What is Endometrial Ablation?

Endometrial ablation is the removal or destruction of the endometrium (lining of the uterus). It is a non-invasive alternative to hysterectomy for women with heavy uterine bleeding. The average age for endometrial ablation is 45, however it is and can be done for women who are younger and wish to avoid hysterectomy. Endometrial ablation should not be done in women who are post-menopausal, have cancer of the uterus or increased chance of cancer, pelvic infections, are pregnant or wish to have a child in the future.

The reason why endometrial ablation is considered and may be recommended by your gynecologist is to reduce menstrual flow. In some women, menstrual flow may stop completely.

It is a targeted, non-invasive procedure; no incisions are needed for endometrial ablation but rather a slender tool inserted through the passageway between the vagina and uterus. Methods vary, as some include extreme cold, heated fluids, microwave energy or high-energy radiofrequencies.

Are you a candidate for endometrial ablation? Endometrial ablation is done to treat many causes of heavy menstrual bleeding and:

• Bleeding that lasts longer than eight days
• Anemia from excessive blood loss

If you experience unusually heavy or prolonged periods or want to learn more about Endometrial Ablation, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leaphart. A consult and examination are only a phone call away!

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