When Do You Need Endometrial Ablation?

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When you bleed between your periods, have a heavy flow, or long-lasting periods, and medicine does little help, your doctor might consider an endometrial ablation. Do I need an endometrial ablation? Endometrial ablation can put an end to heavy bleeding that gets in the way of your everyday life. However, endometrial ablation isn’t right for everyone. If you have stopped your periods, you shouldn’t have it done. It’s also not a good idea if you have the following conditions:
  • Uterine, cervical, or endometrial cancer
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • A vaginal or cervical infection
  • A weak wall to your uterus
  • An infection of the uterus
  • A scar from a Caesarean section
  • An intrauterine device (IUD)
  • A disorder of the uterus or endometrium
Also, if you are going to have a baby or expect a baby in the future, you shouldn’t have endometrial ablation. How it is done? Endometrial ablation isn’t surgery. During the process, the doctor will insert very thin tools through your vagina to reach your uterus. The types will depend on what kind of ablation you received, such as hydrothermal, balloon therapy, freezing and so on. What are the risks? As with any medical procedure, there’s a small chance of infection or bleeding. Talk to your doctor and have a full understanding of the procedure before making your decision.   Keywords: endometrial ablation, endometrial ablation procedure, endometrial ablation surgery