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Do not douche, use tampons, or use vaginal medicines for 24 hours
before the biopsy. You will empty your bladder just before your biopsy.
You may want to take a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil or
Motrin), 30 to 60 minutes before having the biopsy. This can help decrease any
cramping pain that can be caused by the biopsy.
You will be asked to sign a consent form that says you understand the risks of the test and agree to have it done.
Talk to your
doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks,
how it will be done, or what the results may mean. To help you understand the
importance of this test, fill out the
medical test information form(What is a PDF document?).
How It Is Done
An endometrial biopsy is usually done by a
family medicine physician, or a
nurse practitioner who has been trained to do the
test. The sample will be looked at by a
pathologist. The biopsy can be done in your doctor's
You will need to take off your clothes below the waist. You will
be given a covering to drape around your waist. You will then lie on your back
on an examination table with your feet raised and supported by foot rests
Your doctor will insert a lubricated tool called a speculum into your vagina. The speculum gently spreads apart the vaginal
walls so your doctor can see inside the vagina and the cervix. The cervix is washed with a special
solution and may be grasped and held in place with a clamp called a tenaculum.
Your cervix may be numbed with a spray or injection of
The tool to collect the sample is guided through the cervix into
uterus. The tool may be moved up and down to collect
the sample. Most women have some cramping during the biopsy.
An endometrial biopsy takes 5 to 15 minutes.
How It Feels