An endometrial biopsy involves taking a small sample of the endometrium (lining of the uterus). The lining of the uterus is studied by looking for abnormal cells. It can also be used to decide whether the lining of the uterus can support a pregnancy.
Before the procedure
• You must tell us if there is any possibility you are pregnant before the biopsy.
• You may take 3 ibuprofen tablets (200mg each) one hour before you arrive.
During the Procedure
• The biopsy is performed by placing a speculum in the vagina. A thin, plastic tube is then inserted into the uterus through the cervix. This tube is used to obtain a small sample of the uterine lining. A small grasping instrument may be placed on your cervix to hold it steady during the biopsy. The procedure takes only a few minutes.
• Most women will have some cramping. This will likely go away quickly once the biopsy is done. Taking ibuprofen before may help with pain.
After the Procedure
• You may have some bleeding, cramping or spotting for a day or two.
Contact Your Provider:
• If your bleeding is heavier than a normal period
• If you have severe pain
• If your temperature is above 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Last Updated: 11/07/2012
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