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What Is Endometrial Ablation?

Endometrial ablation is an in-office procedure your provider can perform that removes a layer of the lining of your uterus and endometrial tissue. Endometrial tissue is part of what is released from your body during your menstrual cycle every month. For some, endometrial ablation stops menstrual bleeding altogether, while the bleeding reduces significantly for others.

There are a few methods of endometrial ablation, including, but not limited to:

  • Hydrothermal ablation
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Cryoablation

Each method helps remove a layer of your uterine lining, so you experience less pain and bleeding during your period.

After the procedure, your menstrual cycle will likely continue on the schedule you’re already used to. Your hormone levels should also stay the same. You will still have all of your reproductive organs and be capable of conceiving in the future, although pregnancy may be considered high-risk.

What to Expect from Endometrial Ablation

Your provider will walk you through everything that’s involved with your endometrial ablation prior to the procedure. We perform this procedure in our offices, so you are more familiar with your environment and have a team of healthcare providers you already know and trust.

When it’s time for your procedure, you may be required to take a pregnancy test to make sure you aren’t pregnant. Once it comes back negative, you’ll change into a gown and be asked to lie down on an exam table. You’ll be given an IV, which will provide medication to minimize your discomfort and help you relax.

Your provider will then place your feet in stirrups and insert a wand into your vagina to access the uterine lining and begin the ablation. It should only take a few minutes, and when the procedure is over, you can head home.

Recovery after Endometrial Ablation

When your endometrial ablation procedure is complete, you can go home the same day. You may feel some discomfort, including cramps. Your provider will monitor you throughout your recovery to ensure you’re healing properly and are healthy.

Your provider will let you know when you can resume your normal routine, although many women are able to do so within two to three days. During this time, you may experience vaginal discharge mixed with blood and more frequent urination for the first 24 hours.

It will take several weeks until you feel the full benefits of the procedure. Your periods will grow lighter over time and may even stop.

Talk to Your Provider about Endometrial Ablation

If endometrial ablation sounds like it may be a good option for you, schedule an appointment with your Genesis OBGYN provider. Your provider will help you determine if this is the right fit for your health needs. Contact us to request an appointment today.