Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation is a procedure that surgically “ablates” or destroys the lining of your uterus (your endometrium). Your uterus is a pear-shaped organ tucked inside your pelvis. It is about 7.5 cm long and 5 cm wide. Your uterus is hollow inside and has thick muscular walls.

What Is Your Endometrium?

Your endometrium is the mucous membrane that lines the inside of your uterus. Your endometrium thickens during your menstrual cycle, in preparation for an embryo to be possibly implanted in your uterus.

Endometrial ablation is the standard treatment for excessive loss of menstrual blood. Patients who seek endometrial ablation experience the following:

Endometrial ablationThe goal of an endometrial ablation is to reduce your menstrual flow, sometimes even stopping it completely. Endometrial ablation is not recommended for women who are postmenopausal or women who are experiencing abnormalities of the uterus:

Cancerous uterine abnormalities include:

Inflammatory infections that pose a problem to the procedure:

Endometrial Ablation Preparation

Preparing for an endometrial ablation involves talking with your doctor, making decisions about your treatment and taking care of concerns that need to be addressed before you are operated on. The five things your doctor will do to make sure you are ready for surgery:

What are the risks of getting an endometrial ablation? The risks involved in endometrial ablation are rare and include:

Post-Op Endometrial Ablation

After endometrial ablation, pregnancy can occur. However, these pregnancies may pose a higher risk for you and your baby. Because the lining of your uterus has been damaged, your pregnancy may end in a miscarriage. Or you may suffer from a painful ectopic pregnancy, where your pregnancy occurs not in the uterus but the fallopian tubes or cervix. This procedure should never be given if you may desire pregnancy in the future.

Alternative Treatments

Your doctor will typically try to combat your excessive menstrual bleeding by prescribing medications or an intrauterine device that can help you regulate your menstrual cycles. Endometrial ablation becomes an option if these other treatments don’t assist your excess bleeding, or if you are unable to have these other therapies done.

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