Biopsy results may show cell changes linked to hormone levels, or abnormal tissues, such as fibroids or polyps. These can lead to abnormal bleeding. Your provider can also use endometrial biopsy to check for uterine infections, such as endometritis.
What does an endometrial biopsy reveal?
In an endometrial biopsy, a small piece of tissue from the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is removed and examined under a microscope for cancer and other cell irregularities. The procedure helps find the cause of a womans heavy or irregular bleeding.
How long do endometrial biopsy results take?
The sample of tissue is put in fluid and sent to a laboratory for analysis. Your doctor should have the results approximately 7 to 10 days after the biopsy. You may experience some light spotting or bleeding after the procedure, so youll be given a menstruation pad to wear.
How long does it take for the uterus to heal after a biopsy?
During a cone biopsy, your doctor will remove a small, cone-shaped part of your cervix. They will study it under a microscope to look for abnormal cells. It usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks for your cervix to heal after this procedure.
Why does an endometrial biopsy hurt so much?
It may be painful as the tube is passed through your cervix, and you may feel a cramping pain as the sample is being taken from the lining of the womb. It is exactly the same pain as a period, because the pain is caused by the same muscles of the uterus contracting.
Can thickening of the uterus go away on its own?
If left undiagnosed and untreated, endometrial hyperplasia will usually not abate on its own. Endometrial hyperplasia is often discovered because of abnormal uterine bleeding either between periods or after menopause.