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Endometrial ablation is a treatment for abnormally heavy menstrual periods. It is a medical procedure that destroys the lining (endometrium) of the uterus.
Dignity Health has three first-class facilities in the Arizona area fully dedicated to women’s health services:
If you are interested in learning more about endometrial ablation in Arizona, our trusted women’s health specialists can talk to you about your options. Use our online Find a Doctor tool to schedule an appointment today.
Doctors may recommend endometrial ablation for women who have:
Doctors usually recommend other treatments, such as hormones, before endometrial ablation. Endometrial ablation destroys existing endometrial tissue. Then, the uterus generates a healthy new layer.
Endometrial ablation is not recommended for women who wish to have children in the future. The procedure decreases the chance of pregnancy drastically and increases the risk of miscarriage. Endometrial ablation is also not recommended for women who are postmenopausal.
Endometrial ablation may be performed in a clinic or hospital. You will be given either sedative medication to help you relax or general anesthesia to put you to sleep during the procedure.
Your doctor will use a tool called a hysteroscope to see inside the uterus and dilate (open) the cervix with either medication or a series of tools. A variety of methods can be used to destroy the uterine lining.
Most women go home the same day as their endometrial ablation procedure. Light vaginal bleeding and cramping for one to two days is normal. You may have watery vaginal discharge for a few weeks. Some women experience frequent urination and nausea.
You may take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve cramping as directed by your doctor. Do not have sex or insert anything in your vagina until your doctor clears such activity.
Most women who undergo endometrial ablation have significantly lighter menstrual periods after recovery, and some women may not have any future menstrual bleeding.
Dignity Health provides comprehensive women’s health services, including endometrial ablation, in Arizona.