An endometrial biopsy is performed to determine the cause of heavy, irregular, or post-menopausal bleeding, and is the most commonly done test to check for endometrial cancer.
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.