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Like in other biopsies, a tissue sample is obtained from the endometrium (the inside lining of the uterus) and is then observed under a microscope

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Endometrial Biopsy

A procedure in which a tissue sample is obtained from the endometrium (the inside lining of the uterus) and is then observed under a microscope...Read More

Posted on : Thursday, February 5, 2009 12:00 AM
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This is a most barbaric procedure. After going through this "test" I determined I would NEVER do it again and as a consequence when I started having vaginal bleeding I ignored it because of my fear of having to undergo another of these tests. I ended up with cervical cancer as a result. This is not a third world country and this procedure should be performed under anesthetic or freezing only! An absolutely disgusting abuse of women's trust in medical procedures! I'd like to see something put up a mans penis and a few "samples" snipped out with absolutely no numbing or anesthetic involved. I'm sure there would be a change in attitudes toward invasive procedures in that case. Undeniably the worst medical experience of my life!
Replied on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 12:00 AM

I can't believe the doctor did not give you something for pain. I am going in next Friday and I have been told that for my procedure I was going to be given a mixture of valium, Demerol, Phenergan, and Torodol. Why on earth would you have to do something where you are having a piece of your body cut out and be expected to take a tylenol and walk it off?
Replied on Friday, October 9, 2009 12:00 AM

Dude i had one of those done and I didnt get any type of medication for the pain....but my biopsy didnt go thru my navel, they stuck it inside my Vag thru my cervix and started to cut....MY GOD! it was the worst pain ever...i couldnt think about nothing else but the pain and mind you I have anxiety so it was even worse! they did this to me at University Hospital at 4am
Replied on Thursday, December 3, 2009 12:00 AM

I would never have one unless the dr. agreed to a general anes. just because of all the horror stories. Yep; let's see some MEN getting something "placed" inside their penises and scraped up and down. Won't happen.
Replied on Monday, October 12, 2009 12:00 AM

I understand what your saying, I'm 31 years old and had to have a biopsy today and the docyor could not finish it, It was HORRIBLE pain, nothing Ive never felt before, theres got to be a better way!
Replied on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 12:00 AM

I agree 100%. This is the most inhumane thing I have ever had to go through! I had it done this morning, and it is 9 p.m. and I am on the couch in misery!
Replied on Monday, March 15, 2010 12:00 AM
OMG I just had this pro edure done today, biopsi of the uteral wall, she said you will have secere pain for 30 secs. then I saw the huge scissors, I knew that meant one thing. i had NO anesthetic, I roared with pain, she left me on the table shaking and sobbing, my body must have been in so much shock from pain cause I could notnstop shaking. I understand why I needed the procedure but they MUST give us anethetic, its been 4 hours and Im still shaking and sobbing. i left the doc office sobbing like a child that had been beaten or somethng. Why in this day can we not have at least something to numb us up there
Replied on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 9:49 PM

I've had 3 endometrial biopsies to date and each were painful. However, I'll add that my doctor explained that because my uterus was "tilted" in its natural position, it is more difficult to perform this procedure, and as a result, more painful too. The first one was the most painful as I was expecting the usual "slight pinch" that one feels with a cervical biopsy. This was no pinch. There's a moment of intense cramping as they open the cervix. A compassionate doctor will at least pause at that point in the procedure to let the cramping subside a bit (which it does after about 1 minute). Much of the remaining discomfort comes when they actually take the tissue sample. You clearly feel your insides being 'tugged' on and that's not only unsettling, but painful. In knowing to expect that sensation the second time, it was more tolerable. (Although I also took a perscription pain pill beforehand too!) The procedure is what it is...I didn't look forward to the additional procedures based on my past experience, but found myself focusing on how grateful I am that such procedures exist - even if uncomfortable and painful. If you ignore the need to have this test and in turn develop serious cancer, the pain you experience won't be as temporary as is the case with a biopsy. There are numbing gels that can be placed on the strawlike device that is inserted to help alieviate some of the pain, but certainly not all. My experience leads me to believe that the level of pain/discomfort felt will largely depend on how your organs are naturally arranged inside, and whether the doctor has to maneuver any unique angles. Take care of yourself and get the biopsy. It won't kill you...while cancer can.
Replied on Saturday, November 21, 2009 12:00 AM

Thank God for us coming together on this site to share advice..
Replied on Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:00 AM

My PCP sent me to a OBGYN I had not seen before. He was nice and gave me a referral for an transvaginal ultrasound. He wanted also a biopsy. What do I know? I had the untrasound done and it was uncomfortable with cramping when she pressed on the cervix. I showed up for the biopsy the next day. Reading the consent forms I saw poss death from paralysis or bleeding. I thought it would be a small clip of tissue similar to a pap. lol not true.. I like to know in advance exactly what I am to endure so I can be mentally prepared. 1st of all why would we not take vicodin or Demerol along with Valium or xanax..If a Dr refuses this don't let him touch you..But have it done please! It could save your life. Ive resch my appt to 01/27.
Replied on Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:00 AM

I had my biopsy last week, I'm still having nightmares about it. I'v had children an d believe me the pain I felt during this procedure will stay with me till the day I die. Luckily I had my hubby with me. i couldnt breathe and I nearly passed out. the hysteroscopy was'nt too bad but oh my god , what followed after was so awfull . so terrifying. I felt that she was pulling my womb out. I feel tearful now just thinking of it, but as long as the results are clear and iIdont need a major op then I WILL GET OVER IT.
Replied on Friday, January 22, 2010 12:00 AM
Dear Scarlet

I do hope you avoided a major op and this bad experience has faded.

Please are you in the UK? Am compiling a survey of different types of pain-relief, patient info leaflets and CHOICE of anaesthesia [local/general]for endometrial biopsy throughout the NHS. It would be interesting to hear patients' experiences - good and bad in the UK. We need to find out why and how some women are having good experiences and others are having severe pain. My aim is to campaign to make hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy comfortable for ALL patients - and so remove one of the barriers to early diagnosis of womb cancer.

Thanks a lot.

Katharine Tylko-Hill
Macmillan CancerVOICE

Replied on Saturday, November 13, 2010 4:52 PM

I had this done a few hours ago and some of the posts scared me. It didn't hurt at all. I mean even the after cramps were mild. I suggest that you find a Dr. who has done this several times and can perform the procedure quickly and thoroughly. I think the that women who said it hurt did have lots of pain, I also feel that their Dr's weren't as good as some as well as there may be some issues entering the cervix. I'm not sure but I suggest an experienced woman Dr. Most have compassion, add skill and pray for the best.God has a hand in everything. Ask questions before hand like how long does it take and what complications may arrive during the procedure as well what is that Dr's track record as far as time,complications and the amount of procedures done.
Replied on Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:00 AM

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