An endometrial biopsy is a way for your doctor to take a small sample of the lining of the uterus (endometrium). The sample is looked at under a microscope for abnormal cells. An endometrial biopsy helps your doctor find problems in the endometrium.
An endometrial biopsy is done to check for cancer of the uterus. The test is also done if you have abnormal bleeding from your uterus or are having problems getting pregnant. The test results show how your body's hormones are affecting the lining of the uterus.
Talk to your doctor about all your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if you:
Other ways to prepare:
The test will take about 5 to 15 minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 13, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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