Hysteroscopy: What to Expect at Home

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Your Recovery

Female pelvic organs

You may have cramps and light vaginal bleeding for a day or two. If the doctor filled your uterus with air, you may have gas pains or your belly may feel full. You may also have shoulder pain. These symptoms should go away in 1 to 2 days.

If the doctor filled your uterus with liquid, you may have watery vaginal discharge for several weeks.

This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.

How can you care for yourself at home?

Activity

  • Rest when you feel tired.
  • You can do your normal activities when it feels okay to do so.
  • Ask your doctor when it is okay for you to have sex.

Medicines

  • Your doctor will tell you if and when you can restart your medicines. He or she will also give you instructions about taking any new medicines.
  • If you take blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), or aspirin, be sure to talk to your doctor. He or she will tell you if and when to start taking those medicines again. Make sure that you understand exactly what your doctor wants you to do.
  • Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
    • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
    • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine.
  • If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

When should you call for help?

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You passed out (lost consciousness).
  • You have sudden chest pain and shortness of breath, or you cough up blood.
  • You have severe pain in your belly.

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have severe vaginal bleeding. This means that you are soaking through your usual pads or tampons every hour for 2 or more hours and passing clots of blood.
  • You are sick to your stomach or can't keep fluids down.
  • You have pain that does not get better after you take your pain medicine.
  • You have a fever over 38°C.
  • You have vaginal discharge that has increased in amount or smells bad.
  • You have trouble passing urine or stool, especially if you have pain or swelling in your lower belly.
  • You have pain, discomfort, or bleeding with sex.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • You do not get better as expected.

Where can you learn more?

Go to http://www.healthwise.net/ed

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Current as of: February 25, 2016