• over 2 years ago

    Endometrial biopsy

    I have an endometrial biopsy next Thursday. The NP told me to take some pain reliever beforehand and I have some Valium leftover from a dental appointment. Since my hubby is driving, I think I might take one of those, too. I have read that it can be pretty painful. I would love to hear other women's experiences with the procedure. I have heard both good and bad stories. Anyone? Also, if you could share your results, that would be great. I'm hoping that I'm not on a path to a hysterectomy. I am a teacher and would hate to be out of the classroom for 4-6 weeks. Thank you in advance. (p.s. I have had some spotting and am on HRT.)

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  • RE: Endometrial biopsy

    Dear chteacher,
    Not to worry-I can speak to this as someone who has done many hundreds of these, and has had two done to me. As long as your husband is driving, by all means take some ibuprofen or naproxen, and a valium-and I think you will be very comfortable. I won't say I would have one of these done for fun, but it really isn't too bad (and I didn't have any medication on board.) It is crampy, but if you've been through labor, it's a lot less uncomfortable than being in full blown labor-and it lasts for just a couple of minutes. Hope all is well-and if you feel comfortable about sharing the results, let us know-hope all will be well,
    Mary Jane
      • over 2 years ago
        Thank you, Mary Jane. I am a bit apprehensive. The word "biopsy" alone will do that to most people, I think. I will be comfortable sharing the results. I am hoping that it will all be benign. If not, I'm hoping that I'll be able to wait at least a little bit on the surgery. I would like to finish out the school year. I did read that only about 10% of women with endometrial hyperplasia have endometrial cancer. Is that your understanding as well?
      • over 2 years ago
        I had it today, an you were right...it was no big deal. Some cramping, yes, but very minor. Felt fine enough for hubby to take me to Trader Joe's and a nice lunch. I wait about a week for results and I know from what the NP told me and what I read that many reasons for the hyperplasia are benign. Even if it's precancer, it's super-curable. Thank you for the facts.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Endometrial biopsy

    My experience was not as pleasant as Mary Jane's.

    I would call mine extreme discomfort, and what lingered, did so for about 2 hours after the procedure. The subsequent UTI (2nd in my lifetime) was difficult to shake.

    I was 51yo, diagnosed with Actinic Keratosis and prescribed 5FU/Flurouricil for 6 weeks/every other day.
    I now know I am DPD Deficient and cannot metabolize 5FU. Part of my body's response to 5FU was heavy, painful, non-stop period and a uterus full of fibroids (follow-up sonograms were also very comfortable).

    Basically, treatment for me is DO NOT accept treatment with Flurouricil ever again, ever.

    I had never experienced painful periods before and they are almost back to my normal. Medically I am very boring.
    As a reference for pain, when I had my son - emergency C-section (after 11hrs labor), I did not take any pain meds before or after surgery.

    I agree with Mary Jane, if you have a driver take the Valium and/or nsaids; especially if you take it for dental procedures - I would rather have Root Canal Therapy (and I've had 3 RCT's).

    I wish you the best of all the possibilities.
      • Dear DPDdeficiency,
        Sorry to hear about your experience-hope all is going well for you now,
        Mary Jane
      • over 2 years ago
        Thank you.
        The more time I get between myself and 5FU the better I get. I hope it is just that simple.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Endometrial biopsy

    Dear chteacher,

    So glad to hear you biopsy went well. Your spirit sounds great!
    I hope your results are favorable and any follow-up procedures are "uneventful".
  • RE: Endometrial biopsy

    Dear chteacher,
    First of all, I am delighted that your biopsy experience was good. As far as pathology: the vast majority of biopsies will have totally benign results: so do not worry. And indeed, even if there is hyperplasia, that is absolutely correct-we can readily treat with progesterone therapy, which is usually quite successful in reversing the hyperplasia. So not to worry-hope all will be fine, and do let us all know the results,
    Mary Jane
      • over 2 years ago
        Thank you, Mary Jane. I am reading your post daily as I await my results. I find your "voice" very reassuring. I will let you know what I find out.
      • over 2 years ago
        Thank you, Mary Jane. I am reading your post daily as I await my results. I find your "voice" very reassuring. I will let you know what I find out.
      • over 2 years ago
        The Doctor's office called this afternoon to say that my biopsy was negative! So, I can move on and only let them know if I experience more bleeding and we'll go from there. My body seems to like these new generic estrogen patches, so it's all good. I so appreciate your help and support. :O)
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Endometrial biopsy

    Wonderful news! So happy for you and I hope your current treatment plan continues to work well for you.
      • over 2 years ago
        Thank you so much!!
      • Dear chteacher
        that's terrific news-glad you are well. And I hope everyone reading along will also be reassured -to know that indeed, the vast majority of the time that we do biopsies on women do turn out to show no abnormalities-which is terrific.
        Have wonderful holidays,
        Mary Jane
  • 13 days ago

    RE: Endometrial biopsy

    I had the procedure last month - it hurts like #!!? For a few minutes but no problem even driving home. I am not sure Valium is the drug and would check. I am not scheduled for a hysterectomy. However this is my second endometrial biopsy and the first was less painful ( I was 15 years younger) and I did have bleeding afterwards, so ibuprofen which was suggested this time could be a problem.
  • 13 days ago

    RE: Endometrial biopsy

    I had the procedure last month - it hurts like #!!? For a few minutes but no problem even driving home. I am not sure Valium is the drug and would check. I am not scheduled for a hysterectomy. However this is my second endometrial biopsy and the first was less painful ( I was 15 years younger) and I did have bleeding afterwards, so ibuprofen which was suggested this time could be a problem.