Endometrial ablation is a procedure that removes the uterine lining with heat, cold, or other sources of energy. If you have heavy periods, your doctor may suggest endometrial ablation as a treatment option. It's less risky than a hysterectomy and has fewer restrictions. Many patients take drugs to reduce their bleeding before having an endometrial ablation. You may have no bleeding, reduced bleeding, or no change in your period after an endometrial ablation.
The following are targeted patients who would need endometrial ablation.
- You’re absolutely sure that you don’t want to be pregnant
- Your partner has had a vasectomy
- You are willing to use some form of birth control
- Your doctor does not find a cause for your heavy periods, such as cancer or thyroid disease
ADVANTAGES & EFFICACY
- Periods are reduced or eliminated
- Periods become more regular
How painful is endometrial ablation?
You may feel no pain from endometrial ablation.
How long does it take to recover from a procedure?
It takes about 2 weeks to fully recover.
Are there changes for the period after a procedure?
The first couple of periods may still be heavy after the procedure.