The Goal of an Endometrial Biopsy

An endometrial biopsy is quick and convenient — about 15 minutes — and is very important to have done if you’re experiencing at-risk symptoms. It’s an extremely accurate test for endometrial cancer, with an 80% or greater detection rate. The results are typically ready within one week. Once your results are ready, we can go from there with a treatment plan. 

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How is an Endometrial Biopsy Done?

During an endometrial biopsy, a small piece of tissue from the uterine lining is excised so that it can be evaluated for cancer or any other cell abnormalities.

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Symptoms that Lead to an Endometrial Biopsy

  • Heavy or overly long menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Abnormal bleeding in women taking tamoxifen (for breast cancer)
  • A thickened uterine lining (found by ultrasound)

What to Expect During an Endometrial Biopsy

An endometrial biopsy is typically performed in-office, and does not require anesthesia, but we do recommend taking an NSAID (such as Motrin® or Aleve®) prior. It feels much like a Pap smear but more intense, with menstrual-type cramping expected. You will be given privacy to undress and put on your exam gown. Once you’re ready, you will lie on a medical chair and place your heels in the stirrups. 

When you’re in the proper position, Dr. Jukes, Ginger, Kelli, or Candace will insert a metal or plastic speculum into the vaginal opening. The speculum will be opened slightly so that the provider has a good view of your cervix. Your cervix will be cleaned with a solution and a very thin tube will be inserted into your uterus. This will gently suction a tissue sample, which will be sent to a lab for testing. The biopsy takes 5-15 minutes.

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After the Biopsy

Many women feel pain similar to menstrual cramps following an endometrial biopsy, but these can be easily managed with regular pain medication. Avoid using tampons, taking baths, swimming, or having sexual intercourse for one week after your procedure. 

Why Choose Modern Women’s Health?

At Modern Women’s Health, our focus is on overall wellness for women, which is why we take a 360-degree approach to patient care. Founder and board-certified gynecologist Dr. Lisa Jukes is highly regarded in her professional community, and she has established one of the top gynecology and women’s practices in Texas — with female providers for female needs and patient-centric medical treatment in a compassionate, confidential, and comfortable atmosphere. Our practice is on the cutting edge of technology in both feminine medicine and aesthetics, and we are proud to offer comprehensive gynecological and wellness services. If you’re seeking an endometrial biopsy, we invite you to contact us today to book a consultation.

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