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Advanced Examinations

Advanced Examinations

1. Hysteroscopy (H-scopy)

H-scopy uses a hysteroscope to examine if the uterus and uterine lining are normal. There is a direct correlation between the condition of the uterus and embryo implantation.

Patient will be asked to lie on her back on the examination table with feet raised and supported by stirrups, similar to a pap smear or vaginal exam. An optical instrument connected to a video unit with a fiber optic light source is inserted to check the conditions of the uterus.

If only a simple examination is required, there is no need for anesthesia. The whole process takes about 3 mins, after which, the patient is asked to rest for another 30 mins. For further examination and operation, anesthesia will be administered and the process will take about 5 mins. Resting period is an additional 1-2 hours.

When to test:
Best time to test is after the last menstrual cycle and before ovulation takes place for the next cycle. If it is a regular cycle of 28 days, the best time will be in the morning of the 7th to 11th day.

H-Scopy is a higher form of test utilized for difficult pregnancies. It is very safe and accurate. There can be a 100% accuracy rate through visual examination via the hysteroscope.

New advancements in technology in H-scopy uses a smaller, thinner optical instrument of only 2-3mm diameter, thus, the procedure is almost painless.

Based on the findings, it is possible that patient will be asked to undergo further tests under anesthesia. There is a slim chance patient will experience some of the risks from the administering anesthesia, such as infection, allergic reactions and bleeding.

Slight bleeding during the period between an H-scopy procedure and the next menstrual cycle is normal.

For couples with continued problems in infertility for a number of years and who have opted for in-vitro fertilization (test tube baby), it is recommended that they undergo an H-scopy exam to determine uterus conditions.

Fasting is required for eight hours prior to an H-scopy exam – no food or water intake.

After the examination, slight bleeding or abdominal pains during the period between an H-scopy procedure and the next menstrual cycle is normal.

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