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Endometrial Biopsy

An endometrial biopsy is a test that is performed to evaluate the tissue in the uterine lining for abnormalities. This test can be used to diagnose conditions that are interfering with fertility or are causing other issues such as abnormal bleeding. Pacific Fertility Center of Los Angeles has offices in Glendale and Los Angeles, CA, staffed with compassionate specialists using the latest tools and technology.

When Is an Endometrial Biopsy Necessary?

An endometrial biopsy is typically performed as part of the diagnostic process for patients who are experiencing certain conditions such as:
Post-menopausal bleeding
Abnormal uterine bleeding
Uterine polyps
Additionally, this test can help monitor the effects of hormone therapy and can help identify cervical or endometrial cancers. When you visit our office, we will conduct a careful examination of your symptoms in order to determine if an endometrial biopsy or other treatment is the best way to meet your needs.

About the Procedure

Before your treatment, you will need to stop taking any blood-thinning medications. We will plan your biopsy around your menstrual cycle, so we may ask you to track it leading up to the test.
The team at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles is here the provide the safe, compassionate, and technologically advanced care you deserve.

The Biopsy Procedure

An endometrial biopsy typically takes about 10 minutes and is similar to a routine pelvic exam. During the procedure, the doctor will insert a tool, known as a pipelle, into the uterus. This tool is then gently shifted back and forth to collect tissue. Once extracted, the sample will be submerged in a fluid. We will then examine the tissue under a microscope. After about seven to 10 days, we will have the results of your biopsy. Depending on your results, we can then help you plan the best course of treatment.
A special tool called a pipelle will be used to take a tissue sample that we will screen for abnormalities.
After Your Biopsy
You will most likely need to wear a sanitary napkin immediately after the procedure. You must avoid using tampons for the first few days. You will also be asked to refrain from strenuous physical activity, including sexual intercourse, for about three days. Post-treatment side effects often associated with this test include:
Bleeding or spotting
Pelvic infection
Pain in the lower abdomen
Any discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. If you experience any abnormal side effects, it is important that you contact us immediately.

Risks of an Endometrial Biopsy

First and foremost, it is important that an endometrial biopsy is not performed while you are pregnant, because it can lead to a miscarriage. Although it is rare, there is also a chance that the uterine wall may become punctured. You can minimize these risks by trusting your care to a reputable practice.
Exceptional Reproductive Care
If you are experiencing unexplained vaginal bleeding or other concerning symptoms, schedule your consultation by contacting us online, or calling our office nearest you. The team at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles is here the provide the safe, compassionate, and technologically advanced care you deserve.