For those of you who were told you might need an endometrial biopsy, here’s my experience, so you can sleep a little better at night.
Although I do not know what yours will be like, I can tell you that not all of them turn out horrific like you might’ve read online.
Why You Might Need an Endometrial Biopsy
According to WebMD, you may need an endometrial biopsy to check for cancer, irregular bleeding, or to see if your body can handle a future pregnancy.
In my case, it was to check for abnormal cells due to my ultra sound results revealing a thickened endometrium.
They just wanted to be sure that my cells are not cancerous as a pre-screening measure.
Now, if you need a biopsy, here’s one piece of advice you may want to take if you are the nervous type like me.
Don’t Google Before Your Appointment
Before any procedure, you probably should not google other people’s experiences if you freak out easily.
For me personally, I like to be prepared, but hearing about other women’s distress made me afraid to my core.
Some women commented the procedure is barbaric and women should be put under anesthesia for it or be given some type of uterine pain relief.
Others mentioned that the pain was so horrific, they got dizzy and almost passed out afterward.
One lady mentioned that she had numerous non-medicated births, but could barely handle the biopsy due to pain.
So, after reading all of that, you can imagine how I felt about this five minute “procedure.” Afraid. Very afraid.
“Take 800 mg of Tylenol an hour before and bring someone if you need to” the nurse told me.
Here is What Happened
I took two Advil 30 minutes prior and went alone.
I get my measurements taken, the doctor asks me a ton of questions related to my health, and has me lye down for the exam.
If you’ve ever had a pap smear, the biopsy is very similar except the doctor will be removing a piece of your uterine tissue instead.
Since I was so scared, I was trying to talk aloud about random things looking very insane, but I didn’t want to think or feel anything. I am certain the blood was draining out of my face by this time.
I could see the thin tube and it looked like the length of my lower arm. It is thinner than a kid size straw.
My legs were shaking because I was anticipating major, excruciating, make-you-pass-out kind of pain.
As I wait for the horrific pain to begin, the doctor says “I got a sample!”
I felt nothing. Nothing. And it was over in minutes. I couldn’t believe it. How could this be? I was so relieved, but also in disbelief.
Where was the cramping, the 9/10 pain, the passing out and vomiting after the procedure!?
Then, I see her remove a tiny slither of my tissue from the tube and place it into a solution for testing.
Still no passing out.
Luckily, it was a good sample and we did not have to redo things.
I get up and I did feel some cramping with Advil, but barely any at all.
Of course, everyone has a different experience, but from what I heard, most do just fine.
Why Women Have Different Experiences
I still remember telling the doctor what I read on google and he said, you shouldn’t have more than a little cramping. That doesn’t explain why some people go through hell with this procedure.
I have no clue why it’s horrific for some and not for others, but some women do not have the option of taking any type of pain relief beforehand.
Depending on the time of your cycle, there may be more sensitivity too.
Also, I heard the electronic suction is more uncomfortable than the pipette (thin tube).
Other than that, I am not sure what creates such extremes, but I am glad that it was over fast enough and I hope it is for you too!
If you’ve had an endometrial biopsy, do you know what caused your pain or lack there of? How did your procedure go?
Good luck to those who need one! I really hope it’s over fast for you and that you don’t feel much pain/cramping.
Note: I’m not a doctor and cannot provide medical advice. My story is based on my personal experience and opinion.