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hifer
hifer

Hi,

I'm new here and this is my first post.

This is quite a specific post but I am on a very long and stressful IVF journey (like many other on here I'm sure). I am having a hysteroscopy on Saturday under a general anaesthetic and I have been really stressing about it. I'm worried about the procedure and the anaesthetic and perhaps most of all, what they will find. There are concerns about a thin endometrium and very very short periods hence the investigation. Has anyone else had this done and can you give me any advice to keep calm please? Stress levels are at an all time high, not sleeping and now constantly fighting with my fiancee which is adding more stress into the mix! He's been really good to date but I realise I can't turn to him every time I need an outlet, so I reckon you lovely people may be able to help me out with that!

Thanks a lot :-)

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Hidden
Hidden

You’ve come to the right place for support ❤️

I have had 2 hysteroscopies; one with a laparoscopy & one on its own. Ask me me anything you like!!!! 🙂

What is it that you are frightened of?

I’ve been under 4 times & promise you it’s not as scary as it sounds! xoxo

hifer
hifer in reply to Hidden

Thank you so much :-)

It's been so stressful getting to the point of getting it actually booked in, that the whole procedure has been shrouded by negativity I think. I also never take drugs (medication) and haven't had a general for a long time so not quite sure what to expect or how my body will react as normally it reacts badly to medication! Think also mainly scared of what will be found, if anything. The constant waiting during this whole process and putting my life on hold thing is just all getting a bit much! Sounds like you are still managing to remain incredibly positive and I want to get that back!

xx

Hidden
Hidden in reply to hifer

I know there is always something that we are waiting for!

If it makes you feel better for both the issues the scans had picked up on weren’t there at either of my hysteroscopy! I was thought to have a fibroid & though to have uneven uterus lining. A hysteroscopy will help clarify things , don’t be surprised if they look inside & say all is normal! Hysteroscopy can provide clearer images for medics to see.

The anaesthetic really isn’t that bad , literally you have it put inside your cannula and within seconds you’ve gone to sleep! The next thing you know you’re in recovery room! They can give meds to relax you, I had sedative as I was nervous on my second lap ( no one believed my endo was back & thought I’d look stupid it was back ) The theatre staff are lovely & you will be in safe hands. 👌🏻

Recovery for hysteroscopy was much easier than any of my laps as there are no incisions. I rested for a day or so & felt back to normal within 4 days.Although recovery is a very individual thing & will vary person to person. You will need to have pads ready as you may spot for a few days. Paracetamol eases the cramps I had , they weren’t bad I’ve had worse periods with endo!!! With any general anaesthetic you will need someone with you for the first 24 hours.

You got this 💪🏻

Believe me I have my bad days but we have to believe we will get there 🙂 xoxo

hifer
hifer in reply to Hidden

Sorry just seen this. Thank you very much for your very in depth response. Much appreciated. xx

Hi and welcome :)

I've not had the procedure but I just wanted to wish you all the best and say that you will find lots of help and support here.

xx

hifer
hifer in reply to genten

Thank you so much for your kind words, they are much appreciated. I'm very grateful to be a part of a group like this. xx

genten
genten in reply to hifer

It is amazing and the people here are fab. xx

Welcome to the forum! I’ve had 2 hysteroscopies - 1 awake and 1 under general anaesthetic and I can honestly say the one under general was a lot better. I know the waiting is hard and you’re unsure how your body will react but maybe just don’t have anything planned for the first few days after, that way if you are a bit groggy you’ve got time to yourself. You may have some bleeding after again all normal and to be expected. It’s only natural to be nervous but you’ll be fine and will get a lot of support on here xx

hifer
hifer in reply to E_05

Thank you. Yes have taken Monday off work so have a good couple of days at home. xx

I had one under GA. I cant say it was that bad....in fact the only rubbish bit was coming round from the anaesthetic, felt a bit sick/groggy. I had cramping and a little bleeding as they cut some scar tissue away in my uterus but this was gone quickly with one dose or pain relief and the bleeding subsided very quickly. Try not to worry, Im sure you'll be fine!xx

hifer
hifer in reply to Cinderella5

Thank you. Do they think that will help to conceive? Apologies I'm assuming that is what you are trying to do?x

Cinderella5
Cinderella5 in reply to hifer

The consultant though it may inprove the blood flow to the lining in my uterus. Time will tell if we manage to get there, we're doing IVF but my husband has a very low sperm count so its unlikely we could conceive naturally anyway.xx

hifer
hifer in reply to Cinderella5

We're also doing IVF but they wouldn't let me start without this procedure. All the very best to you xx

Cinderella5
Cinderella5 in reply to hifer

Thank you! I think its always good to rule out problems at the start so fingers crossed for you & wishing you luck too!xx

Hello I had a hysteroscopy in January this year under ga and was absolutely dreading it. It was nowhere near as bad as I though it would be though and there was very little pain afterwards. The ga doesn't really knock you about as you are only under for such a short period of time. I had a good sleep after the procedure and felt completely normal for the rest of the day. Honestly it's not as bad as it seems and I'm a huge scaredy cat! All the very best to you xxx

hifer
hifer in reply to Abaco

thank you xx

Amazing, thanks so much for your feedback, really useful. I think I've just built it up in my head for some reason. xx

Abaco
Abaco in reply to hifer

That is completely normal I spent the whole of last Christmas worried out of my mind! but it really wasn't that bad just had a few period type pains afterwards but nothing bad at all. They removed a fibroid which was blocking one of my tubes so tricky procedure but all was fine! All the best to you and it's very easy for me to say don't worry but you really don't need to with this procedure! Xxx

hifer
hifer in reply to Abaco

Oh good, glad they removed a fibroid. That's excellent xx

Hi I was awake for mine and if I would have had a choice I would have preferred to have a ga. I enjoy being put out, I feel like I get a decent sleep (even if it is for a very short time) but then I also have some lovely naps the rest of the day/night and the next day. I think with all the procedures in this journey, they are more daunting than you think. As I didn't have a ga on mine, I went on my own and drove myself home after. I can understand the results will be worrying you and I hope that you get some good news xx

hifer
hifer in reply to AnnieAnnie

Thank you, very kind. xx

Hello! I was awake for mine and it was totally fine. Sure, it was a bit uncomfortable, but only for about 45 seconds while the polyp was being removed. I actually thought it was pretty cool as the dr let me watch on the screen and she explained everything as she was going along! But maybe I have a strong constitution! I really didn’t want general. In fact it’s one of the reasons I chose the dr - she almost never does it under general and the first dr I saw (a man!) always uses general. I reckon it’s because they can charge a whole lot more for it. That’s my two cents. It’s really not that bad! Good luck xx

hifer
hifer in reply to TheSpeedyDiva

Thanks. Interesting thoughts. I wasn't given a choice as to which I would like. I think they do them all under general at my hospital. Also both NHS and private options were both general. Good news they got the polyp :-) xx

Hi welcome to the forum. I've not got any experience of it but just wanted to say good luck with your treatment x

hifer
hifer in reply to LegoBatgirl

Thank you x

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