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Endometrial Biopsy for Gynecologic (GYN) Cancer Diagnosis

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What can I expect from an endometrial biopsy? What can I expect from an endometrial biopsy?


An endometrial biopsy may be performed when there is an endometrial cancer concern, especially if you are experiencing bleeding issues during menopause.

During the endometrial biopsy, your doctor will need to insert an instrument through your cervix to reach the endometrium, but this can be done as an in-office procedure without anesthesia. You may be given a mild sedative and/or medication may be given to open your cervix, and some physicians will also prescribe pain medications.

The endometrial biopsy should last about 10-15 minutes with minimal side effects. You may experience some soreness and bleeding for a couple days, but over-the-counter remedies should be adequate for any discomfort. You should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for a day. Until you have no bleeding, you should not use a tampon, douche, or engage in sexual intercourse.

After your endometrial biopsy, if you experience excessive bleeding, fever, extreme pain, or odorous vaginal discharge, you should call your doctor or visit the nearest emergency room

The sample taken during the biopsy will be sent to pathology to be examined under a microscope. The results will help you and your doctor make medical decisions about your situation and determine what treatment options are right for you.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-22-2005 - 11:42 AM


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