This is a test used to evaluate the lining of the uterus (womb). It is used to see if there are any problems that can lead to irregular bleeding in women who are still menstruating or postmenopausal bleeding in women who should no longer be menstruating.
This test can also be used in women who are trying to become pregnant to check their hormone status. In this case, the endometrial biopsy is usually done just before your next period is expected (or 10-13 days after ovulation).
The vagina and cervix (mouth of the womb) are cleansed with a disinfectant (please let us know if you are allergic to iodine on your skin). A small instrument is passed through the cervix into the uterus. This is usually done 2 or 3 times. Some cramping usually occurs during the procedure and will last for up to 15 minutes.
It is normal to have some bleeding and cramping after this procedure. In order to help with the discomfort of the biopsy, Dr. Strobel recommends taking ibuprofen 600-800 mg (3-4 of the regular 200 mg tablets) 30 minutes prior to your appointment. You may also use Aleve is you prefer. You may continue to take either of those products after the procedure as well, if needed.
The results will be back after about 1 week. You will receive a call with the results and will discuss further treatments. If you have any questions OR you have not heard back from our office after 10 business days, please call the office at 903-957-0275.