Hysterscopy and Endometrial Biopsy

Well, that sucked.

I’ve written about my first hysterscopy here. This second one was much the same and I was way more nervous because I knew what was coming. Severe cramping for about 2 minutes. Just as I was about to tap out he said he was all done and the pain started to subside. But we weren’t done yet. I was so hoping that he could do the hysteroscopy and the biopsy in one fell swoop but that was not to be my destiny.

As soon as I came to my senses I was asked to sit up with the speculum still in me so that the solution could drain out. That was so weird. It just felt all kinds of wrong and uncomfortable but at least not painful. What was painful was when I laid back down he had to re-adjust the damned speculum. Fun times.

I asked a friend, who had a un-sedated biopsy, what it would feel like and she said that it feels like really awful cramps for 10 seconds and then it would be over. I was shaking and nervous at this point but I figured 10 seconds is bearable. Boy was I wrong.

If you’ve ever had an IUD put in, this is very similar with a much more painful ending. He said he would count to three and have me cough. When he put the torture device in it was a very very sharp cramp that I could locate. Like, I almost knew exactly where he was getting the biopsy from. The hysteroscopy cramp was more of an overall period cramp that radiates down your legs (and up your spine if you’re lucky). This was very localized and had me yelling out explatives as quietly as I could.

Then he counted to 3 and I had to cough but it came out “*COUGH* FUCK! FUCK! *COUGH* *COUGH* *COUGH* FUCK! *COUGH*”. And I barely heard him say he was all done. Guys, it was terrible. Terrible, I say! That same localized cramp x 10. Terrible.

I was in a shaky haze after that but I did hear that the hyseroscopy was all clear and we’ll get the results of the biopsy in about a week. He also asked me if I’d taken the pain killers I was supposed to (indicating that I am perhaps a wimp). I had, of course. I took a lot more than I should have I’m sure. I just don’t think that Tylenol extra strength does the trick. If I have to do this again (and I seriously hope I don’t) I’m going to ask if I can take something prescribed and possibly have my husband drive me. This was not fun at all.

And there you have it. Again, I’m not the yard stick with which to measure these procedures by as my pain threshold is one above zero. But at least you know how the procedure works if you have to go through it.

I have no idea how I’m going to give birth one day. Goodness me.


modern day torture device

28 thoughts on “Hysterscopy and Endometrial Biopsy

  1. Ack!! Sorry it was so painful to you.
    If it makes you feel any better…there was some study done not too long ago, and the result was that Tylenol is no longer approved for pain. I don’t have a reference for it to share, sorry. Maybe if you need to do this again, they will actually prescribe you something that will help with the pain!! In any case, I hope you’re not still hurting too bad!

  2. I’m still cringing for you!! My clinic automatically offers sedation. It was highly recommended that I did not decline sedation for my hysteroscopy. But I didn’t want to take a day off work, so I sucked it up and did it with no meds. I thought I was going to pass out during it. I remember thinking if childbirth was worse than this, then I’m out!! LOL.

  3. That sounds pretty horrible! Everything you are doing for your future baby is so sweet and shows so much dedication. Your perspective will be so different (being a mom) knowing how much you did to get your child/ren home! The rest is not a gift in any sense of the word, but that perspective will be priceless. Xoxo

  4. Sorry you had to go through that, I haven’t had a hysteroscopy yet but I had an endometrial biopsy – I took Naproxen before it and it really helped I think b/c mine just feel like 2 sharp pinching cramps but it was definitely bearable…Mine was possibly not as invasive b/c it was therapeutic not diagnostic though….Hope you never have to have one again!

  5. That sounds awful! I had a hysteroscopy and endometrial scratch recently but they do it under general anesthetic here in Germany so I didn’t feel any pain. It did mean I had to take the day off sick from work though. And I was still feeling quite tired for a few days after.

  6. I just had a sonohysterogram this morning. . Not enjoyable at all! The pinching of the cervix sent those same horrid cramps down my legs and made me want to double over. While there was no biopsy here, I feel ya sister! What doesn’t kill ya, right?

  7. GIrl, I feel your pain! My hysteroscopy was HORRIBLE. And I have a pretty high tolerance for pain (or so I thought). What’s worse, I had no idea is would be THAT painful, so I went alone on my lunch break and then had to go back to WORK. So terrible. I am glad you made it through and hope you feel much better now!

  8. Oh man I’m so sorry you had to endure that. I had a hysteroscopy and biopsy unmedicated and all at once for our first failed ivf and never yelled so loud in my life. It was very traumatic for me. I still get upset thinking about it. But my second one at another clinic where we had success was much more tolerable. I think it was the doc who was just better at it.

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