This type of surgery uses a small camera, which is introduced through the cervix to view the cavity of the uterus. It can be used as a diagnostic tool to determine the presence of polyps, fibroids, scar tissue etc. It can also be used to remove polyps or fibroids or place a sterilization device such as Essure. Often, before having this type of surgery, you will be required to take a medication called Cytotec two times the day prior to surgery. This medication softens the cervix allowing for a more comfortable introduction of the hysteroscope. After the procedure, it is common to experience light bleeding or discharge that can last up to 2-3 weeks. If you experience a fever, prolonged nausea and vomiting, severe pain not relieved by Motrin, and bleeding heavier than that associated with a period, you must call your physician. You must abstain from intercourse, douching, the use of tampons or tub baths and swimming for at least 2 weeks following your procedure.