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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Endometrial Biopsy

Endometrial Biopsy
by Carolyn

Why Would You be Doing an Endometrial Biopsy?

An endometrial biopsy is typically done when (not surprisingly) your doctor suspects you have a problem with your endometrium. Such problems can include endometrial hyperplasia, low estrogen or progesterone, and endometrial cancer. Blood tests are a more common (and less painful) way of detecting progesterone and estrogen problems. Endometrial hyperplasia and cancer are very rare in women under 40. Nonetheless, if you have problems with LP spotting and your progesterone levels are normal, an endometrial biopsy might be a good idea.

What You Can Expect

The biopsy is an outpatient procedure that only takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Before the biopsy you should take something for the pain, since the procedure isn’t performed under sedation. My doctor gave me the option to take 2 Percosets an hour beforehand. Two or three tablets of Motrin is an option if you don’t want to (or can’t) take something stronger.
The first stage of the biopsy is very similar to a normal PAP smear. After you get comfortable in the stirrups, your doctor will insert a speculum. If your cervix isn’t at the right angle, your doctor will need to use a tenaculum to move it into position. This does hurt, because the tenaculum has pincers that grip your cervix and usually cause some bleeding. After that, your doctor will dilate your cervix and insert a Pipelle aspirator, which uses suction to collect the sample. You’ll feel cramping and then a pulling as the aspirator gathers its sample. If you’ve had an HSG, this part of the biopsy will feel very familiar.

After the doctor has collected a large enough sample, he/she will remove the instruments, and you’re done! If the doctor needed to use a tenaculum, they will probably use some silver nitrate to stop the bleeding on your cervix.

Post-biopsy, you may have some cramping and tenderness, and your doctor will probably recommend that you take more pain medication that night. For what it’s worth, I felt absolutely no pain after getting home and didn’t need to take more painkillers. You’ll probably experience some spotting, possibly as heavy as a period. If you start bleeding more than that, or the bleeding lasts longer than a day or two, call your doctor.

Lab results should be available within a week. Before you leave, ask your doctor when you can schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss them.

Problems That Might Arise

The main problems you can encounter when doing an endometrial biopsy are pain and bleeding after the procedure. For the pain, my doctor recommended Motrin, but also gave me two extra Percosets just in case I needed them.

If you experience heavy bleeding (heavier than your period) or the bleeding continues for more than a day or two, call your doctor. It’s unusual, but it does happen. Also, try to refrain from any strenuous physical activity for a few days after the procedure. See below for my personal story about why this is a good idea.

Personal Tips

Anything you can do to relax while you’re on the table will help make the procedure less uncomfortable. I did deep breathing exercises until after the sample had been collected. DEFINITELY take some kind of pain medication beforehand.

One of the things I really appreciated before the biopsy started was having my doctor explain to me which instruments she would be using and why. She also told me what she was going to do before she used each instrument. If your doctor doesn’t take a minute to walk you through the procedure before starting it, I recommend that you ask them to do so. Relaxing was much easier when I knew what she was doing and why.

Take it easy for a few days after the procedure. You don’t have to go on bedrest or anything, but try to refrain from any strenuous physical activity. I made the mistake of hauling some heavy things up and down stairs the day after my biopsy and spent the following day regretting it from the couch because it felt like someone had kicked me in the gut every time I moved. Be ye not so stupid.

As a final note, if you take Percoset or other narcotic painkiller beforehand, be sure to have someone at the clinic with you to drive you home. Not only can these painkillers impair your ability to operate a car, but they can also make you extremely nauseated. Let’s face it, no one wants to drive when all they really want to do is throw up.

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Anonymous said...

My doctor was doing a different test and then decided to do the biospy so I had no pain meds - not so much fun. But it was quick. The worst was the cramping afterwards - as I had had nothing for that. The cramping was worse than labour. Luckily my mom had insisted on coming with me as I passed out in the waiting room on the way out.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm scheduled for this procedure this afternoon, and only last night realized that the doctor did not specify why she ordered the test, nor did anyone explain the procedure or give me any information about it. (Thank god for the Internet!) After reading some horror stories of the pain, I had a minor anxiety attack and am considering rescheduling. Reading your account of the procedure and that it wasn't so bad (for you, at least) is reassuring. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure done today. I was not expecting it. I've been experiencing heavy bleeding for over 14 days and doctor wanting to rule out cancerous cells. I had no pain meds prior. Procedure was definitely uncomfortable, but was over soon. Nurses asst led me through relaxation breathing during procedure. I experienced cramping immediately afterward, but no more severe than bad period cramps. Nothing like labor pains for me. Doctor gave me two Motrin after test and I had blood work done and then drove myself home with no further problems.

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure done today. I was not expecting it which is kind of good because I would have been very nervous. It was very uncomfortable nearing painful but it was pretty quick. I had no pain killers before (sure wish I had) but took some Motrin tonight and I feel just a little crampy. Good luck to anyone having this.

michelle said...

I do not know what some of you ladies are made of but it was the most excruciating pain I have ever had other than giving birth. I am still traumatized by it. I get very upset every time I think of it. It has been 4 days and I am still taking vicodin and bleeding. I had not idea the doc was going to do this procedure when I went in. I have been having a period for 5 weeks now. He, of course it was a HE, said it was needed and that I would only feel a SLIGHT PINCH-and it would be over. He gave me no pain medicine and did not tell me I would need any after. I almost fell off the table the pain was so excruciating - he clamped my cervix with this pronged clamp and pulled it down so he could insert the straw thing in my uterus to get the biopsy which also hurt. I called the doctors office later to get some strong pain medicine but, of course, they took all day to get it called in. I have been on it around the clock. When it wears out, I know it. The cramps are very bad and my cervix HURTS! I do not understand how my doctor or some of these people can say that the pain was MILD. I feel like suing my doctor. Of course, I won't, but I am sooooo upset. DO NOT get this procedure without some major pain killers!

Anonymous said...

I read this site and several others before my endometrial biopsy this afternoon and got really worried. But, it was no big deal. In fact, I felt silly that I had my husband leave work to be with me. I'm 39 with zero pregnancies, so I thought it would be bad. But, there was only brief pain (enough to make me say "Holy Crap!" but nothing more than PG-rated) and no bleeding. My doctor had me take misoprotol (sp?) beforehand to soften/ open the cervix, and I had a couple of Advil in advance. No lidocaine or other pain killer applied to the cervix. The pain was brief, and the cramping was minimal afterward. (Frankly, my lupron shot was more painful than the endometrial biopsy!) Just wanted to add a "positive" to so many scary experiences-- but my heart goes out to those of you who have bad experiences.

Anonymous said...

I had this recently with absolutely no pain medication before or after. My RE said it did not hurt, upon some proding from me, he said I might feel a discomfort like menstrual cramps. The pinching of my cervix was uncomfortable, but not unbearable. As he took the sample I did feel something like a strong menstrual cramp. Then it was over. I cramped slightly for like an hour afterward and I had no bleeding. I did not have to take anything afterward, though I would have taken it for comfort only. I have endometriosis and I am used to tolerating pain and pelvic discomfort. I would say it was uncomfortable but nothing to loose sleep over. I was just slightly more uncofortable than a PAP.

Anonymous said...

OK. So I had my biopsy done two weeks ago. They found nothing abnormal. Good news, but still no answers. I bled for almost a week after the procedure, much like a menstrual period but heavier. I was mid cycle when I had it done, and now it's time for my period and nothing (there can't be anything left!). I called the DR about bleeding, was told it was normal (???). I have concerns about my cycles going back to normal, and what are the chances of pregnancy right after a biopsy?
I found the procedure to be very painful (comparable to contractions) and wish I had brought someone along to drive me home. I felt twinges and mild cramps for a few days afterward. Has anyone else had similar experiences?
Thanks, Jen

Anonymous said...

I just had this test done. I was not given any instructions as to how to prepare, what it was for, or how it would feel. I did not take any pain meds before hand. They gave me a shot it the cervix to numb it (this DID NOT hurt, but I don't think it helped either) Then when they did the proceedure I felt several sharp pains and cramps-enough to make me cry and ask him to stop, but it was over fast. It thought, this wasn't so bad. But I was having REALLY BAD menstrual like cramps and the nurse gave me a glass of water and meds and they had me lie down and she left for a minute. While she was gone I became disoriented, couldn't remember where I was, and passed out on the table! She found me soaked with water and my cup clear accross the room! I then became hot, sweaty and sick to my stomach. They asked if anyone could pick me up and drive me home. (Shouldn't they have told me all this ahead of time?)I spent 2 hours lying down in the office before I was okay to drive and even then I was in pain and "out of it". The next few days I was very sore "down there" and wished i didn't have to work. Bleeding wasn't bad and I'm fine now. Just take meds, ask questions, and BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU! I wish I had. OH< I'm no wuss about pain, I've given birth without meds, this is comparable!!!

Anonymous said...

I had a bad experience a few days ago...I am 55 and dr wants to rule out problems (I still get some periods and have one fibroid)...I had this procedure 3 times before...all 3 past experiences (many yrs ago ..for infertility) were no picnic, but with female drs "walking me through it", it was tolerable (tho' once i was quite light-headed after one time)...the cramping was intense, but quick. THIS time, however, the severity of the pain was totally unexpected!!! It was quick, thankfully, but I still feel traumetized. The cervix was too tight fot the PA to do the procedure...so the dr (male), who I'd never met, did it...the cervix had to be dilated ..the dr never tiold me what he was doing...thankfully a nurse was a bit more involved...brief tho the sharp pain was acroos my whole abdomin, I found it more painful in intensity (NOT duration, thankfully) of childbirth with no meds. I've been crampy for a few days, just slight bleeding the first day...but next time, a sedative i think! 3 tylenol prior was a JOKE! I prayed for those in much worse pain as I was on the table and did the deep breathing, and afterwards the nurse had me rest 15 min before getting up. Don't mean to scare anyone, as it IS quick...minutes I'd say of the intense pain for me, but to reassure those who've had it they are not crazy if they experienced PAIN.

Anonymous said...

I had this yesterday and it really hurt. The doctor had told me take Advil and had warned me of pain. Stupid me I only took one Advil but I have to say I don't think more would have helped because the pain is too acute. I think of Advil as more for aches/cramps and this was definite sharp pain. Didn't last long but it was painful enough I had to start breathing almost like labor (I've never had kids, just from what I've seen) to get through it. Again, it didn't last long though, but I think if I had it again I'd ask for real pain meds even though it'd mean I'd need someone to drive me home. I started spotting right after and today I feel like I just started my period (which I'm thinking I might have since it was scheduled for 3 days from today anyway). Honestly I feel slightly feverish so I'll have to watch that I guess.

Anonymous said...

Thank you all who shared your experiences - clearly people react very differently to this procedure and it helped me a lot to hear what might happen.

I had the biopsy done Wednesday and my OB/Gyn did tell me to take pain meds beforehand. Two Advil probably helped a bit but I wish I had had some stronger stuff. The setup was ok but the actual biopsy was surprisingly uncomfortable. I did not move but I did moan and gargle for a bit until they, shortly, were done. After that I have had some discomfort (cramps and tenderness) and some bleeding. At four days after the procedure I am surprised to still be in a bit of pain and hope it will be gone soon. I can work without problems, but I am constantly aware of my body.

Anonymous said...

Oh btw, what have your results been?

Anonymous said...

After 15 months without my period, I just got it . (I'm 52) So my Dr. with perform the endometrial biopsy next week. 2 yrs ago I also had one to check on fibroids. They were benign. But the test was not. No one said to take painkillers beforehand. I nearly fainted. My blood pressure fell way down. I ended up laying myself on the floor, much to the chagrin of the office manager. She told me to go back to the examining room. I didn't have the strength to speak and tell her to go jump off a bridge. Thank goodness my partner was with me to tell her.
I am greatfull for the info. Ibuprofin upsets my stomach. I will call ahead and ask for a drug that works for me. I do not want a repeat of the last time. The Med web sites are not written by anyone who has had this procedure. It can be painful enough to make you faint.

Anonymous said...

For me, the pain was searing and basically excruciating. The only “good” thing about this procedure is that it is kind of brief (though those few minutes do seem to last forever!). I was squeezing the nurse’s hand, grimacing in pain, and afterwards I was super woozy. Definitely felt like passing out just after it was over. Just had this procedure done this morning, and I’m still feeling a bit light-headed and sick to my stomach. My cramps are tolerable, and my bleeding is about like it would be on the first or second day of my period.

I had no idea how bad this would be so painful. Just before the procedure, a nurse suggested I down some Advil, but I wish they’d have supplied something much stronger. Why is this procedure done without decent painkillers? I’ve never had children, and I wonder if this is something like labour. This is probably the worst pain I’ve ever experienced, even worse than my most brutal migraines.

Just as a point of interest, I went in for this biopsy one month after a D&C revealed that I have cancer in my uterus. Since my diagnosis, I’ve been on a comprehensive, alternative health program in hopes of reversing my cancerous cells. The program has included: laetrile, hoxsey tonic, vitamin D, intravenous vitamin C, and much more. I hope the pain I went through today will soon bring me some positive news.

Good luck to anyone who is reading this before having an endometrial biopsy. I hope you will be among those who don’t experience too much pain.

Anonymous said...

I will have an endometrial biopsy this week and I'm so scared---and have thought about cancelling. Do you think taking a 5 mg. vicodin table beforehand will help to reduce the pain?

Anonymous said...

I am having this procedure on Monday. I am glad I found this site. My doc (a male of course) didn't tell me to take pain meds before hand or anything. He said it will be just like having a pap smear. I am worried now. But I will definitely be taking my mom along to drive me home in case I pass out or something.

kay said...

Hi guys

I had biopsy which weren't too bad weren't the easiest thing ive went through but not the worst.

After a smear i recieved a letter saying'I had a high grade pre-cancer problem' thats when they gave me the biopsy never heard anything from that either,
In the meantime i recieved another letter saying i had to go to the coloscopy to get the cells moved from my cervix which was it all!And they had to go abit deeper too,

Well i went for my appointment after having my mam and my sister go through the same procedure but not quite all of their cervix needed as much treatment as myself,
So i thought well they are saying this is nothing and not to worry about it and i didn't until i was there on the bed and the work started.
The male consultant had given me 3 needles in my cervix and they bloody hurt!After the needles he continued to lasor the Affected cervix God hey never felt pain like it in my life!
Sorry if i'm scaring you ladies about this procedure i dont mean to!But i would rather you's be prepared for this than not like i was told aload of rubbish ie it was nothing what aload of rubbish!
They have told me this is nothing to protect me i soppose or i would not have gone and had this done and i kind of understand where they were coming from in telling me it was nothing,
If i didnt go how long would it have been for them to tell me everyones dreaded news i have cancer for this i am very pleased i went and got the Abnormalties corrected,

For all you ladies you do bleed after this procedure for 6 weeks which i was never told by the consultant but my mam and sister who went through this,

I dont think they tell us enough on this after the prep has been done which i find would help if they give a little more thought to,
I think they keep alot under their hat whereas they could give us a leaflet on what to expect after procedure is done only to tell us not to excercise or have sex for 4 weeks and thats all we get told rediculous,

But You ladies just prepare yourselves and do get it done,It needs doing for a reason xxx

kay said...

Me either was not told to take pain killers as such so i didn't!

So if you ladies want to take strong pain killers do before hand!

After the procedure you will experience a bad smell but this is normal,Dont worry lasts for upto a week x

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure 3 days ago. I was on my 5-6th day of my period, so it wasn't too bad (my doctor didn't have to open my cervix). I cramped up a bit when they took the biopsy but after that it just felt like mild cramps. I was okay to drive myself back to work. I did take 4 Ibruprofen before a few hours before I went to the doctor. I'm still spotting a bit but no cramps now. I just have to wait for the news. I go back into the office in two weeks to get the results.

Anonymous said...

OMG.. You ladies are scaring the daylights out of me. I am having this procedure in 2 days. And have to return to work right after it. I work at a ship port as traffic manager. I do alot of walking. Holy #&%$!!!
I do have access to darvocets and lortabs... But no one to go with me or drive me home. My hubby works overseas and wont be home for 10 more days.
Wish me luck ladies.. This site has given me more info than any other. Thanks.
Texas

Anonymous said...

I too had this test today, unexpectedly. I have been having super heavy bleeding for 8 days and went to a GYN I had not been to before. She was great, but as I had no pain killers "onboard" before hand, it hurt like @&#*@!!! I have had bone surgeries and sinus surgeries that hurt less than this test. And she did TWO biopsies, meaning 2 entries into my cervix. When she said "again" I nearly fainted just from hearing her say that. The biggest blessing is it is quite quick. She did use some type of numbing medicine to be able to hold my cervix, have no clue if it helped. The sharpest pain is the entry of the skinny tube into the cervix. Then severe cramping afterward. As I was already bleeding heavily, I can't compare to the bleeding afterward. Although the cramping was quite painful it didn't last longer than a few hours. Yes, it is a painful test and I would absolutely recommend asking for some pain medication to take prior. Just remember it is necessary and there could be worse! Don't cancel your test, just get some drugs to take before you have it!

Anonymous said...

Hello ladies. Just had the procedure done today, and I can tell you that it didn't hurt much at all. After reading some of the posts here yesterday, I was very apprehensive and afraid. Sometimes it's better not to read about people's experiences, because everybody reacts differently. I just took 3 motrins 1 hour before the procedure. No big deal! When I had my IUD inserted years ago, it hurt 10 times more. Just take a pain killer before, and keep calm. I doubt it this will be the worse pain anybody has ever experienced!

Anonymous said...

Just got told that I needed the biopsy, After reading all these blogs I feel much better knowing that there are other wusses out there like me. Several years ago I attempted to go through this procedure and after several minutes of digging around up there, the nurse's assistant declared she could not find my cervix. I told her we're done and she need not try any further. It was the most painful thing I have experienced and with no results. Based on that experience, I told my new doctor that she really needs to knock me out else I will be doing the backstroke while she's trying to get a sample. She recommended valium - I still think I need to be knocked out. These procedures seem to be done by someone who's never had one.

Anonymous said...

Had this procedure done yesterday, my cervix kept rolling, so they had to hold it which was painful, Felt a little like labor pains, or a bad cramping memstrual cycle. Mine is being done to check the cause for heavy bleeding and to determine the need for surgery for cysts on my ovaries and fallopian tube. Also somehow Acute Pancreatitis is tied into this. I do recommend pain meds beforehand, I had none, and it was uncomfortable. Deep breathing and relaxing your legs helps alot. It was over quickly, a little nausea and cramping today is all.

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure done almost one week ago. Still waiting for the results. It is painful with severe cramping during the procedure. I did not have any painkillers beforehand, I really wish I would have. Mary

Anonymous said...

If you tend to cramp or bleed heavily, use up to 800 mg ibuprophen (Advil is a brand name). Uterine cramps are caused by our body's prostaglandins. So ibuprophen is a good anti-prostaglandin, aspirin a weaker anti-prostaglandin. Tylenol (acetominiphen) is NOT an anti-prostaglandin. valium does nothing for uterine cramps. vicodin is a narcotic & may help & make you stupid - ibuprophen will help more. (I am 58 years old & have had 2 of these biopsies - the easy one was when I took 800 mg of ibuprophen 1 hour BEFORE my appointment & took 400 mg 4 hours after the 1st dose.
It tends to creep you out when you are young & it sounds like some of the women went into mild shock (I would go into shock when I was young with IUD insertions). Deep breathing, focusing & talking about other things tends to help. This site is great!

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure done 3 days ago. The only positive thing about it was that it did not last very long. It was very painful - even after taking 800 mg of Motrin beforehand. Everyone will react differently, because everyones body is different ! In reading this site - it looks like a varied set of experiences. I do NOT believe that others should question or belittle anothers' experience. As for me - I wish that I was knocked out (even for a short period of time). I am bleeding and cramping still. I wish they would have told me what to expect.

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure done about 6 weeks ago, although I don't see anyone on here having it done for the reason I did. They performed this on me while I was miscarrying- the reason they did it was because before I miscarried they believed I had an ectopic pregnancy and they wanted to know for sure or not if it was one (it wasn't). Please ladies, if you are getting this test done and you can get your hands on a painkiller- do it! (I wish I had). Ibuprofen does not do A THING! I've never had a procedure done like this before and when I walked in and saw all the 'tools' I wanted to run away! During it, they had to use a tenaculum to hold my cervix open which hurt pretty badly but the straw they use to suction the lining of your entometrial lining hurt so bad that I cried. Before the doc started the procedure, she told me she was going to try it with no 'shot in the cervix for numbing' because everyone takes the pain differently. During it, I started sweating and got so hot I felt like I was in a sauna.. it was excruciating. Very unbearable.. I probably asked her to stop 10 times. (She didn't). So ladies, as I said- if you can get painkillers... take one!!!

Afterward, I was already miscarrying so I can't tell you if the procedure made me bleed but I did have mild cramping for the rest of the day.

KATHY said...

I think I know why there is all this varying degree of pain here. The amount of pain you will experience is directly related to three things: First of all, there are four different procedures for getting an EMB, or an endometrial biopsy. Find out which one you'll be receiving because some are more painful than others. The second reason that this procedure may affect women differently, is related to whether you've had children or not. Women who've NOT had children will have a more difficult time with the procedure because their cervix has not been stretched from childbirth. And lastly, smaller women will also have a more difficult time because their cervix is naturally smaller. I hope this helps a bit. You should still have this procedure done, but just go in informed and ask questions beforehand. Pain killers before procedure is definitely recommended. Have doctor prescribe something. Go to this website: http://women.webmd.com/women-medical-reference/endometrial-biopsy

Anonymous said...

I sure wish I'd seen this site before my endo biopsy! Naturally, my MALE doc never mentioned taking anything for pain either before OR after and I never thought to research it because it was made out as "no big deal" and nothing to think twice about. It's interesting on this borard that those who have had kids and/or knew to take somekind of pain reliever ahead of time had an easier time with this. My cervix was numbed somewhat but my experience was frankly excruciating, and the cramping only got worse. About six hours later it was so bad I could not unbend from the fetal position--endometirosis, HSG with the tech helpfully trying to force liquid through blocked tubes and the most horrible post-surgical cramping were all nothing to compare with it. I'm pretty tough and never used Rx painkillers but was near tears not just because of the unexpected intensity of the pain but fear something was seriously wrong because NOTHING was ever said about cramping being normal or to expect bleeding! (Or that my interior would also be sore for days. I also was not told about refraining from sex or heavy lifting, though in that condition there was no chance of either).

Doc blandly insisted it was "spastic colon, as no pain could possibly be associated with the procedure". Um, right.

I do not and never have had a "spastic colon" and found this attitude beyond insulting. Even worse, I got to foot the bill for the $425 lab fee (insurance would not reinburse). A friend drove me to my family physician, who reassured me it was okay and her cramping lasted two days but was nto as severe. Then she gave me some Norco and suggested double doses of ibuprofen until it resolved. God bless her.

I don't want to scare anyone from a necessary procedure. Rather, I want to help others to understand what might happen so they can hopefully have an easier time of it by being fully prepared in EVERY regard and thus LESS fearful.

Anonymous said...

I just got through having the procedure and with the exception of some cramping when the doctor placed the tenaculum, it was no worse than a regular pelvic exam. I am having some post-procedure cramping and bleeding so doctor suggested I "take it easy" today. However, I don't think anyone should be fearful of this procedure, it really was not that bad at all. Hope this helps reassure the anxious patient (I was extremely nervous after hearing horror stories and reading some of the posts on here). Might be that some women have lower pain threshold, but honestly, this was a piece of cake I mean peice of endometrium :-)

Anonymous said...

I had an endometrial biopsy this am. It took under 5 mins for everything and I only felt slight pain from the clamp. Barely felt the actual biopsy. I took 2 Motrin beforehand only after reading all the horror stories on this site. I wish I hadnt google it beforehand because I was a nervous wreck for 2 wks for NO reason! Ladies, dont be nervous -its only a drop more uncomfortable than a Pap.

Anonymous said...

I had the biopsy today. I felt nothing - maybe all of the horror stories prepared me mentally, but it was nothing! No cramps at all! I've had 3 children so maybe I'm just numb inside?!?!

I took 2 Advil a few hours before procedure. I have been on a daily dose of baby aspirin - maybe that helped? Honestly - no pain!

Anonymous said...

I had this test this afternoon. Thanks for the advice to take ibuprofen ahead of time, but the other comments really scared me unneccessarily. It is short and not as painful as I had been expecting.

So, take heart.

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure done two days ago. I was totally unprepared. My doctor's office had told me to expect a pelvic exam. I had taken no pain killers ahead of time. And I had gone to the office myself. I had a male doctor (not my regular ob/gyn. From reading the posts, male doctors seem totally oblivious to the pain, which, for me was excrutiating. I am still obsessing about it. I feel almost like I am suffering from post traumatic stress. I wish I had known beforehand. I definitely would have taken something for the pain.

Anonymous said...

After reading all of these posts last night, I was really scared about having my biopsy done this morning. The procedure is VERY quick and I only experienced a small amount of pain while he was doing it. I didn't take anything for pain before I went. I felt sort of silly for getting myself all worked up over it:) My doctor asked me how much sleep I lost over it last night...lol! A lot!:) I'm feeling a little crampy, but it's bearable. The only thing that I wasn't prepared for was the bleeding. I thought there might be some spotting, but it's more than that. I'm back @ work now and wasn't prepared for that, so I'm hoping I can hold out until 4:30pm! Just try to stay calm ladies! I know I was having a panic attack yesterday, while I was reading these posts! Again...the procedure is very quick!!! Keep that in mind:) Good luck to everyone!!!

Anonymous said...

I had the biopsy done with little explanation. My Dr said it was to predict ovulation, but later I found out a blood test would have told me the same thing. I have had several episodes of pain in my life, herniated discs, pinched nerves, shots in my spine with no sedation, major knee surgury. None of them compare to the pain I had. It only lasted a hour or so after. But I strained so hard that I pulled something in my abdomen which still hurts when I exercise. Also I have had almost a years worth of irregular period following this procedure. I'm talking about a period every 16-21 days. That doesn't help you get pregnant. We've been trying for a year and a half now with no luck following this procedure. Be careful ladies!

Anonymous said...

My biopsy was done two days ago. I was not told to take any pain meds prior to the procedure or afterward. My doctor did take the time to explain the procedure and tools being used. He also forewarned when I might feel a pinch/cramp. He was accurate each time, and each cramp was short in duration. I expected some spotting and or cramping afterward, and was surprised that both were scant/
minimal the day of the procedure and the day after. However, to my surprise the bleeding and cramping became intense and constant 2 days afterward. I am anxious for tomorrow & hoping that "this too shall pass". My greatest concern is the diagnosis- abnormal or normal cells. Waiting is so frightful.

Anonymous said...

Jen,
Did you ever find out your results? Had the biopsy one week ago (very painful).I to have a similar experience, bleeding between periods and now that I'm suppossed to have my period, nothing!

Anonymous said...

I had my biopsy 12/18 my doctor advised me that I can take tylenol, mortrin or advil. I took one tylenol an hour before my biopsy. The procedure was fine I had no cramping. I was thinking maybe I am not too sensitive for pain. with my two pregnancies I didn't ask for epidural or any pain medicine. I was thinking my OBGYN was too good for the procedure. After the biopsy I was even brought my 2 children for dentist appointment.

Anonymous said...

Hi I am due to have one of these soon, and I calculated that my period is due at that time,doe anyone know if can I still have this done?

Kristi said...

I am scheduled to have this proceudre on MOnday (New Years Eve) and I am nervous. I have not been prescribed any pain medication for before hand. I am wondering if I can call my doctor to see that morning if she can prescribe something. Do you think that would help with the pain? I am 38 without children, and have been through 2 surgeries already for my periods. I had a period for 2 1/2 months. They said that I have adenomyosis and hyperplasia. Does anyone know much about either of these?

Anonymous said...

My Endometiral Biopsy was done two days ago. I was one of the lucky ones that has a doctor that believes in preparing the patient for this procedure. I was given Misoprostol to take, one a day for three days before the procedure. This medication helps dilate your cervix. I'm 42 and never been pregnate or given birth, so I appreciated this medication. It made it so much easier for the tools to pass through the cervix and into the uterus. My doctor told me to take four Advil an hour before the procedure. I asked if Flexril would be better and she said, "Oh Yes". During the procedure she took the time to explain what she was doing and how it would feel. Yes it is uncomfortable, yes it does hurt. On the way to the procedure my husband stopped for a coke and some Twizzlers. I thought of those Twizzlers throughout the procedure. Why you ask? Because that is what it reminded me of. Think of a Twizzler being inserted into your uterus and spun around really fast about seven times. Hitting different parts of the uterus and scrapping away cells. And as this is happening you are cramping really bad. Best to do deep breathing throughout this. There you go, you just experienced an endometrial biopsy. But wait.... the doctor wants to make sure she got enough, so she gives you a little break and starts the Twizzlers spinning again. Yes it hurts, but at the same time I was having this done, my 12 yr old niece was having spine surgery. So I told myself, if she can handle that, I sure can handle this. My advise to others, if a doctor tells you they want to perform an endometrial biopsy now, tell them no, you can reschedule it for another time to make sure you have time for pain killers to kick in, your cervix to be dilated, and someone there with you to drive you home. As for me, it's two days later and only spotting blood, soreness in vagina, and just had my first bad cramp, so I just took three Advil.

Anonymous said...

Regarding having a period through the procedure.... as long as the bleeding is light, they can do it. I was on day five of my period when I had it done.

Regarding not given anything to take before the procedure, most doctors recommend four Advils, make sure you eat something with this. Take them an hour before the procedure. But call their office and double check with them that it is ok to take.

It amazes me how many doctors don't take the time to explain this procedure and prepare you for it. Makes me wonder if all those doctors are males.

Anonymous said...

Okay, here's one for you. I went in for my annual exam and the doctor decided to do the biopsy right then because I told her I was having irregular periods. The procedure was definitely not uncomfortable, but not brutal. However, shortly after she completed the procedure, I passed out, while lying on the examining table with the doctor still in the office. I then felt nauseous and began throwing up (they didn't have a basin, so the nurse gave me a wastebasket). I began sweating like crazy and nearly dissolved the paper on the table. Then I got the chills and asked for a blanket. They didn't have one and the nurse gave me someone's fleece jacket to cover me. I passed out a second time and when the nurse came in to check on me I told her. By that time I was pretty out of it and they let me rest in the office. After a while the nurse came back and said that I looked better and could think about getting up to get dressed and leave. I said I was feeling better but as I was getting dressed, I felt nauseous again and laid back down on the table and leaned over to get sick in the wastebasket. I must have passed out a third time and because I was leaning over the table, I rolled off and landed on my face. I woke up in a pool of blood, with a broken crown, a broken tooth, a sliced chin, and a jammed jaw. They transported me to the E.R. ( a hospital is attached to the medical office building) where I had to have six stiches and they kept me in most of the day. I had to have a friend come pick me up because there was no way I could drive. When I got home, I had to sit down twice between the car and the door to my house. What should have been a simple procedure turned into a nightmare and is costing me thousands of dollars in unanticipated medical/dental bills. No way I'm going back to THAT doctor in Parker, COlorado.

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure done twice with the same doctor. The first time my doctor advised me to take two Advil 1 hour before the procedure. It took over 15 minutes and hurt alot. The second time I took matter into my own hands. I called my doctor to tell him I would be taking 1 oxycodone 1 hour before. He said OK but I need someone to drive me home. I don't know whether it was the medication or the fact that my doctor had 10 years more experience in doing the procedure but I felt NO PAIN. I asked him and he said it was the oxycodone that helped but this time it only took 5 minutes total. My advice to you all. Get a good experienced doctor and get medication for the procedure. Most of these doctors are males and have no clue as to the amount of pain involved. If they wanted to do it without meds RUN!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

PS
I just posted my experience with the oxycodone. I forgot to let you know. I took 1/2 pill before leaving his office and then 1/2 pill when I felt any slight pain that day only. In total I think I took 4 pills. No pain. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hi
My doctor attempted the endometrial biopsy today..extremely painful..nearly passed out..water poured off me from sweating to the point of almost fainting. The doctor said she stopped the procedure when she saw the water beading and trickling off my legs. Some cold wash cloths..and a glass of juice helped me recover. The doctor is re-scheduling to have it done under general Anaesthetic. I wouldn't advise anyone to get this done while being awake. My abdomen is still tender and cramping just from the attempt at doing the procedure.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone had any problem with their next period after the endometrial biopsy? I should have started three days ago. I have the cramps and all the fun stuff that comes along with it, but no blood. My last period was 12/21 and that one was just spotty. Then I had the endometrial biospy on 12/27th and spotted until 12/31. I know I'm not pregnate, because I haven't done anything for awhile. Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

I am 58 last year after 13 months got period had biopsy in office everything was ok hurt like hell. Now here I am again November turned 58 got period again another biopsy in office the most painful thing other then childbirth test results thank God normal was told because overweight estrogen builds up in fat cell and scared to death said could erupt cancer cells. Here it is January 21, and I am having another period with cramps and I am scared to death don't understand all this. Want it to go away and I am afraid to have D & C. Someone who is scared please let me know if symptoms are similiar. Thank You

elke said...

I had my biopsy today. I get very anxious about the unknown and panicy. I have a Male DR who is FANTASTIC, thank God and explaind everything before he even had me undress. Then the Nurse assisted him and a midwife came in to hold my hand and explain everything as it was happening.

I had taken 800mg Ibuprophen 1hr prior and I think that helped. I felt it pinch when they held my Cervix, an dalso felt cramping when my cervix was dialated. Uncomfortable for the biopsy, enought to make me lightheaded and flush. Just glad someone was there to hold my hand (my biggest recommendation!) If a loved one cna't come, ask for a nurse or midwife to stand next to you to talk you through it. I was hyperventalating from the anxiety of the unknown and the midwife helped me top relax and breathe.

Afterwards, spotting and crampy and lightheaded still. And had a hard time speaking since I was clenching my jaw so tight! Otherwise certainly not the worst thing I have been through by any means. I would rahter do this 100x and have negative result to cancer, than never do it and later find out that I could have prevented cancer,

Anonymous said...

It seems there is quite a wide range of levels of pain that can be experienced with this procedure, depending on factors like your age, how many children you have had, and the different ways of doing the procedure. I had been told by my Nurse Practitioner to take 3 Alleves 1/2 hr. before the procedure, but forgot to do this, and now that it's done, I don't think 3 Alleves would have made any difference. The pain was the worst I have ever experienced, luckily over in about 10 seconds (but then the dr. had to do a second biopsy to make sure she got enough sample.) I am 53, menopausal, & never had children. I would insist on having more serious pain medication before I would consider undergoing this procedure another time!

Anonymous said...

i dont have none of the symptoms of endometriosis but my period has stopped and my uterine lining has thickenen that is why my gyn wanted a biopsy iam 49 yrs old and i was told im going into menopause i could not go through with it it was too painful i dont know what to do now is it necessary should i try a new gyn because the last one wasnt pleasant ? oh and the last gyn i had only had one visit with her.

Debbie said...

This was my previous post:
Hi
My doctor attempted the endometrial biopsy today..extremely painful..nearly passed out..water poured off me from sweating to the point of almost fainting. The doctor said she stopped the procedure when she saw the water beading and trickling off my legs. Some cold wash cloths..and a glass of juice helped me recover. The doctor is re-scheduling to have it done under general Anaesthetic. I wouldn't advise anyone to get this done while being awake. My abdomen is still tender and cramping just from the attempt at doing the procedure.
Like I said above..why keep someone awake and put them through the pain and torture of this procedure if it isn't necessary. They told me if you have children it's not so bad...well if that's the case I wouldn't want to be the one getting it done who never had children.
I am 37 with two boys ages 12 and 9..I found it painful. At least for me they tried and then decided they should put be to sleep to do it. I am fortunate enough to be living in Canada (Newfoundland)where this is covered under MCP. I'm having it done as part of a cancer screening process which involves ultrasound, colonoscopy, endometrial sampling..as I am at high risk of certain cancers due to family history.
Hope this helps anyone who is having this procedure done.

nicky72 said...

I had an edometrial biopsy this morning and earlier had read some of these comments so I was quite nervous about going in. However, after a couple of inside pinches I couldn't believe what all of the fuss was about. No cramping at all, no bleeding at all, less pain overall than stubbing my toe. Everyone is different, but this was nothing at all for me. I did take advil before going as they suggested and do have a high pain threshold but still thinking it was going to be a huge ordeal at it was as simple as a yearly examination but quicker. Good luck girls, even though you won't need it!

katskratch said...

I had a bad experience. I've had disfuntional bleeding as well... in the past 3 months, I've bled for 8 weeks(5 in nov. and now 3 this month). I wish I had known to take some motrin, and I have yet to do so. I am very uncomfortable and I have not been taking it easy. I hate staying still. Any who, I think my doctor may have gouged my lining... there's now an unfamiliar discharge mixed in with the blood. I'm going to call him. I'm bleeding quite heavily, more so than I already was. All in all though it will be beneficial and I think that the procedure helped to remove the "old blood" as he put it. I think it freed the lining so it could continue to flush

anonymous said...

I had this test done 2 days ago and am still bleeding (was told since it was so close to my period, the procedure might bring it on). I read other people's experiences before going in and wanted to post my experience since it might help someone out there. I endure painful cramps every month that make it almost impossible to function for the first 1-2 days of my period. I was a little worried about the pain after reading what others wrote here but thought I'd be fine since I regularly endure cramps that cannot be relieved with maximum doses of over the counter pain relievers. I took 800 mg ibuprofen AND 7.5 mg mobic an hour before my appt. I thought I would feel just slight discomfort since I premedicated more than recommended. During the procedure, the first thing I felt was mild cramping and I thought okay I can get through this. Then the doctor said he could not fit the catheter through my cervix and would have to dilate me. At that point I felt pain so severe my eyes began to tear up and my abdomen began quivering uncontrollably. Then I felt a horrible stabbing feeling and he said it would be over in 5 seconds. I began moaning and crying and became extremely hot and sweaty. It felt more like 5 minutes (whole procedure 10 minutes). The nurse was rubbing my arm and trying to talk to me but I couldn't answer her. I have never been in labor so I can't compare it to that but the pain was excrutiating even with premedication. After he was done, I almost immediately felt better. I still cramped throughout that day and some the next but nothing like my normal period cramps. I just want to say to those of you who have not had children and whose cervix has never been dilated before, I would recommend getting a prescription for something stronger than ibuprofen. I wish I had made a call to my doctor before the procedure. I don't think too many doctors would have a problem with prescribing 2 tabs of percocet (1 to take before and 1 after) if you tell them that you've heard the pain is unbearable for women who haven't had children due to the dilation and clamping of the cervix. I hope this helps someone out there.

Mrs. Higrens said...

I have to say that reading all of the above comments really helped me prepare mentally for the range of possible pain with the biopsy.

I took 800mg ibuprofen before the procedure and another 600mg shortly after with the doctor's OK. I really felt like the worst part for me was the doctor having to stretch my cervix (never been pregnant). That hurt enough to make whatever went on in the uterus barely noticeable. I could feel the flip of the "straw" as the sample was collected, but it didn't add to the pain.

By early evening I had enough bleeding to fill a pantyliner, but that was it for me. I did take it very easy for the rest of the day (ie: I didn't go back to work and mostly lay on the couch until bedtime) and continued to take 600mg every four hours throughout the evening. By the next evening I felt back to normal.

My doc did give me the option of general anesthesia once he discovered that my cervix was not immediately cooperative, but I declined. In my opinion, coming out of general anesthesia is worse than the quick amount of time the procedure was painful.

donna nap said...

hi all! what a great and helpful...my questions is....i had bopsy done today.....i was bleeding more than doc expected when she went in........she said tissue had blood......results may be inconclusive and may have to do again ughhhhhhhhhhhh. has anyone had inconclusive results due to too much blood on tissue???? did u have to re biopsy??? i was only bleeding on the outside a little brownish red;but when she went in there was way more. ....she said she might not do it again and as long as my uterine lining is thin on the ultrasound after my bleeding is done......she is ok with the vaginal sono results....i hadnt had a period in two years...just some staining and saw blood over the weekend...anyone been thru the biopsy with bleeding and still got results??? pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaase let me know...do not want to do that again.. what a helpful site...next time i know to take painkillers or ibuprofen before for sure.....need answers...tx to all best of health to everyone!! hugsxooxox

Ebeth said...

I had a biopsy yesterday and even though I thought I was prepared I wasn't. My DR explained everything to me (she said I "might" feel some discomfort - that means it's going to hurt) and I had read the procedures on line, so I felt very comfortable having the procedure done - I mean I've given birth - how painful could it be, right? I don't know if it was my Dr. or I'm just a big wimp - but that was easily the worst pain I have EVER experienced. I had taken several Advil an hour before, just like they told me - I even practiced my Lamaze breathing but the pain was excruitiating. I have had some cramping and light bleeding, but no worse than my period. And it was over quickly - except they did take two samples and I thought it would only be one. My husband went with me and I'm glad because once I got out to the car I started to cry. I think I was more shocked than anything, because like I said, I thought I had prepared myself, but the pain was more intense than I ever imagined.

I don't want to scare anyone with my story, because it is an important procedure, but please be prepared. I would much rather think the worst and have a better outcome.

Andrea said...

I had this procedure today and after reading these posts I was absolutely beside myself with anxiety. I thank you all for posting, it is obvious that the experiences are completely across the board. Perhaps I am a member of the "expect the worst, hope for the best" club- and I am happy to be so because this procedure was little more than a moment of mild disomfort. My doctor prescived Cytotec which is basically a pill you insert into your vagina the night before the procedure to open your cervix. My doctor told me this may cause period-like cramps but in my case I had no pain at all. I also took Tylenol 3 which my doctor prescribed as well after I took this pill and an hour before the procedure. The procedure took less than 3 minutes and I could not believe how painless it was. I have had steady bleeding today but nothing liners can't handle. I highly recommend that if you are scheduled for this procedure insist on a drug like Cytotec which will help faciliate which should be a minor procedure. I left my doctor's office painfree and my boyfriend - who was waiting for me in the waiting room- went on to celebrate a fabulous Valentine's Day. Good luck to you all- and my heart goes out to all of you who had such bad experiences with this procedure. If you are scheduled for this please do not cancel- your health is too important!

ES in SF said...

I had my biopsy yesterday. The online info and this blog helped alot! My Dr. prepared me well for the procedure, always described what he was doing, and was actually quite kind. There are different types of biopsy procedures. For mine I did not have my cervix dilated. The Dr. thought that would be too painful because I have cervical scarring. We agreed to try a biopsy without dilation. Here is how it went for me. I took 800mg of ibuprofen at bedtime. It is important to take this on a full stomach and drink water or you will get sick. I took another 800mg of ibuprofen at 7am with breakfast. I took a final 800 mg at 10:30 am with some fruit smoothy- 1 hour before the procedure. I did not feel pain from the clamp attached to my cervix. In the past I have experienced the sharp pain from the use of that clamp during other procedures. I believe that the drugs dulled the pain away. The Dr. was surprised that it did not hurt. The insertion of the 'straw' through the cervix was a strong sharp pain. The collection of the tissue was also a series of sharp stong pains. And then the Dr. asked if I was ok and could I stand having it repeated so that he could get another sample. I was ok! and said yes because I wanted the test to be conclusive. I had no cramping, again I believe that this was because of the drugs. Afterwards I felt shaky and drank some of that fruit smoothy! Remember when you were a kid and got a lollipop after getting a shot? Well a little sugar helps alot. I had my husband meet me and drive me home. I was tired and a bit achy in the afternoon. I did not want to move at my usual speed. But no cramps. Very little spotting.

I was very frightened before the biopsy and realized that I needed to calm down. The night before, I visualized the procedure, walking through it step by step in my mind. I pictured myself lying there calm, muscles relaxed and breathing slowly. I rehearsed this in my mind several times. When I had the procedure I was able to do just as I had rehearsed. I was calm, unafraid, and my muscles were relaxed. If you are afraid you will tense up and make the procedure more difficult. Also fear magnifies the pain, making it echo in your mind. This is a good time to throw out any ideas of modesty or embarassment. If you are tense even the insertion of the speculum will be uncomfortable. So relax! It really helps.

This is an important test so don't run from it. Use medication, practice visualizing being relaxed, keep your muscles relaxed and breathe ! It is over pretty quickly.

I am nervous waiting for the results. I know that much of my distress about the biopsy was really fear about the results of the test. So now the biopsy is behind me over and done. I will just have to practice being calm and not let my imagination run wild while I wait. Thanks to all the ladies who have posted such good information on this blog.

Mimi said...

I had the test today. After reading the comments I almost backed out. But, I did it. It was not so bad at all. Slightly uncomfortable for a few seconds and then it was over. It helped that my doctor talked me through every step, including when she was putting on and changing gloves. She actually took 2 samples. It was very tolerable. Waiting for results now, hope all goes well.

Deb said...

Here's my experience....

Having a hysterscopy allows the doctor the chance to go in and look with a hysterscope inside the uterus with a fiberoptic light and see the inside of the uterus on a screen rather than doing just a D & C blindly and cut away and hope you get the whole polyp. Using the hysterscope with the light will allow the doctor the chance to cut at the edges of the polyp and cut all around it to get the stalk and all. When you do a D & C, the doctor is cutting blinding and just scraping hoping to get the whole polyp.

I hope that everyone else has this opportunity for a doctor to use the hysterscope. Because of this, I know that my whole polyp will come out and then my uterus will be cleaned by the D & C. I was told it takes about a half hour to do the hysterscopy and completely look at the uterus and any other polyps that may be there. THe D & C should take about 20 minutes and then recovery.

My particular incidence of finding this polyp in my uterus was pure incidental and pure luck. I went for my annual pap test at a free clinic because I had just lost my health insurance. Walking in, never ever having a bad pap smear...I thought nothing of it. If this one clinic doctor had not recognized my uncomfortableness with the speculum...we probably would have never found my polyp because I had no other systems. Unfortunately, being 49 and not having sex for 8 years, I would not know if it were uncomfortable or painful during sex. The doctor also did sent me for a blood test that showed I was in menopause and had not had a period for 2 years. I never thought twice about anything else just thought I had been finished with periods and in menopause. Found out that polyps usually show up in women who are between 40 and 50. The free clinic realized that from the insertion of the speculum, which I found excruiting...they referred me to get a transvaginal ultrasound to see if anything else was going on. They did see during my pap exam that my lining was not as thin as it should be for a 49 yr old women in menopause. I went for the transvaginal ultrasound...which I would have to pay for on my own. Knowing I needed to know what was wrong...I paid for the transvaginal ultrasound.

The transvaginal showed a very very thick endrometrium which, of course, scared the heck out of me because I would have assumed being 49 years old my lining should be really really thin. The doctor came into the room at the hospital during the transvaginal ultrasound and said my walls were so thick that the test should again be followed up again in a year. Following up at the free clinic, they suggested an endometrial biopsy to check the endomtrium.

Knowing something must be wrong and not wanting to get such a painful test done, I went for a second opinion with my ob/gyn that I had been going to for 25 years before I lost my health insurance. On my way to my appointment, I called the hospital and said that seeing I am paying for my ultrasound...could I have the results and the CD that was made of the ultrasound. My ob/gyn took the CD and went over to the hospital and reviewed the CD and the results with the pathologist and called me on a Saturday night at 8:00pm at night. Knowing this, of course, I realized this would be serious. My ob/gyn was great and gave me the medicare price for the office visit and for performing a sonohystogram. The sonohystogram immediately showed a polyp. It was extremely painful and I had about 10 cramps that were very bad. I read online what I thought the test was. After it, I felt very faint and fell over the chair when the nurse left while changing. Believe me, I have always trusted my original ob/gyn and by pure luck and my insistance I pursued finding out what was wrong with me.

Today, I had the endometrial biopsy, which my doctor said may not have shown my polyp. The sonohystogram is what found it. The endometrial biopsy took a sample of the lining and may not have sampled the polyp at all so knowing it was there.....the D & C and hysterscopy had already been determined to do. Doing the endometrial biopsy will give us an idea of begnine or cancerous lining.

I do have to say, my doctor knew my worry over the last few weeks and made it very easy for me. Like I said, my sonohystogram was very painful from the cramps....so my doctor decided to give me a local anesthesia. I took 4 200mg Advils and then the anesthesia...and believe it or not....I felt nothing but putting in the speculum. I felt that only because he then gave me the needle of anesthesia. I think I am extremely lucky. I also called his office to see if he was running on time and took my advil a half hour before the biopsy. I took my 18 year old daughter with me and I thought she was going to faint at seeing the instruments used. She did leave the room nauseas.

So all in all, I was so so lucky. I think every girl should ask for a local anesthesia. No cramps, no pain at all. I went out shopping with my daughter immediately after, went to the Casino all night, went to the dance studio and out to eat. I was expecting a day of rest....so happy. So now in about a week, we will know more. Cross your fingers. My doctor said he will personally call me with the results rather than charge me for an office visit. We will then set up the surgery. He was also great and gave me the medicare price on the sonohystogram $300 instead of $1,000 like a hospital charges. And, then he only charged me $108 for the endometrial biopsy. I have been his patient for over 25 years and have never ever had a problem so he know my concerns. Plus my 18 year old daughter and his son went to high school together and we all lived in the same time so we were kind of friends.

I am not having the D & C until the first week of May. I have never ever had any bleeding or cramps or pain at all. We only found this because of my insistance in wanting to know why I had a thick endometrium.

I will keep you posted and thanks so much for caring about me. It is so nice to know that someone else was having the same stress that I was. That last sonohystogram was the worst thing I ever went through in my life, so because of that my doctor was so caring about my pain and gave me the local anesthesia. It is certainly an answer.

I have now opted for general anesthesia for my surgery. He did offer me the epidural or a local but OH NO I do not want to be awake at all.

I did hear from the internet that polyps can reappear.

My surgery will be scheduled and I will have a D & C, polyp removal and a hysterscopy.

Suzanne said...

I had the procedure done 2 days. I was totally unprepared. My advice...take some type of pain med. before you go...and make sure you have something for cramping after. I have lost 3 days from work. My dr.decided to do this procedure because I started bleeding heavily after not having my period in 2 years. About a year ago I had blood work done and it showed I was in menapause. The bleeding came out of nowhere. I'm going for an ultrasound on Tuesday. Hopefully I will hear something soon. TAKE PAIN MEDICATION this test is not a walk in the park!

Laura said...

I wanted to make some reccommendations for those scheduling this procedure. I noted a common thread. It seems like the level of pain may corospond directly to where you are in your cycle. I just had it done afew days ago. And although a bit crampy, like someone is trying to pull my right ovary out at times; I am OK. I could have easily gone back to work right from the procedure. But I was 6 days after my period had started, so I didn't have too much bleeding post procedure. Spotting some still as well. I also was told by the first nurse to take 500mg of ibuprophen, but when I questioned as to how to accomplish that since it only comes in 200mg unscored tablets or capsules, the doctor told me to take 800mg. That morning, I mistakingly took 5 liquid gel caps instead. (I guess my math skills were off that day!)I made sure to take it on a full stomach of course, otherwise I would have tossed my cookies! When I went through the procedure, it was slightly uncomfortable, but not unbearable. I revealed my mathmatical error to the doctor, and she said, "you know; you tolerated this so well, that we will maybe tell every one to take 1000mg!" But I honestly think that many factors are at play here. Everyone is going to have a different experience. I was having an anxiety attack that morning, just thinking about the whole deal, so I did take a Xanex as well. I had never taken one before, but I highly reccommend this. It will help you relax! And make sure you take your NSAID meds (ibuprophen)at least 1 hour prior to the procedure. Don't overdose on anything please. Consult your doctor, before taking anything! All People can't tolerate the same medications.

Y said...

I'm with the lady who passed out in the waiting room on the way out. They gave me smelling salts to keep me from doing that, but I screamed like a little girl while it was happening. My dr decided to do it right then and there and I had no pain medication beforehand. Please don't do this procedure without something to kill the pain. It sucks. I actually told my dr that I hated her. Very rude. I'm so embarrassed that I couldn't control myself. I left gingerly and went to my car, where I promptly cried.

Renee said...

I had an endometrial biopsy done 3 days ago. This was my second one. I'm 56 years old (as of two hours ago, hahaha) and still having regular, heavy periods. Lately, there has been a little bleeding between periods and they've lightened up a little, which I thought was normal, but the doctor said I should have this test. So, I did. I had the test 19 days after the beginning of my last period, FYI. And, I have never had children or been pregnant (having had my tubes tied 30 years ago).

Anyway, the first one (done about 4 years ago) was really no big deal at ALL. And a different doctor. This time, it was more painful, but thankfully the pain was very brief. Moments of agony but then it would stop. So all in all it was bearable.

I was directed to take 600mg of ibuprofen an hour before, which I did. I also insisted that he prescribe Valium for me, so he did - one 5mg pill, which I also took an hour before. That helped me relax, which i think is ESSENTIAL.

This doctor, MALE, and very experienced, did not describe the procedure for me or tell me what he was going to be doing as he went along. However, if he did I wouldn't have heard him because I brought my iPod, put on some music I like and my earbuds, and turned it up LOUD. I think it helps to distract your mind from its focus on that part of your body and every molecule of pain you might feel. Anything you can do to avoid "waiting" for the pain and focusing on something else will be worth it.

Afterward, I actually could have easily gone back to work but didn't. I had a nice relaxing day at home. I had very light bleeding for about a day and a half and no pain at all afterward, until last night and today. Just a crampy feeling. I did treat myself to an orgasm last night (sans intercourse, which they told me to avoid for a week), after which the cramps started, so maybe that wasn't a good idea. Oh well.

In a nutshell: DO take the ibuprofen; DO insist on a Valium or Xanax or something like that as well; DO consider bringing your iPod if you have one, or anything that can help you focus on something else; and DON'T get yourself completely worked up about it beforehand. It truly is different for everyone.

Now the waiting ... results in 2 weeks.

Anonymous said...

Well, Like I said before..they put you to sleep here to do the procedure. If they can do it here..(Newfoundland, Canada)why not everywhere.

Anonymous said...

I had this done three days ago. I felt a little uncomfortable. In fact I thought he was just doin the pap smear. No cramping afterwards. No meds before or after. Hope everyone has my experience.

Susan said...

Ladies, take it from me this procedure is not that bad. Had high anxiety over it for weeks after reading some of these posts. I took 3 advil and 5 mg valium staggered over two hours beforehand. Still very nervous even after the valium I did the deep breathing exercises while waiting for the Dr to come in. My nurse was so very helpful, explained everything to me and held my hand druing the procedure. It was a very quick sharp pain and then it was over! Was a little light headed but the nurse gave me juice and let me lie down for a few minutes. I even laughed and called the Dr "Quick Draw McGraw"! Took another Advil when I came home and have very little cramping.

I think the anxiety beforehand was much worse than the actual procedure.

Anonymous said...

I had the endometrial biopsy today. My ob-gyn told me to take aleve or advil an hour before the procedure. Because of the comments I had read on this website, I called my family doctor (a woman) who gave me ativan and vicodin. I took both of those, plus motrin, beforehand. I also asked the nurse who took my blood pressure if she would come in and hold my hand. My ob happened to be a great guy, was gentle, and talked me through everything. I did feel a pinch from my cervix being clamped, and some cramping with the biopsy itself. But after, a little bleeding only and no cramping. My advice.....get a good doctor and drugs. Drugs really do help.

Anonymous said...

I had this done last month as a pre-test for an endometrial ablation. My doctor told me to take 3 Advil beforehand and also gave me a Xanax to take.

The procedure was not bad at all; some sharp cramping that lasted a few seconds. I had no cramping afterward and just some light spotting. I was supposed to have my period two weeks later, but didn't have much of one. I was told this was normal.

Ladies, my advice is to ask your doctor for a Xanax to take before like I had. It really helped me to relax, and I think that's why I had such an easy time.

Anonymous said...

Two days before my endometrial biopsy I read all the comments here and I was scared and perplexed at all the different reactions.

I took 2 advil before my appt, and had my husband waiting to drive me home just in case.

My cervix was very open so that was not a problem. When she stuck the pipelle in there it was painful and uncomfortable. Sent me into a moment of shock, but it was over in about 5 seconds. Afterward she just had me lay still for 5 minutes. I felt just a wee bit nauseous, shaky, and clammy, but that passed in a couple of minutes. I also made sure I had an empty stomach before I went just in case.

No pain or bleeding after I left. I feel great. I would do this again even though it was horrible. The fact that it didn't last long and I recovered in a few minutes made a world of difference in my willingness to go back.

Anonymous said...

Ya'll are seriously scaring me!!!!! I am 20 years old and have been on my period for literaly 6 months. After giving birth a year ago I had irregular periods for a couple months and then just stared the never ending menstral cycle. When I finally went to the doc he order and endometrial biopsy and I'm getting it done day after tomorrow. He never realy specified much about the test or why it's being done. After spending a couple hours google-ing it I am totaly scared.

From what I've found most women who get this test are 15 or 20 years older than me! Is anyone else getting this test as young as me??? Is my doctor just kinda dumb...or do I seriously need this? After hearing women who tell about how bad it hurts I realy want to cancel! My husband is taking off work to go with me...but I'm still nervous because he was the one that passed out when I was in labour. I'm realy not a wuss (i was in labour for 17 hours with no drugs) but I realy don't know if I can handel this! I'm super scared.

Anonymous said...

I'm having this done tomorrow morning and I am quite nervous. I had a hysterosonogram done last week and I was so sick afterward I almost passed out. The procedure itself wasn't that bad for me but the cramping afterward was over the top.

Anonymous said...

I had this done today.
Oh.My.God.
I wish I had known ahead of time exactly what was going to happen. I would have taken some motrin beforehand.
The doctor had me do deep breathing, but the pain of the procedure was so intense, I felt like crying. I actually was a little emotional afterwards. I have never had children, and my menstrual cramping has rarely been particularly intense.
But this was probably one of the worst pains I have ever endured.
I like this doctor. But I really wish I had researched this first.

Anonymous said...

just had this done..luckily for me my period had just ended and my cervix was still "open"...I didn't feel a thing...try to schedule this right after your period has ended..as for the cramping afterwards,,,I wish someone had told me it was like labor pains,,the next day was like pains after I gave birth....not fun...

Anonymous said...

Well, my GYN gave me the option last week of having it done as a kind of impromptu thing or scheduling it for this week and having a chance to take some pain meds and get a driver lined up.

I opted for the second one and, boy, am I glad I did! For those of you who had no pain, you are quite lucky!

I was on Valium and 1/2 a Percocet and it was still one of the most painful things I've gone through (second only to having a dislocated rib put back into place).

It's been 12 hours and I'm still cramping and having to take meds to make it bearable.

And I have a fairly high tolerance for pain as I live with a bulging disc and have had dislocated ribs for the past two months.

I *almost* just went ahead and did it last week and I'm so glad I hesitated and opted to be cautious instead. My only regret was not taking MORE meds before I went in. If I go through that again, I'm taking the whole percocet instead of just half.

Anonymous said...

I am leaving a comment for a prior comment about the endometrial specimen containing too much blood and having to redone, that just happened to me after waiting a week for the results. I am 56 years old and had a period after not menstruating for 11 mo. I was given the option of another endometrial biopsy or a hysteroscopy with a d&c. I decided on the later because I want something that will show polyps if any and something really definative. I will write back when I get it done in 2 weeks, I insist on regional anesthesia and will not do it if they refuse me and will endure the biopsy again if I have to. It did hurt wickedly and I had no pain medicine because it was not planned. The worst for me is waiting to see if I get to keep my uterus or not. Rebecca

Anonymous said...

just had this test done and it was by far the most pain i have ever felt. i guess it is just different for different women. i took three motrin an hour before the procedure, which did not seem to do much. if i ever have to have this done again, i will insist on something stronger. i am amazed that some women feel little pain with this procedure; i yelped! so glad it's over...

Anonymous said...

I am having this biopsy done on Monday and I am so nervous now. The nurse called me today and said that for some it can be painful and called me in a prescription for Valium to take beforehand. I think I might take two. They also say I am probably going to have a hysterectomy for fibroids. I hear the word biopsy and I think cancer which totally freaks me out. I am forty and have never been more scared.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I read this AFTER having my biopsy performed. I'm scheduled to have a UFE in a month, so this is mostly a precaution. I took 3 ibuprofen an hour before the procedure. I was told it would feel like mentrual cramps. However, at age 42, I'm happy to report I've never had menstrual cramps.

Anyway, they applied some local anasthetic. I felt a little "pinch" when that was done. I could feel a bit of pressure during the actual procedure.

And it was done. I had some bleeding, and they gave me a pad. I didn't go back to work, but I could have. I stopped and bought some groceries on the way home. I took a couple of Advils just to be "safe."

It's only been 3 hours since I had it done, so maybe something drastic will happen, but it was no big deal. My heart goes out to those of you who experienced so much pain. I just wanted to say that not EVERYONE has a terrible experience.

After reading all the UFE horror stories, I'm hoping my experience with the biopsy is a good sign.

Anonymous said...

No wonder my doctor told me I did "really well" today! I had this today. I knew I might get one, but I just read it was "scraping" for cells, and thought it was similar to getting your cheek scraped for cells. Uh, no. I didn't have any pain meds on board, and I was indeed warned that since I've not had any children it may be more painful for me and have more longer lasting cramping. Luckily I did have, though, 1/2 a Xanax beforehand that I happened to have in my purse! Thank goodness I had taken that. It allowed me to breathe through the rather considerable pain with a few wimpy "ow ow ow ow ow" remarks. I did have a bit of a vasovagal reaction afterwards and had to rest lying down a few moments, and the nurse did bring me a motrin afterwards. But I'm about 5 hours out and have mild cramping and nausea, but nothing too severe. Thanks for this site and for sharing, everyone! Now I know I'm not as much of a wimp as I thought I was--this thing really DOES hurt! Hang in there, everyone.

Anonymous said...

I had my endometrial biopsy six months ago. TOday I had my six month follow up. The doctor had trouble grasping the cervical and had to really work at it. Doing this, I experienced sever dizziness and almost passed out as I was sitting up. I was kind of embrassed and didn't say anything. My question is, has anyone else experienced this after a pap smear? Could it just have been my body remembering the biopsy experience?

Anonymous said...

OMG. I had a biopsy about 24 hours ago and I start sobbing everytime I think about it. A little background - I'm in my 20s and despite being on birth control, I bleed like every other day and on top of that, I have been having episodes where blood just pours out, as was the case yesterday. I have also had a cyst on my right ovary for about 10 months now. I had an ultrasound yesterday and the cyst is gone, so my doctor wanted to take the biopsy to get to the bottom of this. I screamed and burst into tears when my doctor did it. The nurse had to hold me down. It was by far the worst pain I have ever been in. I did not know I was going to have this done and was unprepared and unmedicated. My doctor gave me a prescription for Percocet afterwards and I took 3 yesterday and 1 today so far. The bleeding hasn't been bad after the biopsy, but the cramping is still going on and I didn't go to work today. I hope others have it easier than I did. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Out of curiousity, if they probably are going to do a hysterectomy for fibroids on you, why do they need to do the biospy?

Anonymous said...

I had mine done yesterday after reading about it for days. The procedure itself did not hurt that much, I'd call it uncomfortable at times. I was amazed how fast it was. They made me stay still for about 10 minutes after because some women get up and feel woozy. I was fine. The cramps started as I was driving home. They were the kind that made you make noises when the come on. After taking ibuprofen, they went completely away about an hour and a half later. Not so bad experience, I'd say.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's right, I had mine done yesterday because I'm over 2 years since my last period, I'm 53. The Dr. was looking for cancer cells and I'll have my results in about a week. She said if it is cancer, I'm lucky because I reported it right away. As a first bleed since menopause, if it is there, it's early.

If you are post menopause, call your Doctor right away if you bleed! Don't ignore it!

Aly said...

I had this procedure done 15 years ago and I think everyone in the county heard me screaming. I had no idea how intense the pain would be & fault the doctor for not preparing me for it. Fast forward to this week, with a new doctor who really gets it. He told me most of his patients prefer to have the procedure done as an outpatient at the hospital under a light anesthetic. I am post-menopausal & have had unexplained bleeding for a week. There is no reason to be forced to suffer pain in 2008. I am having this procedure done again in two days & I am not as afraid because I know I will be out. The doctor will insert a mini-camera into my uterus, take pictures, & do a d&c so the tissue can be sent to pathology. He will also do an ablation (balloon type device that cauterizes the blood vessels in my uterus so the bleeding will stop). Some women have this procedure done without pain, but I think most of us find it more painful than labor. I wonder if doctors would be more considerate of the pain involved if it was a test done on men.

Anonymous said...

I just returned from having this biopsy -- no big deal! It was very quick, so whatever pain there is lasted, like, a minute. I think if you get scared about this, you'll get stressed out and it will be worse. I had taken a motrin 1 hr before just in case. Some bleeding now, but I'm planning my regular exercise routine.

Anonymous said...

Just had the biopsy done today. My dr. said the only pain meds I would need were Ibuprofen 1-2 hours beforehand. I took 3 Ibuprofen about 90 mins before but it still HURT! As others have said, it only hurts for a short time but it was bad (to me). Part of my problem was that I've never had a baby and she said my cervix was very tight - so I had to be dilated more than others might have. You can get through it - bring your husband or buddy to hold your hand (that really helped), breathe deeply during the painful parts, and it will be over fast. I had cramps for 1-2 hours afterwards like very severe menstrual cramps, but now I'm much better. Definitely no picnic, but the pain doesn't last long.

Anonymous said...

I took 4 advil one hour before. I'm 31 and never had a child. miscarried 2 months ago and a TV ultrasound showed "retained particles". Had the Biopsy done to rule this out b/c HCG levels are below 5 and need to find reason for thickened lining.
Painful, but quick is the best way to describe it. Mostly from the straw going through the cervix. I said "that hurts" over and over, but it was done quickly, NP did the procedure and made 2 passes. Hurt so much that I was sweating afterwards. Worst part for me... was told to expect some bleeding. Used a liner - driving home I bleed through the liner and through my jeans... in 5 minutes. By the time I made it home there ws blood everywhere - sat on the toilet and blood and chunks gushed out - far far worse than my miscarriage (at 5 week). Called the dr. office and was told that she expected that - I wish I did. Some bleeding usually doesn't mean an alarming amount. Still bleeding heavily, but not soaking a pad in an hour, so I guess it's ok. Mild cramps, and even though I don't usually have cramps its not a big deal.
Now the worst part... waiting for the results.

Anonymous said...

I had the procedure this morning. I can honestly say my period cramps are about 1000 times worse than what I felt. I felt a couple of pin pricks and very little cramping and before I knew it, the procedure was over. I did however take a 550 mg naproxen the doctor prescribed before the procedure. I would have to say that my worst enemy was me. I agonized over having this procedure until I started suffering from anxiety attacks. I contribute the pain free procedure to the power of Prayer and the power of naproxen LOL! My doctor is also the best in the business!

lin said...

I was scheduled for a biopsy yesterday. I was very nervous after reading this website. About 2 hours before the procedure I took 3 motrin and about 15 minutes before the actual procedure I took 2 blue valium (20mg.). When I entered the exam room I was still so nervous that I decided not to go through with it. I think the PA saw my distress and agreed that I should have an ultasound first and go from there. Today I feel a little foolish for not "toughing it out", but at the time I just couldn't do it. I am scheduled for my ultrasound tomorrow. My tests were scheduled because I am 56, have not had a period for about a year and a half and I started having some light bleeding & cramping. It lasted about 4 days. I would like to hear from anyone else my age who has experienced similar symptoms after menopause.

Aly said...

I had a similar problem a month ago. Would be VERY leery about a doctor who wants you to have an endometrial biopsy without explaining why and exploring less painful tests (e.g., vaginal ultrasound) first. 3 days after seeing the GYN, I was at the hospital to have same-day surgery with light anesthesia. The pre-op nurses told me that post-menopausal bleeding is very common. The lab results from my D&C came back negative & the doctor said he thought the bleeding was from a thickening of my uterine lining. Everyone's pain threshhold is different, but I would never have an endometrial biopsy without anesthesia.

Anonymous said...

I had the procedure done yesterday, and for me the worst part of any medical procedure is the time I spend in the exam room waiting on the medical staff while staring at the instruments that are going to be used on me. I took along my iPod and my favorite tunes to keep me relaxed during the wait. I also use deep breathing exercises during any procedure to help keep me calm and as relaxed as possible. The procedure took no more than 10 minutes and, although wasn't comfortable, certainly wasn't painful. I did experience one moderate cramp during the procedure, with a few light cramps afterwards, but no spotting. I'm 45 and I've never had any children, so I initially was concerned that maybe the procedure would be more difficult than for a woman who had given birth. Prior to the biopsy, I had a transvaginal ultrasound from a heavy-handed technician, and found that to be more uncomfortable than the biopsy itself.

My doctor had prepared me for what would happen and she emphasized that I needed to take OTC painkillers about an hour before the procedure. I followed up with another dose about 4 hours later, and today I'm back to normal.

Anonymous said...

Hello Ladies,

Thanks for all the posts. The biopsy was very painful for me--felt like the doctor was using the jaws of life to get to my uterus. The getting there was more painful than the biopsy itself.

My issue is I'm still somewhat sore over 11 days after the procedure. Not any kind of excruciating pain, but a dull lingering ache or feeling of tightness/pressure. I still don't feel like my limber usual self. Not sure if it's the wound or if I pulled a muscle as the doctor yelled at me to "get your buns back on the table!"

Anyone out there have a similar experience or a clue as to why?

Anonymous said...

I had my biopsy done today. I've had so many procedures that this was just routine for me. There was about 5 seconds of intense cramping for me, but that's it. I did not take any pain meds before or after - just a little red wine before bedtime! I'm sorry for those who had a bad experience. Perhaps a new doc is worth considering. I love my NP!

Eileen said...

The most painful experience of my life--very much like what Michelle described. I was traumatized by the whole thing to the point that years later, I needed a valium so the doctors could induce labor in the hospital.

I never went back to the doctor--I felt like he had attacked me by not preparing me for the biopsy or encouraging me to take pain meds. He described the procedure as "mild cramping." I still have trouble going to the GYN and will only see female doctors. I need to have another endometrial biopsy and my doctor is going to allow a D & C under twilight sedation instead.

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure done 4 days ago. I felt little pain during the procedure and none after the procedure. I took no pain tablets before nor after. I have children and I was told that makes a big difference. I am still bleeding slightly. I am more worried about the results I will receive in a few more days that the procedure itself. Vanderbilt Hospital, TN

Anonymous said...

I had the endometrial biopsy done this morning after reading through some of these posts earlier. I did take 3 motrin one hour before the procedure and felt very little discomfort. This afternoon I am experiencing cramping and bleeding as well. The procedure was nothing, only took five minutes total. FYI, My doctor is a female and I have had three children. I had the procedure because I have been bleeding since June 24 and it is now August 5. I would strongly recommend taking some type of pain medication though, because I think it truly helped me. Don't be afraid and don't cancel your appointment. It's too important.
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I had this done yesterday. My doctor told me to take 4 Ibprophen an hour before. During the biopsy she had trouble and said she was sorry several times since she knew it was hurting me. It was intense during the biopsy but I was fine afterwards. I did have bleeding yesterday and was very tired, but no cramping. Was warned that today I might have cramping but again nothing and almost no bleeding. So other than being intense the 15 mins. or so for the biopsy not bad.

martin said...

I had done this procedure almost one week ago. Still waiting for the results. It is painful with severe cramping during the procedure. I did not have any painkillers beforehand,I really wish I would have.

Aly said...

I have read some posts that report that this procedure is a breeze, with no need for pain meds. This may be true for some women but, usually, it is a painful procedure, followed by painful cramping. There is not enough valium or ibuprofen in the world for me to ever have this procedure again without having same day surgery with light anesthesia. Post-menopausal bleeding is common and it is important to have it checked out. Luckily, my doctor did not minimize the pain factor or suggest that I was a crybaby. Any woman facing this procedure should envision the worst case scenario about their own pain threshhold. There is no merit badge or gold star for painful suffering.

Anonymous said...

Left a message earlier this week after having an endometrial biopsy. Results came back normal!! So, now my doctor suggests having an endometrial ablation or trying Mirena IUD to control bleeding. I'm very nervous about having the ablation, but do not want to have the Mirena inserted either. Unsure what to do. She also said my husband needs to have a vasectomy before she will perform the ablation.

Also, I'm on day six after the ablation, cramps are finally gone, but having yellow discharge. Anyone else experience this?

Aly said...

If you are having yellow discharge after an ablation, you might want to check with your doctor. I was told that light pink or light brown discharge is normal.

Anonymous said...

Hi Aly,

Thanks for your response. I checked with my doctor and she said the yellow discharge was ok as long as I didn't have a fever. It finally ended. Now the decision whether to have the ablation or not.

Aly said...

If you are wondering whether or not to have an endometrial ablation to resolve the problem of post-menopausal bleeding, there are several different types. I had a balloon ablation following an endometrial biopsy and D&C last month, all under light anesthesia at the hospital. You can "Google" ablation or ask your GYN about it. I had never heard of it before and still think it sounds like something you would have to make in church! An important factor seems to be how frequently your doctor performs this procedure, because you want to have this done by a physician who is very experienced. Ablation stopped my bleeding and only took about 5-7 minutes after the D&C (I was OUT, but the doctor told me how long it lasted).

Anonymous said...

I had the endometrial biopsy this afternoon, and it was a whole lot better than I had expected it would be after reading all of your experiences with it. This said, I am also grateful to have seen that there are great variations in experience and pain levels with this procedure. I did take 4 Advils about 1 hour before the procedure, and I feel that that really helped me not to feel too much pain. I also used relaxation breathing to get me through the pinching part, and thankfully, my doctor, who delivered my daughter (who was placenta previa), is very gentle and kept me distracted with conversation, so it really wasn't too bad. He explained that I might have some spotting and cramping afterwards, and I have had some light spotting, but no cramping thus far. I also brought my husband along to drive me home, and I will admit to feeling sore as we got home, but I relaxed on the couch with a glass of wine, and that helped a lot too! From all of your advice, I will be really careful for the next couple of days with my activities; basically will take it easy. Now to wait for some good results I hope!

Anonymous said...

I had an endometrial biopsy 6 months ago due to heavy bleeding which I found out was precancer (simple hyperplasia). I had no idea they were going to do this test before I went in. It was quick, but oh man was it really sharp pain. I stayed on the table for a few minutes after the doc left the room in shock. I had some bleeding and pain that evening and the following day. After that I was back to normal. I do wish I had someone to drive me home. Not necessary, but it sure would have been nice. I just called and scheduled my 2nd biopsy for next week. I will be taking some pain meds the day of the biopsy for sure this time! For all of you who are having this test for the first time just remember it is necessary and thankfully it is quick.

Anonymous said...

Just had my biopsy a few days ago still hurting and bleeding a little.

I don't want to scare you but you should know the truth. the doctors and nurses tell you it is an uncomfortable procedure and for some younger woman that have not had prior abdominal surgeries or severe endometriosis that causes scar tissue to attach to your female organs it will be easier.

They didn't give me anything for pain and told me it would be over quick. The Dr. clamped onto my uterus pulled it down and then when I screamed that it hurt real bad she let go and started over with one that had pads on it, like that was going to matter. Then after a few seconds of scraping she stopped because of my screaming, "Your killing me!" Then she said she didn't have enough tissue and started over.

My husband was not believing what he was seeing. He almost passed out. Then when it was officially over, I had to lay there for an hour before I could move. I passed out at the elevator. A surgeon that was walking by stopped to help. I told him that they said it would be nothing and he replied, "That is what they tell you so you don't worry too much." He knew that the pain was real.

Not everyone will experience they same pain as I. I didn't take anything prior because they told me it wouldn't be a big deal. They didn't tell me to take it easy afterwards are anything.

When I called and complained the Dr. got defensive and said, "Well, I done everything by the book."

I have had a lot of things happen to me over the years and childbirth doesn't compare and I had only one child due from the pain from that trauma, it was a dry birth and I had complications.

Be prepared, take something before having this done. If your healthy and no scar tissue you'll do fine. Good luck, and pray for all of us that had to endure this trauma.

God Bless.

Aly said...

Whenever a doctor or nurse tells you an endometrial biopsy is "no big deal" and you are being childish if you are afraid and anxious, ask THEM to have it done first and see how they like it. I have read postings on this site from women who describe the procedure as quick, no problem, etc. But, this is your body. There is no reason why anyone must be subjected to extreme pain and anguish in this day and age. If someone else wants to take a little ibuprofen and have the biopsy, let 'em. If your doctor doesn't respect your concerns, change doctors.

Anonymous said...

I had an endometrial biopsy in August 2008. I took 800 mg Ibuprofen ahead of time. I agree with others who say it made no difference. The biposy was very painful for me and not at all like normal "menstrual cramps". Although the procedure was over relatively quickly, I had a vasovagal reaction - sweating, light-headed, dizzy. I felt like a huge wimp at the time, but now unedrstand that for 50% of women this is a moderately to severly painful procedure. If I require an endometrial biopsy again, I'd consider exploring options for light sedation in a hospital.

Anonymous said...

During an ultrasound to check on my fibroids the report said that the the lining of my uterus seemed thickened. My phsician scheduled me for a biopsy. After reading about some of you ladies experiences, to say I was a little concerned would be an understatement. However, I knew that my kind, caring, FEMALE physician would make it as easy as possible. I took some Advil though I needn't have bothered. She warned me before she took the sample that I would feel cramping. I hardly felt anything. A little spotting but nothing big. The good thing is my physician agreed to take my Mom in as a new patient because I took her along to drive in case I couldn't drive. I wish everyone had an experience as good as mine.

Anonymous said...

I was scared out of my mind to get the biopsy done, as I'd experienced wicked pain when I'd had it done 25 years ago (yes, I still remember the pain...vividly). During that procedure, the last thing I remember (besides the pain) was my doc saying "try not to buck your hips." Gee thanks. This time I wasn't taking any chances. After reading this blog, I cried until I convinced the doc to give me a local anesthetic. He warned me that the shots would be the most painful part of the procedure. It was. It hurt, man did it hurt! If I ever have to do it again, maybe I'll opt for no shots! So, after 2 shots into the cervix, I was prepared for anything. Then came the quick sharp cramping. I must've broken the poor nurse's hand that I was squeezing. It was over in 10 minutes (seemed like a lifetime). Beforehand, I loaded up on Ibuprofen (I mean loaded up, like 8 200 tablets, which I don't recommend, I know it's bad for you). I'm home now, no cramping at all. Of course, I've eaten Ibuprofen like candy since I got home. Good Luck to all sisters out there who go thru this.

Anonymous said...

September 11,2008

Everyone should read this site before an endometrial biopsy. I had one done yesterday and the pain was as bad as delivery even thought I took1 Advil about 30 minutes before the procedure. I have a pretty high pain threshold and am a nurse so I thought that I knew what to expect. My husband stayed and said that it looked worse than my two deliveries. The doctor (a female) said that people usually don't have as much pain as I experienced so that really scared me especially since I'm 57 years old and fear cancer. I may need to have a D&C since she did not think that she got enough for a biopsy. Thanks again for all of your comments. I was beginning to think the worst or that I was just a whimp.

bobbij1026 said...

Had the proceedure done today. Very heavy period prompted me to call the Dr. he wanted me in today. I'm 38, have had 3 kids. I was not expecting him to do this test. I thought for sure he would do an ultrasound. I didn't even know they could do something like that at the office. Well ladies, I will NEVER let them do that to me again unless I am knocked out. He did explaine the procedure, but the pain was worse than I ever imagined. I had taken a motrin earlier that day and a 1/2 xanax right before my appointment, this did nothing. All I can say is it was very quick and so far little cramping (I'm still waiting though). Good luck to anyone that is having this done. My advise is to bring someone w/ you. I was lucky enough to know one of the girls that worked there so she stayed with me. Now I will wait till next week and God willing the results will be good

Stephanie said...

Hello...
I just had the biopsy done yesterday and I have to say I was expecting a lot worst after reading the comments. However, I guess I just have a good Dr. because the only time I felt discomfort was during the actual extraction of the tissue which came in the form of cramping. I also felt dizzy like the room was spinning during the extraction. After everything was removed I felt fine. I did take 4 200 mg Motrin before I went and I took 4 200 mg Motrin before I went to sleep. So maybe that helped out with the pain. For anyone that has to have this done DO NOT BE SCARED.... remember it is only to help you not to hurt you. Good Luck.

Barbii said...

First let me say I am a google snoop, anytime a Dr. says I have something I am on google, and like a lot of you I get a little worked up about something's. Well last night I stopped by here to read about what I should expect from my wonderful "endometrial biopsy" I had this morning. After reading all of the responses I can honestly say I almost canceled because I was scared to death but my husband would NOT allow me to do it. So my appointment was at 10:15am, at 9am I took a Xanax and my pain pill (oxycodone) which I take regularly for my Rheumatoid Arthritis, so I took 1 and 1/2. I had my mother go with me for moral support. I am 40 years old, never had children and it was about 3 days before my cycle. I prepared myself from the waist down and waited for the Dr. still scared out of my mind and looking for a quick exit. Now for the "biopsy" yes it was very uncomfortable but he told me everything he was doing and a few times I jumped a bit and yes there was very bad cramps while he did this but it was nothing like I had feared and over very quick. I have a bit of bleeding and really no cramps after it was over. My main point is yes its horrid and no fun but please for any of you who read these post and think about canceling, please don't but do bring someone to be there with you, just having my mom there holding my hand made it much easier. Today I was told I have ovarian cancer, now I wait until the surgery to find out the stage I am at and no matter what they tell me, I will fight this and I will win. The pain from the biopsy is nothing compared to the pain your family will have if they lose you. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has to go through this and if anyone would like to talk on a more personal level please feel free to email me at barbii.electric@gmail.com

Much Love and Healing Thoughts to All

Anonymous said...

I had an endometrial biopsy 3 days ago and I'm still having cramps and feeling lousy. The procedure was extremely painful even though they suggested I take 4 Advil in advance. I agree with others, why don't they suggest that you bring someone along in the event that you feel nauseous and dizzy like I did afterward. My advice to others, is find out what you can do for the pain - my procedure lasted about 15 minutes and did not feel brief at all. As I said 3 days later and I'm still having bad cramping. Education and preparation instructions definitely needs improvement. I hope there are some OB/GYN's or nurse practitioners out there reading these comments.

Anonymous said...

I had the biopsy today and was well prepared after reading all these posts. I followed other's advice and took 200mg of ibuprofen last night and a 1/4 of a xanax so I could sleep. This morning, an hour before the biopsy, I had some toast and I took 800mg of ibuprofen and a 1/4 of a xanax. My husband drove me to the appt and I fell asleep in the waiting room. (xanax=very relaxed!!) Before the procedure, my Dr. (A male) explained everything and even showed me the instruments. I was terrified of the clamp on the cervix part (from reading the posts) so when he placed the clamp, he had me breath in slowly and then cough. As I coughed, he placed the clamp and I didn't feel a thing. He later told me that he uses this technique to distract. When he passed the canula in, I did contract but I kept my eyes focused on my hubby and I breathed one long breath in and out. Then it was over! I cramped a bit on the table after the procedure but that was gone in about 5 minutes. Right after the procedure, I broke out in a clammy sweat and started to shake-adrenaline I assume-so my Doc wiped my neck and arms and face with a cold cloth and had me lie there till I felt better-about 10 minutes total. My hubby and I left and went to lunch. No problems so far except a tiny bit of spotting and I feel sore from the speculum. I took more ibuprofen just in case but no more cramps this evening. Good luck to anyone reading this...

Anonymous said...

I had this done today - my doctor's nurse gave me the wrong advice and said NOT to take advil beforehand because it would increase the risk of bleeding. I got there and my doctor said "Did you take Motrin?" Grrr. So I popped 3 Advil liquid-gels, although I'm sure they didn't help in the 5 minutes before she did it. On a happy note, I barely bled at all, so maybe not taking advil did help with the bleeding situation?

For me, I've had some very painful experiences in life - it was not as bad as labor pains, a bowel obstruction, or a D&C (my 3 most painful medical situations). It was painful enough to make me yelp out loud and say "OW" throughout the procedure (she had to do get 2 samples because my first sample wasn't good enough and I found the dilation very painful).

I didn't have much pain afterwards so I was happy it was just about 5 bad minutes and then I was on with my day. But I have a toddler at home, so by the end of the day of carrying her around, I was in pain and wished I had help at home afterwards. Keep that in mind and try to arrange for a friend or family to help out if you have kids at home or your day involves lots of lifting/bending.

Anonymous said...

I recently had this procedure done, and my doctor didn't recommend any medication before or after. I didn't experience any pain and only very minor spotting after the procedure. I've read that there are a couple of different ways to do this, so that may explain the difference in pain. Good luck to anyone having this done; I hope your experience is as easy as mine was.

Jami said...

I just had the biopsy done this morning and I feel fine. My procedure did take about 30 minutes - apparently my 46 year old cervix is that of a 20 year old (the only thing on my body I'm sure that is like a 20 year old!) and it took quite a time to get through to my uterus. A bit of cramping for a couple of minutes and that was it. I am bleeding a tiny bit, and have no pain. I took 4 advil before the biopsy and have had nothing since. So, take heart, all biopsy experiences aren't that bad.

Anonymous said...

I had the biopsy done this morning. After reading the comments here I was absolutely terrified; tossed and turned all night. Needless to say it was for nothing. This procedure was a piece of cake, I took 3 ib's about 1/2 hour before the procedure. During the procedure there was some pinching and pain no worse than say a shot, some weird scraping sensations and it was over. There was some cramping that lasted maybe an hour after words. And I spent the remainder of the day at the mall. Hope I don't pay for it tomorrow....

Anonymous said...

I wish I had read this blog before having my procedure the other day! Apparently I have a larger than normal uterus that is not where it should be, and the doctor had a hell of a time locking it down. There was no mention of pain or painkillers, or information of any kind for that matter! What I did read on the net indicated there would be a sedative given for the 'Painful' kind of biopsy, so I assumed we were going the easy route...I have a phibroid tumor, extra bleeding etc and they wanted to rule out cancer. He spent 10 minutes poking around inside and gathering multiple samples, meanwhile I'm yelling and jumping out of my SKIN! He had the nerve to ask me if I had a really low tolerance for pain after it was over, I felt like reaching over and grabbing his testicles with everything I had left! He won't ever be performing another procedure like that on me EVER! Ladies, get smart, get medicated well before hand. Worse cramps of my life, except for my miscarriage, only lasted 24 hours. Still bleeding..

Karina said...

I had the test done yesterday and all I have to say is "GOD! Did it hurt!!!" Tears were streaming down my face all through the procedure. Of coarse take into account that I have not done the laundry in seven years and had a c-section. He said my cervix is very tight and its very hard to get to my uterus. But after I really have not had pain. They did find that my endometrium is borderline into turning into hyperplasia. I am 29. I also have polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Ann G said...

Hi, Unexpectedly had this at a gyn appt prior to balloon ablation. It, hurt at the time but I already take chronic pain meds for nerve damage. I also unexpectedly had to take my 5 year old. Who reacted not at all to the procedure. I held her hand the entire time to assure her that the lady doctor did not hurt, but it did. She could not see anything. I was faking it for her sake. Two days later I was ok, but she had me scheduled for a Sono with TV probe. OMG did that hurt. I guess they were pushing on the cervix. Now I have cervical pain and bleeding and a lot crampimg and of mucous. Sitting and standing hurt. And don't forget I have pain meds. Oxycodone. I have been been finding myself holding my breath from the uterine pain which right now is trumping my nerve pain. That says alot. Today is Saturday. I had done

AnnG said...

I just came back from the ER. He said I have endometriitis> SP Infection.inflamation from the biopsy. I said Sounds so benign. he said It's very painful.. And I said You ain't kidding about that.

AnnG

Anonymous said...

i am a 35 yr old and have been bleeding for over 2 1/2 months, finally getting in to see my doctor she tells me that not normal umm duh... she then sends me to another gyn doctor and i have an endometrial biopsy. one word to describe that procedure OMG! i have never felt pain like that in my life i wish i would of known to take some pain meds before this procedure better come out normal.

Anonymous said...

I had an external/internal pelvic ultrasound last week to determine size/location of "uteral" (?) fibroid. Went in today, so I thought, for a pap, breast exam, and ultrasound findings. After the pap, my Dr. informs me she was going to do an endometrial biopsy. She was very thorough explaining the procedure, and gentle yet quick while performing it. But OMGOODNESS...I nearly fainted the pain was so intense. I've given birth 3 times, and this pain ranks right up there with labor. I agree with another post, I don't think advil would have helped much as the pain is extremely acute.
Thank the Lord it didn't last long. I made it to the car where I promptly cried. I still have cramps tonight and am bleeding a medium amt. I am frustrated that I was not informed this procedure was going to be done. I plan to email by dr. about this...

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure on Monday October 6, 2008. It was an uncomfortable and somewhat painful procedure, but it didn't last long. I didn't have any pain meds before and didn't need any afterwards. I am now preparing for a hysteroscopy on the 22nd which will be done in the office and am wondering if anyone has any stories to share?

Anonymous said...

Ladies - I am forever in your debt for taking the time to share information we would otherwise never get, if not for each other. I am scheduled for this charming procedure next week. I had my regular yearly exam and my doc found endometrial cells on my cervix. The funny thing is, I’m scheduled for a complete hysterectomy in three weeks, so whatever they find would be rectified by, of all things, a hysterectomy. I had a bilateral mastectomy in February (all of these procedures are purely preventive - ovarian and breast cancer is rampant in my family on both sides). One of the pre-surgical tests was a transvaginal ultrasound which showed a beautiful and healthy set of reproductive organs. My doctor is taking all the precautions recommended by the American Cancer Society, so I can’t argue with his intentions. What truly chapped my ass was the way his staff treated the whole thing. I got a call from a cold as ice scheduler who told me this was a nothing procedure, takes no time at all, and “we’ll be here to hold your hand.” That last statement made my hair curl. If you have to hold my hand for anything, that’s my warning to order general anesthesia. With my suspicions aroused, I found your website and THANK GOD AND YOU that I did. I’m the kind of person who needs vercet when I get my teeth cleaned. My doctor had a hard time finding my cervix during my exam. I have twin boys but they were delivered by C-section so my cervix is small and plays hide and seek. Your comments educated me as to what needs to be done with a small cervix during this procedure. From everything I’ve read I started to have panic attacks - and for damned good reasons. I would never have survived this without all the info. I called my doctor over the weekend so I wouldn’t have to go through his regular staff who would never connect me to him because I’m “overreacting.” We had a nice long conversation about this procedure. He tried to assure me he was extremely gentle, but there is one small matter that everyone seems to overlook. It’s called your central nervous system. All the logic in the world cannot change how your nervous system reacts. Bottom line, we are changing the venue of the procedure from his office to an outpatient surgical center and I’m getting general anesthesia. He was so easy about it. I guess we have to be our own advocates and not judge the doctors too quickly. We need to get past the front office soldiers trying to keep the doctor from having to deal with “nutty” patients. And do whatever we must to educate ourselves about anything a doctor proposes to do to you. Thanks to you all and God bless you for being there!

Aly said...

This site is the best source I have ever found for information about this procedure. It helped me before my endometrial biopsy last July (with light anesthesia), and has helped me validate my feelings since then. Some women have little or no pain with this procedure and I salute them. But, then there are the rest of us! Maybe all physicians who perform endometrial biopsies should have this site as required reading.

Robbin said...

ok, I want to thank you all, too! I had to get an endrometrial biopsy because my periods are HEAVY AND I want to get an ablation.

I found this site after my first experience last friday Oct 10, 2008. The whole experience just didnt feel right so I went surfing. The first doctor (on oct 10) poked and poke and said well you are going to have an ultra sound. I cant get in because your cervix is too stiff. And I left there with a lot of pain and bleeding(that lasted the whole weeekend) and bill for $600. And she didnt give me the option of taking that pill to soften the cervix. NOPE just go get an ultrasound!

I told my friend who was an OR nurse for 22 years about my experience. She said the same thing happened to a friend of her's and suggested I got to a male doctor (she suggested that maybe the female's hands were too small? And that the male doctor did it for her. I took her advice and that is where I just came from. This doctor was awesome. He spoke to me for a good 30 mins before we continued on with the biopsy.

He said I got a gold start for the toughest cervix. He also had to use the ultrasound equipment in the office to guide him. Anyway, the job is done!

Now he also suggested before I go thru with an ablation that I try a Mirena IUD http://www.mirena-us.com/what_expect/index.jsp. He gave me that pill that was mentioned for the IUD insertion. I asked him why the other doctor didnt mention that pill, to maybe retry the procedure before I go thru an ultrasound. He said not everyone knows about it!

Personally after what I just experienced. If you are going for this procedure.....get the pill before, just in case.

I will keep everyone posted. I plan to get my money back from the other doctor too!

My name is robbin. it is much easier just to post as Anonymous.

cksisson said...

I read all of these comments beforehand, and I was scared, especially since I'm 35 and have never had children. I wanted to back out but knew I couldn't.

I took 500mg naproxen (Aleve) about four hours before the procedure.I took 500mg of Lortab about an hour before the procedure.

My doctor was a woman, and she was very patient and kind. She explained what she was doing as she did it.

The first moment I felt pain was when she gripped the uterus with the clamp to move it out of the way. I was waiting for it, so I'd already balled the sheet in my mouth, bit down hard, whimpered slightly. Yes, it hurt a little. But it hurt in an odd way. A hot flash of "Oh God" and nausea, and then it was over with. I never really felt any cramping, and haven't since then. I just took my dog for a walk.

Would I want to do it every day? No. Could I stand it once or twice a year to save my life? H*ll yes. Don't fear it. Take some pretty strong painkillers, and know that it doesn't last very long.

I'm sorry for the others who had a worse experience.

Anonymous said...

This is a brief but decidedly unpleasant experience. However, your tension and anxiety about it will make it a lot worse. Take the ibuprofen ahead of time, practice deep breathing while the procedure is being done and if you think you'll need them, ASK FOR MEDS before hand. Insist on them. We are all different, experience pain and anxiety differently and a good MD knows this. Be proactive. I am going for my second procedure and although I am not looking forward to it, I have faith in my MD and know I can get through this. This procedure saves lives.

Anonymous said...

Today is Oct. 21, 2008. I had an endometrial biopsy this morning, and the only thing I felt was the shot from the numbing medicine my doctor gave me. I'm a virgin. It's just like a pap smear except you'll feel a deeper sensation. It took 2 minutes. I'm fine. Don't think about it too much. Ask the doctor to talk you through what he or she is doing.

Anonymous said...

I had the biopsy today and after reading all the comments I was a little worried because I always have pain with gyn procedures including putting the speculum in. However, I've had 2 ivf transfers where I was able to relax and have an easy transfer even with the speculum so I figured I would probably be ok once I took the meds. The office gave me naproxen to take prior to the procedure but I'm not sure of the dosage. I called and asked for some prescription pain meds as well. I took 2 darvocets and 2 lortabs (left over from a surgery in Aug 2007)an hour prior to the procedure so I figured I would be fine. My doc is experienced but she didnt explain what she was doing at each step. The clamp wasnt that uncomfortable and I was really relaxing cuz I know that helps. She mentioned something about my cervix being small but I'm not sure if she dilated it or not. I guess I probably would have really felt that? I've never had kids plus I am on cycle day 22. She said something about which type of tubing she was going to need and once she put it and moved it around I felt such a sharp pain I cried out. She then said she was almost finished and did it one more time and it wasnt quite as bad. I've never been in labor but it was the most painful thing I've had done. I just wonder if the pain meds helped or not. Surely they did but I cant imagine how this would have felt if I hadnt had any.

Anonymous said...

O.K. here goes... Today is Oct. 27. I was told today that I needed this procedure. It is scheduled for next week. I am 35, no children. I was told (by my doctor) to just take some OTC pain medicine a couple of hours prior, and I would be fine. My doctor showed me the straw-like tool she would be using, and made it all out to be no big deal. After reading, I am terrified and near tears. I am actually considering canceling, that's how scared I am. Should I have her write me a prescription for pain medicine before-hand (if I do decide to go through with this)? What meds should I request?
Signed,
Shaking like a Leaf

Aly said...

To Shaking Like a Leaf:

I recommend asking your doctor to phone into your pharmacy a prescription for Valium and a pain killer like Hydrocodone -- take both in advance. Arrange to have someone drive you home.

If your doctor says you are being a crybaby for wanting something stronger than Motrin or Advil, get a different doctor.

I told my doctor of my concerns three months ago, and he said most of his patients only want the procedure done as same-day surgery at the hospital so they can have light anesthesia. If I ever had to have another one, that is the only way to go. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hello All,
This is a great site and thanks to all who post here. I had the test last week. Wow.. she just decided to do it, am 52 with random very light break thru bleeding and probably fibroids. I stopped having my period about 10 months ago. I have read that 90% of all post menapausal women have fibriods. Anyway, They gave me three motrin. (and not enough time to even get them in my system) for the cramps. I was/am passing a kidney stone, its caught in my uteter and wouldnt you know it, the suction tube chose just that spot or next to it to suck the meat out of me. I am sure it pulled horribly on the stone. Perhaps they could use that straw to suck the stone out hehehe... anyway... I had double pain.. it was horrendous... she had to do it three times before she got a big enough peice of me. It was blindingly painful. But Im sure it was made worse by the unlucky positioning of the straw. I did have deep cramps for a few minutes, minor blood flow just that day and spotting for another day. I was not told anything about care afterwards. I did read a paper that I signed and was not given a copy. The main thing that stood out was that the straw could puncture the wall of the uterus... So I stayed as still as possible and also did breathing. I wish I had someone with me, cause it left me shaky. I go tomorrow for the blood test and a uterine sonogram. They next week for the results. Hope its nothing... I do feel anxious however and its increasing. They really need to be more on top of keeping us informed. To be honest, every woman my age or older whos gone thru meno has had break thru spotting at one point or another during the first year, or even a random period. My poor body has been having periods for 39 years, its hard for it to quit. lol... I wish everyone well who goes thru this. Its not fun, but, its quick. If ya have something to take, take it, if you have someone to go with you, bring them. Even a shoulder to sob on for a moment is a blessing. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

My Dr was terrific in preparing me for this in advance. She told me exactly what would happen, she prescribed Misoprostal to "soften" my cervix and 1-2 vicodin to take 1 hour before the procedure. Reading this Blog was very helpful in decreasing my angst knowing that My Dr.was doing the right thing and seeing what other women had experienced. Even with all this, my procedure was not successful. After 3 attempts to get through my Cervix the Dr. gave up, apparently there was too much scar tissue (who knew?)and she said if she continued she would have to scrape me off the ceiling. I consider myself to be pretty tough & told her to continue though it was very painful, more so with each attempt. She said she would not let anyone do it to her so whe would not do it to me. So... tough as I think I am, I sat up, the world spun around and I broke out in a cold sweat. After lying down for 20 minutes I was embarrased but fine. I am 56, have never had children and was 10 months past my last period when suddenly I had lots of bleeding. So now we still don't know what is going on and have to decide if I have a D&C. Thanks again to all of you who took the time to share, it really did help.

Anonymous said...

I have a thickened uterine lining, so my dr. gave me the choice of an endometiral biopsy or a D & C. I have not decided which one to do yet!

I told my doctor that I heard the biopsy is really painful and that you can feel the cutting. (that's what a friend told me) My doctor said there is no cutting, that's it's a straw that suctions out tissue. She said it only lasts about 5 seconds. She said it feels like menstrual cramps, and asked me how bad my menstrual cramps are, like she was implying that if I never had bad menstrual cramps, that I won't have bad cramps during the procedure.

I don't know what to do and I know that waiting is not a good thing to do when they need to check to see if you have cancer.

I'm also afraid of the D & C because I'm afraid of being put to sleep. I've watched my daughter get an endoscopy and colonoscopy done, and they didn't put her to sleep enough and she suffered through the entire procedure. I'm afraid the same will happen to me and I won't be able to let them know I'm really awake. I'm also worried about having a tube down my throat.

Then my doctor said I can just get a "twilight sleep" instead. But I'm afraid the twilight sleep won't be enough.

I don't know what to do!

Anyone on here that's had both procedures done....which would you prefer and why?

It's Oct. 30th....thanks for any help and input!

Anonymous said...

Found this site only after I had the procedure on Thursday, Oct. 30 (it's Sunday now). Sure wish I had read it beforehand! By far the most extreme pain I've ever experienced or could imagine experiencing. I'm 41, no kids. I just wanted to post to agree that, if your doc won't give you good pain meds, get a new doc. I missed two days of work, and am still in some pain today. I called the office twice in tears, basically begging them for a prescription for a stronger pain med than Motrin, which wasn't doing anything for me. The flat out refused. I'm seriously appalled at the way this office handled the biopsy and don't think I can return. Like so many here have said, they acted like it was just no big deal. I think the biggest problem was the Cytotec (misoprostol) they had me take 4 hours beforehand. For those of who said you wished you had it, don't be too sure. I think I took way more than the dr had intended thanks to the pharmacist - and learned only afterwards that the amount I took is the amount one takes to induce an abortion. Shame on me for not doing more research - but it all was happening pretty fast. I think this procedure can be fine - painful, yes - but should be manageable if you get some pain meds, and don't take the misoprostol (at last not more than 200 ug).

Anonymous said...

Hello, it's me again, "Shaking like a Leaf" from last week. As I posted last week, I was scheduled to have my procedure today. I called earlier in the week and had my doctor call me in an anti-anxiety med. because I was seriously having a hard time sleeping and eating just thinking about having the biopsy done. She called me in one valium and no pain meds. (I got 2 vicodin from a co-worker). I took the valium 1 hour prior to my procedure, but my doctor was running behind schedule, so I think it had worn off by the time I went into the stirrups. I had also taken the vicodin about 1 hour prior. I would like to ease some fears by reporting that this procedure was really NO BIG DEAL for me!!! I seriously worked myself up for nothing! The biopsy felt no worse than a "rough pap smear" as some have reported. Please understand, I am in no way minimizing the pain and discomfort some felt when they had the procedure, but for me, it was fine and believe me- I was SUPER scared!!! Now I am just awaiting my results, which I expect to be fine. I don't want to get myself all worked up again!
Signed,
"Shook Like a Leaf for no Reason"

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I just had an endometrial biopsy (today) and I have also had a D & C (a couple of years ago). I was very nervous and anxious about each one. If I had to "recommend" one, I would say the biopsy, especially if you are afraid of being put to sleep. I think I was more afraid of the biopsy because the thought of being awake through it all scared me to death, but it was over so quick! I had the biopsy 7 hours ago, and I haven't felt any pain or cramping. Based on the comments posted here, I guess it is almost impossible to know how the biopsy will affect you if you have never had one, but mine was fine. Afterwards, I told my doctor of my initial fears and concerns (i.e. vasovagal symptoms), and she told me that some women experience those even during a pap test. I would say get as much information from your doctor as you can about each procedure before you make a decision. True, you are asleep during the D & C, but not completely under where you have a tube down your throat. In fact, my doctor told me that I was even speaking to those in the room during the procedure, but you have no recollection of it at all. All I remember of the D & C was being given medicine through the I.V., feeling drowsy, and waking up after it was all over. I had to take the next day off from work and take it easy. After this biopsy, I feel fine. I was already spotting- heavily- so I can't say whether the spotting is from the biopsy or not. I hope this helps some, and I wish you the very best!!!

Anonymous said...

I THANK EVERYONE who has taken the time to write their experiences here. It has been most helpful.

I am 44 years old and have never had children. I took birth control for about 10 years (to regulate my menstrual cycle). Four months ago, I went to the emergency room with a pink, swollen, hurting left calf along with shortness of breath. An ultrasound and Cat scan determined that I had a blood clot in my leg (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and a blood clot in each lung (Pulmonary Embolism).

I was told the clots were caused by a combination of birth control and my job which requires LONG periods of time sitting at a computer (2 1/2 to 3 hours at a time with 15-minute breaks in between).

I was put on Coumadin blood thinner and was told to stop the birth control and that I could never use it again.

One month ago, I bled so much during my period that I passed out twice. (Most of the bleeding was from huge clots.) I went to the emergency room and it was determined through ultrasound and Cat scan that I had uterine fibroids. I also had to have a blood transfusion.

It was suggested to me that I have an endometrial ablation to solve the excessive bleeding. However, I had to have an endometrial biopsy first to rule out cancer. I was scared to death until I found this site and was comforted by the fact that many women need to have the same procedure so I wasn't alone.

My doctor fully explained the procedure and encouraged me to take 800mg of ibuprofen about 30 minutes to 1 hour beforehand. She said this would alleviate the cramps I might feel during the procedure. Since I am taking a blood thinner every day, I have also been advised by my hematologist that I am not allowed to take ibuprofen (or Motrin, Aleve or anything with aspirin in it).

Because I was so scared, and after I read the experiences on this site, I went ahead and took the ibuprofen anyway. I figured one time only probably wouldn't hurt me. I also took 10mg of Valium at the same time.

I'm sure I lucked out...the procedure was only "uncomfortable" for me with no pain whatsoever. The doctor told me she used a spray twice to numb my cervix and it must have worked well. I only felt very slight cramping during the procedure and had only very light bleeding for 2 days afterward.

My 22-year-old niece went with me to hold my hand (and beat up the doctor if necessary) and even she was shocked at how easy everything went.

I would definitely highly recommend anyone take 800mg of ibuprofen about 30 minutes to 1 hour before the procedure. I think that alone saved me a lot of pain. The Valium may be unnecessary for some people but for me, the type who freaks out pretty easily, it really helped me relax.

I just got my biopsy results and all is clear. Now I am scheduled for the endometrial ablation in 2 weeks and I have something else to get stressed out about.

I'm definitely glad to have had this website to read other's experiences as it helped me ready myself for the procedure.

Anonymous said...

I am 44 yrs. old, 3 children. Had an endometrial biopsy before my first child. It was literally two minutes of major pain, sweating, and breathing. Not fun, but I was also not knowing what to expect. I have since had 2 more biopsies. One about 10 yrs. ago and the other just last week due to irregular periods, heavy, and cramps more often than not. I must say that this last experience was fine. Yes, crampy and "pinchy" but nothing like the first time. My advice to someone who has never had one. Take 2 extra-strength Tylenol about 2 hrs. before and then 2 Motrin one hour before. You will be fine. Breath and look at the second hand on your watch. The procedure is faster than you think. I spotted lightly after each time, but not much else. Everyone has a different pain threashold. If you've had severe cramps or a baby, this is a piece of cake. If you are a drama queen, you will have a problem. No, it's not pleasant and I would prefer not to have one, but come on people, the whole thing takes 2 minutes. Don't read the freaky stuff. I've had 3... plus MANY more procedures, this is easy. Remember, it's super fast.

Anonymous said...

I'm 44 years old, no children. I've had excessive bleeding for several months. My doctor said she needed to do an endometrial biopsy to rule out cancer before I could have either an IUD or ablation. She said to take 800 mg of ibuprofen 1 hour before. I asked about Tylenol and she said not to bother because it wouldn't help and the pain would be a bitch. I chose ibuprofen. My biopsy was done on 10/30/08 with a straw-like tool that suctioned out some endometrial lining. The doctor said it would take about 15-20 minutes and it took about 10 minutes. I only felt minor cramping and no pain, thanks in large part to the ibuprofen. It also helped that my doctor explained everything she was doing as she did it. For me, it was like a prolonged Pap test. Just slight bleeding for a day afterward. My biopsy results were negative and I decided on a hydro thermal ablation rather than an IUD because I want something more permanent than just the band-aid of birth control. My thoughts are with everyone out there awaiting an endometrial biopsy. I think the most important thing is to have a doctor you are comfortable with.

Anonymous said...

The truth is ,this procedure is exceedingly painful and I am very tolerant to pain...I did not know I was having it until sitting in the DR's office today. When I asked before the doc did it if is it painful he laughed with an EHHH...yes...anyway ladies, I highly recommend taking a painkiller BEFORE this procedure, it is evident everyone and everyboy reacts in a different way, but in my honest opinion, better safe feeling then how I walked out of there nauseus cramping severe, and felt just like my endometriosis each month...but worse...

Anonymous said...

My first post is about 8 posts before this one, just wanted to give an update. I needed to decide on an endometrial biopsy or D & C. I had the D & C done this morning, and I'm so glad I did it.

It was so easy, they put me to sleep and I didn't feel a thing. Also, my doctor also did the camera thing.

So if you're afraid to get the biopsy done, ask for the D & C!

Anonymous said...

Hey All. Let me start off with saying I have had one child and nearly had my appendix burst years prior to this procedure. I had an endometrial biopsy procedure done immediately after an ultrasound detected two ovarian cysts and two fibroids. I had no warning about the pain(told me it would just be very mild cramps and under 5 mins.) and the form I signed did not warn about any risks from procedure. No pain killer offered. I am a fairly active person and pain doesn't not usually phase me.

After waiting in an ice box room undressed for literally an hour, it was about 15 minutes. After initiating and pulling out after trying with brace clamp and intial suction, the doctor realized he had to dilate the cervix... about 6metal instruments and cranks later he took the sample. The whole time I was clenching my teeth so tightly think I need to see the dentist. The cramping was equivalent to childbirth, but worse because there isn't any hormones helping you dilate.

I was in agony for the first week (barely able to walk) and when I went in complaining of pain still I was given antibiotics just "in case of infection" with some muscle relaxants finally. I am still in mild pain two weeks later and after being with my husband for the first time, it felt not right... extremely week and odd. Anyone have the same issue with climax that was dilated? I have not had my mentrual cycle which is now two weeks over do.

I don't think this procedure is to be taken lightly and TAKE a decent pain killer. If I had only known I would have, but I was sent home with nothing and can't take the good ones over the counter bc of blood pressure. I have never had ongoing issues like this. I just looked it up now and got nervous about all the possible risks that I had no idea of because I went right from the fear of what happened with ultrasound to the biopsy because that is what the doctor said to do. Now I see there are risks like Asheman's disease but I am not sure if that would apply for me or not. I also noticed a risk of issues for women that are dilated in the article below. Just not liking the idea that something they did could be permanent and hinder my childbearing ability or sexual height. Any thoughts?

http://ndt.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/19/8/2074

Anonymous said...

I know this is an old post, but it helped me so much that I just wanted to post and say thank you to everyone who has commented on it and to the person who wrote it.

I have had several cervical biopsies over the years and had experienced terrible pain with every one of them. When I found out I had to have an endometrial biopsy I was terrified. Thankfuly my doctor offered up the misoprostol and 800mg motrin because I'm in my late 30's and have never had a vaginal birth. I also asked for something for anxiety. The misoprostol worked so well (200mg orally and another 200mg vaginally) that she didn't have to dialate me manually, and though the biopsies hurt they didn't hurt nearly as badly as I'd feared they would. It was like bad period cramps, and those are lessening now. Overall it was not horrible, and if I have to do it again I would be able to with much less fear.

If you think you will want the drugs ask for them. I had discomfort and some pain, but certainly not the worst pain I've ever felt in my life.

Anonymous said...

If you are ever told you must have a one of these tests then and there, run. Do not allow them to do this to you without softening meds for the cervix and pain meds before and after. It angers me how much they hurt us when there is so many options to ensure a safer procedure.

Anonymous said...

I just had my first biopsy done last week and i can honestly say that the pain was the same as my period cramping but the pain was gone as soon as the biopsy was over. My period cramping is pretty painful but when comparing the pain, i would much rather have the biopsy than my period any day!! It's been 6 days now and i am still spotting but i have no pain.

laura said...

hello,
My name is Laura, i am having the endometrail done tom 12/2/2008. i am glad i read this, i was to scared to ask for something stronger then motron 800, but im not now, i had the colposcopy done Oct 31, and that was the most EXTREME pain ive been in, and i am no wuss, i can handle pain well. I am 24, and have had 0 kids, so i cannot compare this to labor, but my god the colp hurt like !@#^. I also am not "sexually active" with men, so i may be "tighter" then most in that area i guess wcich could add to the pain. I will NEVER allow such an inhume test to be done to me again, i felt very violated, and i cannot believe ur not given a seddative for something like this, before having back surgery they gave me a valume(sp?) just because i was nervous and yet for something so extremely painful they give u motron are the NUTS!! I will be demanding something much stronger before i allow them to come near me tom. thank you to all those who have posted. and please for those who have to have either done, please ask about stronger drugs, and make sure u know everything! u need to. thank u all again, and best wishes, good luck, my prayers will be with all who have to have either done!

Anonymous said...

I had this procedure done 2 weeks ago. two words of advice: take meds. I happened upon this very site only a few hours before my scheduled appt. so I was totally prepared mentally. also, my best friend had it done by my same doctor and agreed with the description here of labor pains and spotting and had not been warned ahead of time of the effects during and after and not offered any meds. I take vicodin on occasion for migraine headaches so I have them on hand at all times.
About an hour before my appt, I took 2 ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) for the impending cramping [as advised by a blogger here, TY!] and 1 vicodin on my way to the appt for potential pain. after spending a long time in the waiting room and having to go through a pelvic ultrasound just prior to my appt which took another hour altogether, I thought it might not be a bad idea to take 1 more vicodin. Let me just say, I can function fine with 2 vicodin, i'm just super relaxed and feeling "warm and fuzzy", not loopy or out of it. Well, with all that medication on board, I have to say that it WAS STILL very painful, like someone stabbing you inside and I did have tears in my eyes. BUT, it WAS over quickly, like less than 10 minutes. my doc was willing to take a break at any time if I wanted, but I chose to get it over with. as my doc pointed out, all you have to do is say "hi" to the uterus, and it cramps up. after the instruments were out, I had no pain or cramping whatsover and no spotting either. I was not light-headed or dizzy. I drove myself home and had no pain or cramping at all, ever. so maybe the 2 Advils and 2 vicodins did exactly what they were supposed to. so bottom line is: anti-cramping meds (ibuprofen) and narcotic pain relievers work wonders. p.s. the test results came back just fine and it was worth the peace of mind.

Anonymous said...

I had this done two weeks ago, still waiting for the results. If they lost them I will not do it again. I think it is so inhumane they way they do it. Heck, they will knock you out for a D&C, but not when they take a bite out of you! I nearly passed out, and it took me a long time to recover from the woozies. I got sick and vomited. It was horrible! If they even mention doing that to me again, I'm running for the hills! And I had 2 children!

Anonymous said...

I just came back from having this done. I'm 28 and NP. I needed it done due to recurrent spotting (both on and off the pill). I was so scared of this test that I put it off for over 6 months; I completely freaked myself out reading this page and other accounts online.

In the end, I am very happy to report that for me it ended up not being a big deal. At all. I took four advil an hour beforehand. The OBGYN did a quick manual pelvic exam, put the speculum in, and wiped off my cervix with a ton of betadine. The biopsy itself initially felt like getting poked in the cervix fairly aggressively-- like a very poky pap smear. She couldn't get the pipelle thing in and had to poke me with something else to get things going. Again, this was mildly painful, but just like mildly exaggerated pap smear achy-ness. Once she got in to the uterus, it basically just felt the same, but more intense-- the same kind of getting poked down there feeling, with some cramping. I said "ow, ow, ow" a lot, but did not tear up or scream or cry, and I am a giant wimp. She actually did not succeed at getting my uterus to give up a decent sample, so had to try two more times, and it basically just felt the same. In the end, she still wasn't sure whether the sample she got was going to be adequate, but she said she'd send it off to the lab and hope for the best.

Just wanted to write because I was incredibly worked up over this but ultimately had a very positive experience. I'm very sorry for everyone upthread who had traumatic experiences. Just wanted to chime in and say it doesn't always turn out to be that awful, for people who may be reading this and freaking out.

Anonymous said...

Hi, guys.

Thank you so much for all sharing your stories. Here's mine.

I am 34 and have had abnormal paps for the past 2 years, had the first colpo/biopsy come back all clear last year, but this time it showed CIN I and that I needed a LEEP, which I got last July. It came back all clear - they got all of the abnormal cells, supposedly.

I have had one child, by the way, but have HPV and have had some trouble conceiving.

Just got my follow-up pap after my LEEP, 4 months after, and they just called me today to say it came back slightly abnormal again and they want to do an endometrial biopsy and possibly D&C.

After reading your posts, I realized that I had this procedure done when I was 23 (the biopsy), although like many of you, it was done last-minute by a male ob and was the worst pain I'd ever felt. I remember screaming out that I'd never have kids if it hurt this badly (that one came back negative, btw).

Anyway, I'm confused as to why they want to do an endometrial biopsy but am expecting a call from my ob/gyn soon to discuss. I think they are kind of freaked out that I've had so many abnormal paps and aren't sure what it could be.

Anyway, thanks to you all for preparing me mentally for this all. I kept some vicodin from when I had the LEEP done - that is no walk in the park either, believe me - so I'll take those and whatever else they prescribe. But thanks to you, I'm informed and can ask some great questions now. You've been an enormous help.

Good luck to all of those waiting for results and may they all come back negative.

Anonymous said...

I just had this procedure done this afternoon and it was the worst pain I have endured. Worse than my miscarriage pains and worse than my gallbladder pains. If the procedure would have lastes 30 second more, I would have passed out or threw up. I think the worst thing was knowing you were under going some serious pain and you couldn't move(or kick the doctor in the teeth) to get away from it. The thought of ever having this again makes me sick to my stomach. I guess we can thank insurance companies for not letting this be a procedure where you can be sedated or knocked out would be fine with me. Sorry to frighten anyone but to sugar coat it would be just plain wrong. That's what the nurse did to me and I wanted to smack her when I walked out of the room :)

Anonymous said...

My doctor just told me she wants to do this procedure; she said some women feel some cramping, some don't, but to take some Tylenol beforehand...Advil would be fine if I prefer it. The appt is set for 12/23.
Now I'm reading up on it, and I'm scared to dead. I'm even questioning the neccessity, because I just mentioned during the appt that I'm having heavy periods that last a bit longer and my pap showed endometial cells...no big deal, right?...she said they don't worry about the cells if under 40, I'm 44. Plus, the date happens to be during my and my husbands only break from school in a year, so I don't want to be out
of "commission". I'm thinking about declining or at the very least waiting till after school break. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

it's been 3 and a half weeks since the biopsy and I'm still in pain and the doctors don't believe me. I saw the third one yesterday. I seem to just make them angry. If I had to do this over again, I would run away real fast and I'll tell you what, they will NEVER do this to me again without my being put to sleep, cervix softening drugs, pain killers to boot. They tell me to take 4 advil (800mgs) every 4 hours.. if I did that my stomach would be bleeding! What kind of health care do we have here?

Aly said...

For the most part, the doctors ordering and conducting these biopsies are male and/or insensitive to a woman's pain structure. If a doctor tells you to have an endometrial biopsy with only Advil, make sure a male nearby (preferably the doctor) agrees to have a circumcision with the same over the counter medication!

Anonymous said...

I wish I had known about this blog before I agreed to let my ob/gyn do the endometrial biopsy. On 12/02/08 I went in for a Pap and ultrasound. The latter showed endometrial thickening (my period was due in a couple of days), and the doctor told me she wanted to do a biopsy in addition to the Pap. The pain was brief, but AWFUL. Way more than the "slight cramping" she said I would feel.

My period started an hour after I came home from the doctor's office. It was a very heavy period that lasted 6 days. I was fine for a while, but last night I began experiencing moderate to severe pain in my vagina. Could this be a delayed reaction to the biopsy? I don't have a fever. Last night I had to take Vicodin because the pain was keeping me awake. This morning three ibuprofen only took the edge off the pain. What is going on? This plus the anxiety of waiting for the results. Thanks for letting me vent.

Scared *bleep*less

Anonymous said...

I had my biopsy two days ago. I was told to take a couple motrin - I wish I would've taken some vicodin (and maybe a flexeril). My pain has gotten worse, my abdomen is distented, and I haven't really done anything since. Friday I spent 10 min in the store, Saturday I spent an hour at a Christmas party - sitting. Driving hurts, walking hurts, laying is uncomfortable, and I can't sleep. In the last two days, I've taken motrin, vicodin, xanaflex, and even prayed a Crown and coke would take the edge off. No luck. The "cramping" is like pulsating daggers. I've had back problems for 25 yrs and had 2 spinal surgeries. I remember the pain, and can tolerate a lot, but when nothing seems to relieve it... it gets a little discerning. And while I can find things on the web which state what some "possible complications" are, nothing goes into any detail as to what the symptoms ARE for those complications. Basically, its the weekend, dont want to feel like a putz and go to the ER just to find out there's nothing wrong... and I can't find anything online which would help me decide if I *should* go in. So, guess we'll see what tomorrow brings. Hopefully I'll get some sleep tonight.....

Anonymous said...

Oh, and my biopsy wasn't "quick". I tolerated the pain quite bravely as the tears welled in my eyes, time and time again. Finally, after several minutes, they stopped suctioning and continued to help me "breathe". When my belly had finally started relaxing again, I was told "ok, we're half-way thru", then it started in again. Holding onto the bed, pressing my feet in the stirrups, and covering up my tears with my free arm, is not exactly what I would consider "quick" or "just a pinch".

Anonymous said...

Dear Dec 11th - change your appt.

Anonymous said...

Wish I would have visited this site 6 days ago. I thought it might be a porn site. Sperm Palace? Anyway, what a great place to find out word of mouth (fingers) info that the Drs office won't tell you. I was supposed to have this biopsy a yr ago and put it off because I'm a nurse and I knew that jabbing a stick up my cervix and into my uterus might cause some pain. The Dr gave me 1mg Xanax and 800 ibuprofen 1 hr before. The xanax chilled me out but the pain was big. I slept most of that day. The next two days I went to work, did some major house cleaning and then baby sat for a 3yr old and a 9 month old that apparently were on anphetamines. Sure wish they would have told me I should take it easy. I've been bleeding bright red and clotting. Cramping continuously and feeling totally wiped out. I called the office and left the Dr a message and was called back to come in to see the nurse pract. She gave me some very strong estrogen pills and told me to take two but I have to take a phenergan fist to help with the nausea the estrogen will cause. I put the pills in my purse and went home. I get home to find a message on my machine from the Dr telling me that my biopsy was normal and to call her if I'd like to discuss uterine ablation. It seemed as thought she knew nothing of my visit there today. My gut feeling is to not take the estrogen. The NP talked as though this was just a premenopausal period. This is not bleeding like from a period. It's like a fresh stab wound. Feels like a fresh stab wound. I see others have experienced extended bleeding and pain. So now at least I know I'm not alone. I'm calling the office tomorrow and insisting the Dr call me back. If I can stop the bleeding all together with ablation instead of hormones I think I'd rather. I'll see what the stirrup queens think of that procedure first though. Great Site!

Anonymous said...

Aly said...

For the most part, the doctors ordering and conducting these biopsies are male and/or insensitive to a woman's pain structure. If a doctor tells you to have an endometrial biopsy with only Advil, make sure a male nearby (preferably the doctor) agrees to have a circumcision with the same over the counter medication!
Friday, December 12, 2008 6:17:00 PM


Beautiful Ally, just Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Friendly FYI our doc's should tell us before doing anything, but unfortunately for us, they almost never do.... so I will...

a successful endometrial ablation stops, or slows down the bleeding during your period...
it works by burning or freezing *Killing of tissue* The endometrial lining of the uterus. In doing so, it is much harder to test for uterine cancers because the lining is dead now.

so.. they will want to do a biopsy before they do an ablation to rule out cancer because once the ablation is performed, a biopsy won't work anymore.

now... for what's it's worth I'm going to tell you this too. IF there is any reason you MIGHT have to have a D&C? They send the tissue to pathology that they scrape out of you during the D&C. Many women have to do the D&C before an ablation.

if this is the case, beg them to spare you the biopsy since they will be doing the D&C anyway.

Erika said...

I had a D & C for an incomplete miscarriage 9 years ago and it was a piece of cake physically. I was an emotional wreck, but I really don't remember any discomfort. And I got pregnant again really soon afterward. That was then, this is now. I am 36 and have been having issues with bleeding, spotting, discomfort, so they did an exam and U/S. Turns out my uterine lining is too thick and now I have to have this biopsy. I am scared out of my mind!!!! And I am having it 3 days before Christmas to boot!

My only out may be my period. Chances are that it is going to come before Tuesday, and then I will get to put it off a bit longer. But they seem concerned and wanted to get me scheduled asap, so I am worried about what they are looking for.

Anonymous said...

My Dr told me that my endometrial biopsy was normal and that I have a thick uterine lining and that's why I will have heavy periods. Tomorrow will be one week since my biopsy and I'm still bleeding. My period is due now so I won't know when I'm going to stop. Looks like my period is not going to just fade away nicely and my peri-menopause is going to be bloody hell. I was thinking that Ablation might be a less invasive procedure than a total hysterectomy. I just want to avoid living like an anemic bowlegged adleminded wench. Spot remover in hand. Is massive doses of estrogen the only non surgical option?

Anonymous said...

I had my biopsy yesterday, you wanna talk about pain!! My Dr. told me everything to expect and went thru the procedure with me but failed to mention any thing about PAIN OR PAIN MEDS. I have not had a period for about a year and started bleading for two weeks.
i will never do this again, and unless your dr. has majick fingers good luck!

Anonymous said...

They say some women feel major pain, some don't. Interesting bit of information, I found out my sister has endured two of these painful tests. The first one she took pain meds before, didn't help one bit. The second one, the NP couldn't get it in, hurt like nothing else. Finally this NP said,'rest while I go get a doctor" the doctor came in and did the biopsy, she said she hardly felt it that time

so.. I'm thinking, it's not the woman, it's the doctor.

Never let them stab you, it's been a month and a half and I'm STILL on pain meds, major pain. Major. Ruined my thanksgiving AND my Christmas. They want me to go away. I've been on antibiotics for two weeks and still I hurt. I'm worried about my liver and stomach because they wouldn't give me pain meds that work, Told me to take 4 advil every 4 hours. I've been taking that dose of Advil for over a month. Can't take it anymore, the heartburn was killing me on top of this pain.

I was pain free before I went to this butcher. Now? I wonder if I'll ever be able to enjoy sex with my husband again.

And people holler at me because I don't go to the doctor often enough. Well, when they hurt you every time you go, you wouldn't go either.

Midnight Madras said...

So no offense, but after reading all of the horror stories on here I was scared to death about my biopsy!!! Had it at 11:30 today and here I sit, drowsy from the 1/2 of a Vicoprofen tablet I took before going to the Dr. (and possibly a bit from the procedure itself) but none the worse for wear. It did hurt, but really no more than I expected. I figured that for me the reality would fall somewhere in between the "worst pain I've ever felt" stories and the "aw, it was nothing" stories. The part where he gripped the cervix sucked pretty bad...I gasped and grimaced and I saw Hubby's face go white. Then when he went in with the pipelle it was even more intense. I never cried out or anything but in my head I was thinking "stop it!" I didn't cry but my eyes did start tearing up. Hubby dropped his head into his hands...he can't stand to watch me hurt. He ended up having to lie down on the floor after the Doc left!!! When it was over I got the cramps and I have felt pressure since, but nothing unbearable and I don't think I am bleeding. They did give me a little pantiliner but no big pads. Doc didn't even give me any restrictions. I should have my results in a week or so. I am VERY drowsy though and I think I am going to go to sleep now.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

"this procedure saves lives!" Is what they said... she said..

just how many lives does it REALLY save, I wonder? Really.... it can't reach all areas of the uterus.. what IS the percentage of cancer is misses? Why do they put us through this pain when there are SO much better ways to detect cancer? AND? The chances of it being cancer are 0.48%

to me? That small chance is not worth the pain and chance of infection of this test

I was infected from the doc by this procedure on 11/17/08. They did not warn me of this, did not care I was in pain two weeks after this procedure. I had to scream to get 20 darvecets out of them the first week. Which did very very little for the pain. Pharmacist told me, only take one of these, there is TONS of tylenol in these, if they don't work take 4 advil two hours after one darvecet.

well hell. after 6 weeks of 24 advil a a day, my stomach was bleeding. They still didn't care. Want to go to a gastro guy? We'll refer you.

what is with medicine these days? I don't get it.

I've been on heavy duty antibiotics for 4 weeks now. After going to doc #3 did I get these. I am finally feeling better, only to have to let them back in there for a D&C and hysteroscope. I am terrified they will infect me yet again.

I really want to see that first doc have a circumcision with NO pain meds, which is what he did to me when he stabbed the hell out of me with that stick. And when he calls for meds, I'll tell him what they told me... "This NEVER happens. Take 24 advil a day and get over it"

Actually, I want to perform the circumcision on this guy. Anyone know a few big guys to hold him down for me? *wink*

Yeah.. THAT would be the best pay back EVER.

Anonymous said...

I just had a endometrial biopsy done today and it wasnt bad at all. Ive had worse cramps during my period. i did take 800 mg of motrin an hour before it so im sure that helped a lot. im glad i read this site it let me know about taking the pain med before and what to expect. It only took about 5 mintues to do so that was good and i did bleed some afterwards but only used one pad.

Anonymous said...

I had an endometrial biopsy around 20 years ago "on the spot". The Dr. told me that he usually didn't do them, outside the hospital, on women who hadn't had children. He did tell me that it was uncomfortable... like severe menstrual cramps. So I agreed to proceed without the help of any pain meds at all. That was a mistake. First, the pain was excruciating. I think I nearly passed out. I was nauseous. My reaction was so strong that I think he gave up. Didn't get a good sample at the first try so just let it go. And I didn't go near a Dr. for YEARS afterward. I felt I was misled.

Now I've just had a D&C and Hysteroscopy and resectioning... they took out two fibroids and a polyp. I had that procedure because of abnormal bleeding. The polyp turned out to have "hyperplastic" cells of a pretty aggressive type. She used the word "pre-cancer". Now I have to come back and have a pelvic ultrasound and endometrial biopsy in six months in order to monitor.

In reading the postings, I am relieved in that my initial experience with the procedure wasn't out of the ordinary. But I am also just not sure I have the courage to face this again... to schedule that appointment and keep it. I have had two children since then... one via c-section and the other via V-BAC. The pain from my original biopsy rivaled the pain from labor ramped up with mega doses of pitocin except that it was much more sudden and piercing.

Anyway, I'm glad to find the site. If anyone has advice to share, I'd be grateful. I can't afford to stay away from Dr.'s for years this time... I am a diabetic and now, apparently, dealing with "pre-cancerous" cells.

from Extremely anxious

Anonymous said...

Wow. Good thing I found this site. My doctors are very hush hush about everthing they do to me. I had an ultrasound that my reg obgyn did and found a cyst on my overies and sent me to a specialist to have it evaluated due to having high testosterone levels. To my surprise haha the specialist just thought i was there because of the high testosterone. I was unaware that they didn't know at first. We went through the first visit and she told me i had polycystic ovarian syndrome. also known as pcos. They sched me for a saline infusion sonography which i had done today. They had to check my uterus for abnormalities due to irregular periods, and the pcos. They had to insert the catheter into my cervix to fill up my uterus with saline solution. Turns out when i mentioned the cyst she was surprised and used the ultrasound and discovered no cyst that was from my menst cycle. But as the uterus filled with solution i have a growth of some sort in there. The doc acted very surprised to find it and called in the head doc who came in asap. the two of them discussed very quietly among theirself while i sat back freaked out. At the end i was told see u next week for the endometrial biopsy to check for precancer and to see what the growth is and if i need it surgicly removed. I was given a paper to read about the procedure and sent on my way. I get freaked out very easy and after todays procedure i have spotting and severe cramping. After today and reading all of the posts i will be calling my doc tomorrow and DEMANDING pain pills before i come back. Just in case im one of the unlucky one. Better safe than sorry. I almost want to cancel the next procedure but I know i shouldnt. Good luck to all.

angie said...

Had my uterine biopsy done today. Took 4 advil 40 minutes prior to the test. The stabbing pain everyone is talking about is the doctor dilating your cervix. One that was achieved a felt cramping and she suctioned the specimen out. I'm 41 and am having extremely heavy periods due to thick lining. On a scale of 1 to 10 the pain is about a 5. Breath ladies and it will go quickly. I had myself so worked up from this site and the women saying how horrible the pain was. I assure you it's nothing you can't handle.

Anonymous said...

From what I am reading it seems like I am the worst-case scenario for this test. I am small (equals smaller cervix), I have never been pregnant (my cervix has not been stretched from childbirth) and they did the test at the end of my cycle (cervix not open).

I’ve been fine since the procedure but I wish I had been a little more prepared! I knew enough to take three Tylenol ahead of time but I don’t think it really made much of a difference. My doctor had to take three samples! Yow-sa! Each was pretty quick but MAN did that hurt!

The most unexpected part was that as they were “manipulating my cervix” I nearly passed out – I got extremely shaky, nauseous and broke out in a sweat. The nurse ran to get me juice and a cold compress for my head. It passed after about 5 minutes and they were able to go on and finish the test (thank goodness – I can’t imagine going through all that for nothing!)

blondeballerina07 said...

I am only twenty years old, which according to my doctor is young to have the biopsy done. I got the short end of the stick on this procedure I have never had a period, or sex, and i am a very small girl only 98pounds. The only thing ever up my vagina was the speculum and the ultrasound wand which was today. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS IN FORM WHEN I WALKED INTO THE OBGYNS OFFICE FOR THE FIRST TIME. Until today I have always thought of my self as having a very high tolerance to pain. The initial exam was not comfy but after the rest of the day IT was like shooting the breeze. The doctor had me dress and transfer rooms to do an ultrasound. The ultrasound tech was anything but gentle. I was gritting my teeth as she inserted the wand and moved it around. I was very uncomfortable digging the wand around she apologized saying wow your ovaries are very far apart. She stepped out and got the doctor and then continued the ultrasound, according to THE ultrasound my endometrium was very thick and the doctor wanted to do the biopsy. He allowed me to dress and explained the whole procedure and that it would be painful and cause cramping. He had me come back later so I could take the misoprosil to help relax my cervix since I have never had children. I was very anxious and very very nervous as I sat there waiting. I finally got called back once again undressed and got into the stirrups (all of this was totally foreign to me until today TRAUMATIC). He inserted the speculum which was once again not a good feeling as i stretched and cramped but nothing compared to what I was in for. Finding my cervix was quite an ordeal. I vomited and became very sweaty as i could feel him digging around for it when he found it he twisted and turned getting it in a position he wanted to. He explained he was going to clamp it to hold it still, I took a sigh of relief thinking the clamp would be smooth/ gentle similar to speculum I realized i was very wrong as he clamped the tenaculm on it. He then inserted three injections into the cervix to help numb it he said, although I think all it did was hurt as he poked me and sting while he injected the medicine. Following this i felt his hands as he rubbed the medicine in kind of like the dentist does when getting a cavity filled. With the cervix painfully clamped he attempted to dilate my cervix, he did this twice unsuccessfully as i begged him to stop. He listened to what i had to say and said if that is what you really want to do we can reschedule. I took a deep breath and though that i was more than half way done and the worst was over. I knew I could never talk myself up to this again, and I sure as hell didn't go through all that pain for nothing. He then let me take a break and talked me through breathing and relaxing to calm me and my body. He unannounced to me until I felt that excruciating pain again attempted to dilate my cervix this time successfully. At this point I was crying and begging him to stop he reassured me we were almost through. He continued to explain what he was doing as he inserted the vabra aspirator which was uncomfortable even with being dilated. He then tried to gather the cells and unlucky for me the first attempt was unsuccessful. I just felt an intense cramping and grabbed my abdomen. He talked me through the breathing again giving me a break before trying again. The second time he was able to get cells, but not a sufficient amount. He moved the stick type thing around my uterus five times, each more awful than the one before. He decided he thought he had enough cells for the two biopsies he wanted.
I took a nap when i got home after the physically and emotionally exhausting experience.
I spent an eternity at the doctors and I was so anxious as it was my first pelvic exam, but this was the worst experience I was traumatized. I feel awful for all of you who went in blindfolded I was lucky I had a good doctor who explained the procedure and told me it would be a little painful and I would feel very crampy. Unfortunately I had no idea what type of pain he meant. As for bleeding I have bleed very little only a couple spots probably from the clamp, but the cramps are awful I have layed in the fetal position all day and have no intention of moving.

If sex/ having a kid is anything as painful as this count me out!!!

Anonymous said...

To Extremely anxious,

If your pathology report shows aggressive pre-cancer cells, why are they waiting to take out your uterus? I cannot imagine waiting 6 months and re-testing.. that's insane.

call them and schedule a hysterectomy asap. what is wrong with this doc's?

also, I will never, I repeat NEVER let them do any of these tests on me again... so, with that, I bid you good luck. ((Hugs)) Take out your uterus to get rid of those cancer cells. I am amazed....

Anonymous said...

PS to Extremely anxious,

how was your recovery after the D&C, polypectomy? I go in for that in a few days and am terrified... I was the one who the doc infected with the biopsy, i cant take 2 1/2 more months of that pain again. :o(

Anonymous said...

After reading all the comments I am wondering if Male Doctors are writing the posts that say things like, "I don't know what all the fuss is about!"

wouldn't surprise me...

Anonymous said...

Hi, ladies...

I had to add to this since I read your page before going to my biopsy. I was pretty freaked out! I took one Vicodin that I had left over from my LEEP procedure and was all loopy and out of it. The doctor and nurses got a kick out of that.

I am happy to tell you that the biopsy felt like no more than a prolonged Pap smear. Maybe it was the Vicodin (you think?), but I cut my thumb on the way to the doctor's and that hurt like hell! So I didn't take enough Vicodin not to feel any pain.

I had both ECC and endometrial biopsy and both just felt like an uncomfortable, prolonged Pap. (You know how the Pap can kinda sting but it's over quick? Well, this was like a Pap that just lasted a bit longer). I have had one child, so this is why my doc said it wouldn't hurt. Also, he is very experienced and said that many docs are NOT, hence why it takes a few tries and can hurt.

So please don't be too worried, ladies -- you all helped me prepare mentally and really, it was so fast and not painful at all.

As many others have mentioned, now that I'm through the biopsy (breeze!), the waiting to see if I have cancer is the awful part. Good luck to all of you having this procedure and may your results be negative.

Anonymous said...

in ref my earlier posting on the 7th ....Wow. Good thing I found this site. My doctors are very hush hush about everthing they do to me....

Now that my biopsy is over i can say i will NEVER do that again. i took the advise to call and get a pian killer which they called me in vicoprophen and told me to take that and 2 alieve i called the morning of my apt and i told the lady who answered i needed an equivilent to the 2 alieve because i cant take that and it is in my file that i cant and she put me on hold went and talked with the doc and said ya thats what u take , when i repeated my question on what else can i take i got placed on hold came back and was told just take the vicoprophen. well when i got my biopsy done i asked the doc about it and she goes oh u could have had 2 vicoprophen and she wouldnt confirm if 800 ml ibiprophen was stronger then 1 vicoprophen which leads me to believe it is less than the 800 ml ibiprophen and she assured me it wouldnt be that bad and said the nurse just misunderstood me. well i wanted to leave and reschedule but i knew i would never come back so i just said wuteva and got on with it. holly crap that lady didnt walk me through anything i kept having to ask questions about everything and she then said we have to clamp ur cervix well i read all these posts and i knew that meant serious pain and NO to numbing gel does not work i dont care wut they say it made me cry and then the lady left the clamp hanging throughout the whole procedure and it gave such bad cramps when she actually started doing the biopsy i couldnt decide which was worse the clamp or the biopsy but when she pulled out the tissue i said i dont care if that isnt enough ur not getting more take the clamp off now and she did then really bad cramps started and i cried more. i totally was mad at the doc she was so insensitive and clearly never had that procedure done. She said srry like it was wrong i was mad that i could have taken more meds before but she was to lazy to come to the phone to talk with me and had a message relay going on. all i can say is i have never had a kid but that was the worst pain i have ever felt and cramps afetr sooo bad. not to much spotting but damn that hurt and now i have to wait 3 weeks to get my results because thats the next avil apt. so crapy. if you can find an alternative and avoid this test do so!!!!

Anonymous said...

I was supposed to have a biopsy this morning. I've never had one before and when I saw the doctor he said I could take a couple of Advil and wait half an hour. Not knowing what it would be like, I said no and we started the procedure. Well, as soon as he was clamping my cervix (or whatever he was doing) the pain was extreme, burning and searing. He stopped the procedure (but I was still shaking from the pain after 20 minutes)and I'm going back in a couple of weeks. He's prescribed misoprostal to soften my cervix and naprosyn and tylenol prior to pain. Hope that works. I appreciate him stopping but I wish he had explained what it would be like and talked to me about pain control. I thought it would be like a pap smear. I've been trying to google health conditions less so I didn't do any research prior. If I had seen this site, I would have asked about pain killers but I have to admit now after reading these posts I'm more nervous. I'm scheduled the day before a big party and now I'm wondering if I should rechedule.

Anonymous said...

you know what really upsets me? The biopsy misses most cancers... why torture us with this painful, infection inducing test when it misses so many? D&C's are the best way to get enough tissue to find the cancer. Most of the time, the biopsy misses it anyway. How many times does the biopsy catch it? I bet not many....

Anonymous said...

as far as resched before that big party i would do if i were you because u have a 50/50 chance of feeling so crap the next day. i was feeling like crap and stayed in bed. my friend on the other hand was fine. so mayb you should resched because if they clamped ur cervix once they will prob do it the second time and that plus the biposy doent feel so good. but atleast you will have meds.

Susan said...

Hi all, I am so glad I found this blog. I am 55 year old woman post menopausal for 2 1/2 years and somewhat incontinent for 10...always wear pads. I don't recall seeing any blood in them. Last November, I was sitting on the bed when I spontaneously gushed a LOT of blood. Exactly the type of spontaneous heavy periods I had during perimenopause. It was over in a few days and I just thought I had some kind of peculiar estrogen spike. Then it happened again five days later. Scared the living daylights out of me. It tapered off in a few days but was followed by two weeks of spotting until early December when it all stopped.

On Jan 7 the doc tried to do the endometrial biopsy but it was too painful and apparently I started to pass out. They pulled out the instruments and I got dressed thinking they had gotten a sample. I can't tell you how upset I was when she came in and they would have repeat the procedure in three weeks.

Since then I have constant cramping, and go through two pads a day with bleeding. I wasn't bleeding before the procedure and when I phoned the nurse to tell her, she said that the biopsy procedure DID NOT cause all the pain and bleeding that I am now undergoing.

Did anyone else have continual cramping and bleed afterwards?

I must say we are brave souls to undergo this...of course I am worried that I might have cancer so I should see undergoing this procedure as a way of saving my life...but it will be difficult, indeed, to walk in there on Jan 30th and park my feet in those stirrups again, even with drugs.

After reading stories of similiar experiences, I feel as close to you guys as my own family!

Sue

Susan said...

OOps! Sorry to be a blog hog today, but I wonder if anyone could tell me how long it took for the biopsy results to get back?
Thanks!

Sue

Anonymous said...

I stumbled upon this website last night when I was googling some tests my mother needs to have, and I am so glad I found it! On the other hand, it made me absolutely furious, because it really validated how badly my doctor mishandled my situation!

I had an endometial biopsy 13 months ago and I am still having difficulty dealing with the memories that just won't go away. After a pelvic exam and the ever-popular wand ultrasound, my doctor sent a nurse in to tell me I needed a biopsy. She was actaully smiling ear to ear and using this really jovial voice when she told me. I never imagined that when someone told me I might have cancer, she would be so perky and happy about it! So I asked to talk to the doctor about why he wanted a biopsy, and apparently that made them mad, because when he came in he was clearly angry, slammed his clipboard down, and shouted at me that he was assuming I had cancer and if I refused the biopsy I would leave HIM with liability issues. I seriously think I went into shock at that point. I tried to difuse it by asking some questions, but he seemed to think I was questioning his judgement so that made it worse. Finally I just said I would think about it and I got up and walked out.

By the time I got home I was seriously freaked out, and had about decided to get a second opinion. My husband, however, was really scared and upset about the cancer thing, totally did not understand how upset I was with the doctor and his wife/nurse, and really pushed me to go ahead and 'get it over with'. An early diagnosis saves lives after all. So I called and scheduled. BIG MISTAKE!

The nurse told me to take 4 advil an hour before the test. No one told me a single thing about what to expect for afterwards. I (trustingly, stupidly) assumed that they were telling the truth when they said there was nothing to worry about, and scheduled at the time they suggested. Since they did not say anything about the next day, I didn't clear my schedule. I had about a 14 hour day planned, with important meetings at work and then pushing my elderly father around the hospital in a wheel chair for medical things he needed to have. The day after that, I had company flying in from out of state. It was a nightmare.

So I took Advil and had the test. Letting them biopsy me with nothing in my system for pain but advil was another big mistake. But the worst part was the cramps and burning sensation afterwards, which went on for about 48 hours. I had nothing for pain or relaxation, and it was a miserable, sleepless night. Followed of course by my alarm going of at 5 A.M. so I could hit the ground running for the day I described above.

When I left the doctor's office after the biopsy, I seriously think I was in shock. I felt like something terrible and indescribable had happened to me. The doctor was very jovial. He kept saying, "Now, see, the worst part of the test is the anxiety before the test, isn't it?" Which made me feel like I was about 2 years old and increased my sense of alienation, since I was in fact experiencing some pretty significant pain and burning at that point. The only aftercare instructions that he gave me was that I should go out to eat to celebrate that the test was over. He seemed to miss the concept that I was being tested for cancer, and didn't feel celebratory. I was also in enough pain that I was feeling pretty nauseous and just the thought of restaurants and people and food was more than I could manage. Plus I couldn't figure out what had just happened to me; I was so confused I couldn't figure out what to say or how to say it.

It was a horrible experience. The severe cramping went on for about 48 hours but I continued to be pretty uncomfortable for over a week with the cramping and still some burning, high in the uterus where the biopsy was taken. The worst part was once I stopped feeling so shocked I went straight into rage. I was so unused to having to deal with that level of anger that I felt I didn't even know myself any more. And I just couldn't calm down. Plus I was having these horrible nightmares about my doctor going up in me with a bic lighter while his wife laughed and taunted me, and so on. Also I had some flash-backs when I unexpectedly heard someone speaking that sounded like one of them, and I would be overcome with rage and painful memories.

About six months later, I finally admitted to a friend who is a clinical social worker how much trouble I was having blowing this whole thing off. She thinks I have post-traumatic stress syndrome. About eight months later I had a panic attack - first one ever - in a different doctor's office when he mentioned the word "test". That lead to antianxiety medication - another first for me. I really feel like this doctor did me some very significant harm.

As for the biopsy, I believe this is a test that would have been a blip on the screen if my doctor and staff had handled it appropriately. If you need to have one, then do it. Endometrial cancer is nothing to play around with. (However, I suspect doctors are doing way too many biopsies - it doesn't take much time and they get paid well for a few minutes work. Oops, off-topic.) If you need to have a biopsy, make sure it is a doctor that you trust, or get a second opinion. If they don't offer you medication for before AND after, ask for it. If they don't want to give it, get a second opinion. Clear your calendar for the next day, just in case, so you can sleep in if you do take pain meds. Don't do anything heavy (like push wheel chairs.) Treat yourself to something you enjoy, like a good book or movie or meal. But don't do the biopsy unless the doctor is willing to medicate you appropriately, and is interacting with you with kindness, compassion and respect. If he's acting like a jerk, get out of there. There are good doctors out there.

As for cancer, I don't have it. False alarm, much ado about nothing. And somehow I was too angry and upset to ever celebrate that fact. Mostly, I feel like I got exploited, dehumanized, and degraded, and there is nothing there to celebrate. By the way, I fired that doctor. My primary care female doctor will be doing all my pap smears and ordering my mammograms from now on!

Thanks for this website!

Anonymous said...

It has been two days since my doctor ambushed me ... performing this procedure without pain killers or any notice whatsoever. She had just finished doing a pap smear, still had me in the stirrups and was in a hurry, as she was late for a meeting ... She didn't even have time to explain what she was about to do. I was already lying back when she announced "Sorry, this is going to hurt REALLY BAD." Next thing I knew she had forced something up through my cervix (I've always called it the 'do not pass go' place) and into my uterus. The pain was excruciating and I began to try to get away and she came at me for yet a second pass. I felt like I was going to pass out as she said "Get back down here," pulling my legs back into the stirrups. I do not understand why any doctor, especially a female doctor would not have the compassion to reschedule such a procedure, allowing her patient to take something for the pain ahead of time. Truly, doing it a la naturale was torture. I should have accidentally kicked her in the face! Afterwards, as I was paying at the front desk, the doctor came out, apologized again and said "I know that hurts like a MOTHER. If it's any consolation, you look beautiful today." WTF!!! The receptionist who took my check said "Wow! You must be brave! I didn't hear you scream. Most women do." As a side note, this OB/GYN told me that I need to come back in three weeks for a more thorough visit, since she was rushed for time. I don't freakin' think so. Still cramping ... feels like the onset of labor pains.

Anonymous said...

First thing, make sure you have a good doctor, preferably female. I just had this done today and she wasn't even a doctor but a nurse midwife. She has also had this procedure done herself. I had no pain and I am usually a big baby who faints at blood tests. I took 1 mg of klonopin 40 minutes before for anxiety which is a life saver. She explained that she would put some kind of novacaine gel on my cervix and give me a couple of shots (yikes) on my cervix too. I don't like shots at all but, I know it would be painful otherwise. All I felt was some pressure and some slight pain and that was it. I bled slightly for a couple hours and stopped. I slept for two hours and no pain or cramps. Please don't be freaked out by these posts. Take something for anxiety and make them tell you exactly what they plan to do. You have a right to know. Make sure you call the shots and you have the right to say no if you are uncomfortable.

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