My Experience with Endometrial Biopsy

Disclaimer: This post is about my personal experience with Endometrial Biopsy. I am not a medical professional and can’t speak for everyone.chicago8

Initially, I wasn’t going to share this information on my blog, but after reflecting more on my experience I thought it might be a good idea to put it out there, even if it only helps one other woman.

I recently had a “surprise” Endometrial Biopsy done. Prior to my procedure, I knew nothing about it.

Several weeks ago, I went to see my gynecologist because my period had been heavy and long lasting. The doctor did a pap smear and an internal and external ultrasound. Two weeks later, I received a call from the nurse saying that my pap smear was normal but that I would need to come in to discuss the ultrasound results with the doctor.

I went in and was told that the ultrasound revealed a thick lining of the uterus. The doctor recommended an Endometrial Biopsy right then and there. She explained that the biopsy checks for cancer and polyps. I was not prepared for this at all. I was also on my period but the doctor said it didn’t matter.  I have always heard that biopsies were not pleasant, but I had no idea what to expect with this procedure.

Here’s what happened:

With this biopsy my doctor inserted a thin hollow tube through the cervix into the uterus and suctioned out a small amount of endometrial tissue.  Tissue samples collected were analyzed by a pathologist.  My doctor told me I would feel “a lot of cramping.” The procedure lasted under three minutes and I did feel a lot of pressure when she took the sample. She took the sample three times and by the second time it started to hurt a lot more. I’m not going to lie, it felt  like I was being stabbed in the stomach. It was very uncomfortable but I told myself I could handle it since I have a pretty high tolerance for pain. I gave birth three times, twice without an epidural. I wasn’t given anything. Not even an Ibuprofen.

Here’s where I  fell apart:

After the procedure I was still on the table when the doctor told me to get dressed.  She left and I got up to get my clothes. I felt incredibly dizzy and nauseous. My face in the mirror was white as a sheet and I broke out in terrible sweat. This was the moment I thought I was going to pass out. I sat down in a chair and my whole body felt like it was on fire. I panicked because I had no control over my body. I called for the nurse but she didn’t hear me. After about ten minutes, the weird symptoms slowly faded away. I got up and walked to the bathroom to get a cup of water. Then I left. I sat in the car and cried, feeling weak and shaky and angry with the doctor for downplaying the procedure so much. The psychological distress was worse than the physical pain. At home, all I wanted to do was crawl into bed in a fetal position and cry.

According to Web MD, I had a vasovagal reaction (also called vasovagal syncope).  A sudden dizziness or fainting that can be triggered by pain, fright, or trauma. You may sweat, feel lightheaded, nauseated, or tingly, and you may pass out if the reaction continues.

At home I researched the heck out of Endometrial Biopsy. It turns out most women’s experiences sound like horror stories. Apparently women scream in pain during the entire procedure. Some are bedridden for days afterwards.

Here’s what  women say:

 “I had my biopsy yesterday. It was unexpected so I could not prepare for the pain. It hurt like hell! It felt like a large sharp object was poking around and slashing the inside of my uterus. I was yelling! Loudly. She kept apologizing. She got her first sample but felt like there wasn’t enough tissue so had go in again!!!! I made her wait though, trying to get the pain to subside. It didn’t. Then more searing, agonizing pain! I was sweating. Afterwards, I lay on the table, panting, waiting for the pain to go away. It ebbed but I had cramps all night. If I have to have this done again, I will definitely take some pain meds and a muscle relaxer.”

 

“HAD THIS DONE YESTERDAY…AND LETS JUST SAY…I WILL NEVER GET THIS DONE AGAIN….IT WAS ALMOST TO THE POINT OF UNBEARABLE…HAD IT NOT BEEN A RATHER QUICK PROCEDURE I COULD HAVE PASSED OUT OR HAD A SEIZURE FROM THIS UNDESCRIBABLE CRAMPING/TWISTING/WRENCHING PAIN…I DON’T KNOW WHO WOULD DO THIS TWICE?FEELS JUST LIKE WHAT IS HAPPENING…YOUR INSIDES ARE BEING YANKED OUT OF YOU!! LETS NOT SUGAR COAT IT LADIES…THATS EXACTLY WHATS HAPPENING!!!”

I guess not every woman has a terrible experience with this. For me it was uncomfortable and painful, but still bearable. I just wish someone would have told me what I can expect after the procedure. Looking back, the doctor totally downplayed the procedure. You can expect “some cramping and pressure”, she told me. I guess she “forgot” to mention the pain part.

Honestly, I almost think it’s better I didn’t know I was going to have this procedure done. I had no time to get anxious and nervous, and I had no time to Google what other women have to say. On the other hand it’s good to be informed and have every question answered before the procedure.

So, for all you ladies out there, in case you ever need an Endometrial Biopsy done, I hope my story was somewhat helpful and informative.

 

 

206 thoughts on “My Experience with Endometrial Biopsy

  1. Yikes! Thanks for the information. I’ve never had this procedure done, but I feel as though the Dr. Could have prepared you a little more. By that, I mean she could have told you more of what to expect, especially afterwards. I mean, what if you would have had to go to work afterwards? Hope you are feeling better.

    1. Sally, I agree. My doctor should have told me more. She made it sound like the biopsy wasn’t much more uncomfortable than a pap smear.Afterwards I panicked because I had no idea what was happening to me. Honestly, I thought she had punctured or cut something she shouldn’t have. It’s been a week since I had it done. I feel better and today I was told by my doctor that everything looks ok.Thank you commenting and your kinds words.

      1. Wow so glad I read these. I am opting out of the biopsy because I don’t trust these doctors on my current HMO. I will wait til I am back to work and on private insurance. They have not reason to do one except I was thinking of getting Hormone replacement therapy now that I am post menopausal. That is his only reason for the biopsy. I am not bleeding menopause ended over a year ago. So I think I will forego HRT for now and just keep eating healthy, exercising and taking camomile tea for sleep. Yikes!!!

        1. I can’t blame you. I wonder how many biopsies are really necessary? Like you, I’m all for eating healthy, exercising, and treating our bodies the natural way. Good luck and thank you for stopping by!

        2. I just had one. Yes, It’s painful but tolerable. I imagine it can hurt some people more than others. The Dr should remain until you sit up. Mine did, and asked if I were dizzy. I was not. This test should not be avoided because of fear of the pain. Imagine how painful unchecked cancer is….

          1. Happy to hear your biopsy was tolerable. Most don’t feel that way. I agree, the test shouldn’t be avoided because of fear of pain, but I’m certain there are ways to lessen the pain. This info should be made available to all women who have this done.

      2. Let me start by saying I am 38 and have a history of endometriosis, large chocolate cysts rupturing ( one was at least the size of a baseball and twisted and growing into my kidney) cervical dysplasia and cervical biopsies, copo’s. A LEEP .Also 7 brain surgeries ( after havjng 5 brain surgeries the same day i was up amd painting patio furniture 2 days after) and massive neck surgery. And had a bone tumor removed. I also had my daughter with no pain meds or epidural … I am no stranger to pain. But i have a small vaginal opening and tilted uterus and have found paps to be very uncomfortable unless doc was nice enough to use a smaller speculum. Yes, ladies they do have them and they help . My doctor told me the same crazy story about it feeling like a pap. I have had cervical biopsy and that hurt and was unpleasant but nothing like this. Even while ripping chunks out of a cervix eaten up by bad cells. Because i was misinformed and because I have been thru alot I did not make any special plans to go home and rest after .I knew the minute doctor walked in and had a completely different demeanor than previous appt something was up. They took me to procedure room. I got left alone for several minutes next to the torture devices .He did not use any numbing medication and again said it would feel like a pap.I have had 2 paps and 2 pelvic exams and transvaginal ultrasound the past 8 days .After ultrasound i wound up in e.r. from intense pain so maybe i was already irritated .But my original complaint was knife like pain and 7 periods in 9 weeks. Procedure started I felt pain from speculum and then intense cramping but I am used to that. But then the horrible pain began I think if I wasn’t terrified he would rupture my uterus and I was not paralyzed by pain I would have kicked him across the room .Tears streamed down my face and i made slight whimpering noises and ughhh noises. I breathed and laid there about 20 seconds and had to get out of there .After I felt violated and betrayed. Doc left and nurse seemed way too chipper asked if I had a pad cuz she didn’t know where one was but she would find me one. I said i brought one and she left. I got to my car and felt shaken for a long time . I had to drive a couple hours then run errands before i could go home. Each time someone asked how I was i wanted go cry and say I was just tortured and yourself? The dizziness and nausea and passing out are symptoms of shock. Once your body has been in shock once it makes it easier for you to go into shock again. This obviously hurts alot of women why can’t they knock you out for 5 to 10 mins? I would gladly take an iv to do that.

        1. Wow, seven brain surgeries? At your young age? You sound like an incredibly strong and brave woman. I don’t know how you endure all this. I’m sorry to hear you had the same miserable experience with the biopsy. And just like you, I, too, would gladly take an IV for this procedure. I wish you all the best and thank you for sharing your story. God bless you.

      3. I wasn’t prepared for the removal of my uterine polyp. The doctor didn’t inform me of the possible pain. The pain was unbearable. She did the procedure two time in a row. I broke out in a total body sweat during and afterwards . I’m sure I was white as a ghost as she said take as long as you need, the room is yours. I lie on the table for 15 to 20 minutes and still couldn’t get up without being dizzy. Waited another 15 minutes then sat up and passed out and fell off the table onto the floor. When I came to I didn’t know where I was. Finally got back on the table for another twenty minutes. No nurse came in during this time. I was still sweating but sat up and breathed deeply to get my self together. Finally I was able to get dressed and move to a chair where I immediately started started to pass out again. I got onto the floor and put my head down between my legs. I was in the office without any one for probably 30 minutes. Never will I have this procedure again.

        1. Wow, I can’t believe not a single nurse checked on you. Actually, I do believe this. The same thing happened to me. I’m so sorry you had this horrible experience. I’m just about speechless. Hope you’re feeling a little better today and thank you for commenting.

    2. This, by far was the most horrific experience – same as the above! No freezing. An extra nurse beside me to calm me down or “hold me down”. Terrible pain. Actually YELPING as the procedure was being done. Was white as a ghost and nauseous for the day. Up to 5 days later was still leaching blood, skin tissue, 2 inch clots and chunks of gelatinous human tissue. Ankles were swollen for an entire week. Weakness in the legs could barely move/walk up to day 3. This was a butcher job. Medical associations need to categorize this procedure as surgery! Or at least give us some lidocaine. Ive had natural childbirth no epidural or gas like a champ. This was plain outrageous.

      1. I agree. It is outrageous that with all of today’s medical advancements, we still have to suffer through this procedure. Hope you’re feeling better today.

  2. I had one yesterday and was told ” I will feel cramping”. What I felt was not cramping, it was pure pain. I held it in until I could take no more and broke down in deep sobbing. It’s day two and I feel weak and like I am having another period. I will never do that again!

    1. Becky, reading this gave me goosebumps.I know exactly how you feel. So sorry you had to go through this. Mine was one year ago and I still don’t like to think about it. Hope you feel better soon and that your results are ok.

    2. I screamed out right there on the table!!! I was trying to breathe through it like you do with labor pains, but those breaths turned into screams, because it was way worse than cramps!!

    3. Am so sorry that everyone had such pain. I did too..
      It was horrendous…
      Yes, there definitely should be the option to be put under, in a twilight sleep…i had breast cancer & post-menstrual bleeding..chose a hysterectomy to be “safe”.. thank God no pre- cancer or cancer. One of the reasons why I’m glad I had the hysterectomy is NO MORE ENDO BIOPSIES!

      1. Claudia, I’m sorry for everything you’ve been through. You are a very brave woman. Thank you for taking the time to comment… it’s much appreciated. Wishing you good health and happiness.

        1. Simone, thank you so much for your kind, supportive words….means alot to me…my regular gyno (Not the one who did the endo biopsy; that was done at the surgeon who did the hysterectomy) actually said that an endo biop is “God-awful”. I kid you not, ladies…his exact words..
          One thing I always ask my Drs before a procedure that sounds like it won’t be fun & in fact might venture into nightmare territory, is “if your daughter, wife, girlfriend, mom, aunt, grandma, female pet, etc was in my situation, would you recommend this procedure?”
          And, for paps, etc in general, ALWAYS ask for a CHILD-SIZE speculum…dont let them tell you there isn’t such a thing. Especially if you are dry & tight…
          We are beautiful brave women, & we deserve the best care….

          1. That is such good advice, Claudia. I didn’t know you can choose the size of the speculum. Thank you for the info.

          2. I want to thank you so much for posting this. I’ve had two endometrial biopsies, about 10 years ago and then again yesterday.
            I really don’t remember the first experience being that bad. It was a bit uncomfortable and I did feel some cramping, but it was over relatively quickly and other than a little bleeding for a day or two, was fine.
            The one yesterday was a whole other (awful) experience! My doctor is awesome and she did warn me. In fact, she said that any time I wanted to stop, she would. However, she also said that given the circumstances, she thought it was necessary (for post menopausal bleeding with thickened lining per an ultrasound) and that we could always schedule it as a surgery in the operating room.
            Because I remembered the first time not being horrible, and just wanted to get the darned thing over with without “surgery”, I said to go ahead and try to get it done.
            While the doctor went slowly and checked in with me frequently, I cried like a baby throughout the whole thing. It turned out she didn’t have the right size speculum and had to leave the room to get one.
            It almost hurt more when she was finished and removing everything, than when she first started. She wanted to do a second “pass” for a better sample, but at that point I couldn’t take it any more and declined. When I tried to get up afterward, I was dizzy and nauseous, though it passed within a few minutes.
            Today, though I have no idea if it’s related or coincidental, I feel slightly nauseous and out of sorts (like I have a bad period, minus the bleeding), though I have no fever or anything like that.
            Now I’m just praying that everything comes back OK. What the heck? There’s got to be a better way…

          3. She left the room to get the right size speculum? Yikes! What are they thinking? I wonder why the first biopsy didn’t feel as bad as the second? Interesting. Praying your results come back negative and I hope you’re feeling a little better. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience. I do appreciate it so much.

  3. I had an endometrial biopsy today and it hurt like hell!!! I also had a Mirena IUD installed, and it hurt as well! I took 5 200mg Motrin dry!! The sharp pain lasted about 5 minutes, but the cramps lasted a few hours. It did subside a little after taking the Motrin. I have just been resting the rest of the day and hopefully tomorrow will be better. She even wanted to do another pelvic ultrasound at the same time, because she wanted to make sure the IUD was inserted correctly because she said I have a very tight cervix. I told her, no way!! I’ll get it done soon, but not today! I think some doctors love to bring the pain!!

    1. Ouch and ouch. Sorry to hear about your painful experience. Glad to hear you’re feeling a little better. What I learned from mine is that when doctors say “you’ll feel pressure”, they’re really telling you “you are about to feel pain.” Not sure I would want to subject myself to another endometrial biopsy. The whole experience was just so bad.

  4. I had an endometrial biopsy yesterday and let me tell you, I was grossly ill-prepared for what I experienced. I repeatedly asked my Gynecologist would the procedure hurt and she said it would “feel crampy”. When I researched videos about the procedure, I didn’t see anything about it being painful. What I should have researched was “endometrial biopsy hurt like hell”! Here’s my story: I was diagnosed with menorragia in 2014. My periods are heavy and irregular and I was passing blood clots and tissue every day for months on end since 2013. Finally in 2014 I had had all I could take and my doctor recommended a Hysteroscopy and D&C, but the gynecologist that performed the procedure never told me about the ablation procedure until AFTER I had the hysteroscopy and D&C. Fast forward to 2017 and the menorragia came back with a vengeance. My former gynecologist has since moved away so I found a highly recommended gynecologist in the next town over. After having my ultrasound, I went back for the results and she said I was a good candidate for the ablation but she would have to do a endometrial biopsy first, just to make sure my cells are healthy and that there are no cancerous tissue or abnormalities. I asked her was this a procedure that required general anesthesia and she laughed and said no. She said she would give me meds that would dilate my cervix since I’ve never had a natural birth with my children. (I had 3 c-sections back in the 90s.) The day of my procedure I was having so much anxiety so I took a Xanax and was off to my appointment. I was relived when they didn’t have the tray of tools visible and only brought them in after I was undressed from the waist down and in the stirrups. The doctor comes in, she inserts the speculum and gets to work, talking me through it. She numbs my cervix and then inserts some tool. I felt pressure and cramping but then it started to get more uncomfortable but I kept holding strong even asking her can I hum outloud. She said sure. Then something stabbed me so hard I screamed out in pain. I said oh my god! What was that? She said it was the tissue sample and that she was almost done. I continued to moan and plead with her to hurry and she finally tool the speculum out, gave me some ibuprofen, and I sat up and felt relieved but traumatized like never before. I also felt lied to. There is no way this procedure should be legal and not done under local or general anesthesia!! Whomever sanctioned this procedure is barbaric and I will never do it again. Please ask your doctors in advance if there is an alternative test that can be done and if not, I recommend taking Xanax and pain meds prior to the procedure. I didn’t write this to scare anyone but I wanted to be honest about what I personally experienced and the unbelievable pain I felt. Good luck ladies!

    1. Cassie, it pains me to read this. So sorry you had to go through this. And I agree, this procedure needs local anesthesia. My doctor made it sound like the biopsy wasn’t much different than a pap smear. “Just some pressure” I was told. I wasn’t even offered an Ibuprofen afterward.Nothing before, nothing after. I almost fainted with agony. Not my best day. Hope you feel better soon and thanks for sharing your story.

    2. I had one today and it’s my third one so I knew pain would be involved but you are never prepared for what is about to happen…. I screamed until the end and my doctor needed another sample so I did not passed out like the first time but they really need to put women under this is way tooooooo much pain to bear…. I am still bleeding and I am still having cramps and I just hurt down there…. I really wish I had taken the day off work 2 days…

        1. I would also like to say I looked up this procedure online and it said slight cramping and pressure. I think part of me is glad I didn’t find personal stories of this until after it was done .I live in pain everyday and I don’t think I would have been able to let him do it. Mentally yes I could have psyched myself up but physically I would have clammed up and they would not have been able to proceed. I have literally shot a speculum out because I was already in terrible pain from huge cyst rupturing. Scared the hell out of doc( this has happened 3 times Lol. ) That is when I was given the smaller speculum or as i refer to it .The evil metal duck billed platypus .

  5. I had one today. I screamed so loud & begged her to stop. Horrible pain. Very faint. I took 1/2 xanex and had a cervical block. Still it was awful. Now my abdomen is so swollen. I feel like I have a cut inside.

    1. That is horrible.I’m sorry you had to experience this. They really need to come up with a different method. Hope you feel better soon and thank you for sharing here.

  6. I had one this am. I was advised to take some Advil beforehand so I did. I was a bit anxious however I have a great deal of faith in my gynaecologist. Started out like a pap. Then I felt some cramping. Soon after the cramping intensified and sort of remained steady. Yes it was painful but tolerable and thankfully brief. I am so shocked to read these stories describing agony and unbearable pain. I know pain is subjective but I just can’t comprehend how this procedure could create such pain. My doctor talked me through it and it was over in minutes. I had some very mild cramping for a couple hours later and some light bleeding (1 pad) throughout the day. I had an endocervical biopsy 4 years ago and was unprepared as it was a decision made by my doc at a routine exam. The procedure was explained but I was caught off guard and would say it was just about the same as what I experienced today. I would suggest women facing this exam ask your doctor to talk you through it, do your deep breathing and know it’s brief. Be brave, you can do it!! Try not to let the horror stories frighten you as everyone has different perceptions. Please don’t avoid this important diagnostic procedure….it could save your life!

    1. I’m happy to hear this. I think a lot depends on the doctor and your pain tolerance. My pain was bearable and I was totally unprepared for this procedure. My doctor didn’t make a big deal about it. She treated it sort of like a pap smear. Maybe that helped. Thank you for sharing your experience. I really appreciate it.

    2. I’m only replying for the sake of other women as I know this is from awhile ago…

      I have a very high pain tolerance. Like, I fractured my hip and ran 2 miles in under 12 minutes a few days later. I have had other procedures such as a large needle shoved through scar tissue in my foot, multiple times, and it was intense, but I handled it. But today I had a Pap smear, a uterine biopsy then the Mirena insertion. I’m glad I did it all together because after the biopsy, I think I would have never gone back for the IUD. I survived the whole thing. Thankfully my Dr is very skilled, efficient and kind, so I don’t feel traumatized. I took 10 mg of Vicodin beforehand having been warned about pain. In full disclosure, I am a sexual assault survivor, so pain might be intensified for psychological reasons, but again, my Dr made me feel very taken care of, so I did okay emotionally.
      With all this said, I WAS NOT PREPARED for the intense, severe, sharp, hard cramping during the procedure(s). I NEVER scream, yell or even make an audible groan when I’m in pain and yet several times I, I don’t know how to describe it, but I whimpered and groaned in pain and I kept thinking it wouldn’t last, but it didn’t subside as quickly as I expected. I think if I hadn’t had the Vicodin, I would have laid on the table and cried after it was over. I don’t usually cry after intense pain until hours later when I’m in my safe place. But I could not get up right away. I was sweating profusely and felt sick. Usually I want to get the hell up and put on my clothes and move on. Instead, I just laid there, stunned and disassociating as much as I could. I finally after 15 minutes felt I could move. I slowly got up and dressed and sat down, still sweating and feeling sick.
      So, yes, pain is subjective, but if this is a painful procedure for you, you are NOT alone and you are not “drama”. Demand pain meds, even though they really only take the edge off, its better than nothing.
      I’d like to see a dude get a vasectomy with no pain medicine. Or maybe they could burn off some of his colon polyps without any anesthesia at all. I swear if men had uteruses, these procedures would be described as excruciating and anesthesia would be front and center. When are women Doctors going to stop telling us the same lies male Doctors and pharmaceutical companies tell us?

      1. Thank you for sharing this. I’m sorry you had to go through with this and I’m really sorry about the sexual assault you experienced. That is horrible! It makes my blood boil every time I read one of these comments. Women shouldn’t have to endure any of this? And the downplaying of this procedure really pisses me off. Yesterday, I went in for my annual pap smear and I felt really uncomfortable. Lying there brought back all kinds of bad memories. Sending you some positive vibes. Hope your mind and body can heal. God bless.

  7. I had a biopsy yesterday. I had no idea to expect such pain. I was grabbing a hold of the ultrasound screen. My bottom coming up off the table. There was no getting away from it once was in process. I had no idea! When it was finished which seemed like never I felt all the blood leave my head and thought I would faint. My body trembled. It was traumatized for sure. I wasn’t ready and it took me awhile to get my clothes on. I should have been told to have a driver. I was like one commenter who said they cried. My body naturally started to cry. I felt very vulnerable and I needed a driver. My husband would have come but it was 25 minutes away and he was home with our child. So scary. Thanks for writing about this. Its cathartic writing about my experience.

    1. I’m sorry for the pain you had to endure. I feel we had a similar reaction. I, too, almost fainted as my body trembled. I was nauseous and white as a sheet. I agree, having someone with you would have helped. I cried in the car and felt very shaky. Hope you were able to get some rest. Thank you for sharing your story.

  8. Hello everyone: I thought I should write something about my experience as it was very positive. I was horrified by all the scary comments on many blogs and postponed my procedure for a month because of my fear. I asked to be sedated and my GYN said it was not an option. I then spoke with my primary care and told him about my fears. He gave me Avitan to be taken before my biopsy to control anxiety and prescribed a low does of pain medication. I made an appointment immediately, and my GYN gave me paracervical block (shot). I barely felt anything. I did breath through my nose. I also applied anti vertigo OTC oil and kept smelling my wrists while I was taking deep breaths. She then put in the catheter to measure the length of my uterus. I didn’t feel anything. Then she used a tool to collect the sample. This whole procedure took a few minutes. No cramping or pain. I started my period the same day as expected so I am just waiting for results. My advice is to ask for the anti-anxiety medication and for stronger pain meds. I had a very positive experience.

    1. Irene, so good to hear that yours was a positive experience. This gives me (and others) hope in case we have to do it again. I have a feeling you have a kind and considerate doctor. I wasn’t offered any pain medication before or after, nor did I receive a paracervical block. It appears you were well prepared and informed. I’m happy to hear it was painless. Thank you for sharing… I appreciate it so much.

  9. I was terrified of having one, since I have a fibroid and I figured they’d want to make sure nothing was cancerous. I had a uterine ultrasound this morning to check on its size and before I knew it, no pain meds or Xanax taken, the doctor told me he wanted to to an EB. I had the ultrasound done by him, not a tech. My fears were coming true and I asked if it was necessary but he said we just need to rule that out. I lie back, and if he did any numbing it was fast and I didn’t feel it. He had me cough which I knew was to help place the clamp on, and it did not hurt. Then the dilation began but it was like kind of bad cramps. I was scared because I’ve never had a baby. Then the device went up in and I felt him going back and forth with it to get the sample but it just felt odd and crampy, not painful. Then he said that was it. They gave me a pad. They asked me if I could sit up and I said yes, I was just burning up hot, so they said oh no, lie back down til that passes. The nurse talked with me a bit, then I felt a little cooler, she said my color was back, and I could get dressed. I was fine but after being in the car a few minutes I felt like I could be sick but I wasn’t, but that passed. Then I went grocery shopping and had some bleeding but am fine. It’s over and it wasn’t worth the worry. I’m sorry some people had such pain but everyone is different. Overall it was medium-bad cramps and only lasted a few minutes.

  10. Today I had an endometrial biopsy due to irregular bleeding. Doc told me she wanted to schedule a biopsy but I didn’t want to wait. I remember my mom telling me she had one done and the pain was horrific. She said she turned white as a sheet. I just wanted to get it over with. I asked the doc if she could do it today that I just wanted to get it over with! She looked very shocked and said she would check the schedule. She came back in and said they could preform it. She said there would be discomfort and cramping and she would give me 800 mg of Motrin. I told myself just get it over with! The assistant brought in the Motrin and doc came in a minute later to do the biopsy. Motrin had no time to kick in. All I can say is I will never have it done again! My lower body saw shaking uncontrollably and the doc kept asking, is it painful? Are you in pain? I read a review before going in about that particular Center. They explained it as mid- evil torture. Now I’m wondering if she was actually getting off on it. I hear some places give a numbing injection prior? Afterwards I was very dizzy and nauseous and thought I was going to die. I didn’t understand what my body was going through. Doc apologized and said there’s really no way to prepare women for this procedure. I asked the assistant for water. It took about 5 minutes of laying there to feel good enough to get dressed. Just wanted to lay in bed all day. I’m glad I did not read these posts beforehand!

  11. I felt the same as Cassie. This has been a nightmare.
    I was 51 years old, I was still having menstrual periods and had been having them two to three weekly for a few months, in December the period lasted nine days and Infelt mybabdomen was a bit swollen, I had never had any children and had never seen a gynaecologist until 11th January this year. I had an ultrasound which showed a fibroid on the wall of the uterus, then I went to see a doctor, he did not introduce himself and looked at me as though I was abnormal when I said I had no children. I wish I had left there and then.
    The doctor said he was going to examine me and take a sample. He did not explain what he was going to do at all. He asked me to cough and there was a severe javelin like pain, I screamed and jumped as the pain was unexpected. I bled that day and the following day had terrible abdominal pain, this settled a bit the next day and we were travelling to Spain on holiday the day after. I checked with the doctor and my own GP who said that would be fine. However, five days after the procedure, I developed severe pain radiating up under my ribs, towards my pain and down my thighs. I had to fly home early from holiday and visited two Spanish hospitals while I was there.
    On arrival back in the U.K., the pain worsened and I called one one one who arranged an appointment at the Urgent Care Centre. Blood was found in my urine and now I need a referral to a urologist. Gynae are denying that they caused this, but I had no blood in my urine prior to this procedure.
    I had a MRI scan and a hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy under general anaesthetic last week. The procedure went OK, I had very heavy bleeding last weekend with clots and felt dizzy when I sat up. I felt fine the day after the procedure and did too much that day! the bleeding stopped after a week and I have sought advice from healthcare professionals as needed but I have had some discomfort this week, tenderness and abdominal swelling, ten days after the procedure.
    I feel as though I have been in pain for over a month now! Prior to this, I was very athletic, I swam two hundred lengths a week, cycled most days, ran a community dance group and at present, my activities have been restricted due to the discomfort.
    I received the MRI scan result which just stated I had a seven centimetre fibroid.
    I am still awaiting the biopsy result, but there is no way I could contemplate any further procedures. I am also awaiting a referral to a Urologist too due to the blood in my urine.

    1. My dear Jan, you’ve been through hell and back. Just wow! Trying to wrap my head around the fact that the doctor did the biopsy without even telling you what to expect. That is just awful. I’m praying for your recovery and for you to return to your active, vibrant lifestyle. Thank you for taking the time to comment and for giving us insight into how this procedure is handled in the UK. God bless you!

      1. Thanks Sabines, I think I have had a lot of bad luck. I keep hoping I will be better tomorrow. I went to my GP again today, there was still blood in my urine, so I really need to see a urologist. I’ll let you know what transpires.

  12. Thank you so much, Sabines, for posting your story. My doctor completely downplayed the procedure. Yesterday I went in for what I thought I was just a follow up appointment to discuss my ultrasound results. (I’ve been having very heavy periods.) I was asked to sign a consent form as soon as I sat down in the exam room. I was taken by surprise and signed it without having a clue what the procedure was all about – very stupid of me, I should have asked more questions. The process took a few minutes and was very painful! As the doctor walked out of the room she casually mentioned that I should take my time getting dressed because I would probably experience dizziness (what??!!) I left feeling light-headed. Today, the day after, I got extremely shaky and dizzy at work and the pain remains – sharp, burning and a heaviness. I started crying earlier and now I’m crying again as I write this. I am so glad I found your post because I feel now like I’m not alone – others have gone through it as well and understand what it’s like. Thank you!

    1. Each comment to this post makes me shiver and gives me goosebumps. Thank you, Maria, for sharing your experience. It sounds a lot like mine. Neither of our doctors prepared us for this procedure and they both downplayed it. It’s all wrong, in my opinion. Hope you’re feeling better. Sending good vibes your way.

      1. I just got my results back and everything is NORMAL as far as the biopsy, though I think I have a UTI after all the poking, prodding and scraping, sigh…As I said before, there’s got to be a better way 🙂

        1. Cindy, I’m so happy to hear about your Normal results.. really good news and a huge relief. I know how you feel. But the UTI due to poking, slashing, prodding… not ok. So unnecessary and painful.

  13. Before I had my procedure I did research online and watched 3d videos online because my doctor was not very informative about it and downplayed it. I was told the same to take ibuprofen before coming in. First and foremost everyone is different and we all experience pain differently. I can only speak from my very own personal experience. I am glad I did my research. For one I am very sensitive and have pain when I get my yearly pap smear done and I tend to have painful menstrual cramping. So I knew to be prepared for what was coming. I forgot to take anything before I got there so they gave me 4 advil. Before my endometrial biopsy I had a vaginal ultrasound(which was also very uncomfortable since again I tend to be tender). My husband drove me there and went in with me for support. My doctor was great at explaining everything he was doing during the procedure. I kept taking deep breaths to help me stay calm but let’s face it pain is pain. Though the actual part where he takes what he needs is somewhat quick the intense pain is there and I thought I was going to break my husbands hand and hard as I was squeezing. I laid on the bed for about a min. just to gather my thoughts and calm myself because I had tears rolling down my face. As the Dr. and nurse walked out they tell me I handled it pretty darn good. All I could think was in comparison to? That is when I knew they downplay this procedure and they should warn people and be more honest about it. The minute I got dressed and started walking I felt menstrual like cramps. My husband decided to drive our car to the front of the hospital to get me instead of me walking across to the parking lot. Every minute my cramps were getting more intense. On our drive home which was a 30ish min. drive my cramps got unbearable I laid my seat all the way down and got into a fetal position and could not get comfortable. I had never endured this type of pain in my entire life and I have had 2 kids(epidural) and couple of surgeries. I did not realize that due to the pain I started to hyperventilate and got vasovagal syncope. I had cold sweat, dizzy, tingling, nausea, faint. I could barely talk. Obviously what I took had not kicked in and when it did it still was not enough to mask the pain. My husband ended up taking me to an urgent care where they gave me zofran for nausea and a pain killer. 4 days later I am still having mild cramps, spotting and tender in my abdominal/pelvic area. Moral of the story is in my opinion this procedure should be explained thoroughly by your doctor. We are all different and have different levels of pain tolerance. Hurting or not hurting more than another person does not make you stronger or weaker. This is a procedure that you have to experience and make judgement of on your own. I know that I am glad that I did my research and glad that I had someone drive me home because there is no way I would have been able to drive myself home safely. I wish you all positive vibes and good news on your results.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope you are feeling better. I, too, believe doctors tend to downplay this procedure. My doctor made it compared it to a papsmear. Told me I would feel a little pressure. No mention of pain, cramping, nausea, dizziness, etc. They need to be honest and better prepare women. This is no minor procedure and shouldn’t be downplayed.

  14. I went for the Mirena insert and my OBGYN wanted to also do a biopsy. I was not prepared for the pain and we didn’t even get it done! He couldn’t get past my cervix in spite of trying a few different things. He thinks one of my fibroids is in the way. So he wants too do an ultrasound and then try again based on what he sees.

    I think I had what you guys are describing as a vasovagal reaction, the pain was really overwhelming and I got shaky and tearful. I cut a chink of my thumb off last year and would gladly do that multiple times compared to this.

    I’m really nervous about trying again in two weeks.

    Also – I’ve been thinking about the fact that if this were any other organ they were “taking a piece of” they would at least freeze it. I feel like this is symptomatic of how women’s health issues are treated and female pain is minimized.

    1. Tanya, this is a painful procedure and we’re not making a big deal about nothing. We aren’t wimps and the doctors need to stop telling women this procedure is similar to a pap smear. They need to stop with the BS! And yes, women are often told to “suck it up”. Good luck to you! Hope it all ends well.

    2. Second attempt still didn’t work. I have an “uncooperative cervix.” So now I get to have it done under anesthetic in hospital.

      Pain this time was still pretty bad but he only tried once rather than multiple different things. Day after was horrible.

  15. Thanks for sharing your experience. Part of me wishes I had read your story before I went in for the biopsy and the other part of me (not my uterus) is glad I did not. I started my on-line search today because I had the biopsy done last Friday, 4 days ago and my uterus is still talking to me. It is as if the pressure, scraping and suction is still happening. The OB/GYN is not sure if she has enough tissue sample for the biopsy and what I am sure of is she will not get a second chance. I thought maybe I was being a “wimp”. Now I know that I am not.

    1. Cheryl, I did the same. I, too, started my on-line search after I had my biopsy. I was completely unprepared and uninformed because I didn’t know I was going to have a biopsy that day. Honestly, I don’t know I would have allowed the biopsy had I known what it entails.You are definitely not a wimp. It’s a painful procedure which most doctors downplay. Thank you for sharing your experience. Hope you’re doing better.

  16. I had an endometrial biopsy done on the 12 of this month. I was told it would be “slightly worse than a pap smear.” There was no numbing of the uterus, no telling me to take a pain reliever half hour before. I was not prepared. I have blacked out from pain once, and this was very close to same intensity of pain. I have a ridiculously high tolerance so that tells you lot. It felt like my intestines were beong ripped out through my vagina with searing hot pliers. It sas terrible. Never again I hope.

    1. Sounds like we have the same doctor. No joke, my experience was identical to yours. It really is sad that doctors downplay this procedure.

  17. Sorry to hear someone else has endured this barbaric procedure, you are not alone.
    I joined an action page on Facebook ‘Campaign against painful hysteroscopy/ Endometrial Biopsy’. Please do join us to help others from experiencing the same thing, you will find this is very common.

    1. Janet, thanks for the info. I searched but the page you mentioned didn’t come up on FB. Can you give us a direct link?

  18. Sabine, thank you for sharing your story. I had been loosing sleep over my procedure. I couldn’t take the stress, so I started searching the net for more information. Is this normal?

    I had my biopsy two days ago because of heavy bleeding. My doctor went over the procedure and only mentioned cramping and discomfort. Lies! I screamed out in pain and told her to stop. I pulled away in horror and she asked for another sample. I said no. Her reply? “Pretty please.” How offensive. I broke down in tears! She completely disregarded my reaction to the procedure and only focused on business. Through my tears, I said the procedure was over. She then instructed me to resume my position so she could remove the “tools”. Afterward, I rolled over in pain and with fear, reeling over what had just happened to me. I was nauseous, weak, and felt violated. She put her “tools” away and followed with instructions. Never once looking at me or acknowledging my horror. Cold. Obtuse. She actually appeared to be annoyed with me by saying that the sample wasn’t large enough and that the results may return inconclusive. I don’t give a sh*t! I’m not going through that again. I told her she should have used anesthetic. Her reply was it’s not typical. What? So you could have used it? You didn’t even offer me the choice?! She walked out of the examining room and I never saw her again. The nurse came in with ibuprofen and thought she was being helpful by teasing me. Aw! Poor baby. You didn’t realize it was going to hurt. You’re crying. Poor baby. She tried hugging me and I asked her to leave. I will never return to that doctor. I am now armed with knowledge and will demand that medical professionals speak to me frankly about procedures and not condescend my humanity. If my doctor can’t look me in the eyes, then hell if I’m going to let them look me in my vagina!

    1. Your doctor is horrible. I’m so sorry she put you through hell. I wonder if she ever had this procedure done on her. Honestly, both doctor and nurse should be reported. Reading this makes me so mad… but Karma is a bitch. Wishing you a speedy recovery and thank you for sharing your experience. 🙂

  19. I just had this done today. I had unexplained fluid in my uterus. They went in to drain and get tissue for biopsy. This was the most excruciating pain. It felt like they were sucking my uterus out. This was until my bp dropped and I passed out on the table. They kept me and really took good care of me after but I wished I would have known it was even possible to be that bad. They took out a chocolate cyst. They are still testing but they are sure it’s from endometriosis. Dr said absolutely no more in office procedures. Next time anesthesia is a must.

    1. Oh my god, that’s horrible. When will they realize this is not a “nothing” procedure? To think so many doctors compare this to a pap smear. That’s a joke, right? Hang in there, Andrea. Sending prayers your way.

  20. Thank you for sharing your experience Sabine. I just had my third endometrial biopsy yesterday. I had forgotten about my vasovagal response during the last procedure, about a year ago. It happened again this time around. Not fun. Not fun at all. I had forgotten about the pain too. Oh boy. I do like my gyn doc. She is very caring, however, I do wish that I was advised to take some pain meds prior to the procedure. Someone commented on the pain as ‘searing’ and that is how I would describe it. Sucking air through my teeth and repeatedly saying ‘ow…ow…ow’. She kept saying sorry…I knew it had to be done. Then the intense sweating and nausea. She had me continue to lie down, tilted the table back a bit, and had a nurse bring in some advil and tylenol. I took both. The doc told me to stay there as long as I needed. . I lied there for about 10 minutes. Went home and had to lie down for a couple of hours. Kept feeling crampy and exhausted. I feel much better today. Your post and comments from all of the other ladies really helps.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Searing pain, sweating, nausea, seem to be a common misery of this procedure. Happy to hear you’re feeling better.

  21. I decided to leave a comment because I was terrified to have the biopsy done. The thought of having the procedure made me break out into a sweat! I read several reviews (some horrific and some not so bad). I became obsessed with reading reviews and didn’t think I was going to be able to go through with it.

    When I went in for an annual, the doctor ordered an ultrasound and then wanted to do the biopsy. I was shocked because I wasn’t expecting to do a biopsy so I declined. A few weeks later, I decided to schedule another appointment because I didn’t want this to be the biggest mistake of my life.

    I am 41 years old, married, and have three sons. I’m not nervous about having cancer, but I did begin to worry want if I did. Many people that did this procedure without much pain took medications, so one hour before the procedure, I took 800mg of Motrin and .5 mg of Xanax. A half hour before the procedure I took a Vicodin and a 0.25 Xanax. I also ate two eggs, toast, crackers, and almonds to ensure I wouldn’t vomit because I’m not used to taking medications. When the procedure started, I still was nervous but I felt like I could follow through with it. The doctor did a pelvic exam, and then used the speculum to open the vagina. I asked him not to use the tanuculum (based on my research, I think this is what’s hurting women). He said he would try without it. He then inserted the curette and moved it around for ten seconds in the uterus. I did squeeze my husband’s hand, but I did not feel any sharp pains just something moving around. It was an odd sensation, but I wouldn’t say that it hurt.

    I believe the medicine and not using the tanaculum made this procedure comfortable. I could do it again if I replicated everything took.

    I truly hope this helps other women because I understand how terrifying it is especially after reading other women’s experience.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience. This is great info for us women . I wish doctors would explain this procedure better and give women options (pain medications, tanaculum, etc.). I will for sure keep this in mind if I ever have to go through this procedure again. I’m so grateful to all the women who have shared their experience with the biopsy on my little blog. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  22. I had my endometrial Biopsy today. My doctor offered to do procedure under sedation or in office. I chooses to do it in office. She told me it is not a fun/comfortable procedure but necessary for my symptoms.
    I got all worked up expecting thee worse.
    I have to say, yes it was extremely uncomfortable and the cramping was pretty terrible. The worse part lasts about two minutes. This evening I have been having moderate bleeding and moderate cramping. I took Midol one hour before my appointment and have been staying on top of it.
    It was uncomfortable/painful but I would say it’s was tolerable. My doctor said I handle it like a trooper. I did experience the sweaty and shaking afterwards. Ice water was my friend for sure.

    1. I’m amazed your doctor offered an option to do this procedure. Every doctor should offer this, in my opinion. Also, interesting how many women feel the shaking/nausea, sweating afterwards. I’m happy to hear your experience wasn’t horrible. Thank you so much for sharing.

  23. This procedure is horrendous. Its disgusting what’s deemed ‘ok’ without any pain meds or anesthesiaof any kind. I went in Tuesday, haf it done, bled brownish for 2days now I’m bleeding like stuck pig assuming it triggered my period 5days early, with nausea from hell and cramping I cannot comprehend. So anyone getting that procedure- take pain meds before. Please. I literally threw up after wards from pain.

  24. I had post menopausal spotting, made an appointment, and had a reg checkup. I was scheduled for an ultrasound and uterine biopsy for the next week. I was not prepared whatsoever. Nothing. It turned out that I had endometrial adenocarcinoma, and I was referred to a gynecologist Oncologist. I can honestly say that my robotic hysterectomy was nothing compared to the uterine biopsy. I can’t desribe the pain. I only know that when I told my Oncologist at my 3 mos checkup that nothing about my surgery was as bad as the biopsy he just shook his head.

    1. Debbie, thank you so much sharing your horrific experience. Yes, so many doctors downplay this procedure. Mine compared it to a pap smear. It blows my mind every time I think about it. There needs to be a change in how doctors go about this biopsy.

  25. I am having a hysterectomy next week at the age of 40. I have had surgery 4 times on my fibroids that like to keep on growing to the size of grapefruits, so my doctor decided it’s probably in my best interest to do a hysterectomy instead of surgeries every 5 years. I agree!

    But then, he said – “let’s do an endometrial biopsy to rule out cancer first”. I felt like he totally downplayed this. Honestly i have had procedures on my ovaries and previously mentioned fibroids and this procedure still had me rattled after 5 days! First of all I attempted gripping a flat wall out if pure pain, I would rather break a bone than have that done again. Plus – I spotted for days after.

    I really do think that some sort of local or at least a pamphlet needs to be handed out prior. I have made sure to pass the words along to all my girlfriends, I really appreciate you posting this, now I know I’m not a sissy.

    1. Good lord, you’ve been through a lot. The last thing you needed was a painful biopsy. Unfortunately, this procedure is downplayed by so many doctors. No, you’re not a sissy. If anything, a very strong woman who has had to put up with a lot of crap. I wish you all the best and a quick recovery. Thank you for taking the time to comment. It’s much appreciated.

  26. Advice: Take a muscle relaxer and ibuprofen 1 to 1 1/2 hours before procedure. I took pain meds and it did nothing to help . although my pain was already bad enough to land me in the Emergency room 2 days prior to biopsy so maybe that is why it hurt so much.

  27. Hi, I sort of stopped having a period so the OB/GYN wanted me to get this biopsy. I am on tamoxifen after double mastectomy, so I’m at risk. I did not know what to expect but was told that it could be uncomfortable and there would be cramping. It was uncomfortable and gross but frankly, I did not experience any pain. I wanted to share this story because a while back,when I did get a UID put it, I was in a lot of pain. It seemed like unusual pain because my doctor was surprised at how much pain I was in. I also have experienced so much pain during pap smears that I once was asked if I experienced sexual trauma (nope). All this to say is that I’m not necessarily a pain tolerant or relaxed person. Like another woman earlier, maybe because I had no time to prepare and the OB/GYN downplayed it, I was relaxed. In other instances, I was probably super tense. If you are are searching for experiences to prepare yourself and just see the horrifying ones (so sorry ladies for all your terrible painful experiences), you may be reluctant to get the biopsy. As someone was was completely shocked to be diagnosed with breast cancer (it didn’t behave like breast cancer, doctors said they were 99% sure it was not but just in case….), I’m hoping that people aren’t so scared that they won’t get this done. Thank you for all the stories, I’m positive I’ll have to get another one of these at some point (yippee) and it’s likely that I will experience more pain. I wish I could say what made the difference for me but I really don’t know. But, I’m a big believer in biopsies!

    1. KJ, thank you for taking the time to comment. I find these comments very educational, uplifting and supportive. I get what you’re saying. Sometimes it’s better not to have all the details… it keeps us from getting super tense. On the other hand, comparing the biopsy to a pap smear ( my doctor did that) is flat out lying. Some women nearly pass out. I’m happy to hear your biopsy was tolerable. We’re all different as are our bodies. I still think they should at least numb the area. If dentists can offer numbing for teeth cleaning, why can’t we get some relief during a biopsy? I wish you all the best and thank you for reading here.

  28. I appreciate your sharing your story Sabine and it resonated with me and makes me want to share my situation- as it seems to have done with many other here.
    I was on tamoxifen for a little over 4 years and recently switched to Femara. I started having brownish/red-ish vaginal drainage and did not hesitate to get in quickly to my OB/GYN. She examined me and I was not bleeding but given my history and medications wanted to do an endometrial biopsy that day.
    I am a nurse and worked in surgery so I knew what was coming technically. My doctor said this is painful- there is no other way to describe this & you are going to hate me for about 3 minutes while you have cramping that can be severe- would you like a hand-holder?
    Wow- I was not thinking I would have that much discomfort and declined the handholder. Grabbing my cervix with the tenaculum was awful- I tried not to move and take slow deep breaths- she took samples 2 times and was reassuring me through the whole thing- it felt just like what it is- dragging something around in your uterus to sample tissue. I had to have a silver nitrate stick applied as there was a fair amount of bleeding.
    Its now 3 days later and I am still bleeding every time I pee and feel crampy and “off”. I know I am at high risk for endometrial cancer so I know the discomfort is outweighed by knowing what is going on- awaiting pathology results.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Jennifer. The pain is real and I feel for you. At least your doctor was honest. Wishing you a speedy recovery and sending prayers that everything comes back negative.

  29. I had a biopsy a week ago for thickened endometrium. I also have Ankylosing Spondylitis, so lower back pain is a daily issue. I was not advised to take any pain relievers before, but I do take some daily for my back, so she figured that was enough. Dr. Had trouble getting thru my cervex and said she needed to clamp it. OMG. That was awful. I was counting to get thru it. She finished as quickly as possible and had me sit up. I immediately felt awful, like I was going to pass out. She said I was having a vaso vagal response. I felt lousy the rest of the day, but seemed better, although crampy the next. Two days after the procedure I woke to horrible lower back pain. Thought I would have to go to the er. Doctor advised me to take 12 ibuprofen and 6 Tylenol a day, alternating between the two. It helped, but here I am a week later and still having issues and pain. The cramping of my uterus may have aggravated my Ankylosing Spondylitis, but this still sucks. I go back in another week for an ultrasound, but may go sooner if this pain does not let up. I am watching the clock to see when I can take pills again. That is not normal. 🙁

    1. Tammy, I’m so sorry for all your pain. I hear lots of women feel dizzy and nauseous after the procedure. Someone said it’s shock. I hope your pain lets up soon. Good luck and thank you for sharing.

  30. 2018 and seeing this after my endometrial biopsy and I went through the same exact garbage. I felt like a cow that was poked broded, wam Bam and I was not ok. Was completely unaware of the details of what was going to happen and the pain was horrific .I too felt the dizzy shaky clammy stuff and cried, I felt like the Dr was an insesnsitive witxh and could have warned me. I could hear the loud scraping and metal clinking and wanted it to stop and she said almost done. I didn’t know anything but did sign some waiver and was like WTH is thos, the ultrasound lady said oh u just need to sign the waiver before the procedure. I read that possible uterine prefereation was possible and I thought wow, sounds far ou twas actually told it’s a lot like a papsmear and they would take a little bit of tissue sample. Oh okay. No they completely understated the pain and experience comolcompl.

    1. I got horrible cramps after and had a near accidental bowl, diareah and nausea. I had a lot canal once and the Dr was surprised it came out with one good yank and sat next up too fast and I went into shock and this was exactly how I felt after the endometrial biopsy.

    2. Melissa, that is exactly the issue I have. They downplay the pain/procedure and don’t offer any details about possible consequences. Both you and i were told this procedure feels like a papsmear. That is a complete lie. I was left alone afterwards and almost passed out. Is it because women wouldn’t have it done if they knew the truth? I read somewhere that the average national cost for an endometrial biopsy is around $1,000. So maybe it’s all a money thing. Here’s an interesting article: https://www.naturalnews.com/025159_cancer_biopsy_risks.html

  31. Hi, I had an endometrial biopsy on Tuesday June 5th. I tried to convince myself it wouldn’t be bad. Boy was I wrong. The pain was unreal. I cried the whole time. Bled the fist day. Next day no bleeding but bad cramping felt worse lower stomach feels bloated and puffy. Today, Thursday the 7th I still feel crampy. Woke up at 6am went to the bathroom and there was blood again and still crampy. Don’t know if this is normal so will call my doctor later. I don’t understand why they don’t explain things correctly and brush it off like it’s nothing. It’s definitely not right. Also should explain better what to expect after and for a few days so people don’t worry that what they are experiencing isn’t normal. Definitely not the walk in the park they make it out to be.

    1. Lori, why does this keep happening to women? Why don’t doctors inform us and tell the truth? You should have been told if bleeding the next day is normal or not. This just makes me so mad. I hope you’re ok. Get better soon and thank you for sharing.

  32. Results came back as hyperplasia with atypia and Endometrial adenocarcinoma. I will be having a complete hysterectomy. On the bright side, that means no more endometrial biopsies ever. Seriously, as miserable as the experience was, the doctor says they caught it very early because of the biopsy, so to others out there- don’t let the fear keep you from having the procedure. Yes, it sucks. Cancer sucks more.

  33. I had my endometrial biopsy yesterday. I was surprised how painful it was. I took misoprostol the night before to dilate my cervix but apparently I have a tiny cervix so my doctor had to pry it open with the speculum. I was swearing, yelling, and white knuckling it on the table. The actual biopsy wasn’t as bad as the cervix propping. Also, the doctor put a heating pad on my belly which helped with the cramps during the procedure (I highly recommend). My entire body was in fight or flight mode and at one point the pain was so bad, I tried shimmying away from the doctor. It’s not the worst pain I’ve ever felt but it’s one of the top pains. Thank you so much for writing about this!

  34. I just had this done a few hours ago. I had the same exact reaction. After the excruciating pain during the biopsy (my cervix would not dilate which made it worse) I had to lay on the table. I was sweating profusely and nauseous and gagging. They gave me some juice to sip on. I had to wait about 20 minutes before I could make it to my car. Needless to say, I’ve never given birth but this was the most painful experience of my life! One week for results

    1. Thank you for sharing, Ann. Just wondering, did your doctor downplay the procedure? Did he/she explain the nausea, sweating, etc.? Hope you’re feeling better.

      1. Totally downplayed the procedure! They told me to take 2 ibuprofen an hour prior. It did absolutely nothing. I’ve neber had such a reaction that pain like that before. It took me a good 24 hours to feel back to normal (minus the cramping). My body just felt wiped out. There really has to be a better way and if not, they need to offer an anesthetic with this procedure. Hoping for my results next week. Wishing everyone here a painfree experience going forward!

          1. Got my results finally. They also found a polyp so I’m going to have a d & c done soon. Hope this helps my issues!

  35. I’m facing a biopsy in 2 weeks Pap smears are very uncomfortable for me because of tipped uterus. My biggest worry I had double knee replacements that don’t been past 90 degrees my family practitioner has a REALLY hard time doing a pap now because of it. I’m worried this is gonna be awful but I’m NOT scared to walk out if I feel I’m being mistreated and demand it be done at out patient clinic where I can be put under these drs there days don’t seem to care what kinda torcher they inflict!

    1. Serena, I wish you the best of luck. Hope my post didn’t freak you out too much. When I had mine done, I was completely unprepared and uninformed. Never again will I have a doctor perform anything on me without thoroughly explaining the procedure, pain, side effects, etc. Good for you for being ready to walk out if things don’t seem right. I’d love to know how it goes. Check back in if you don’t mind.

      1. Your story didn’t freak me out female parts are very sensitive and if a pap smear is uncomfortable for 30 seconds a 5-10 minute biopsy where they go into your hard closed cervical opening into your uterus has to be painful..my Dr didn’t tell me anything but to take a pill she prescribed I looked it up and found its to soften the cervix which will cause cramping etc and I was told by a friend who’s a nurse that it’ll make my cervix very sensitive like giving birth… so we’ll see but I’m NOT afraid to demand to be put under for it..I was also told biopsies don’t always show cancer unless it’s collected closer to the area in question I was told D&C is way better at looking into female issues and doesn’t cause pain for woman!
        I’ll let you know I go on the 28th

  36. It’s nice to know others responded the way I did. I thought maybe I was wimping out. I just had the biopsy done today. My doctor told me it would be painful. I wasn’t given any sedatives or pain reliever. It was a spur of the moment thing. It was very uncomfortable and painful. I didn’t cry or scream but did my best to suck it up and deal with it, oh, and breathe. My entire body was sweating and shaky and I felt nauseous. When I got up to get my clothes I felt weak and traumatized. I felt like I could drive myself home but as I got closer to home I broke out in a cold sweat and felt like I was going to throw up. I stopped the car and laid the seat back until I felt with it enough to go on. When I got home I took a Xanax and some Advil and went to bed with thoughts of the torture of William Wallace in the movie Braveheart and imagining what women who had coat hanger abortions must have felt (still a prolife girl though). It was a horrible experience. There’s got to be a better way. If I thought there was a chance of it again, I would take painkillers and Xanax ahead of time just so I’m better prepared for a spur of the moment nightmare.

    1. Shari, your experience is identical to mine. How awful! And you’re right – there has to be a better, less painful way. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Means a lot to me.

  37. I just had my biopsy a few hours ago. My dr. said I’d experience “cramping” at first, I thought I could handle it and then the searing pain deep inside was too much. I thought she was done and then she said she needed one more. I started sweating and crying and held my breath. This was one of the most painful procedures I’ve had done. I had to lie down for five minutes afterward to pull myself together. I went to my car and bawled my eyes out:(.

    1. Ugh! So sorry, Julie. I hate that soooo many women have to go through this. A reader just brought up D&C. It’s worth looking it up. Thank you for sharing and I hope you feel better soon.

  38. My GYN got my gene testing back and Its positive…So WHY a biopsy other than to take advantage of my insurance and my co-pays these drs should not be allowed to do these procedures if uterine testing for the cancer gene is present you should be able to skip this the gene testing puts you at 90% risk for female cancers and forces the insurance to pay for an surgery the patient chooses!!! So I asked to just schedule surgery and they REFUSE to!!

    1. Wow that is so messed up! I bet endometrial biopsies are a big money maker. One has to wonder how many are truly necessary.

  39. I had my eb 6 days ago and i was put to sleep.. If you gyn doesnt offer this then i would find a new gyn.. Had aome cramoing after and still bleeding 6 fays later but over all after reading all of this im sooo glad i was alseep.

    1. April, my doctor didn’t offer anything. I didn’t know you can be put to sleep for this biopsy. My doctor literally treated it like a pap smear. Ugh I’m furious with her. Good for you for not having to endure the pain but bleeding six days later doesn’t sound right to me. Did your doctor say this is normal?

  40. Should have added that i have several fibroids and im going to have the uterus removed my gyn wanted to check for cancer before surgery . i dont know why they couldnt just remove uterus and check then but i guess taking advantage of insurance..

  41. I had a EMB today and I will say it hurt like hell! I have a curved cervix so putting in the tool to open you was painful to start with. She measured my uterus…that hurt but once she started the procedure I couldnt help but to scream. She asked me if I could handle the procedure and not scream?? Clearly she has never had one. As soon as they start you naturally scream but I tried to keep from doing it by squeezing my own fat on my stomach! That was the only thing I could grab although it wasnt much to hold on to. She did 2 or 3 samples and I couldnt wait for her to be done! Once she was done I covered my face with my hands and was in so much pain all I could do was laugh hysterically then I started shaking then came the tears. I couldnt get up for about 10 min waiting for the pain to stop…it didnt so i got up and got dressed. I will never do this again..if it is needed they need to find a alternative method to get their sample by because I am not a gluten for punishment!!!

    1. Lea, thank you for sharing. First off, I’m sorry you had to go through this. Endometrial biopsy is no joke and like you, I will never have this done again unless they put me to sleep or numb everything.

  42. This is my first time ever posting a question on anything but I would love to know if anyone else has gone through this… I had my biopsy done yesterday morning and totally agree that the doctor downplayed the pain to me. She took for samples and it was very painful. I felt OK after words, a little cramping and a little bleeding but nothing bad at all. I went on with my day and feel better as the day went on. This morning I couldn’t seem to get out of bed, I just didn’t feel good. Can’t really describe how, just knew I didn’t feel good. As the day has gone on I am not cramping at all and not really bleeding too bad other than spotting but I’m very lightheaded and weak and tired. Has anyone else experienced this? It just seems weird that I was doing OK at this time yesterday but feel like this today?? I have plans that I have lookeded forward to for six months tonight and I’m supposed to leave in two hours but I’m not sure what I should do. Go to bed or suck it up and head out?

    1. Tina, I hope you’re feeling better. If not, you should definitely call your doctor. I felt weak after my biopsy… I took it easy that day. The next day I was fine.

  43. Thank you for this post. On June 18, 2018 I had this procedure done….mild discomfort during the procedure…got up got dressed and was told by my dr when leaving, if I ran a fever to go immediately to the emergency room……5 minutes later while driving home…had a massive vasovagal response and caused a massive motor vehicle collision. Do not mess with this stuff-have someone drive you always.

    1. Holy cow, this so scary.I hope you and the people involved in the accident are ok. Why don’t doctors warn us about possible side effects? Why do they downplay this procedure? This is crazy! Debbie, thank you so much for sharing your experience. I think I’m going to write a second post to let other women know how serious this procedure really is.

  44. I had my biopsy yesterday and had a lot of stress about it. Since I never had children, the doctor prescribed misoprostol to insert in my vagina 4 hours before the procedure to soften my cervix. I was also prescribed Xanax and hydrocodone. The doctor also told me to take Advil before the procedure. When I picked up the prescriptions, the Xanax label said not to take with opioids because it can result in severe breathing problems. Well the misoprostol caused some of the worse cramping I had ever experienced. I took the Xanax and Advil which had no effect. I was afraid to take the opioid because of the warning label. Went for my appointment in severe pain and did not know how I would go through with the procedure. I took the pain meds with me. When I got there and told the doctor why I did not take them, she told me the complications were only if you have been taking both meds for awhile. So I took the pain meds and she checked on me a few times to see how I was doing. About 1 hour later we moved forward with the biopsy which was uncomfortable but not really painful. Doctor told me the procedure would have been much worse had I not taken the misoprostol. So if you never had a baby or did not have vaginal delivery, make sure you get the misoprostol and pain meds to reduce the cramping because Advil will not help in the least. Good luck to all going through this. Honestly don’t know why they can’t give you some mild sedation for this. Needlessly barbaric in this day and age. Also thanks to my husband who was with me for moral support.

    1. A shout out to your husband! It’s nice to have some support. I’m happy to hear your doctor advised you on how to best approach this biopsy. All doctors need to do this. And yes, sedation would be great. Kim, thank you for sharing. This is all valuable info.

  45. I’m currently laying in my bed feeling sick and terribly after having my biopsy at noon (3 hrs ago) .i had to take the rest of the day off work and cancel a meeting because of it

    I too was told it would feel like cramps…i have debilitating cramps and i can deal with those .. This was far far far worse.

    Glad i came across this because it makes me feel a little less alone .

    1. Sarah, I feel bad for every woman who has to go through this. I’m happy to hear that reading our stories makes you feel less alone. Feel better soon and thank you for sharing. I appreciate it a ton.

  46. I was mistakenly told I would be having an ultrasound and was shocked when the nurse said I would actually be having a biopsy. I have had cryo done on my cervix as a teen and vividly remember the pain and puking than swiftly followed. So I told my doctor about the past experiences and she was worried and offered to do it under anesthesia until I told her I have paradoxical responses to it–I wake up during procedures and start punching! She offered a numbing shot but I remember that as its own special kind of pain and declined. She sent me down to pharmacy for anti-nausea meds and had me wait 15 minutes for it to work. Wish I had the chance to take an ibuprofen or something. She did warn me that it would not feel like a pinch, that it would hurt but I knew if I didn’t do it then, I would work myself into a panic. Pain was bad, as expected. I remember gasping in pain and the doctor saying she needed more samples ugh. After, I was left alone to get dressed which was an issue because I almost passed out and did hit a chair as I staggered. Nurse heard me and she had me lie down and got me cold compresses. Thankfully, I live less than a mile from facility and made it home ok. Called work and said no way was I coming back and cried myself to sleep. Slept 6 hours. This was 16 days ago and I still do not have results.

    1. Lolly, thank you so much for sharing. Sadly, so many women go through the same agony. Also, getting results shouldn’t take this long. You might want to follow up. Best of luck to you and thank you for stopping by.

  47. I had my second endometrial biopsy in six months and an IUD inserted yesterday. My first EB happened during a routine office visit so I was completely unprepared for it. The doctor had to take two samples. It definitely hurt a lot but it was over relatively quickly. I had mild cramping for a couple of hours afterwards but that was it. Fast forward to yesterday’s biopsy/IUD and it was a totally different scenario. I didn’t do anything to prepare (no painkillers etc.) because the first time had gone pretty smoothly. This time, however, I was too faint/nauseous/crampy to get off the table afterwards, and had to wait 30 minutes before I could get up and drive myself home. I was also severely crampy the rest of the day. Maybe getting the IUD at the same time put me over the edge. Just goes to show you that you never know how your body is going to react!

    1. Lily, you’re incredibly brave. Having the EB and IUD done at the same time sounds insanely painful. I wasn’t aware they can even do this. Thank you for sharing. I always learn something new from my readers. Best of luck to you.

      1. Thanks for your kind words. You know, as unpleasant as the experience was, I’m actually glad they did the IUD in the same visit because all the “prep work” had been done for the EB and it saved me from having to go through a separate procedure. It was definitely overwhelming, though.

  48. It was uncomfortable to be sure. I asked my husband to come with me but I drove to the office. On the way out of the office was when the pain started. I told him I couldn’t drive so he drove home. The pain was really bad on the way home and it still burns to urinate. She also didn’t mention ahead of time that I had to stay still or she could perferate my bladder. I laughed a little out of nervousness during the procedure and she said no no you have to stay still.

    1. Sandra, so sorry you had to endure this. I wasn’t told about possible bladder perforation either. It’s so downplayed by doctors. Thank you for sharing and I hope you feel better soon.

  49. Just got home from my unexpected endometrial biopsy. I also have a high pain tolerance and delivered 3 children naturally. Nothing could have prepared me for today and I am hoping the cramping stops soon.

    I can’t understand why we are not given any pain meds or something to soften the cervix. When I had my IUD inserted, I was given 800mg ibuprofen, a zanex to relax me and an injection to soften my cervix.

    Today I got nothing and walked in thinking I was just getting my yearly exam. The biopsy is because my periods are irregular, but I’m 49 so shouldn’t they be irregular.

    I had planned on enjoying this beautiful day by biking with my kids, but instead I am in bed looking up endometrial biopsies to see if anyone else had a similar reaction.

    Thanks for sharing and helping me feel not alone.

    1. Ugh! Your experience is almost identical to mine. “Surprise” biopsy, no pain med, three deliveries… Sorry your day was ruined, Liz. Feel better soon and enjoy a beautiful day with your kids.

    2. You will feel better soon! I had a similar awful experience with mine. I will say, however, it is good to have the biopsy. I was having very irregular periods at age 50 and just assumed “welcome to menopause “. A biopsy picked up very early endometrial cancer. The Dr. Says they almost catch it so early, so I was glad I had it done. (I am currently 3 weeks out from a complete hysterectomy. Since they caught it so early, I don’t need any additional treatment, so that is excellent!)

  50. Hi
    I had my biopsy today and my old coil removed and a new one replaced .
    I had it at 10.30 am today and it’s now 130 am early hours of the next day and I’m still in pain and emotional.
    The biopsy was agony, I kept having cramp spasms.
    I could not rise above the pain , it felt like full on contractions.
    It felt like a knife going in when the Biopsy was taken.
    I consider myself to be quite tough and have quite a high threshold, where pains concerned.
    But it had me panicked, upset and emotional throughout the procedure.
    In the end I cried ” why does it hurt so much”.
    After the procedure I felt sick, hot and anxious..
    I can’t remember what the consultant said at the end of the procedure, everything just felt fuzzy and a blur.
    I then went to meet my partner in the waiting area , next thing I coming around on a bed with a fan on me and the consultant taking my pulse, telling me to rest until I feel well enough to go home .
    I eventually left, at home now in pain and still quite emotional.
    The staff were all excellent, I just was not prepared for this , I took pain relief 2 hours before but I think I needed an anesthetic.

  51. This is my personal story about my endometrial biopsy, I want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. I had an endometrial biopsy done, on a Thursday,on a Friday night, I felt something rupture, on my right side in my pelvic are,(I am not a doctor but I think it is pretty coincidental that I had all the problems right after the procedure) that sent me into the ER, I was feeling sick, but doing okay yet, and then two weeks later, I had another rupture on my left side in my pelvic area, I lost the ability to feel hungry, drive, or walk around Walmart, I was literally at deaths door, I ended up in the ER four times in a month and a half, the second time was because something blew on my left side, and then when they hooked me up to an IV, the next morning I woke up and all the fluid settled down into my rectum, and I felt like I was sitting on a tennis ball, (so I imagine I had a hole in my veins for it to leak like that?)then when I went to the bathroom it felt like I was peaing out both ends,I lost 15 pounds in roughly a month a half since the biopsy, I had to see two PA’s three different times, and two gyn’s because the first one that did the biopsy didn’t think I was sick enough to look into it I guess? I had multiple tests, including a endoscopy and a colonoscopy, because I was pooping blood,(another ER visit), and then another ER visit I had to do because I lost all feeling in my legs, I just had surgery yesterday, the doctor said that he had to remove staples, from a previous surgery I had 16 years ago,(he didn’t say the reason why but I imagine that is what blew, and they were in there that long and never bothered me before the procedure) he had to take them out, and sew me up, and then I had a flap on the left side that blew open in my ovary, so he removed that, and he had to suture me up on that side, he had to remove the ligament on the right side also because the doctor from 16 years ago left it in, where it should have been removed. So I was in bad shape for a good couple of months now, because they couldn’t figure out what was wrong? and I had every test known to mankind. I am feeling a lot better already since the second gyn repaired everything, I am really hurt by all this and I feel like a victim in so many ways, for one once the first blow out happened I should have been taken into surgery, that was on my right side with the staples, and I shouldn’t have suffered so long before they found out what was wrong, and another why should I get stuck with all the medical bills when I was fine before the procedure? There is so many people that dropped the ball on this, I am lucky to even be alive right now. The staples are from when I had my right ovary removed, because I had a tumor on that one, and the military doctors let me suffer for ten months, before they would remove it, I seem to be medically neglected a lot when it comes to my female problems?

    1. Good god, Katherine. I’m literally crying reading this. You have been to hell and back. I have read somewhere that there is a risk of puncturing the uterine wall during the biopsy. Here’s an interesting article about risks associated with biopsies: https://www.naturalnews.com/025159_cancer_biopsy_risks.html. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. I wish you the best and I will pray for you and your health.

      1. It is still not over, right after the flap on the ovary blew on my left side, something also ruptured in my stomach, and I haven’t been able to hold down food very well, for a good month and a half, I have been having a lot of nausea and vomiting, right after he fixed the female area I was feeling a lot better, but now I back slid, and I have a GI appointment this week, and of course more tests and more money, and more suffering. I am never going to let them do something like this again. I will probably need another surgery to fix my stomach issues now? Part of me feels like I wish we could try and stop this type of procedure to ever be done on women again. It is inhumane, and for me it could cost me my life, if they don’t get to the bottom of this?

        1. Katherine, I don’t even know what to say. Reading this makes me angry and sad at the same time. I’m praying for you and hope that your body will heal.

          1. Thank you for the kind words, I have to have a gastric scan on the 8th of next month, now two months after all this started. I still think it might have set off some veins,or she might have cut one idk? to have a chain reaction like this? Like why would my staples have ruptured? and what would cause a flap on my ovary to blow open? The doctor did remove the flap and suture me up, but that seems strange? For now I am living on Ensure protein shakes, baby food, and breakfast drink because anything you could normally, will eat set off the intestines and I get really weak and sick. I am not sure I can stay with the same clinic after they finally fix me either? They have really lost my trust, or my faith in them after all this.

      2. Thanks for the link, I do wonder if there are other people that this has happened to out there? Hopefully their clinic was more responsive to their stomach issues then mine has been?But I did have a really good second gyn, he fixed me pretty quickly. I am really glad that you started this blog to raise awareness to what can happen with this procedure? I am not the only one that has had trouble after a procedure in the female organs, my Mom had an IUD put in, and she got a severe infection from it, she had her female organs removed, she lost her gallbladder and a kidney from it, and I know they pulled it off the market for awhile? and I think it is now back as Mirena? But it seems like female devices or procedures can really cause problems in my family?

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  53. I had my biopsy this AM and even though I knew what to expect, the pain would have knocked me on my ass if I wasn’t already on my ass. I’m no pain wuss, either. I crushed both legs in dozens of places in a car accident and had multiple surgeries. Along with breaking every rib and puncturing my lungs. Even after they stopped mainlining Pain Meds, there was a lot of pain. I had two C-sections and a miscarriage. There is no excuse whatsoever for a doctor not to explain the procedure. My female gyn explained it well and said to take Tylenol in advance (I can’t take anti-inflammatories like Motrin). 1. Even if you’re on the table with feet in the stirrups, if your doc says he/she wants to do an endometrial biopsy, say No for that day. Schedule it. You MUST take ibuprophen in advance if you can. 2. The pain is NOTHING like a Pap or even a cervical biopsy. It’s excruciating and ranges from your pubic bone to your lower back to your naval. You will cramp shortly after starting and continue cramping (some women experience cramping for days). Taking the samples, or suctioning like my doc called it, is searing, scale-10 pain. Fortunately that part is over in a minute or so but it feels like forever. I found deep breathing helped a little, so did groaning. Scream if you have to and don’t let the doc or nurse make you feel bad. Odds are they’ve never had the damn procedure themselves. 3. Just like mammograms (if mammograms were for guys and involved smashing a guy’s sac between two plates, the medical community would have invented a Pain-free mammogram decades ago), since this is women’s medicine, the medical community is WAY BEHIND on developing a less painful biopsy method. Such as, before you start the suctioning, why can’t they coat the endometrium with some liquid lidocaine shot through the thin tubing they’re already using? Simple, inexpensive, wears off quickly, and no anesthesia. Yeesh. Historically, women have been treated like they are whiney princesses by a male-dominated industry. Glad to see more female docs, but they need to advocate for better pain control. Plan for the worst: take the day off if you can. Have someone drive you there and back. Pamper yourself.

    1. Sue, I agree with everything in your comment. I will never have a “surprise” biopsy again. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Hope you’re feeling better today.

  54. Thank you for sharing your experience. I feel like the feelings i had was justified. I just had the procedure last night and it was a horrible experience for me. It was really painful. i was sweating so much, trying to bare with the pain. Even felt like fainting and vomitting during the procedure because of the pain. Luckily the doc didnt ask me to get up on my feet straight away and she called my husband into the procedure room to accompany me until i felt better. I broke down into tears once i saw my husband’s face. Told him i do not want to go through that again.

    1. Saf, I’m glad you had your husband with you. It is a traumatic experience and we shouldn’t go through this alone. Take it easy today. I hope you feel better soon.

  55. I had this procedure done 5 days ago and still feeling crampy/spotting. I agree that it is totally downplayed. I was told it may cause some cramping for a day or so, but no more. Yeah right . How long before you ladies got results back?

    1. Sara, I waited about a week to get my results. Isn’t it ridiculous how they downplay it? Good luck and I hope the cramping stops soon.

    2. Officially got the results almost 2 weeks later, but doctor had results in 10 days. The office called me and while they would not give me the results over the phone they did tell me I had to bring someone to the appointment- well, I knew what that meant. That is a sucky way to find out you have cancer, by the way. Would rather have been told and then told to come in for specifics and treatment plan.

  56. Hi,

    I had this procedure performed today. It’s my second time. The first time I fell to pieces and they had to reschedule so I had it performed under general. Today I thought i’d be brave. I was told it would feel like period pain – it was more like giving birth. I have never known a pain like it, it ripped through my uterus and my back. When she scraped my womb for a sample I nearly passed out. They had to lower my head straight away and put the fan on me. The nurses were great, they made sure I could stand before I got up to get dressed. I’m still cramping badly now after 4 hours. I’m hoping there will never be a next time as i’m not putting myself through that again.

    Anna

    1. Crazy that they compare this procedure to “period pain” and “pap smear pressure”. What a joke! It’s also mind boggling how many women have this done to them. I had no idea until this post. You were incredibly brave for having it done a second time. Not sure I would do it again. Anna, thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  57. My doctor was honest…mostly. She said it’s like labor pains; but may seem worse since it’s been so many years since I’ve felt it. I had no epidural during child birth. I don’t remember it hurting like the biopsy. Part of me thinks its because I down-played it in my head; so I was caught off guard. My doctor, however, did say that it will only take “about 10 seconds”. It was several repetitions. of “10 seconds more”. I think it took about 3 minutes. The doctor encouraged me to do my Lamaze breaths; which I did.
    I was sure I was just about to pass out from the pain, then the doctor stopped to let me take a few “less painful” seconds of breathing. Then “10 more seconds”. It was the worse. But, it is so important for me to find out if everything is o.k. My husband has been very concerned. I look forward to the test results.

    1. Charlene, I like that your doctor compared it to labor pains. Mine compared it to a pap smear. Insane. Hope the results give you much needed good news after what you’ve been through. Thank you for sharing… means a lot to me.

  58. Terrifying experience. Also a “surprise” procedure. No preparation. No pain management. I truly thought something terrible had happened because I could not imagine a modern medical system allowing a patient to feel this much pain for so long. It is not uncommon that the medical profession discounts women generally, and their pain often goes under-acknowledged. I would never allow anyone to do this to me again. I’ve thought women should organize around this one procedure and demand that the AMA come up with better pain management before another one of us has to experience it. Most painful thing I can ever recall happening to me. Shame on them all for allowing it for so long.

    1. Laura, “surprise” procedures need to stop. It’s mind blowing how many women have to deal with this. The entire procedure needs an overhaul.

  59. Hi I have commented on here before about my awful experience with my biopsy.
    But since then, I have had to attend my doctor’s for blood tests, which in the past before my biopsy , had been a simple procedure, even though it takes a few attempts, as I have awful veins.
    But now, I find myself panicked and stressed.
    On my last visit, I ended up in tears, felt sick , anxious, embarrassed and couldn’t cope.
    After both visits for bloods, I was exhausted , tearful and depressed for the following few days after.
    I feel I now have anxiety issues because of my experience with the biopsy.
    I wish I had never had it done.

    1. Sheri, I know exactly how you feel. I had a pap smear a week ago. I felt uncomfortable and stressed. The entire time I was there, I thought about how awful I felt during/after my biopsy. Unfortunately, this stuff stays with you.

  60. I wish I’d read this before I had my biopsy a couple of weeks ago. I had post menopausal bleeding and was sent for an ultrasound. I was led to believe (or maybe it was wishful thinking) that this would show there was nothing to worry about and that would be the end of it. Unfortunately it showed that the endometrium was thicker than it should be, so they did a biopsy. I was told it might feel like period pain and could be a little uncomfortable. When I had clenched my fists and formed an angry ”FFF” with my mouth, the nurse told me it was ok to swear, so I did, very loudly. It was worse than the pain I felt in childbirth. Afterwards I was up all night in excruciating pain, which then eased, but actually I had after pains and general discomfort for a couple of weeks, when the biopsy results came back inconclusive, so yesterday I had to have a hysteroscopy. Not as stabbingly painful, but longer lasting and a lot more uncomfortable, so I am laying down for a while and have taken the day off work. Results were ok, so a big relief, but I would like to have known what to expect in advance. Also, women are other women’s worst enemies sonetumes. At work, I have been told things like, “oh yes I’ve had that lots of times,” when in fact they’ve had cervical biopsies. I’ve never had one of those, so I don’t know what it’s like, but I wouldn’t assume to know what someone else’s pain or fear feels like.

    1. Ugh, you’ve been through a lot. You are very brave for enduring both procedures. I’m glad results were ok. I agree with you, it’s a shame they don’t tell us what to expect and how to prepare better. Thank you for sharing your experience. Have a great evening.

  61. Had the endometrial biopsy yesterday, 8/13/18. I was terrified and cried for 3 days before. Took 3 Advil and 1 mg Xanax an hour before. I couldn’t feel the Xanax working, so I was nervous. My dr used numbing spray and it was only a little more uncomfortable than a pap. Meditated on Isaiah 26:3. She was done before I knew she had already done the biopsy. Once I got home, I slept for 5 hours. No pain laying down, just a little cramping when walking around. Very little spotting.

    1. Su, I’m so happy to read this. I wish all doctors would prepare their patients for this procedure the way yours did. Why couldn’t my doctor use a numbing spray and tell me about Advil and Xanax? I just don’t get it! Thank you for sharing your (mainly) positive experience. Good to know there are ways to make this less painful.

  62. You have no idea how much reading these experiences puts my mind at ease. I had an internal ultrasound done and my uterus is collapsed and prolapsed to stage 2. How shocked I was to discover at the next appointment that he was doing a biopsy as we were supposed to discuss just a hysterectomy. To say the least – I wish I had only been cramping!!!! I was screaming at the top of my lungs while he sat there griping about my reaction and how most women tolerate this just fine! He was unable to finish the exam and wanted to do it again in the ER. No – no – no!! I was pale, shaking uncontrollably, felt like I was going to throw up my intestines, and dizzy. My mind went numb for a moment – and I wasn’t sure I could walk to the car as it felt like my intestines were falling out! The doctor made me feel so stupid for the pain and the way I acted – I was embarrassed at myself!! That was yesterday – today I am feeling crampy- but I am still feeling the inside pinch. I was pouring blood after the procedure – which wasn’t finished – but it has let up today! I never want to go through that again!! But – reading all of the other experiences has helped me feel better about myself!! Thank you so much for the blog!!

    1. Sarah, so sorry to hear about your horrific experience. And why in the world would a doctor make you feel embarrassed? Ugh! As you can tell from the comments, you’re definitely not alone. Most feel extreme pain during the procedure. I hope you never have to go through this again. Sending you some positive vibes and thank you so much for reading and commenting here. It means the world to me.

  63. As someone with a high tolerance for pain, I felt annoyed at myself for feeling so much pain during this “feels similar to a pap” procedure. I had my biopsy done four days ago and for the first two days, I felt incapacitated. The doctor did play it down and really ticked me off when she kept saying “you’ve had three kids, you won’t feel much”. I have to ask why. Why does she (a woman who has never had a child) feel it’s okay to downplay anything because a woman has had three kids? Sure, going through the cervix is probably less painful, but scraping pieces of my uterine wall has zero to do with having babies! I was happy to find your page and see that I was indeed NOT crazy. This is, unfortunately, a necessary evil to research our cells without cutting through our stomachs therefore requiring a spinal. Today the contraction feeling cramps have passed and I’m only spotting a little. I’m not sure if the spotting is just another frequent period (I have two a month) or left from the biopsy. I will definitely say for sure though, if this biopsy comes back clean, I’m not doing the saline ultrasound. I really do think many of these tests are about money. I have a PPO. They love to run tests on my dime!

    1. Lori, thank you for sharing and I hope that you’re feeling better today. I ask myself the same question – why do so many doctors expect women to “suck up” the pain? Because we give birth we are not allowed to complain about pain? It’s crazy! I too wonder how many of these tests are truly necessary and how many are money simply makers.

  64. Thank you so much for all your comments. This made me not feel alone. I just got my biopsy today. I felt like a wimp as I was also told there would be “moderate cramping”. I would describe it as torture. I have gone through years of infertility so I am used to things being “worked on” down there. This was by far the worst and most painful experience of my life. What can we do to make a change? How can we help other women not feel like a wimp during a vulnerable time? I want to make a change. Any suggestions?

  65. Glad to read that I am not alone. Yesterday, My gynecologist’ asistant (either a resident or Dr.) suggested he does a pap test & endometrial biopsy since I’ve been having intermittent bleeding × 9 weeks. I thought nothing of it like other women have mentioned.
    I have a high pain threshold, although I’ve never given birth I’ve gone thru 3 rounds of IVF. Yet this procedure was painful, unexpected , unbearable.
    His 1st attempt to take biopsy he failed. I took a deep breath & mentioned I felt faint, he tried a 2nd time & failed again. I said I was feeling faint, weak & fainted.
    I’m glad my spouse happened to accompany me to my appointment since I wasnt in condition to drive home. The cramps lasted only a few hrs but have returned today which I find worrisome since Dr. was unable to take a biopsy.
    Women should be better informed prior to having this done & there needs to be a protocol of certain pain relievers or numbing agents set in place prior to all endometrial biopsies done.

    1. Chris, I’m glad your spouse was with you. I agree, women need to be better informed. Just “throwing” a surprise biopsy at us won’t cut it.

  66. I visited my GYN for post menopausal bleeding and he of course wanted to do an Endometrial Biopsy right then and there. Knowing nothing about it I agreed. I feel like I have a pretty high tolerance to pain but this was the most painful thing I remember experiencing. I had to ask him to stop after about a minute into it. I was crying, shaking, felt nauseous and light headed. It was a terrible experience and I can’t believe they do this in a doctor’s office. I decided to find a female doctor who might be more empathetic to this procedure. I found a wonderful doctor and she does hers in an outpatient surgery center. I wasn’t crazy about having to go under sedation but it was definitely for me the lesser of two evils. The procedure went well and my results were negative, that was a year ago. I’m now having post menopausal bleeding again with pain and so she has recommended another endometrial biopsy. I will definitely have it done again under anesthesia. In my book that is the only way to go for this procedure.

    1. Fiona, sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience. It’s interesting how many doctors want to do the biopsy “right then and there”. Why not inform the patient first and give them time to think about it? I’m glad you were able to find a doctor who offers sedation. Knowing what I know now, i think that’s the way I would go if I ever had to do this again. Thank you for sharing… this is great info.

  67. I had an endometrial biopsy yesterday. It felt like torture. The needle that was used to numb me was extremely painful. Looking at that very long needle before the biopsy was psychologically traumatizing. It was so awful that I felt the needle. The pressure of the scraping tool up in there felt like intense contractions with really unpleasant pressure. I yelled in agony. I have had uterine biopsies and colposcopies and nothing was as painful as this. I agree that that procedure should be done under twilight. I am very tired today. Just as tired as at the end of the biopsy .I thought about how cruel it was to make women go through that. I am glad to hear other women cried and yelled as I did.

  68. I will have it for ERA test tomorrow under anaesthesia. I am even scared to feel pain under twilight. During egg collection, I said ‘no twilight, put me in deep sleep so there is no way I wake up’.
    I wonder if I should try this twilight thing tomorrow. Is there any possibility that I will or do something stupid if I feel pain? Any chance I feel/remember pain?

    1. I hope your procedure went well. I have never had twilight anesthesia so I couldn’t have been of much help. Would love to hear about your experience. God bless.

  69. I had a uterine biopsy yesterday and took a hydrocodone before going (thank the Lord) though I am not sure that it helped at all!!! The procedure it self was not fun but it was tolerable. He told me it was over and I was so relieved!!! He took the tools out and all hell broke loose! I experienced unbearable pain, threw up, passed out, couldn’t wiggle my fingers and toes, my body was numb and tingly while also burning intensely! The staff was amazing with me and never left my side but didn’t offer an explanation as to why I was experiencing this. I thought I was dying. Sooo much worse than childbirth… and I’ve delivered 3 children including a set of twins!! NEVER AGAIN!! So thankful I found this article! I thought something was really wrong. Glad to now I’m not alone!

    1. Oh Brittney, this sounds horrible. Hearing this gives me the chills. I too felt my body was on fire afterwards. The whole thing is just plain horrible. I hope you’re feeling better today and thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

  70. I had one of these recently too. I had gone in for irregular bleeding and I wanted an IUD, and my doc mentioned he wanted to do one of these first. He was so casual about it “Oh it’s just like a pap smear.” It was about 9am and I hadn’t eaten yet, which I’m sure didn’t help anything.

    I wasn’t worried until, after he had me lie down, the physician’s assistant came over and held my hand. I suddenly had the feeling that this wasn’t going to be as painless as he promised. It felt like being stabbed (as many other women have said.) Now I’m chronically ill, and with all of my reproductive issues, I’ve had cramps/pain that have made me black out. But I was shocked how much this hurt. I think I whimpered and said “owwww” because I tend to go quiet when I’m in pain.

    But you’re right, the worst part was the after. I sat up and he was talking to me about next steps for getting the IUD and my ears were ringing so hard I couldn’t hear him. He patted me on the leg and told me to take my time. I thought I was going to pass out, but I could only take like 5 minutes, because I was leading a training session at work at like 10:30 that day.

    I chugged a Coke from the McDonald’s drive through hoping that would get me through the training but I was shaken and crampy all day. I can’t believe they wouldn’t give me any more warning than that. A friend left a muffin on my desk since I had missed breakfast and I started sobbing.

    1. “Oh it’s just like a pap smear.” WHO ARE THEY KIDDING and why are they lying to us? And why aren’t they telling us about ” the after”? Is it a money making thing? Quick procedure, good money? This really needs to stop and I’m sorry you had to endure this. Hats off to you for leading a training session right after. That must have taken a lot of strength.

  71. I feel much better (mentally and emotionally) after reading this. Physically not so much. I had an unexpected endometrial biopsy today and I’m so glad I didn’t know what to expect or I would have refused. The procedure lasted much long than expected due to my cervix being pretty much clamped shut and uncooperative. The nurse left 3 times to get different tools because they couldn’t get in to get the biopsy. I like to think I have a pretty high tolerance for pain but this was a whole different level! The doctor apologized profusely and checked on me frequently but as you all know, this offers no consolation. Towards the end I started sweating, dry heaving and got very lightheaded. I hope I never have to have this done again and if I do, they better knock me out! I’m so sorry for the pain all of you have experienced but it feels good to know I’m not alone!

    1. Kristin, sorry for your physical and emotional pain. It’s a tough procedure that’s for sure. As you can tell by the comments, you are definitely not alone. Hope you’re feeling better and ,knock on wood you never have to go through this again.

  72. Thanks! I read this after my biopsy to see if there were any aftershocks that I might expect. Everything you describe, I concur. The procedure and the related pain was downplayed, and I have a high tolerance for pain. If ainwoukd have known how uncomfortable it was goi g to be I would have asked for something stronger than the 600 mg of Ibruprophen they suggested taking before hand to lessen the cramping. Bring some one with you to drive you home would be the other suggestion.

    1. CJ, couldn’t agree with you more. Bring someone with you if you can. The way I see it, a good doctor would inform women about what to expect during and after the procedure. My doctor, for example, gave me zero information.

  73. Please, for the love of God, what can we do to improve this procedure for women in the future? I have been to Hell and back since having the biopsy done a few days ago. I was not told of any risks, nor did I sign any forms or given any paperwork. I was led to believe there would be some discomfort with possible cramping and spotting. The procedure was horrific in itself. The pain was excruciating. In conversation with the nurse, the doctor said that I had a lot more fluid than he would expect and that may be the source of my problem. I told him that it was making me sweat and I was hurting. Immediately afterward the doctor helped me sit up and asked if I felt nauseous or dizzy. I said that was painful but no I was ok. I put on the pad that the nurse gave me because I was bleeding. There was blood on the bed and on the floor. I drove straight home and was cramping and bleeding. I am a single mom and my son was gone so I was home alone, although thankfully my mom lives next door. I continued to bleed, but I assumed it was the “fluid” from my uterus. The doctor did not tell me to watch for any symptoms or anything. The bleeding became heavier and I started passing clots. In the middle of the night I was googling everything I could on the procedure. Reading some personal stories I discovered that many people experienced heavy bleeding for a few days and then it subsided so I continued to “tough it out”. By 730 the next morning I was bleeding through everything and passing clots the size of my fist. I called my mom and she came immediately. Before we could decide what to do I passed out on the toilet in front of her. I could go more into the horrors that I endured. She called 911 and I was rushed to a large hospital a couple of towns away, bypassing the smaller hospitals. I was unresponsive for about 30 minutes. At times I could hear what was being said and I fought hard to open my eyes, but I just couldn’t. My blood pressure was 55/30 and EMTs were saying that I was bleeding out. Thankfully, I started clotting on my own halfway to the hospital and began regaining consciousness. The ER staff was prepared to do an emergency hysterectomy, but because I had clotted they did not. I left the hospital on Sunday night. It is now Monday and I am still sore. I have a wonderful support group with my mom, children, friends, and coworkers. A woman from the doctors office called me at 8 am to tell me that the blood work they did came back okay and my biopsy results would be ready by my two week out appointment. I said that they should know that I had been hospitalized over the weekend and gave her a brief description of what had happened. Her unsatisfactory response was, “oh really, over a little procedure like that”. It is now 345 pm and the doctor’s office has not even had the decency to call and check on me, let alone the actual doctor calling. I would like to tell them to go to Hell, but instead I want to make changes. This is unacceptable in every way. Please someone…what can we do?

    1. Sandy, I don’t even know what to say. Something went horribly wrong and I’m so sorry for what you had to endure. I’m glad your mom was nearby when you needed help. I agree, what happened to you is unacceptable and things need to change. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. If i could take your pain away I would.

  74. I must have had a wonderful doctor. It was a little painful but nothing that I couldn’t tolerate. A little cramping after. I took Motrin and all is well. Had it done a couple of hours ago and now off to work.

  75. I will be having one Friday, and after reading this, I am prepared to ask a lot of questions and get a care release sheet up front.

    Why does this happen? Google studies about women and pain complaints, ER wait times, and responses to medication requests. This country is realizing an epidemic of pain acknowledgment to women.

    We wait longer than men to be seen in the ERs in this country than men based on pain level self assessments.

    We are given less pain medication.

    We are ignored more.

    You will find stories of women who had uterine torque, twisted ovaries, and ruptures appendices and were cheerfully told to get with it, as it was just cramps.

    My advice to anyone who may have such a procedure on the horizon is to take someone in with you if possible (a spouse is optimal) and to have that person read this blog first. If you want to stop, yell as loud as you can. Make as much noise as possible. Demand pain relief before proceeding.

    The problem is that we say nothing. We go to the car and then cry. We don’t learn our rights to compassionate treatment. We don’t report the doctors for these transgressions. We don’t know the addresses or phone numbers of the state medical boards or public records.

    I am very lucky, as my specialist is an absolute gem. We are not all that lucky. But we can put our feet down.

    1. Daphne, I agree. Women are expected to “suck it up” and deal with pain. My daughter just came down with a severe kidney infection and was told to wait in the ER for 10 hours. She was in so much pain she couldn’t sit yet didn’t complain even once. My heart aches for her and all women who just “suck it up”. I’m happy to hear that you have a great doctor. Good luck tomorrow. Hope all goes well. Would love for you to “report’ back if possible. Thank you.

  76. I’m 38 yo I just had my first one on Sept 18th I’m up at almost 1am right now because im still in so much cramping pain I’m reaserching if this is normal. I thought I was being a baby. All I wanted to do was cry after the procedure. It was horrible just as you all have said! No numbing of anything. All I want to do is cry now and it’s been a day and a half later. I have a high pain tolerance and I’m not sure why I feel this way. I seriously hate this! But your blog and reading a lot of these stories helped me. So thank you ladies. At least I don’t feel so alone right now.

    1. Amanda, as you can see from the hundreds of comments, you’re not alone and you were definitely not being a baby about it. I’m so sorry your experience was horrible. I still remember the feeling I felt afterwards and couldn’t get the “scraping” feeling out of my head. Sending positive vibes your way and thank you for sharing this on my little blog.

  77. OMG now I’m feeling a little scared I will have an endometriosis biopsy Tuesday was googling to know what to expect. Dr did not say a word about pain or anything

    1. Nancy, this seems to be a common thread here. Many doctors compare the procedure to a pap smear… just a little pressure. I would recommend you have someone drive you.

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