Hysteroscopy Specialist

Capital Women's Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Montgomery, Bethesda, MD

When you have trouble with your uterus, your gynecologist may recommend a hysteroscopy. At Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda, the team of professionals -- including Dr. Lewis Townsend, Dr. John Gschwend, and Dr. Deena Kleinerman -- can perform a hysteroscopy to help rule out certain conditions and diagnose the cause of your discomfort. If you live in or near Bethesda, Maryland and are struggling with uterine problems, don’t wait to find help. Contact the board-certified team by calling the office to schedule your initial consultation.

Hysteroscopy Q & A

What is a hysteroscopy?

During a hysteroscopy, your gynecologist uses a viewing scope to examine the inside of your uterus and cervical canal. During the hysteroscopy, your doctor can look for problems or issues. If found, minor surgical procedures can treat the issue.

The team at Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda may use a hysteroscopy to help diagnose and treat:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Polyps
  • Uterine tumors
  • Scarring
  • Retained placenta

Your gynecologist may also use a hysteroscopy to assist during surgical sterilization or an endometrial biopsy.


Who needs a hysteroscopy?

Your gynecologist may suggest a hysteroscopy if you have heavy periods, your periods last longer than they used to, or you experience breakthrough bleeding between your periods.

Other times your doctor may opt for a hysteroscopy include when you have:

  • An abnormal Pap smear
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids, polyps, or scarring
  • Multiple miscarriages or problems getting pregnant
  • An IUD that’s come out of place


What happens during a hysteroscopy?

Depending on the specifics of your case, your gynecologist may perform your hysteroscopy in the office or at the hospital, using a sedative medication or general anesthesia during the procedure.

Once you’re ready for the hysteroscopy, your doctor dilates your cervix with either a topical medication or an instrument. After inserting a speculum, a tool that holds the vagina open, your gynecologist inserts the hysteroscope through your cervical opening and into your uterus.

Gas or saline solution is then pushed through the hysteroscope to expand your uterus, allowing a clear view of its interior. Your doctor may proceed with any of these actions:

  • Noting any abnormalities, for further consideration
  • Removing any fibroids or polyps
  • Taking a small sample of cells, an endometrial biopsy, for further testing


What should you expect after a hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopies are done as outpatient procedures, and once they’re over, you can often go home shortly after. Be sure to have a friend or family member with you to drive.

For the next few days, you may experience slight cramping or bleeding. You may also feel gassy from the expansion of your uterus.

Avoid sexual intercourse for at least two weeks while your uterus heals.

If your discomfort is unbearable, contact the board-certified team at Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda. Call or go online to book your appointment today.