The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), recommends that girls have their first gynecology exam when they are between the ages of 13 and 15. However, most Nigerian females have their first gynecology exam during their first pregnancy. This sheds light on the amount of neglect the gynecology field in Nigeria faces. A hysteroscopy is one of many gynecological procedures every female should undergo.
WHAT IS A HYSTEROSCOPY?
Hysteroscopy is a form of minimal invasive surgery. It is a procedure that allows a gynecologist see inside the female’s uterus in order to diagnose and treat different problems.
A tiny telescope, called a hysteroscope , is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. The hysteroscope allows the surgeon to visualize the inside of the uterine cavity on a video monitor.
Why do you need to go for a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy can be performed to investigate problems such as
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Postmenopausal bleeding
- Pelvic pains
- Repeated miscarriages
- Difficulty getting pregnant.
In 2017, the maiden edition of the Global Congress on Hysteroscopy took place in Spain. A group of world experts in the field of gynecology came together to discuss hysteroscopy. They deemed the procedure important enough to hold a congress about it, a congress that is now being held every two years!
Dr. Okohue Jude, an expert Obstetrician/Gynecologist, a minimal access surgeon and fertility expert, who was the West African Sub-region representative at the maiden edition of the Global Congress on Hysteroscopy, stated that Hysteroscopy should be a routine office procedure. Also a three year project conducted by Research-gate between January 2003 and December 2005 concluded that, Hysteroscopy is a valuable tool in the assessment of the uterine cavity.
This just goes to prove that a hysteroscopy is very important, which is why at EL-RAPHA Hospitals and Diagnostics, with the latest in medical equipments and a host of experienced doctors and nurses, we offer a host of gynecological services including hysteroscopy.