Recovering at home
It's a good idea to rest when you get home.
If you had a general anaesthetic, someone should stay with you for at least 24 hours until the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off. Don't drive or drink alcohol during this time.
While you recover, you may experience:
- cramping that's similar to period pain – this should pass in a few days and you can take regular painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen in the meantime
- spotting or bleeding – this can last up to a week or more; use sanitary towels rather than tampons until your next period to help reduce the risk of your womb or cervix (entrance to the womb) becoming infected
These side effects are normal and nothing to worry about, but you should seek medical advice if they are severe.
Returning to your normal activities
Most women feel they can return to normal activities, including work, the day after having a hysteroscopy. Some women return to work later the same day.
However, you may wish to have a few days off to rest, particularly if you had treatment such as fibroids removal and/or a general anaesthetic was used.
Your doctor or surgeon can advise you about any activities you need to avoid while you recover, but generally speaking:
- you can eat and drink as normal straight away – if you feel a bit sick after a general anaesthetic, try eating small, light meals at first
- you can have a shower the same day and a bath the next day, unless your doctor advises you differently. If you have had a general anaesthetic you may still be feeling dizzy so it is a good idea to make sure there is another adult around to help you
- you should avoid having sex for a week, or until any bleeding stops – this will help to reduce the risk of infection
Getting your results
Your doctor or nurse will let you know whether they found anything unusual during your hysteroscopy, or discuss how any treatment went, straight away.
If a small sample of tissue (biopsy) was removed from the womb, it can take several weeks to get your results. These may be sent through the post to your home address or to your doctor's surgery.
Make sure you know how you'll receive your results before leaving the hospital.
When to get medical advice
Contact your GP or the hospital clinic if you:
- have severe pain that isn't relieved by regular painkillers
- have heavy bleeding that means you have to change sanitary pads frequently
- pass bright red blood or large clots
- have foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- feel hot and shivery
These symptoms could be a sign of a problem, such as an infection.