Question: What is an endometrial biopsy used for?

An endometrial biopsy is done to help your doctor find out the cause of problems leading to heavy or irregular bleeding. It is the most common test done to diagnose endometrial cancer. Though it is a simple office procedure, it needs to be performed by a provider who has experience in performing the test.An endometrial biopsy is done to help your doctor find out the cause of problems leading to heavy or irregular bleeding

Why would my doctor order an endometrial biopsy?

Your provider can also use endometrial biopsy to check for uterine infections, such as endometritis. Your provider may also use an endometrial biopsy to check the effects of hormone therapy or to find abnormal cells or cancer. Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs.

How painful is endometrial biopsy?

Women vary in the degree of discomfort that they feel. Most people have mild to moderate cramping. Some women have severe cramping during the procedure. The cramping will lessen shortly after the biopsy is finished.

What does an endometrial biopsy diagnose?

An endometrial biopsy is done to help your doctor find out the cause of problems leading to heavy or irregular bleeding. It is the most common test done to diagnose endometrial cancer. Though it is a simple office procedure, it needs to be performed by a provider who has experience in performing the test.

How long does it take to get the results of an endometrial biopsy?

An endometrial biopsy is the most common and accurate test used to diagnose endometrial cancer. The lab should have the results in about a week. Your physician will share the results with you and go over a treatment plan depending on the results. Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/04/2021.

Is endometrial hyperplasia serious?

When the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, becomes too thick, it is called endometrial hyperplasia. This condition is not cancer, but in some cases, it can lead to cancer of the uterus.

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