Preparing for Your Endometrial Biopsy

Preparing for Your Endometrial Biopsy

Nearly 70,000 women in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with uterine cancer this year. The overwhelming majority have endometrial cancer, which starts in the lining of the uterus.  

An endometrial biopsy can help your doctor learn if you have cancerous cells, or whether another issue is to blame for your uterine problems.

The expert OB/GYNs at North Texas OB/GYN in Plano, Texas, can help you prepare for your endometrial biopsy and suggest a course of treatment if you have uterine cancer or endometriosis.

Why you might need an endometrial biopsy

In most cases, an endometrial biopsy comes about when you have one or more of the following symptoms:

The results of your endometrial biopsy can guide your doctor to the next steps in your diagnostic or treatment plan. Results could show:

Getting ready for your endometrial biopsy

As with any procedure, your doctor explains what will happen and gives you a consent form. There are also a few things you should do to prepare for your endometrial biopsy.

Tell our team about all of the medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take, including herbal teas. You might need to stop taking some of them for a few days before and after your procedure to cut down on bleeding. 

If you have any type of bleeding disorder, make sure we know about it before we schedule your procedure.

We also want to know if you’re pregnant or could be pregnant, and may administer a pregnancy test in our office, as an endometrial biopsy could cause a miscarriage. Depending on the reason for the biopsy, we might ask you to tell us about your last few menstrual cycles, so we can schedule the procedure at an optimal time in your cycle.

Finally, if we tell you that you’ll be sedated in any way for your procedure, you’ll need someone to drive you home. We might tell you to take an over-the-counter pain reliever of a certain type before your procedure. 

You also want to make sure you have sanitary napkins at home in case you spot after your biopsy, which is very common.

The biopsy itself doesn’t take more than a few minutes, and we can do it in our office. If you have any questions, please ask one of our staff and we will be happy to explain anything to you.

To get in touch with the specialists at North Texas OB/GYN, call 469-240-1866, or visit the contact page for more information.

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