Endometrial biopsy can play a role in fertility testing
As part of the fertility testing process, our New Jersey fertility specialist, Jane Miller MD, may perform an endometrial biopsy. This test provides important information about a woman’s uterine lining.
The endometrium, or uterine lining, is the renewable layer of tissue that builds up during the first half of a woman’s menstrual cycle and then bleeds off during her period. It is also where an embryo (derived naturally as a result of intercourse, or in the lab from IVF) will implant.
Dr. Miller explains to her patients that a healthy and receptive endometrial lining is essential for a pregnancy to occur and continue. Without a healthy endometrium, even the best and healthiest embryo will fail to implant. An appropriately timed endometrial biopsy will let Dr. Miller know if the uterus is able to support a pregnancy.
What is an endometrial biopsy?
An endometrial biopsy involves taking a tiny sample of cells from the uterine lining at a certain point in a woman’s cycle.
The procedure takes no more than 15 seconds, and the patient can resume her normal activities that same day. However, she may notice slight spotting after the procedure.
What can we learn from an endometrial biopsy?
An endometrial biopsy gives our New Jersey fertility specialist a wealth of valuable information.
Who should have an endometrial biopsy?
Our New Jersey fertility specialist recommends an endometrial biopsy for any woman who:
By taking a detailed medical history, Dr. Miller decides whether an endometrial biopsy will be helpful in diagnosing a patient’s fertility issues. She can then offer appropriate testing and treatment so that a healthy, ongoing pregnancy can be achieved.
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