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Female Gynecologist Office Procedures
A hysteroscopy is done when there are problems with the uterus that need to be diagnosed or treated. When a hysteroscopy is done, a thin tube with a light at the end is used, called a hysteroscope. This is inserted through your vagina and into your uterus, which then sends an image of the uterus to a screen for diagnoses. A hysteroscopy is done when the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding needs to be found. This can mean a heavier than normal menstrual flow or bleeding between menstrual periods. This procedure can also be done in these situations:
- To remove adhesions that may have occurred from infections or past surgeries.
- When a women has more than two miscarriages in a row.
- To find the location of an intrauterine device.
- As a form of permanent birth control, a hysteroscope is used to place small implants in the fallopian tubes.
This procedure is used to see inside the cervix. A magnifying device, called a colposcope, is used to shine a light into the vagina and onto the cervix. This will allow the gynecologist to find problems that cannot be seen from plain view. This procedure is done after a cervical cancer screening and there are abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix. During a colposcopy, if there are abnormal areas, a biopsy of these areas may be done. A colposcopy without a biopsy should not have any side effects. If a biopsy is done, it may result in discomfort for a few days.