A vaginoscopic approach to reduce the pain of office hysteroscopy

S Bettocchi, L Selvaggi
Journal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists 1997, 4 (2): 255-8
We developed a new approach to diagnostic hysteroscopy that reduces patient discomfort and increases the possible applications of hysteroscopy. Between February 1992 and March 1996, 1200 hysteroscopies were performed at our institution. Of these, the last 680 were done using the vaginoscopic approach without preselection. Discomfort was reduced in all patients, including those with moderate stenosis of the internal cervical os. Vaginoscopy is easy to perform and incurs no additional cost for the patient. It is ideal for office hysteroscopy and in patients who otherwise might require general anesthesia, such as virgins and older women with somewhat stenotic vaginas.

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