Patient's acceptance of outpatient hysteroscopy

Gynecol Obstet Invest. 1999;47(3):191-3. doi: 10.1159/000010092.


There is a trend towards performing hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy on an outpatient basis, as this alleviates the need for both an inpatient stay and a general anesthesia. Despite the wide acceptance by medical staff, there are few publications on how patients actually tolerate and accept these procedures. We performed a survey on 185 patients attending the outpatient hysteroscopy clinic at a teaching hospital to assess the degree of pain and their acceptance to those procedures using a visual analogue scale. All procedures were successfully performed under no anesthesia without complications. The mean age of the patients was 48 (range 24-78) and 9.4% were nulliparas. The mean pain experienced was 4.7 (SD 2.7) during hysteroscopy and 5.0 (SD 2.9) during endometrial biopsy. The overall preference scores for the procedure to be done under was 3.1 (SD 3.7). About 7% of patients expressed a preference for an overnight stay in hospital after the procedure, but the preference score was low (2.5, SD 3.6). The procedure was well accepted (8.3, SD 2.4) and highly recommended by the patients (8.4, SD 2.9). Outpatient hysteroscopy is well accepted and tolerated by patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Care*
  • Anesthesia, General
  • Anesthesia, Local
  • Biopsy
  • Endometrium / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hysteroscopy*
  • Menopause
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain
  • Parity
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*