedure.

Comment from: Hopeful, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I felt no pain. The hysteroscopy was done in the doctor's office, I wasn"t put asleep. Hours later I started to feel sick with cramping, had vaginal bleeding and pain in my stomach. The bottom of my stomach felt heavy and painful, but I have 6 fibroids.

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