Patient Comments: Endometrial Biopsy - Experience

Have you had an endometrial biopsy? Please describe your experience.

Comment from: SharJa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I had a Pipelle endometrial biopsy this morning, after a fortnight of absolute dread after reading women's experiences of this procedure on this site. I took two tramadol painkillers an hour before my appointment. It obviously was not a pleasant experience but not horrendous either. I stayed calm and concentrated on my breathing. The cramping was like period pains but it only took around ten seconds to get the sample needed, then it was over. I had cramping pains for a few hours after, just like normal period pains, and some bleeding, but seriously, if you need this test done do not panic! It is an important test and over and done with so quickly. I am the biggest wimp going and if I can do this, anyone can!

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Comment from: Trina, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had the uterine biopsy done after an ultrasound Tuesday to check the size of my fibroids and get a sample before having NovaSure done. I was scared to death when the doctor told me I had to have endometrial biopsy done because I had it 8 years ago and it was painful. I read some reviews and decided to call my doctor and ask for some medicine to help ease the pain of the procedure. She prescribed a Valium and 2 Percocet. I took that 40 minutes before the procedure and I didn't feel any pain. It was a breeze. The Valium calmed me down and I didn't tense up during the procedure. Now I'm just waiting on my results.

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Comment from: td1960, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

At 54 I had a period that started light, with light bleeding on and off for almost 21 days. My gynecologist told me I'd need a uterine biopsy, and told me this was done in office without anesthesia. I had never heard a patient describe an endometrial biopsy, just the doctor's description, so I looked up patient experiences. After seeing that some people had bad experiences, I changed gynecologists, since mine has dismissed my concerns about pain and she was rather rude and unpleasant. I found a better doctor affiliated with a major medical school hospital, and he did the biopsy under sedation/light anesthesia in the hospital's outpatient /same day surgery. I'd go and have this done again under anesthesia, it was not a bad experience. My gynecologist was the only doctor I have that is not affiliated with a teaching hospital, and her services were not as good. If looking to have this done in an emergency room, it can be done.

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Comment from: KKrob, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I had the endometrial biopsy on Friday. The doctor was knowledgeable. I felt very confident with her. She did an ultrasound first and found two fibroids. But the biopsy was for polyps. She asked me if I wanted 2 shots to ease the pain. I opted out, because the pain of the needle might be worse. It went okay until the end. The instrument scraped my cervix on the way out and the bleeding didn't stop right away. She had to use spray and pressure for a long time to stop the bleeding. I felt crampy afterwards and was glad my daughter drove. I'm still spotting and crampy. No fever. I need to work Monday morning, but don't feel back to normal.

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Comment from: Susie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I had an endometrial biopsy done for the third time in my life. First time I was in my 30s. It was horrible. The second time I was in my 50s. It wasn't very bad but the third time I had it done, I am in my very early 70s. Never again! The doctor took way too long. She was conversing with the nurse while she was half way through, to boot. Seemed to take forever. I screamed and cried for 10 minutes. She had me as her last patient of the day so I guess she knew that this was going to happen and didn't inform me. Seems nothing has changed in over 40 years. We can put a man on the moon but medicine in some areas are archaic. I would never have it done again unless I am totally out. I even took a Vicodin before.

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Comment from: birdy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I had an endometrial biopsy yesterday and the doctor told me it was going to feel like cramps. Well, it felt more like labor pains! I did scream and I also cried but I knew it was a procedure that needed to be done to find out if I have cervical cancer. So I had to do what needed to be done to take care of my health.

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