Endometrial Biopsy Specialist

Julia Chowdhury, MD, FACOG -  - Board Certified OB/GYN

Center for Women's Healthcare

Julia Chowdhury, MD, FACOG

Board Certified OB/GYN located in Plano, TX

Having an endometrial biopsy can be life-saving. At Center for Women’s Health, in Plano, TX, Dr. Julie Chowdhury, MD, FCOG, a top rated and fellow-trained OB/GYN, performs endometrial biopsies for patients, throughout the greater Dallas metro area.

Endometrial Biopsy Q & A

What is an endometrial biopsy?


An endometrial biopsy, also called an endometrium, is a procedure in which a special instrument, called a pipelle, is delicately inserted through the cervix and into the uterus to remove a small piece of tissue from the uterus lining (the endometrial). The tissue is then placed in fluid and sent to a laboratory for analysis to detect cancer cells or other abnormalities. The biopsy is performed in Dr. Chowdhury’s office and does not require anesthesia. Some patients may experience slight discomfort and opt to take an over-the-counter pain reliever an hour prior to the procedure. The biopsy takes only about ten minutes to perform.


What is the purpose of an Endometrial Biopsy?


The test is used to screen for endometrial cancer or other problems in the area. The procedure is typically performed when a patient has any of the following symptoms:

  • Abnormal menstrual periods, which may be heavy or prolonged
  • Vaginal bleeding that occurs post menopause
  • Bleeding caused by hormone medications
  • A thickened uterine lining observed on an ultrasound
  • Fertility problems


Who is at risk for endometrium cancer?


Endometrial cancer starts in the cells lining the uterus, called the (endometrium). It is sometimes referred to as uterine cancer. The disease primarily affects postmenopausal women. It is extremely uncommon in women under 45 years of age. Endometrium cancer is the most prevalent cancer affecting female reproductive organs of women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 2.8% of women will get endometrial cancer during their lifetime. Women should always seek a medical evaluation if they experience any vaginal bleeding, discharge, or spotting. Often, endometrial cancer is discovered at an early stage because patients seek attention for their abnormal vaginal bleeding. When discovered early, endometrial cancer may be cured by surgical removal the uterus.

Insurance Information

We accept most major insurances but please note, we do NOT accept the following: Medicaid, Medicare, Molina, Amerigroup, Superior Health, CHIP Perinate, or Parkland

If you have any questions regarding insurance benefits, please give our office a call.

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