Endometrial Biopsy/Endometrial Sampling/Pipelle

What is it?

An endometrial sampling is considered to be an in office procedure whereby a sample of the lining of the uterus is obtained. The sample is then sent to the Lab to be examined by a pathologist for any abnormality. The presence or absence of any abnormality will assist your doctor in determining if it is necessary for you to have any additional treatment.

How is it done?

A vaginal speculum is inserted (usual for any pelvic exam) into the vagina and a cotton swab is then used to cleanse off the cervix. An instrument (tenaculum) may be attached to the cervix to hold the cervix steady; this may cause a pinching sensation. A disposable instrument, called a Pipelle, is then inserted into the cervical canal. This instrument is much like a small straw and through negative pressure a sample of the lining of the uterus is obtained. This specimen will be sent to the Lab. Results usually take about 5-7 days and we will notify you of the results after your doctor views the results of the report.

Will there be after effects?

Because this procedure may be scheduled close to the end of your cycle, you may experience some spotting which may or may not last until the onset of your next period. Minimal cramping may be relieved by the use of Motrin or Tylenol. For the next 3 days, please refrain from having intercourse or the use of tampons.

Insurance Information

Since Endometrial sampling is done in the office and eliminates the need for an expensive hospital stay, this procedure will probably be covered by your insurance company. If you have any questions, please follow up with your insurance company to obtain any benefit information. PLEASE HAVE YOUR INSURANCE INFORMATION READY AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT.

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