Women’s & Children’s Division
Information Following Your Procedure
Patient Information Leaflet
Information Following Your Procedure
This leaflet will answer some of your questions. If
there is anything else that you would like to know,
please ask us.
Today you have had a hysteroscopy performed.
The doctor had a look inside your womb with a
small telescope. In addition, you may have had
either a mirena or copper coil inserted.
You may have had a biopsy taken which involved
taking a small sample of tissue from the lining of
your womb. How will I feel afterwards?
You may experience some or none of the following
You may experience some crampy period type
pains. These usually ease off once the procedure is
completed. In some women, they continue for one
or two days. You may take simple painkillers but do
not take more than the recommended dose.
This may last for a day or two. The procedure has
involved opening the neck of the womb slightly and
this can be associated with a risk of infection or
discharge. We advise you use sanitary pads rather
than tampons to reduce this risk. We also advise you to avoid sexual intercourse
until the bleeding stops.
Following your procedure
• It is advisable to rest for the remainder of the
• You may eat and drink as normal.
• You may bath /shower as normal.
• You can go back to work/resume normal
activities the following day.
Complications (very rare but can occur)
• Severe or persistent bleeding.
• Excessive pelvic pain.
• Foul smelling vaginal discharge.
• Feeling unwell with shivers.
• High temperature.
• These may be immediate symptoms, or
could occur up to fourteen days after your
The symptoms may be due to:
• Infection, which can be easily treated with
• Uterine perforation (a hole in the womb).
If I have had a biopsy taken, when will I get the
It can take up to two weeks for the biopsy to be
If the results of the biopsy are normal, we will not
need to see you again in relation to this episode of
bleeding. You will be referred back to your GP and
a copy of the letter will be sent to you. You should
receive this letter within 4 weeks of having the
Occasionally, you may be recalled for a repeat
biopsy or for further treatment, depending on the
Should the biopsy taken show more serious
abnormalities, you will be offered an appointment
within two weeks in the Gynaecology clinic to
discuss treatment with a Consultant. Any other
follow up appointment will usually take place within
two months of you having the biopsy.
Who to contact?
If you have an urgent enquiry, please see your GP
or go to your nearest A&E department.
Coming to our clinic may have been overwhelming
for you. We hope you have felt welcomed and as
comfortable as possible, and that you have
understood all that has been discussed with you.
We may ask you to provided written feedback about
your experience today.
If you have any non-urgent enquiries, please
Hysteroscopy clinic on 01926 495321 ext. 4527
Available Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
All other times, contact Beaumont Ward 01926
495321 ext. 4540/4559 Other Information
Before you leave the clinic you will be informed
whether a further appointment is necessary. This
follow-up appointment will be given to you before
you leave or sent to you in the post.
We will send a letter to your GP informing them that
you have attended our clinic and of any procedure
you may have undergone. A formal discharge letter
is also forwarded to your GP. A copy of this letter is
usually sent to you.
At South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust we are
fully committed to quality and diversity, both as an
employer and as a service provider. We have a policy
statement in our Equality Strategy that clearly outlines
our commitment to equality for service users, patients
• You and your family have the right to be treated fairly
and be routinely involved in decisions about your
treatment and care. You can expect to be treated
with dignity and respect. You will not be
discriminated against on any grounds including age,
disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil
partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion
or belief, sex or sexual orientation
• You have a responsibility to treat other service users,
patients and or staff with dignity and respect
Our information for patients can also be made available
in other languages, Braille, audio tape, disc or in large
We offer a Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS). This
is a confidential service for families to help with any
questions or concerns about local health services.
You can contact the service by the direct telephone line
on 01926 600054, by email: email@example.com
calling in person to the PALS office which is located in
the Lakin Road entrance to the hospital. Catalogue Numbe
r: SWH 00902
2.0 Publication Date
: November 2017 Review Date
: November 2022 Author
: Colposcopy Unit Manager