Reasons you may not be able to have the endometrial biopsy or why
the results may not be helpful include:
If you are pregnant. An endometrial biopsy is not done during
If a vaginal or cervical infection is present.
The infection could spread to the uterus if an endometrial biopsy is
If the endometrial biopsy sample is not large enough to see
abnormal cells. Another test may be needed.
What To Think About
An endometrial biopsy is not done during
More of the uterine lining can be sampled during a
dilation and curettage (D&C) than during an endometrial biopsy. Another
test, called a
hysteroscopy, is usually done with a D&C so that
your doctor can see the lining of your uterus. A hysteroscopy may also be done
instead of a D&C. To learn more, see the topic
An endometrial biopsy is not
usually done during or after
menopause unless a woman has abnormal vaginal
Other Works Consulted
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology