Endometrial Ablation FAQs
posted by OB/GYN | January 17, 2019
Some conditions can cause abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding, which may increase to such an unmanageable level that it requires a surgical procedure to correct. Endometrial ablation is available as an alternative to a hysterectomy. Rather than removing your uterus entirely, an endometrial ablation destroys the interior lining of your uterus. In many cases, this will put a stop to your periods entirely. If not, it will probably lighten your monthly flow to a normal level.
If your menstrual bleeding is so heavy that it interferes with your normal activities, your doctor may recommend an endometrial ablation to either stop the bleeding entirely or get it under control. Endometrial ablation might be right for you if:
While endometrial ablation is not a sterilization procedure, women who intend to have more children should not undergo it. Endometrial ablation makes it more difficult to conceive, and any pregnancies that do result after the procedure are likely to involve high risk to mother and child. Endometrial ablation also increases the risk of an ectopic pregnancy, a nonviable pregnancy in which the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue from the uterine lining starts growing outside of the womb for unknown reasons. Although endometriosis can cause abnormally heavy bleeding, your doctor may not recommend an endometrial ablation as the first treatment option to address it.
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“What is Endometrial Ablation?” WebMD.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.
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