Endometrial Biopsy

This is a test in which a tissue sample (a biopsy) is taken from inside the uterus (womb). It is then looked at by a specialist under a microscope to see if the tissue is normal or abnormal. The endometrium is the lining of the uterus. This test helps determine where you are in your menstrual cycle and how hormone levels are affecting the lining of the uterus. Another use for this test is to diagnose endometrial cancer, tuberculosis, polyps, or inflammatory conditions and to evaluate uterine bleeding.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

No pathologic conditions.

Presence of "secretory-type" endometrium 3 to 5 days before to normal menstruation.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.