Monday, 18 November 2019

Let's Talk Babies: So, I Had A Hysteroscopy

It's been a while since I last updated you all on how our journey to becoming parents is going. To be honest, it's slow going. I'm so grateful for the NHS, but my god, it's taken me the best part of a year to get my referral to gynaecology pushed through and all my appointments and procedures scheduled. It's still ongoing now, and will be going into 2020 I suspect. But we've made some progress, at least. 

A few months ago, I went into hospital as a day patient for a hysteroscopy. Don't freak out. A hysteroscopy, not a hysterectomy. A hysteroscopy, for those who don't know, is a procedure carried out under local or general anaesthetic whereby a camera is passed through the cervix and into the womb to have a look at the inside of the womb. During my last ultrasound, the sonographer suspected she saw some polyps on the lining of my womb as well as a thickened endometrium lining. So a hysteroscopy was ordered to investigate further. 

The procedure was carried out with no anaesthetic, although I was advised I could ask for gas and air if I found it too painful. But I didn't even realise that the camera had passed through my cervix and into my womb, to be honest. It was uncomfortable, and not the nicest sensation, but not unbearable. And it was a fascinating experience to see inside my own womb; not a sight you usually get to see, right? But then they told me they were going to cut some of my womb away for a biopsy.

The cutting away of my womb was the worst pain I've ever experienced to date. It's all well and good telling me to ask for gas and air if I need it, but I was so busy focusing on breathing and not blacking out that I didn't have the wherewithal to ask for pain relief. I was just about to ask them to stop, because I really couldn't take anymore, when they told me they were done. The camera was removed and I was taken to the recovery room. 

In the recovery room, I was given a cup of tea and the nurses took my vitals. Once my blood pressure had gone down, they let me get dressed and then the doctor came in to discuss what she had seen on the camera. 

It was good news. There's no sign of any polyps, and the endometrium lining is only slightly thickened but not enough to require any treatment. There's nothing physically wrong with my reproductive system. The doctor believes the problem is hormonal, which is much better and easier to treat, and I've been discharged back to my gynaecologist. Who I see in a few weeks time.

In the meantime, I've been put on Provera which is frustrating because it's a birth control drug so there's no chance of me getting pregnant before the New Year. But it has helped with my hormones and it's stopped the constant, heavy bleeding I was experiencing before the hysteroscopy. Before the hysteroscopy, I'd had 4-5 weeks of constant, heavy bleeding (to the point where I was being considered for a blood transfusion as I'd lost so much blood and become so anaemic) that even Norethisterone and a blood clotting drug couldn't stop. So the Provera is wonderful, in that respect. But it's only temporary, until my gynaecologist decides what to put me on longer term.

So, we'll wait and see what comes of my next appointment. I'm hoping it won't be another barrage of tests and waiting for another appointment, but if it is it is. At least we're making progress, no matter how slow. I'll be  sure to share another update when I have more news!

Have you ever had a hysteroscopy? Were you offered anaesthetic? 

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