Female Cystoscopy Experience - Don't Worry

May 24, 2014

I had a Cystoscopy yesterday afternoon. I've known for about a month that I would have to have one and I have been worried sick about it. Found some awful posts on the net about it, and then fortunately found many reassuring posts on this forum! Trust me that when the ladies on here say "Don't worry"....DON'T! I've been so anxious, that I've lost sleep and my appetite over it. I was in and out of Theatre in 7 minutes!  I asked my husband to time it as I knew I wanted to do a review on here to help others, as it has been this forum that got me through it yesterday! 

You are in the position for a smear test for the procedure. Knees bent and apart and feet flat and together on the couch. So no stirrups (which I was glad about, as I hate that restriction, and I had expected that!) First they swab the area down, then insert the local anaesthetic. That just feels slightly cold, but not uncomfortable or painful. Then the camera is inserted, and again, that didn't hurt either. The nurse holding my hand told me it was in and then let me watch on the monitor. Whilst the camera is in, the surgeon fills your bladder with water so that he can see it all clearly. Within a couple of minutes, it's all done! I honestly wouldn't even say it was uncomfortable. You are aware something is going on, but certainly no pain. And if the surgeon told me he was going to do another Cystoscopy on me, I wouldn't lose a moments sleep over it!  I was given a cup of tea after the procedure, and sat and rested for a while, and once I had passed urine the nurses discharged me from the ward. I've been passing urine normally and it hasn't even stung, so I guess I've been lucky. I had no pain until a couple of hours after the procedure, when I guess my anaesthetic had worn off. It was just like Period Pain. I took a couple of Paracetamol and it eased off, and today I am fine.

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Don't Worry Women - Flexible Cystoscopy

I had a flexible cystoscopy for the first time yesterday as my GP keeps finding a trace of blood showing on urine tests & I have frequency of urination. I was nervous beforehand - not helped by a wait of over 2 hours - and could find little information as to what the procedure is like for a female. I want to say to all ladies about to undergo this procedure please don't worry. It is no worse than a smear test and a trip to the dentist is far worse in my opinion!

I had no sensation of the scope being inserted due to the numbing gel, no pain whatsoever, and only a momentary twinge of discomfort as the scope was rotated. I've had no bleeding or discomfort urinating afterwards and feel fine. I think this procedure may be worse for the men!

It was interesting to see the inside of my bladder & to be reassured that there was nothing wrong. The trace of blood is normal for some people and the frequency is possibly hormonal.

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I am 39 years old and since 10 months cystitis is been part of my life. I took many antibiotic and resulted positive to 2 urine test with the “Escherichia Coli” bacterium. I went to the specialist and had an ultrasound, which was normal but now he is insisting on having the flexible cystoscopy which consist in inserting a small tube with a camera inside the bladder to make sure that nothing is obstructing the urine tract such a stones, small extra tissues etc.

Wouldn’t  the ultrasound identify these if any? Has any of you done this test (Flexible Cystoscopy)?

Does any of you managed to have an Antibiogram test (or ABG)  which allow to identify what antibiotic is right for that type of bacteria?

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Today I had a Flexible Cystoscopy .i have to say I was really worried about this .i to had read lots of horror stories and got myself worried .well I need not have done ,the procedure lasted bout 5 mins and was completely painless.they did use some gel and I could feel the tube but no pain and very little discomfort. My consultant told me everything was fine and after a cup of tea I came home.i have had very slight stinging when passing urine first time but even that is ok now.

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I thought I'd let you know about my experience of a gastroscopy and colonoscopy with sedation yesterday. I found this web site two days before my procedure and found it really useful.

I was told that I would have to have a gastroscopy and colonoscopy about three weeks ago and I've been so so worried about it ever since. I have a phobia about being sick so the thought of someone sticking a camera down my throat filled me with dread :shock: ....all that retching HELP!

Anyway I got to the hospital and after a short wait a really friendly nurse called me through to an assessment room. She asked me all the usual health questions. I explained to her that I was so anxious and was really worried about the retching and being sick. She explained that there might be some retching as this is the natural protection process to stop you choking.

The nurse said what might help is the anaesthetic throat spray. She also said that the camera had a little suction tube on it so if there was any fluid in your stomach they could suck it away. I asked if they could give me enough sedation to make me sleep, she said that they are only allowed to use so much, but I would be nice and relaxed and may fall asleep.

I was then asked to change into one of those groovy hospital gowns. The Doctor then came to speak to me and went through the consent form. I told him my fears, he was very sympathetic. He then asked me to walk to the endoscopy room. The doctor asked me if I wanted the throat spray, I said yes please! He told me that the spray may make me feel that there was a lump in my throat but I would still be able to breath and swallow normally. He then put a cannula in my arm and tried to put my mind at rest, he then asked me to lie on my left side. The nurse said she had to put a little sponge in my nose, this gave me oxygen. Also she had to put a tube in my mouth this was a type of mouth guard. The Doctor said that he would now be giving the sedation.

I felt myself relax, the next thing I knew the gastroscopy bit was over and they were nearly finished with the colonoscopy bit, with one of the nurses holding my hand. That was quite interesting as I could watch the screen (if I wanted), there was just one slight bit of discomfort, then I was taken back the to recovery area. The nurses said that I had tolerated both procedures really well. I was so relieved that I could not remember any of the gastroscopy...not even one retch :D ! The nurses then brought me tea and biscuits and shortly after was allowed to go home. I just wished I hadn't worried so much, so I hope you don't either!

I would like to thank the Endoscopy staff at DCH for looking after me so well.

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I have been tested and have HSV2 I only ever get 1 tiny bump that comes up a few times.

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My heart is healthy (I had an EKG and an echo done two months ago when my ectopics started to bother me again). I don't know if what I'm experiencing now is PACs or PVCs (none were found on my EKG) but earlier I had only PACs. I would assume that most of my ectopics are PACs.

I know that stress and anxiety is a major trigger, and what often happens is that I'm having one ectopic, I'm trying not to worry about it, then I have another one and I get a major rush of adrenaline, which makes the ectopics go wild and I'm having 5-15 a minute for a while (15-20 minutes) and suddenly they just go away.

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