OFFICE-BASED UTERINE ACCESS
Procedures Are Common and Painful
Transvaginal uterine access is a common in-office procedure performed for a variety of reasons including IUD placement, endometrial biopsy, embryo transfer, diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy. These procedures are rapidly growing as they can be relatively quick, convenient, and do not require general anesthesia or a full Operating Room setup. However, because of the archaic tools used they can be difficult, painful and may lead to complications.
CURRENT STANDARD OF CARE
Existing Tools to Access the Uterus
Under current standards of care, a vaginal speculum is used to open the vagina and gain access to the cervix. A tenaculum is then, typically, used to grasp the cervix, and manipulate the cervix by pulling on the tenaculum.
With the tools used to cross the cervix, it is obvious that the procedure is painful and very difficult. It can result in significant bleeding, infection, and cervical and/or uterine perforations.