Endometrial biopsy is done when your doctor needs to test the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) by taking a small sample of the tissue. Some reasons this might be done is to check for certain kinds of cancer, determine the cause of unusual bleeding, or to evaluate the menstrual cycle. The procedure is done in the office and does not take long, maybe 15 minutes or less. The procedure is done by inserting a speculum into the vagina then small tool will be inserted through the opening of the cervix to collect the tissue sample. Some people feel a cramping sensation when the tool is inserted. You should be sure to eat something before coming to the office and take some Tylenol or Motrin 1 hour before your appointment time to help ease the cramping. The tissue taken from the biopsy will take several days to be tested by a Pathologist. If you have not heard from the office with results in seven days, please call.
Risks of the procedure, while uncommon, include puncturing the uterus or cervix during the procedure, and bleeding or infection.