Endometrial Biopsy

Lorena Tinoco, MD -  - OBGYN

Lorena Tinoco, MD

OBGYN located in Coral Gables, FL

An endometrial biopsy is a simple procedure that allows your doctor to gather additional tissue samples if you had an abnormal Pap test. At the office of Lorena Tinoco, MD, in South Miami, Florida, Dr. Tinoco, a board-certified OB/GYN, performs endometrial biopsy testing right in the office, so you can expect quick results. Find out if an endometrial biopsy is right for you by booking an evaluation. Click on the online scheduler or call either location directly.

Endometrial Biopsy

Why do I need an endometrial biopsy?

An endometrial biopsy is a way to get a more comprehensive analysis of the lining of your uterus (the endometrium). By gathering a small tissue sample and evaluating it at the lab, Dr. Tinoco can diagnose uterine infections and conditions, including endometriosis, endometrial cancer, and fibroids.

In many cases, an endometrial biopsy might be recommended if your Pap smear shows that you have precancerous cells in your cervix, or if you’ve had an abnormal hysteroscopy procedure. You may also need an endometrial biopsy to find the cause of:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Bleeding after a hysterectomy
  • Lack of periods
  • Infertility

This quick in-office test helps Dr. Tinoco determine the best course of treatment for your diagnosis, so you can get relief from discomfort and abnormal bleeding right away.

What happens during an endometrial biopsy?

An endometrial biopsy is performed right in the clinic at Dr. Tinoco’s practice. After you lie back on the examination table and place your feet in stirrups, Dr. Tinoco inserts a speculum into your vagina to hold open your vaginal walls.

She gently numbs your cervix with a spray or by injecting medicine. The next step involves inserting a thin tube, which helps suction away the necessary tissue sampling from the lining of your uterus. Your entire endometrial biopsy procedure typically takes fewer than 15 minutes.

Once Dr. Tinoco has your sample ready, she sends it off to the lab so it can be evaluated under a microscope. She typically gets your results back within a couple of weeks and schedules you for a follow-up visit to discuss your results.

Is an endometrial biopsy painful?

An endometrial biopsy shouldn’t be any more uncomfortable than the slight pinching you may feel during a Pap smear. The testing just takes longer. Dr. Tinoco ensures your uterine tissue is entirely numbed before getting started, so you shouldn’t feel severe pain.

She sometimes recommends taking an over-the-counter pain reliever about 30 minutes before your endometrial biopsy, just to minimize discomfort during and after.

Learn more about endometrial biopsy services offered at the office of Lorena Tinoco, MD, by booking an exam. Schedule either online or over the phone.