Endometrial Biopsy Specialist

An endometrial biopsy is an in-office procedure that’s used as a diagnostic tool to detect abnormalities in your uterus and the lining of your uterus. JoEllen Embry WHNP, and female GYN partners in Mesa, Arizona, have extensive experience performing this minimally invasive procedure, which can go a long way toward detecting and diagnosing reproductive health issues..


Endometrial Biopsy Q&A

What is an endometrial biopsy and why would I need one?

An endometrial biopsy is a procedure used to collect a small sample of tissue from your endometrium, which is the lining of your uterus. The sample is then sent to a lab, or viewed under a microscope, to detect any changes in your cells or abnormalities in the tissue. An endometrial biopsy can also indicate whether there are problems with your hormone levels.

There are many reasons your provider may order a biopsy of your endometrium, including:

  • Checking for cancer in the uterus
  • Finding the cause of heavy bleeding
  • Evaluating fertility
  • Testing your hormone levels

How is an endometrial biopsy performed?

To perform the biopsy, your provider first inserts a speculum into your vagina to hold the walls back. Next, a thin tube called a pipelle is inserted through the speculum and extended up into your uterus through your cervix. By moving the pipelle back and forth, she collects a tissue sample. The entire procedure typically takes 10 minutes or less.

What are the side effects of an endometrial biopsy?

You may feel some cramping during the procedure and experience some vaginal soreness for a day or two after. You may also experience spotting or discharge for up to a week after the biopsy. These side effects are normal, and usually resolve themselves with time.

If, however, you experience symptoms that include heavy bleeding, pain, or fever, call Embry Women’s Health to get checked out.

When shouldn’t I get a biopsy?

There are several reasons why you shouldn’t undergo an endometrial biopsy, such as:

  • You’re pregnant
  • You have an infection in your cervix or vagina
  • You have cervical cancer
  • You have a bleeding disorder

Providers thoroughly review your medical status before they perform any procedures.

When can I expect results?

Typically, a lab reviews your sample within seven to 10 days and sends a report back to your OB/GYN. You’ll then review the results with JoEllen Embry, WHNP or Female GYN Partners to determine whether any further steps are needed based on the findings.



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The ladies here at Embry Women’s Health really know how to treat people! I’ve been coming here since I moved to the area four years ago, and I am never disappointed. Nurse Lockwood and Dr. Embry always make time for their patients and make sure to get to the root of any problem you may have. They also have a gorgeous office with everything you could possibly need. The atmosphere is very cozy and calming and does not feel like a doctors office at all. My only suggestion to visitors is to book your appointments ASAP as they go quickly, and I get why! Sometimes when I have come here, I end up waiting a bit as they do tend to give that full attention and care to each patient, so it’s worth the wait. I just wish they could be my nurse/doctor for EVERYTHING 🙁

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I have never had such a positive experience at a healthcare facility, not that I’ve had particularly negative ones, but I was pleasantly surprised the time Barbara Lockwood, NP took with me. She is very easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable during my visit. I’m so glad I found this practice!

5 Stars – Yelp – 12/29/2017


This was my first visit at this office and it was so much better then a visit I’ve had at a different gynecologist. The ladies were genuinely friendly and helpful and all very knowledgeable. They make you feel comfortable and safe. It’s so hard to find a gynecologist that fits your needs and I’m very happy to say I found mine.

5 Stars – Yelp – 4/10/2018



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JoEllen is AMAZING! Not only is she professional- she makes your whole experience comfortable. If you’re looking for a professional that never judges your situation and treats you very well- I would definitely recommend this office!

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It is refreshing to meet a practitioner who sees the whole patient and not just a series of symptoms. JoEllen is willing to spend the time to ask questions and really listen to the responses. I have seen JoEllen several times and I have always appreciated how much time she spends with each appointment and her pragmatic approach with solutions.  I feel like my health drives the appointment and not the schedule. Finding JoEllen’s practice was like finding a needle in a haystack, a caring practitioner who encourages patients to listen to their bodies and to be their own best advocate.

5 Stars – 10/11/2018

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Friendly staff. JoEllen is incredibly kind, patient and answers all of my questions whenever I see her. I don’t feel like I am being rushed when I am there, it is very nice.

5 Stars – 10/4/2018

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I went in as a new patient just for an annual exam and Dr. Barbara Lockwood was so professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She made sure to answer any and every question I had and she made sure I understood everything I needed to know. I have been to some offices in the past where you feel judged but she was so kind and made me feel so comfortable talking to her! I will be moving away soon but I might just have to make the drive back to see her next year!

5 Stars – 10/4/2018

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“I started seeing Joellen earlier this year and I have had nothing but good experiences every time I have gone back. She is very down to earth and listens to any concerns. I would highly recommend Embry Womens Health.”

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