Endometrial Ablation- Obstetrics and Gynecology
Endometrial ablation is an outpatient medical procedure that is used to remove (ablate) or destroy the endometrial lining of the uterus in women who have heavy menstrual bleeding. The goal of endometrial ablation is to reduce menstrual flow. In some women, menstrual flow may stop completely. Doctors generally start by prescribing medications or an intrauterine device (IUD) before recommending this procedure. Endometrial ablation may be be an option if the patient is unable to do these treatments, or they don't help. It should be noted that Pregnancy is not likely after ablation, and if does happen the risks of miscarriage and other problems are greatly increased. If a woman still wants to become pregnant, doctors do not recommend this procedure. Endometrial ablation should also not be done in women past menopause. It is not recommended for women with certain medical conditions, such as
- Disorders of the uterus or endometrium
- Endometrial hyperplasia
- Cancer of the uterus
- Recent pregnancy
- Current or recent infection of the uterus
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