Do you know what is also awful about this? For me it has meant that having something else relatively minor done ‘down there’ has inadvertently turned into a nightmare. Yesterday I had what turned out to be a tiny polyp removed from my cervix. The procedure ended up being fine, apart from my general vaginismus with the speculum. Before she started the procedure I had explained about my awful hysteroscopy last year and then some major anxiety kicked in and I went to pieces. The doctor and supporting nurse were absolutely wonderful, gave me time to pull myself together, talked to me, didn’t rush
After having my own horror story last October, which I’ve already documented here, I’ve finally contacted PALS at my local hospital where it happened. I’ve asked to make a formal complaint and apparently someone will be getting in touch soon. I feel emboldened by all the stories I’ve read here and elsewhere, plus of course the bigger hysteroscopy campaign. I’ll let you know what happens!
I think that if you haven’t given birth vaginally then the cervix has never been fully opened. So if you try to push something through it from below, especially if you’re post menopausal when the cervix seems to change anyway, it feels like someone is trying to drive a truck through it. I know, because this is me and it happened to me!
I’m 2 years post menopausal and have no children. I had an hysteroscopy this morning. Put it this way, one of the staff said afterwards that if the doctors actually told patients in advance how painful if can be, nobody would ever do it. The staff were lovely, to be fair, but the procedure was horrible. They had to dilate my cervix and the pain was excruciating. I had gas and air, thankfully, but because of that I’m not sure if I was ever given a LA. Apparently I went very pale and they tipped me up head down. They had to put me in a recovery room for a while afterwards and my partner was allo