OBJECTIVE: Outpatient hysteroscopy can be a painful procedure for some patients and there is still no consensus regarding analgesia use. We evaluated which types and modalities of analgesia are most commonly used in a select group of hysteroscopists. STUDY DESIGN: A 15-item questionnaire was created to assess the use of routine analgesia during office hysteroscopy. The SurveyMonkey portal (https://www.surveymonkey.com/) was used to administer the questionnaire. Of the 400 hysteroscopists who were approached, 229 replied. RESULTS: Routine pre-procedural or intra-procedural analgesia was used by 34% of hysteroscopists (67% of these reported using NSAIDs, 12% paracetamol, 7% opioids 13.5% other). Among hysteroscopists who routinely used intra-procedural analgesia, 46.1% reported using a paracervical block, 15.4% used an intracervical blockage, 15.4% had the patient listen to music during the procedure, 3.8% used local anesthetics, as in a spray or gel on the surface of the cervix, and 19.2% used some other method. Regarding misoprostol use, 75% of hysteroscopists reported not using it routinely. CONCLUSION: Our results are consistent with poor evidence from published studies that there is a low prevalence of routine analgesia use during outpatient hysteroscopy.

Pain Management During Office Hysteroscopy: A Survey of Hysteroscopists

Abis, Paola;Petriglia, Cecilia;Neri, Manuela;Cornacchia, Stefania;Angioni, Stefano;
2020-01-01

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Outpatient hysteroscopy can be a painful procedure for some patients and there is still no consensus regarding analgesia use. We evaluated which types and modalities of analgesia are most commonly used in a select group of hysteroscopists. STUDY DESIGN: A 15-item questionnaire was created to assess the use of routine analgesia during office hysteroscopy. The SurveyMonkey portal (https://www.surveymonkey.com/) was used to administer the questionnaire. Of the 400 hysteroscopists who were approached, 229 replied. RESULTS: Routine pre-procedural or intra-procedural analgesia was used by 34% of hysteroscopists (67% of these reported using NSAIDs, 12% paracetamol, 7% opioids 13.5% other). Among hysteroscopists who routinely used intra-procedural analgesia, 46.1% reported using a paracervical block, 15.4% used an intracervical blockage, 15.4% had the patient listen to music during the procedure, 3.8% used local anesthetics, as in a spray or gel on the surface of the cervix, and 19.2% used some other method. Regarding misoprostol use, 75% of hysteroscopists reported not using it routinely. CONCLUSION: Our results are consistent with poor evidence from published studies that there is a low prevalence of routine analgesia use during outpatient hysteroscopy.
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