Hysteroscopy Specialist

Metropolitan Women's Center

Gigi Hafizi, MD

OB-GYN located in Annandale, VA

Abnormal pelvic pain, bleeding, or other problems affecting the inside of your body are much easier to diagnose and treat when the doctor can see what’s going on. At Metropolitan Women’s Center in Annandale, Virginia, OB/GYN Gigi Hafizi, MD, offers hysteroscopies. This minimally invasive, in-office procedure allows Dr. Hafizi to diagnose or treat your condition with no downtime for recovery. To learn more about how a hysteroscopy may help your gynecological issue, call or click online to book an appointment with Dr. Hafizi today.

Hysteroscopy Q&A

What is hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is a procedure that may help diagnose or treat specific gynecological conditions. This procedure gives Dr. Hafizi a close look at your cervix and uterus, which provides valuable information about your reproductive health.

During a hysteroscopy, Dr. Hafizi inserts a special instrument called a hysteroscope into your vagina. A hysteroscope is a thin tube with a light on it that projects an image of your uterus onto a screen for Dr. Hafizi to see.

Why would I need a hysteroscopy?

One of the most common reasons Dr. Hafizi may use a hysteroscopy is to diagnose the underlying cause of abnormal vaginal bleeding. Abnormal bleeding means you bleed in between menstrual periods or have periods that are longer or heavier than normal.

Other reasons you might need a hysteroscopy include:

  • Abnormal Pap test results
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause
  • Multiple miscarriages
  • Problems getting pregnant

What conditions can hysteroscopy help treat?

Beyond its ability to help diagnose problems, hysteroscopy can also assist in treatment in some cases. Dr. Hafizi may use hysteroscopy for the following reasons:

  • To remove fibroids, polyps, or scar tissue from your uterus
  • To locate an IUD that shifted out of place
  • To perform sterilization as a permanent birth control
  • To take a small biopsy from your uterine tissue

What should I expect from a hysteroscopy procedure?

Dr. Hafizi performs hysteroscopies right in her office. She may give you medicine to help you relax and dilate your cervix for the procedure. She uses a speculum to hold your vagina open, similar to a Pap test.

Then, she gently inserts the hysteroscope through your cervix and into your uterus. She inserts a gas, such as carbon dioxide, or fluid, such as salt water, through the hysteroscope to expand your uterus so she can see more clearly.

After the procedure, you can resume normal activities right away. No downtime is needed for recovery. Mild cramping or spotting is normal and should go away within a few days.  

To learn more, call Metropolitan Women’s Center or book an appointment online today.