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    Elaine
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  1. Community Post
    I'm very pleased it went well for you, Sarah. I don't want to rain on your parade but think it might be useful for others to know how your experience might differ to experiences in other hospitals. Sheffield Hallamshire is known to be better than most at managing pain in hysteroscopy with spinal anaesthesia and others including gas and air being available - these aren't available in most hospitals for outpatient hysteroscopy. It is questioned by many gynos as to whether local anaesthetic to the cervix has any effect against pain, but maybe yours team allowed enough time for it to become effec
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    The Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy hears this all the time - "It was like being tortured by nice people". Regardless of how supportive and kind they were, they should not have let the procedure continue if you were showing signs of severe pain and distress which you clearly were (see below). They do it without anaesthetic to save money. The hospitals aren't paid any more for hysteroscopies for GA in Day wards or conscious sedation with analgesia in OP which requires an anaesthetist, but they are clearly more costly. There seems to be a myth that women can endure pain because of childb
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    Hi Dawn, so sorry to hear this has happened to you. What an awful experience. Unfortunately you are far from being alone with feeling extreme pain with hysteroscopy. Research has shown that 1 in 4 women will experience severe pain. I hope this was explained to you before your procedure and you were given the opportunity to have it carried out under general anaesthetic or sedation. The RCOG guidelines state that all of this should be discussed with women prior to the procedure but unfortunately this very often doesn't happen. Also the procedure should have been stopped given the pain and di
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    Hi SailSawyer I'm so pleased to hear that the staff at New Alderley House, Macclesfield got it right for you. I've been part of the Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy for many years now and its good to hear some good outcomes amidst the ones that make me cringe from the horrors I'm reading. Approximately 1 in 4 women experience severe pain with hysteroscopy, and painful experiences appears to result from many factors - eg Unsuitable candidates for Outpatient hysteroscopy procedures in the first place, time post-menopause, whether we've had vaginal births, how skilled the hysteroscopy
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    Sorry to hear what has happened to you, Miche. I have been a member of the campaign group that HelenH mentions since it started over 7 years ago. You can see more about the group here: https://www.hysteroscopyaction.org.uk/ or visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HysteroscopyA . If you feel in need of some peer support following your dreadful ordeal, please message the facebook page. Best wishes.
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    Sorry to hear what has happened to you, Pam. The Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy has a webpage and a Facebook page. If you post on the facebook page you may find people with shared experiences. You can see more about the group here: https://www.hysteroscopyaction.org.uk/ or visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HysteroscopyA . If you feel in need of some peer support following your dreadful ordeal, please message the facebook page - we also have a private page we can invite you to join from there, where women can discuss their experiences without the whole of FB and goo
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    Sorry to hear what has happened to you, Miche. I have been a member of the campaign group that HelenH mentions since it started over 7 years ago. You can see more about the group here: https://www.hysteroscopyaction.org.uk/ or visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HysteroscopyA . If you feel in need of some peer support following your dreadful ordeal, please message the facebook page. Best wishes.
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    Hello MT So sorry to hear you've had this awful experience. Unfortunately you are not alone in experiencing severe pain and insensitive treatment and left feeling the way you do. I do hope you are feeling better today. Please, if you're on Facebook, the Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy has a closed Action/Support group that you are most welcome to join. If you'd like to do so please send me - Elaine Falkner (with photo of lady with white hair) - a Facebook friend request and I'll add you to the group. Best wishes
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    👍 You can let them know by posting on Care Opinion if you would like to. https://www.careopinion.org.uk/
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    That's really good to know there are women having a good hysteroscopy experience. Just wondering if anyone spoke to you about likelihood of pain or any alternatives to the outpatient procedure without any pain relief, or asked you questions to ensure you weren't in a high risk group for pain in advance of the hysteroscopy. If they did go through all that with you in line with the RCOG/BSGE guidelines, and you were able to give informed consent, they deserve to know they are getting it right! Which hospital was it, please.
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    Lisa, what you've written here is wonderful! I experienced a horrendously painful hysteroscopy when I was many years post-menopausal and had had very painful periods before that. I was in a high risk group for pain and this was ignored, as it is for thousands of women in the UK, because the powers that be prefer to say the procedure is well tolerated and most women don't experience pain. The truth is that for most women PROMS aren't sought. To hear you say "If someone is telling me they have pain, my job isn’t to judge or dismiss it," is music to my ears! How can we get other medics to agr
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    I'm very pleased to hear you had a smooth pain-free procedure, Birdy2020! Excellent! You clearly had an excellent team looking after you! What you are saying about your experience is how it should be for all women! However, this is far from the case. We are all different and women don't need to have an underlying health condition to experience severe pain with this procedure. Research figures show that approximately 30% of women undergoing hysteroscopy in outpatients will experience considerable pain and it is barbaric to carry these out when women are shouting out with pain and fai
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    I am so sorry to read this, Claire - what a nightmare situation for you and your family (you showed me your husbands lovely sculptures when we met in Bath). You say staff are frightened, and It must take a lot of courage to put yourself out there on the front line at the moment, day after day. Huge thank you to you and your work colleagues for doing this. Petition signed. Best wishes xxxx
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    I hadn't met the hysteroscopist or the 2 nurses before I entered the room for the procedure. Also had no idea what was about to happen as hadn't received any information.
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    I had a hysteroscopy and have to say it was the most painful experience of my life. I was 65. I had been fitted into a cancelled appointment, for which I was grateful but this meant I hadn't received any information and didn't know what was about to happen. I am not an anxious person and I'm not a wimp where pain is concerned. I delivered 2 children on gas and air, but I shouted out in pain and was reduced to tears both during and after this procedure and on occasion felt I was going to faint. It was commenced without any anaesthetic or analgesia. It soon became clear that my cervix was ver
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