EMB Medical Procedure
Endometrial Biopsy (EMB) collects a small sample of the endometrium in order to detect any issues or complications. The endometrium is the inner tunica mucosa found inside the uterus in which embryo is implanted during pregnancy. Our medical practitioners at Dr. Susan Fox’s Center for Women suggest this procedure as the biopsy will determine whether any abnormalities exist among the lining of the endometrium, including fibroids, polyps, and both cancerous and precancerous cells. An EMB can also discern if the lining is capable of housing an embryo.
Similar to the position used when obtaining a Pap smear, one of our careful medical professionals will use a vaginal instrument to dilate the canal and, utilizing a particular device, will remove a small section of inner lining tissue that can be examined for diagnosis. As the procedure only produces minimal discomfort, anesthesia is usually not required. Our professionals may suggest taking anti-inflammatory medication prior to the biopsy in order to reduce any pain or cramping.
Endometrial Biopsy Examines
A Endometrial Biopsy is usually performed in order to:
- Determine cause of abnormal uterine bleeding
- Examine any existing uterine infection
- Check for lining overgrowth, or Endometrial Hyperplasia
- Investigate causes of infertility
- Observe response to medication
- Possibly prepare a woman’s uterus for embryo implantation
Endometrial Biopsy Side Effects
Endometrial Biopsies are relatively simple and do not produce many major side effects. However, in some cases, patients may experience:
- Pelvic pain
- Minor bleeding
- Uterine perforation (in very rare cases)
These side effects should recede within a few days. If serious pain, consistent bleeding, or fever occurs, you should contact our offices immediately. You should avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity immediately after having the biopsy performed to avoid complications.
Set up an appointment to have an Endometrial Biopsy performed by our experienced and caring professionals and call Dr. Susan Fox’s Center for Women today at (305) 595-6488 or click here for more information.