Center for Women's Health
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in the areas of Sugar Land, TX & Richmond, TX
If you have irregular periods, abnormal bleeding, or infertility, an endometrial biopsy can give you answers so you can find the right treatment. The team of doctors at the Center for Women’s Health has extensive experience performing endometrial biopsies safely. The Center for Women’s Health offers care to women of all ages at their offices in Sugar Land, and Richmond, Texas. If you have had an abnormal Pap smear or you have concerns about another gynecologic condition, call the Center for Women’s Health today or schedule an appointment online.
Endometrial Biopsy Q & A
What is an endometrial biopsy?
An endometrial biopsy is a diagnostic procedure in which your doctor removes a small piece of the lining of your uterus, known as the endometrium. This tissue sample is then examined under a microscope for signs of health conditions that can affect your uterus.
Why would I need an endometrial biopsy?
An endometrial biopsy can help your provider determine the cause of a variety of symptoms and conditions, including:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Heavy periods
- Irregular periods
- Thickened uterine lining
Your physician may also perform an endometrial biopsy to screen for cancer following an abnormal Pap test.
What should I expect during my procedure?
An endometrial biopsy typically takes about 10 minutes to complete, but it can be uncomfortable, so your doctor may recommend that you take ibuprofen an hour before your appointment.
You change into a hospital gown and lie down on a table with your feet in stirrups, just as you would during a pelvic exam.
Your gynecologist uses a speculum to open your vaginal canal, and applies a small clamp to steady your cervix. Next, they insert a thin, flexible instrument known as a pipelle into your vagina and through your cervical opening.
They gently scrape the uterine wall to retrieve the tissue sample, then remove the pipelle, clamp, and speculum.
You may have some light spotting or mild cramping after your endometrial biopsy. Your doctor may ask you to refrain from sexual intercourse for a few days after your procedure.
What risks are involved in an endometrial biopsy?
An endometrial biopsy is a low-risk procedure, but there is a small chance of infection and a very slight chance of cutting the uterine wall. The physicians at the Center for Women’s Health have extensive experience performing endometrial biopsies safely.
Pregnant women and women with an acute pelvic inflammatory disease or a vaginal infection should not have an endometrial biopsy.
An endometrial biopsy can ensure an accurate diagnosis so you can get the best treatment for your condition. To schedule an evaluation, call the Center for Women's Health, or use the online scheduler to request an appointment at the office nearest you today.
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