Period After Hysteroscopy

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Have you recently undergone a hysteroscopy procedure? Then, one of the most common questions you might have is, “When will I have my period after hysteroscopy?”

Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed to diagnose and treat any abnormalities in the inner lining of your reproductive organs. It is a fairly simple procedure; however, you might be worried about whether it may affect your menstrual cycles.

So, in this article, we will look into this topic in depth and clear the air regarding the procedure’s effects on hysteroscopy.

Timing Of Period After Hysteroscopy

In general, a hysteroscopy has not been found to disrupt your regular menstrual cycle. The time when you will get your period after a hysteroscopy depends on which stage of the menstrual cycle you underwent the procedure.

If you did a hysteroscopy two weeks after your menstrual cycle, you might get your period 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure. If you did the procedure when you were nearing your scheduled menstrual date, you might get your period early. It all depends on how far along you are on your menstrual cycle.

Also, if you underwent a hysteroscopy to remove polyps or adhesions, you might experience some bleeding for a few days. This is not your menstrual blood but post-procedure blood. So, don’t worry about it.

Changes In Menstrual Flow

Sometimes, though there won’t be many changes in your menstrual cycle, there might be some changes in your period flow. Most women who have undergone hysteroscopy before have noted that they experienced changes in the flow of their period. 

Some had light periods, while some had heavy periods for the first month. They have also noted that their periods became normal from the second month. This is normal after a hysteroscopy. 

Note: If you experience irregular periods or heavy or light bleeding for consecutive months, consult your doctor immediately. 

Factors Affecting Menstrual Cycle After Hysteroscopy

Though your menstrual cycle won’t be affected as much after a hysteroscopy procedure, there are still chances your menstrual cycle can be affected by certain factors that can cause a delayed, heavier, or lighter period. 

Hormonal Changes

The procedure can cause temporary hormonal fluctuations that can affect the rhythm of your menstrual cycle.

Stress

As you know, stress is one of the major factors affecting your menstrual cycle. During the procedure, you most probably will not be under sedation (unless it is a serious procedure). 

This can put physical and mental stress on your body, which can alter your menstrual cycle. 

Age

Age does not directly impact your menstrual cycle after a hysteroscopy. It might be attributed to the fact that with age, your healing speed decreases, making you take more time to heal the wounds caused by the procedure. This can inadvertently affect when you will get your menstrual cycle.

Managing Menstrual Symptoms

The first period after your hysteroscopy procedure might be a little painful. However, here are some methods you can follow to relieve yourself of menstrual pain and other symptoms.

Pain Relief

You can always visit your nearest medical store and buy over-the-counter painkillers to relieve menstrual pain. However, it is best to consult your doctor before taking any medication. 

Comfort Measures

While menstrual cramps are generally a common and manageable part of many women’s monthly cycles, some might wonder if these cramps can cause infertilityA warm compress, drinking hot water, and other home remedies can help you relieve menstrual cramps and other symptoms.

Hydration And Diet

A healthy body ensures a quicker recovery. To recover quickly from menstrual symptoms, eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated.

When To Seek Medical Advice

It is important to seek medical advice if you encounter any of the following symptoms.

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever or night chills
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Digestive issues

Conclusion

Worry not. Your hysteroscopy procedure does not have much effect on your menstrual cycle or when you will get your period. It all depends on which stage of your menstrual cycle you underwent the procedure.

However, if you feel like your period is delayed or you are experiencing an irregular menstrual flow, it is best to consult your fertility doctor and get it checked. Additionally, if you are undergoing fertility treatments such as hysteroscopy IVF, discussing any concerns with your doctor is crucial to ensure the best possible outcome.

Frequently asked questions

No, a hysteroscopy does not affect your period. However, you might experience certain changes in your menstrual cycle during the first month. This is normal and nothing to worry about.

In general, a hysteroscopy has not been found to disrupt your regular menstrual cycle. The time when you will get your period after a hysteroscopy depends on which stage of the menstrual cycle you underwent the procedure.

It might take about 1 to 2 weeks for your uterus to heal after a hysteroscopy. You will be advised to avoid certain activities like intercourse, douching, or inserting anything into the uterus that can affect its healing process.

Hysteroscopy does not affect your menstrual flow that much. However, it is quite normal for you to experience slightly heavier or lighter bleeding than normal after your hysteroscopy procedure.

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Dr. Rukkayal Fathima

Dr Rukkayal Fathima, India's Leading Gynaecologist and the best fertility doctor in Chennai. She has 11+ years of experience and treated 1000+ patients. She finished her M. S., Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Madras Medical College), Chennai. She is a visiting consultant at St. Isabelle Hospital, Motherhood Hospital, Rainbow Hospital & Mehta Hospital. Dr Rukkayal Fathima specialises in Obstetrics care, Early Pregnancy Scan, IVF, ICSI, TESA/Micro TESE, Menopause advice, Gynaecological surgeries and endoscopy. She is a Co-Founder of Hive Fertility, the Best Fertility Center in Chennai.

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