Endometrial Biopsy Specialist in Austell, GA
If you are experiencing reproductive health complications, come to Cobb Women’s Health for a thorough and accurate diagnosis. Call us for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 1810 Mulkey Road, Suite 102, in Austell, Georgia.
Table of Contents:
What does an endometrial biopsy test for?
Why would a doctor do an endometrial biopsy?
What can I expect after an endometrial biopsy?
How long is recovery from the endometrial biopsy?
An endometrial biopsy is a diagnostic test performed on the lining of the uterus to determine the severity of a disease or to determine if a treatment is working. During an endometrial biopsy, a small sample of the uterine lining is removed and examined in a laboratory to check for changes in the health of the endometrium, which could indicate a reproductive disorder or other types of health concerns; this is essential in the diagnostic process. The endometrial biopsy is most often performed when a woman is experiencing symptoms of uterine bleeding, such as heavy bleeding or spotting.
An endometrial biopsy tests for changes in the endometrium, the mucous membrane which lines the uterus. It can test menstrual and reproductive health, for symptoms like:
• Heavy or very long menstrual periods
• Irregular menstruation
• Bleeding after menopause
• Abnormal bleeding
• Thickened uterine lining, determined by an ultrasound
An endometrial biopsy may be performed to help diagnose abnormalities of the uterus, or to help rule out other diseases; the most common reasons endometrial biopsies are performed include:
• Find the cause of postmenopausal bleeding or abnormal uterine bleeding
• Screen for endometrial cancer
• Evaluate fertility
• Test the response to hormone therapy
An endometrial biopsy cannot be performed during pregnancy; it is also contraindicated with the following conditions:
• Blood clotting disorders
• Acute pelvic inflammatory disease
• Acute cervical or vaginal infections
• Cervical cancer
• Cervical stenosis (severe narrowing of the cervix)
After the procedure, if the patient had any type of sedative, they will need someone to drive them home. A common side effect of the procedure is vaginal bleeding, so it is typically recommended to wear a sanitary pad for bleeding. For a few days after the procedure, it is normal to have some mild cramping and spotting or vaginal bleeding. To manage pain, over-the-counter pain relievers may be taken, as advised by a healthcare provider. It is important to note that aspirin and certain other pain medicines may increase the chance of bleeding, so it is imperative to avoid any blood-thinning medicines that could lead to blood loss. Other recommendations include:
• Do not douche, use tampons or have sex for 2 to 3 days after an endometrial biopsy; a different time period to avoid these activities may be provided by the physician, so it is important to follow their instruction
• There may be other limits, such as on activity level; this typically includes no strenuous activity, overexertion or heavy lifting
• Normal diet may be resumed after the procedure, unless otherwise informed by the healthcare provider
The endometrial biopsy specialist will discuss with the patient when to return for further treatment or care. Please let the healthcare provider know if any of the following occur after the procedure:
• Excessive bleeding
• Bleeding that lasts longer than 2 days
• Foul-smelling drainage/discharge from the vagina
• Fever or chills
• Severe lower belly pain
There may be other instructions after the procedure, based on the unique circumstances of each situation.
An endometrial biopsy is less invasive than other procedures, such as dilation and curettage, which require surgery to collect cells from the endometrial lining. It is common to experience light bleeding, so it may be recommended to wear a sanitary pad for a few days; however, tampons should not be used during this time as the internal reproductive organs are still sensitive. With regard to pain, mild cramping is fairly common, so an over-the-counter pain reliever may be taken, if advised by a physician. The recovery typically takes only a few days, after which time normal day-to-day activities can be resumed.
If you are experiencing reproductive health complications, come to Cobb Women’s Health for a thorough and accurate diagnosis. Call us today to book an appointment with our endometrial biopsy specialist, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 1810 Mulkey Road, Suite 102, Austell, GA 30106. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Austell GA, Lithia Springs GA, Mableton GA, Powder Springs GA, Douglasville GA, Fair Oaks GA, Hiram GA, Clarkdale GA, Smyrna GA, and Marietta GA.
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