Endometrial Biopsy Specialist
An endometrial biopsy is an in-office procedure thatâ€™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.
OUR PATIENTS SAY
I first chose to come to Embry Womens Health because it was near my home and they took my insurance. I’ve been coming back because JoEllen is AMAZING! The whole office is so welcoming and comforting, I’ve moved 20 miles away and I STILL go to see JoEllen for all of my women’s healthcare. I will literally plan my days off around an appointment so I can continue being a patient here.
I can’t say enough good things about Embry Women’s Health and hope to be able to be a patient for life!
5 Stars – Yelp – 11/13/2019
I still love this place. It’s my second year as a patient here, and they still treat me so well. Every concern that I had was taken seriously and my doctor gave me some things to help with a couple of them. The office also isn’t really cold (which I’ve found to be a problem at some offices) so you won’t be freezing during your exam. She’s definitely the best doctor I have been to and recommend to every woman to look into coming here. Also, all of your test results are available online through a patient portal, and you can also schedule new appointments and fill out all of your patient information forms ahead of time on there. This makes checking in for your appointment super quick and easy.
5 Stars – Yelp – 10/31/2019
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!
5 Stars – Yelp
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
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
I was super impressed. NP Eva was wonderfully personable and professional. Front desk staff (thanks, Mia) was kind and thoughtful. They have snacks and drinks in the waiting room. It’s super clean and the view is lovely. It sits right on the lake at Dobson Ranch.
5 Stars – 5/24/2021
“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.”
5 stars – 09/28/2018