You should recover from the sedation very quickly and will probably be able to go home after a short rest. Sometimes women find that they have some pain after the procedure. This happens after a general anaesthetic as well as after a sedation procedure.
The nurse looking after you can give you more painkillers to make sure that you are comfortable. The nurse will also complete some checks before you go home.
Before you leave the hospital, the doctor / nurse will explain the findings of the procedure, or will make a further appointment to do this. If a biopsy has been taken, it may be 3-4 weeks before the results are available.
When discharged it is important that a responsible adult accompanies you. You are advised to go home by car or taxi. As with all surgical procedures, you should have a responsible adult stay with you overnight after a procedure. Once home, simple pain relief may be taken if needed. Some women feel ready to resume normal activities and work the day after the procedure, others may need to take a day or two off work.
Most women experience no medical problems following sedation or minor gynaecological procedures. The hospital or a GP should be contacted immediately if you have any concerns. The following symptoms may indicate an infection or other complication:
Persistent heavy bleeding
Pain that persists for more than 48 hours
Swollen abdomen or general abdominal pain (more than just a mild bloating sensation)
Vaginal bleeding and spotting usually settles slowly over days or even weeks. Some women find that the first period following some procedures is heavier or more prolonged than usual. To help avoid the risk of infection after vaginal procedures, tampons should not be used for at least one week after therapy. Sexual intercourse should be avoided until bleeding stops.