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    Clinicians need to remember that they may not get a second chance to perform hysteroscopy if a lady has a traumatic experience the first time. I declined the second hysteroscopy as the first, where a biopsy was taken, was so painful. I would have had to undergo pain again to prove that I couldn't tolerate the procedure without any sedation before they would consider doing it under GA. Of course all my friends know how painful it was for me; so what happens if they need to go through one in the future but decline it as a result of hearing about my experience? If it were up to me I'd ban this barbaric, humiliating and traumatic procedure.
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    For ladies like myself the damage has already been done. I will never go for another hysteroscopy again, not even under sedation or general anaesthesia as I can't trust medical staff. The trauma is with me with every medical contact; what I experienced means that I don't feel I'll be able to attend any gynaecological appointments again, not even cervical screening . Even the flu vaccine was traumatic so I dread to think how I would cope with a Covid-19 test - unknown practitioners so not to be trusted. Of course all my friends know about my experience so are now wary of this procedure, which in turn may negatively impact on their health. I struggle on with what's happening to my body, let's just hope it's the menopause and not womb cancer.
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    Surely all women are entitled to pain free hysteroscopy? The problem many of us face is that we don't have the information before the procedure so we can't make an informed choice. Most women don't have relatives working in the NHS who can give them the heads up as to what to ask. And we can't have any anaesthesia or even basic pain relief - and women don't know that this is wrong. Many women are told to take paracetamol or ibuprofen - I wouldn't know how to access cocodamol or naproxen, how do women get hold of this if it helps?
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    Hello Jackie, It's good to hear that you have been offered another way to have the procedure. Fingers and toes crossed that it all goes well, and from what I've read it seems to. Hopefully you'll have an answer to your issue and a way forward with any treatment required. I do wish there was a risk assessment that they could do to work out the chances of the procedure being painful - such as post menopausal, no vaginal births, that sort of thing. I also wonder if there is any data on which symptoms trigger a painful experience or if there are any tweaks to the way it's done that impact on the failure rate. It must cost more money the more times they have to try - and the cost of us having more than one appointment, even if we decline another attempt. Take care, Carrie.
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    Just a quick update: biopsy results show nothing sinister or malignant - phew! But ... they have given me another appointment 'to discuss hysteroscopy and insertion of Mirena coil plus or minus endometrial polypectomy.' (scans have shown fibroids). I'm already worrying even though it's 5 weeks away. So, I decided to be proactive and I contacted the Nurser Hysteroscopist and had a chat with her. Apparently the doctor I saw has now left so I won't see him again. We had a long conversation about my previous experience and discussed a possible way forward for the next appointment. She says that she has made a note of everything agreed and I have to ask for her when I get there. At the moment I haven't cancelled the appointment, but I'm concerned that they will try to persuade me to try again for the procedure - and I'm not even sure that I want a Mirena fitted. If I refuse the Mirena will I just have to out up with the heavy blood loss until the menopause? The question is: do I trust them enough to go to the appointment or not??? I'm planning to speak with my GP about it all, but she's on leave at the moment.
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    Hello, Following very heavy bleeding and ultrasound scans I was referred to Bishop Auckland Hospital and attended the appointment on 16th June 2020. Prior to the appointment I received no information so I attended with no idea of what to expect. My GP did say that they might fit an IUS during the appointment and that they would do a biopsy to check out the thickening of the womb that had been spotted on the ultrasound scan. So, in order to find out more I looked online to see what information there was - I was surprised at the range of responses to a biopsy and hysteroscopy. I was anxious as I entered the hospital and just found it all too much. The nurse tried to reassure me that it would be ok and that the doctor, a man, was nice. The doctor was a man - they did not take on board that I did not wish to be touched by a man; should I have had a choice? He took the notes that I had prepared for the appointment with all the details of what had happened and the medication that I was taking. I was never asked to sign a consent form; should I have been asked to sign especially if they could see the state that I was in? In my profession it's a case of: if it's not written down then it didn't happen. I was told that they didn't offer any anaesthesia due to the pressure of Covid-19 - is this going to be an excuse forever? I was taken into a room and prepared for the procedure. My legs were shaking so much; the nurse kept telling me to breathe and to push down. The doctor proceeded to carry out an internal examination - never in my life have I been so mortified that a stranger should do such a thing. He then proceeded to carry out the biopsy as I'd only reluctantly agreed to this as it was a priority to find out the cause of the bleeding. It was the most horrific pain I have ever experienced - and no the nurses talking and trying to hold my hand did not help. The doctor just pushed the instruments in and I've no idea what they were as he didn't bother to talk through what he was doing - does anyone else find that someone explaining things helpful? If I knew when things were likely to have been painful then I could have better timed my deep breathing. I am so worried about having to go back for the results and seeing the same people again. I am still feeling sore inside (21.06.20) but no I'm not going to find out about that as not doubt there will be more pain. I am dreading having to go back: I'm planning to speak with my GP to see what the alternatives might be. I'm usually an outgoing, happy, confident person but now I feel violated, as well as physically and mentally abused. How long do we have to put up with corporate violence towards women by the NHS??? I'll keep you posted ...