Endometrial Biopsies

Why do we do endometrial biopsies?
Your doctor may refer you because you are having irregular vaginal bleeding or bleeding after menopause. Endometrial biopsies check for abnormalities in the endometrial lining of the uterus such as hyperplasia or cancer.

What happens during the procedure?
Before the procedure, we suggest medication like naproxen or ibuprofen for pain. If you want something stronger, such as inhaled or stronger oral pain medicatione, you will need to have someone accompany you to your appointment. If you are feeling nervous you may also have a sedative medication.

The doctor will do a pelvic examination and an ultrasound to measure the thickness of your uterine lining. Some freezing (local anesthetic) will be used to reduce the discomfort. The actual biopsy takes less than one minute and most people feel an unpleasant cramping feeling like menstrual cramps. A small plastic tube (3 mm) goes inside the uterus and a sample is taken using suction from a syringe.

What about the results?
The sample is sent to a lab and we get results about 10 days later. We will contact you with any abnormal results. Most of the time irregular bleeding does not come from cancer but from hormone changes. If the result is endometrial cancer, surgery almost always is successful in curing it.

Are there any costs? 
If you have BC Care Card there is no cost for the procedure. If you do not have a BC Care Card the cost will be 250.00.