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Endometrial Ablation

Plagued by heavy periods?

Endometrial AblationDo you want to be able to wear white again? Are you tired of having to cancel plans when your cycle comes? If you do not want any more children and want to put an end to heavy menstrual cycles, you may want to speak with us about your options, including a simple procedure known as endometrial ablation.


Endometrial ablation

Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) is a common problem. In fact, it is estimated that one out of five women are affected by heavy menstrual bleeding at some time in their life.  While there are many conditions that may cause menorrhagia, often no explanation can be found. If you have menorrhagia, tests will be done by your doctor to rule out cancer, uterine problems or thyroid abnormalities.

At one time, the only surgical option for treating heavy menstrual bleeding was hysterectomy.  Currently, we have several forms of endometrial ablation that can also treat menorrhagia. In this procedure, the uterine lining, or endometrium, is treated by applying heat, cold, microwaves, radiowaves or laser to the lining so that it becomes thin, scarred and unable to build up and cause heavy bleeding. The type of ablation used will vary depending on availability and/or reasons specific to your case.

Ablation is generally an outpatient procedure and may or may not be performed with a D&C and/or hysteroscopy. Return to daily activities is quick. As with all surgical procedures, there are potential risks and complications. Please discuss these with your doctor.

It is estimated that 90% of women have improvement in their menorrhagia after an ablation procedure and 40% of women have no periods. Exact numbers can vary depending on the technique used. Unfortunately, 10% of women who have ablation do not have improvement in their menstrual bleeding and they go on to have additional procedures, commonly a hysterectomy. Please allow three periods to pass prior to deciding if the procedure has improved your menstrual flow.  

Glossary:

Menorrhagia: Heavy menstrual bleeding.
Endometrium: The lining of the uterus. This is shed during a woman’s menstrual period.
D&C: Dilation and curettage; a procedure used to treat the endometrium.

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