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Unread 05-26-2003, 12:28 PM

I have been having periods every 2 weeks for the past 3 months. I went to my gyno on Friday and he says I am a little anemic and wants me to take a multivitamin and iron supplement. Then he scheduled me for a biopsy in his office in June. He is going to take a piece of tissue form my uterus and have it sent for biopsy to rule out endometrial cancer. He does not feel I have it but wants to make certain I do not. He said the results take a week. When I get the results he said, we will take things from there. I had the CA 125 bloodtest done a few months ago and it was negative but I am wondering how effective this blood test is for endometrial cancer. I have a fibroid bigger than an orange and multiple others and a cyst on my ovary which he says has not changed from the last ultrasound. I am nervous about all this and the procedure I am about to have. Gyno says for me to take 4 aleve before procedure to help with the cramping after. Can anyone comment to all this? Thanks.
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Unread 05-26-2003, 06:06 PM

Hi Diane,
So sorry you are having to go through all this anxiety, but I'm glad your doctor is being thorough and doing a biopsy. If it is anything, it is so important to catch it early.

I had an endometrial biopsy last September for post menopausal bleeding. It really was not bad. I took 800 mg Ibuprofin about 30 minutes before the procedure. A thin plastic catheter is inserted through the cervix into the uterus, and endometrial tissue is removed by a slight suction. This causes some cramping, but the medication takes the edge off, and it is over in no time at all. There is a little spotting for a day or two, but no cramps.

I don't think the CA125 is considered acurate for detecting endometrial cancer, though I have read that fibroids will occasionally cause an abnormal reading.

Has your thyroid function been checked? I ask because I went through a time when I had periods every couple of weeks (very exhausting) and it was because my thyroid was out of whack.

Take care of yourself and just take things a step at a time. You can always come here if you need support. I pray that all will be well and the biopsy will be negative. s
Unread 05-26-2003, 06:37 PM

Hi Diane....

I can certainly understand your being nervous and having had your period soo often can certainly make you anemic.

Here's hoping that everything turns out well.


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