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03-17-2005, 05:21 PM
How long does the pain usually last after an endometrial biopsy???
Mine was done yesterday and am still hurting today! My Dr. had a hard time finding my cervix due to a large fibroid he said. I hope he didn't "break" something while doing this. Or is it normal to have cramping a day later still?

leigh anne
03-18-2005, 04:25 AM
i had an endometrial biopsy about 2 years ago - i do remember cramping for about 24 hours afterwards. you'll feel fairly normal again after 2 or 3 days. best wishes for a good result on your biopsy!

03-18-2005, 07:45 AM
I had the same thing done a couple of weeks ago, and I had cramping for about 4 days....but took Naproxin Sodium (550 mg Aleve) for it and it helped, because it not only helped the pain, but it was also an anti inflamitory. It will be better soon sweetie...I feel your pain.

06-22-2006, 02:25 PM
Hi Ladies,

I'm not a cancer patient but I did have a endometrial biopsy yesterday and had read you reviews of it.

I just wanted to say it was not that bad. When the doctor takes the sample I did get a shooting pain that I was not prepared for but it only lasted about 3 seconds followed by cramps. The shock of the pain made me dizzy and nauseous. I was ok in about 5 minutes. Drove myself home. I had taken 2 Biscopan plus before so maybe that helped. I had light spotting at first but woke up last night with proper bleeding like a period, not cramps though. Hope it doesnt last long.

Overall its not that bad but take a good pain killer, or even a bit of a sedative so you are more relaxed.

07-03-2006, 01:30 AM
How long does the pain usually last after an endometrial biopsy???
Mine was done yesterday and am still hurting today! My Dr. had a hard time finding my cervix due to a large fibroid he said. I hope he didn't "break" something while doing this. Or is it normal to have cramping a day later still?

I had this done two weeks ago, and it came back positive for uterine cancer. Since this biopsy im bleeding more then ever, and the lower abd pain is always there. Before the biopsy i never had any pain ever!!
I go for a total rad. hysterectomy on july 7th.. Im freaking out and can hardly get through the day.. they are taking everything, including my lymph nodes and ovaries and cervix and flopiean tubes and uterus..
Hugz, Karin........

03-05-2011, 02:53 AM
I had this done two weeks ago, and it came back positive for uterine cancer. Since this biopsy im bleeding more then ever, and the lower abd pain is always there. Before the biopsy i never had any pain ever!!
I go for a total rad. hysterectomy on july 7th.. Im freaking out and can hardly get through the day.. they are taking everything, including my lymph nodes and ovaries and cervix and flopiean tubes and uterus..
Hugz, Karin........

I am 54 yrs old post menopausal and found out because I was having slight cramping that my endometrial lining was 7.2 mm. Normal is 3mm. Had ultrasound internal and external and saw very small fibroids, but nothing that would cause pain. Also had blood test CA 125 and other blood test and all are within normal range. I had a endometrial biopsy yesterday and was told I wouldn't know the results for 3 weeks and I don't want to wait that long. I have no bleeding but have pain in my right leg radiating down to my knee. I also have a tilted pelvis that causes pain. My mother had uterine cancer when she was 75 and died a year later from it so I am pretty scared even though my mother had a lot of bleeding off and on. I don't know if this could be uterine cancer or not but it is different than my mom's

03-05-2011, 03:54 AM
I agree it isn't that bad but it also depends on the doctor. My doctor told me everything he was going to do and it put me at ease. He gave a shot of lidocaine which I thought was the worst of the pain and it only caused some strong cramping for about 30 seconds and then I was able to relax. I think it is more painful to wait for the results which takes about 3 weeks and I had the endo biopsy yesterday. I am experiencing low back pain that radiates down my right leg but the xray showed a tilted pelvis and I can do exercises to alleviate that pain. I have no spotting or bleeding just 7.2 endometrial lining with some cramping and the leg pain

03-06-2011, 01:56 AM
Hi Sandy2ch,

My Mom just had an endometrial biopsy yesterday and she too is still having some abdominal discomfort the next day as a result. She's 65 yo and her lining was measured at 7mm. They only found this because she was complaining of a pain in her hip/groin area when she walked for a long period or climbed stairs...so they decided to do an ultrasound and discovered the thickened lining. She also has no bleeding. I guess at this point we just have to wait the 3 weeks and hope for the best!

07-20-2012, 06:00 PM
I checked this forum for an idea of what to expect before my endo biopsy today. Just left clinic and I want to share my experience also. I would rate the discomfort level very low. My nerves were probably the bigger concern. Only one moment of cramping when she started messing around with the "straw". It triggered what I would consider a mild cramp that eased a little and lasted the remainder of the appt...like the kind of cramp I would get as a teenager. In the car now and little to no pain. Maybe cramps will pick up later, but at this point I feel like doing it again wouldn't put ky anxiety in overdrive. I prepped by taking 600 ibuprofen, and the doc pushed some lidocain in with the "straw".

Biopsy done to check for cause of excessive bleeding.

07-20-2012, 08:32 PM
Hi pdxginni -- Thanks for reviving an old thread on an important topic. I remember worrying a lot before my biopsy because I had read that it can be extremely painful. Fortunately mine just felt like cramps -- just like yours. Not bad at all. I took some ibuprofen before the appointment, but my doctor did not use lidocain. Seems like this test is fine for most women, but for some, it can be quite painful.

Hope everything goes well for you, and that your lab results are clear.

07-22-2012, 02:49 AM
I had biopsy two times, first time i could not get up for 4 hours and then could barely walk; 2nd time i was better. It usually takes 48 hours not to fill any pain but it depends what doctor does, how many areas he covers or how hard he presses on your uterus!

08-18-2013, 09:07 AM
I can't believe that some women are reporting that they only experienced minimal pain during their endometrial biopsy. They are so lucky. I just had an endometrial biopsy two days ago, and I am still having cramps. For me, the pain I experienced during the biopsy is the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life, other than the pain I felt while in labour with each of my children.

The pain was so horrible that I broke out into a sweat and thought for sure I was going to throw up. My doctor had me lay down for a bit. I had to lay on my right side with my head hung over the garbage can, that's how close I came to vomitting.

The terrible pain while she took the sample did not last long, but in all seriousness it was the most horrid pain I have ever experienced. :(

08-18-2013, 05:41 PM
Fat_Head -- So sorry to hear of the pain that you experienced. From what I have heard, most women tolerate the endometrial biopsy very well, but those that don't..... well they DON'T. I've heard some say that it is worse than childbirth. In my case, my gyn told me that it was going to feel like bad cramps, and that's exactly what it felt like. I would say the pain was a 2 or 3 on a 10 point scale and it was definitely more like cramping than like being cut or jabbed. It was all over in about 5 minutes. I don't remember having any pain at all the next day. But this can be very different for different women. Some women choose to have a D&C in order to avoid the possibility of pain with this procedure, but a D&C is a much more involved procedure done under anesthesia in a hospital.

08-19-2013, 02:26 PM
Ya, they are not pleasant, but I tolerate them well so far. My husband holds my hand and is really supportive....he has been there through it all :-) I take the day off because 1) I have the time and 2) It's just a stressful day mentally for me. I could easilly go to work with the cramping, but nah.. One thing not a lot of people bring up is lifting things.....WOW, I made the mistake of lifting something heavy and also doing abdominal exercises....ouch! I will wait 2 weeks after next time.

09-10-2013, 01:51 AM
It's nice to see everyone's experience here...well, I'm 44 y/o and have 5 kids, I had my endo biopsy and ultra sound last Friday which is 3 days ago , I was told by the nurse that I'm going to feel some cramping after but I didn't know that I'll be in so much pain. It didn't hurt that bad after the procedure though I was spotting a little bit but I noticed Friday night the cramping so I took 800 mg Ibuprofen it helped and knocked me out. Saturday all day was ok , but night time acted up again. Mild all Sunday morning , then at night the pain got stronger. Monday which is today , all day at work I was going nuts I couldn't take the Ibuprofen of course just Aleve 440 mg but didn't help at all as the day goes by it feels like a "Contractions" getting stronger and stronger so I left work early went to see a doctor , He gave me a Vicodin and told me that it's a blood just waiting to come out and that's why I'm in so much pain. He can't really tell me what's going on till they get back the results 2 weeks from now. The pain is about between scale of 7-8. Just sharing my ordeal... nice to know some of you guys didn't really suffer from this.

11-25-2013, 06:51 PM
I just wanted to share my recent experience with an endometrial biopsy.

About 25 years ago I had an abnormal pap smear and they diagnosed me with cervical dysplasia.

The situation was taken care of with laser surgery.

Well I recently found myself a new OB/GYN and we discussed doing the biopsy along with a pap smear to make sure all was well down there. Mind you..I have had an endometrial biopsy before and it was painful but tolerable.

Last Tuesday was the big day. My OB explained everything that was going to happen and I was fine with it. I had also taken a pain pill before going in but that did not seem to help.

The pap was a bit uncomfortable but tolerable. Well here we go.....she numbs me with some lidocane and says I will feel some cramping. OMG cramping is putting it mild. Then she said there was some polyps there that she was going to remove as well. I was sweating, ready to vomit, almost crying asking how much longer this was going to take....she told me to count to 5. After removing all of the instruments I felt like I was going to pass out. They put an ice pack under my neck and had me lie there for about 15 minutes.

I got up, managed to get myself dressed and drove home. It has been 6 days and I am still cramping and having some slight bleeding. I might of made the mistake of lifting/pushing something heavy.....

I will say this....if they find anything abnormal in the test results I want it all out. I am 45, no kids, don't plan on having any and have no use for my uterus !! I may sound crazy but I am so done with dealing with periods, back pain and these tests.

Thanks for letting me ramble...... :(

08-05-2015, 06:30 PM
I had one yesterday, just a precaution, after some light post-menopausal bleeding. I knew it was going to hurt but I know it had to be done. I had asked for a painkilling injection as last time I had one, it hurt so much they had to stop. Well, either they didn't do it this time or it didn't work. I did scream in pain. I was trying to be stoical, and I tried to relax, but there comes a level of pain where you cannot control the noise you make (my theory is that crying out/screaming in a sense eases the pain, as it expresses it). Oh it was horrific. I have no children, and as I lay there I wondered if this is what women feel in childbirth, and how on earth they tolerate it, if so.

I am in pain still, over 24 hours later - feel like period pain. No bleeding, so I assume I'm OK.

DO NOT BE PUT OFF BY THIS. If you need a biopsy, please don't be put off. This hurt horribly. Undetected cancer would be infinitely worse.

I think there is a tendency to have such debates as this come down to, "It's always painless because I didn't feel pain." But some people have a lower pain threshold than others: that's sheer chance. I am autistic, so I tend to feel everything very intensely - maybe that's it.

But it can hurt very very badly. Or it might not hurt much at all. You just don't know. The sole certainty is that the pain is worth it.

07-14-2017, 06:25 PM
Hi, Im new to the forum, Im 37 and I recently got this biopsy, I was first checked by pap smear then ultrasound and finally the biopsy last week for spotting and cramping in between my period. I have been having on the last 2 months. The previous test were normal but the gynecologist made this last test so" i get some peace of mind" she claims it seems to be hormonal and gave me birth control patches to balance my hormone.

The biopsy was so painful, I have no kids, but man it felt like giving birth to me. i felt my inside was so raw and tender because of the pill i had to insert, she cleaned it up and then she put the instruments in, i felt she poke my heart or something, strange and so bad, I started swearing and breating like crazy.The procedure was quite fast but when she finally pull out the instruments i felt as if my soul went out from me. she left me in the room while i gathered strength to get up. When i got up I felt like passing out and i wanted to call my guy to pick me up inside the office, but i immediately dressed up and tried to act normal.
That day and the next were the worse cramps. but soon i recovered but the spotting and cramping (mild) continued.

Before the biopsy i had to put a pill up to my vagina, this caused me bleeding and lots of contractions but soon after I had the biopsy which was the most painful experience i have ever had. Since then im still spotting and cramping, its been 9 days since the procedure and i dont know how much longer it will take. I have read that usually it last from 3 to 5 days, and my spotting comes bright red and get brown, then red again..

Im very depressed and worried as she said it probably is something hormonal, but hormone test came back normal, so im concerned it must be something wrong.

07-14-2017, 11:00 PM
Dear Makos,

I am very sorry for your experience. I experienced something similar when I had my own.

This is a very old thread and those who wrote hear and no longer posting so I will close it. I strongly encourage you to start your own thread under the Worried section as you do not have a confirmed diagnosis. May you never have one either hun. Please know, as painful as it was, a biopsy is the only way to confirm if a mass is cancerous or not. My cramping and spotting did settle down in a few days but do take it easy for the next couple of days ok? Try not to worry and keep yourself busy so you do not think about it so much. If you have any questions do not hesitate to send me a private message.

All the best,