Pipelle endometrial biopsy for abnormal uterine bleeding: do patient's pain and anxiety really impact on sampling success rate?

Aiym Kaiyrlykyzy, Faina Linkov, Faye Foster, Gauri Bapayeva, Talshyn Ukybassova, Gulzhanat Aimagambetova, Kamila Kenbayeva, Bakytkali Ibrayimov, Alla Lyasova, Milan Terzic

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BACKGROUND: Pipelle endometrial biopsy is vital for the early diagnostics of endometrial pathology and is performed in outpatient setting in minimally invasive manner. One of the reported disadvantages of sampling with Pipelle curette is failure to collect enough tissue for histological analysis. The role of psychological factors such as anxiety and pain sensitivity in obtaining adequate samples is not well known. The study's objective was to explore whether there is relationship between severe pain, anxiety, and the rate of Pipelle failure.

METHODS: Study included 158 women with median age of 42 who underwent Pipelle endometrial biopsy at Clinical Academic Department of Women's Health of the University Medical Center (UMC), Nur-Sultan City, Kazakhstan with an abnormal uterine bleeding from June 2019 to April 2021. Women were asked to fill survey on pain, anxiety before, during and after the procedure.

RESULTS: 3.8%, 15.19% and 4.43% of women reported severe pain and 39.24%, 34.18% and 14.56% of women reported severe anxiety prior, during and after procedure, respectively. Women who experienced severe pain during procedure tend to be more anxious during procedure (p = 0.0001) and have higher number of sampling attempts (p = 0.0040). Pain level was higher among patients sampled by the junior OB/GYN specialist (p < 0.0001). We found no differences in Pipelle biopsy success rates in relationship to baseline, during and postprocedural pain and anxiety scores.

CONCLUSION: Anxiety during procedure performance was significantly associated with severe pain during the procedure but did not represent a key element for the success of Pipelle biopsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393
JournalBMC Women's Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 12 2021


  • Anxiety
  • Biopsy
  • Endometrium
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pain/etiology
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Uterine Hemorrhage/etiology


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