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Confused as to why consultant took a biopsy

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Hi, more of a query really. I’ve been having problems for a while with periods, irregular bleeding and bleeding during and after intercourse. I was referred by my gp to the gynaecologist, unaware at the time that it was an urgent referral. I had this appt on Monday where they went through all questions etc and then looked at my cervix through the speculum. They took swabs and at this point the consultant said there was nothing to be seen, and it wouldn’t be cancer, yet he still took a pipelle biopsy? Have you any idea as to why please

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Hi Lovemybabies

Thanks for your question.

It’s natural to worry about symptoms that you’re having. Whilst it’s good news that the gynaecologist did not see anything when they looked at your cervix. But, that doesn’t give you an answer to what’s been causing your symptoms. Doctors tend to do different tests not because they think you have a cancer. It’s because they want to rule it out. Taking a pipelle biopsy will help them to get more information, so that they have a better understanding of what’s happening.

Best wishes and take care and I hope you don’t have to wait too long to get your results.

Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.