Last Modified: March 9, 2003
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
If I have abnormal cells present in my uterine lining, do I need to be concerned for my partner to be exposed or can he contract anything during intercourse? I am going for a second opinion by recommendation of my GYN physician, so I haven't been diagnosed with cancer as of yet.
Christina S. Chu, MD, Assistant Professor of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds:
Without knowing the diagnosis of the "abnormal" cells, it is difficult to answer your question. However, if you underwent an endometrial biopsy, any abnormalities that were detected are unlikely to be of a contagious, infectious nature. Endometrial biopsies are usually done to check the uterine lining in cases of abnormal vaginal bleeding, to rule out cancer and hyperplasia (precancer). In the absence of those two things, many other problems may cause abnormal bleeding. Some of these include endometrial polyps, uterine fibroids, anovulatory cycles, endometrial atrophy (very thinned lining in the post-menopausal woman), and endometritis. Endometritis is inflammation or infection in the lining of the uterus which may be treated with antibiotics. However, this is generally not considered a sexually transmitted infection that you can pass to your partner.