An endometrial biopsy involves taking a small sample of cells from the lining of your uterus (womb). This is done by passing a narrow straw-like tube into the neck of the womb using an instrument called a speculum, which is also used for a smear test.
This can be slightly uncomfortable and feel like a cramping pain similar to a period. For the majority of women this only lasts for a few seconds and settles quickly.
It may be helpful to take simple pain relief like paracetamol or ibuprofen 1 hour before your appointment if you have been told you will be having a biopsy. Alternatively, if it is decided at your appointment you will be having a biopsy you can take simple pain relief for any discomfort experienced after the procedure.
Following the sample, you may have a small amount of vaginal bleeding or spotting. This usually settles within a day or two. You can take simple pain relief like paracetamol or ibuprofen for any discomfort experienced after the procedure.
How to get results
We will write to you and your GP with the result of the sample when available (provided you have given us permission to do so).
Very occasionally the sample does not collect enough tissue and the procedure needs repeated.
There is a small chance of developing an infection in your womb afterwards. Should you experience heavy bleeding, significant abdominal pain, fever or abnormal discharge after the procedure please ask for medical advice, either from your GP or contact Sandyford.
Sandyford Nurse Helpline Mon – Fri from 8.30am - 4.30pm
Call 0141 211 8130 and ask to be put through to a nurse
Or contact NHS 24/Call 111