One hundred seventy-seven women aged 41 ± 8 (mean ± SD) years, referred for evaluation of excessive uterine bleeding, were enrolled in an open-label randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of local anesthesia before hysteroscopy in an outpatient population. The patients underwent hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy with paracervical block by 10 mL of 1% mepivacaine hydrochloride solution (n = 87) or no local anesthesia (n = 90) and assessed lower abdominal and pelvic pain according to a 10-point linear analog scale. The mean ± SD pain score was 4.5 ± 2.0 at hysteroscopy and 5.2 ± 2.1 at endometrial biopsy in the 87 subjects given a paracervical block versus 4.9 ± 2.2 and 5.7 ± 2.4 in the 90 women not given local anesthesia, without statistically significant differences. Paracervical anesthesia for routine outpatient hysteroscopy in premenopausal women may be superfluous.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Fertility and Sterility|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
- local anesthesia
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology