Will I Feel Pain During an Endometrial Biopsy?
Endometrial biopsy is a common procedure used to diagnose uterine cancer. It is sometimes recommended for women who experience abnormal menstrual bleeding. However, many women are concerned about if they will feel pain during the process, making them less likely to seek the medical procedures they need.
While some discomfort may be experienced, an endometrial biopsy should not be too painful. Below, Lawrence Family Practice Center reviews what to expect at our clinic and how our team ensures you are as comfortable as possible during the process. Call our office in Lawrence, KS to see how we improve your gynecological health and experience.
Who needs an endometrial biopsy?
An endometrial biopsy is often recommended for women experiencing abnormal bleeding. This may include bleeding between periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, or bleeding after menopause. An endometrial biopsy can determine if the unexpected bleeding is due to uterine cancer or another serious health condition that must be addressed as soon as possible.
What happens during an endometrial biopsy?
Please inform our team right away if you have heavy or unexpected menstrual bleeding. Our doctors at Lawrence Family Practice Center take time with each patient to explain the process and what to expect before, during, and after an endometrial biopsy. We may ask about your symptoms and review your gynecological health history before scheduling the procedure in Lawrence, KS.
An endometrial biopsy involves removing a small layer of the endometrium (the uterine lining). The technique is similar to that of a Pap smear and can be performed as an outpatient procedure in our office. It involves sanitizing the area and retrieving the cells using an advanced suction device. The cells are then sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Does an endometrial biopsy hurt?
An endometrial biopsy can be uncomfortable, but it is not considered painful. It is normal to have some cramping during the procedure. We recommend taking ibuprofen with food about an hour before your biopsy to help reduce any discomfort. Always speak with a doctor before taking any new medications or over-the-counter drugs.
Does recovery take long?
Most patients feel well enough to return to their normal activities after an endometrial biopsy. Lawrence Family Practice Center may advise you to avoid strenuous activity, sexual intercourse, and tampon use for a short period. Call our office with any concerns or if you experience heavy bleeding or fever. We will be happy to provide guidance and support, so you recover quickly and effectively.
When will I learn the results?
The results of your endometrial biopsy will be ready once the laboratory has processed the sample. Lawrence Family Practice Center calls patients as soon as the results are in so they can get the care and treatment they need quickly.
A positive result does not necessarily mean cancer. In many cases, endometrial biopsies are performed because of abnormal bleeding that turns out to be due to a benign (non-cancerous) condition. If cancer is found, further testing will be needed to determine the stage of the disease. Remember that early detection is important to a successful outcome.
Safe and comfortable gynecological care
Unexplained or abnormal bleeding is nothing to ignore. Call Lawrence Family Practice Center for an endometrial biopsy and get the answers you need. Our team in Lawrence, KS is proud to provide comprehensive gynecological care to women of all needs and backgrounds. We look forward to hearing from you and providing the individualized service you deserve.