For women who suffer from abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding, endometrial ablation may provide relief. The expert OB/GYN team at The Women's Center performs endometrial ablation in Orlando, St. Cloud, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo, Winter Park, Narcossee, and Celebration, Florida. To find out if endometrial ablation is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.

Ablation Q & A

What is endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure that destroys (ablates) a thin layer of the lining of your uterus (endometrium). The goal of the procedure is to control heavy bleeding by reducing menstrual flow to normal or lighter levels. In some cases, bleeding may stop completely.

The expert gynecologic surgeons at The Women’s Center use various techniques to perform ablation, including:

  • Radiofrequency
  • Electrosurgery
  • Heated balloon
  • Heated fluid
  • Freezing
  • Microwave energy

They carefully evaluate your condition before recommending the best treatment method for your particular needs.

Why would I need endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding. Your provider at The Women’s Center may recommend endometrial ablation if you experience excessive blood loss from heavy or prolonged menstrual periods that doesn’t improve with more conservative therapies, such as medications.

Who shouldn’t get endometrial ablation?

The team at The Women’s Center usually doesn’t recommend endometrial ablation to women who have already gone through menopause.

Additionally, you may not be a candidate for this procedure if you have certain medical conditions, such as:

  • Endometrial disorders
  • Uterine cancer
  • Recent pregnancy
  • Infection of the uterus

The best way to find out if endometrial ablation is right for you is to schedule an appointment at The Women’s Center.

How does endometrial ablation affect fertility?

If you still want to get pregnant, endometrial ablation may not be the right treatment for you. It’s possible to get pregnant after endometrial ablation, but the procedure greatly reduces your chances. If you do get pregnant, you have a higher risk of miscarriage or other complications.

What should I expect from an endometrial ablation procedure?

First, your provider at The Women’s Center thoroughly reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam to ensure endometrial ablation is right for you. Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan using the most effective technique for your particular condition.

Depending on the type of procedure you get, you may receive general anesthesia or conscious sedation. Then, your surgeon carefully inserts a specialized instrument into your uterus through the cervix to ablate your endometrium.

Afterward, you may experience side effects such as cramping and nausea for 1-2 days. You may also notice a thin, watery discharge that may last up to a few weeks.

To find out if endometrial ablation is right for you, call The Women’s Center or book an appointment online.

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