Endometrial Biopsy Specialist
Fort Lauderdale Women Care
Gynecologists located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
An endometrial biopsy is an in-office procedure that’s used as a diagnostic tool to detect abnormalities in your uterus and the lining of your uterus. Dr. Khadra M. Osman, a gynecologist at Fort Lauderdale Women Care in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has extensive experience performing this minimally invasive procedure, which can go a long way toward detecting and diagnosing reproductive health issues.
Endometrial Biopsy Q & A
What is an endometrial biopsy and why would I need one?
An endometrial biopsy is a procedure used to collect a small sample of tissue from your endometrium, which is the lining of your uterus. The sample is then sent to a lab, or viewed under a microscope, to detect any changes in your cells or abnormalities in the tissue. An endometrial biopsy can also indicate whether there are problems with your hormone levels.
There are many reasons either Dr. Osman or Dr. Sanches may order a biopsy of your endometrium, including:
Checking for cancer in the uterus
Finding the cause of heavy bleeding
Testing your hormone levels
How is an endometrial biopsy performed?
To perform the biopsy, Dr. Osman or Dr. Sanches first inserts a speculum into your vagina to hold the walls back. Next, a thin tube called a pipelle is inserted through the speculum and extended up into your uterus through your cervix. By moving the pipelle back and forth, the doctor collects a tissue sample. The entire procedure typically takes 10 minutes or less.
What are the side effects of an endometrial biopsy?
You may feel some cramping during the procedure and experience some vaginal soreness for a day or two after. You may also experience spotting or discharge for up to a week after the biopsy. These side effects are normal, and usually resolve themselves with time.
If, however, you experience symptoms that include heavy bleeding, pain, or fever, call Fort Lauderdale Women Care to get checked out.
When shouldn’t I get a biopsy?
There are several reasons why you shouldn’t undergo an endometrial biopsy, such as:
You have an infection in your cervix or vagina
You have cervical cancer
You have a bleeding disorder
Dr. Osman and Dr. Sanches thoroughly review your medical status before they perform any procedures.
When can I expect results?
Typically, a lab reviews your sample within seven to 10 days and sends a report back to your gynecologist. You’ll then review the results with Dr. Sanches or Dr. Osman to determine whether any further steps are needed based on the findings.