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, gynecologist at Fort Lauderdale Women Care in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, have extensive experience performing this minimally invasive procedure, which can go a long way toward detecting and diagnosing reproductive health issues.
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:
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.
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.
There are several reasons why you shouldn’t undergo an endometrial biopsy, such as:
Dr. Osman and Dr. Sanches thoroughly review your medical status before they perform any procedures.
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.