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Endometrial ablation is a procedure that removes the lining (endometrium) of the uterus (womb) to treat abnormally heavy menstrual periods.
Your gynecologist at Dignity Health may recommend endometrial ablation if you are a woman who has:
Doctors usually try other treatments, such as hormone therapy, before endometrial ablation. If such treatments do not help, endometrial ablation may be a good option, as it is less invasive and less complicated than a hysterectomy to remove the uterus.
Endometrial ablation is not recommended if you want to have children in the future. This procedure greatly decreases the chance of pregnancy and increases the risk of miscarriage. It is also not recommended for women who are postmenopausal.
At Dignity Health, our team of skilled OB/GYNs can help determine if this gynecologic procedure is right for you. Using the latest methods of care, we provide endometrial ablation in the Sacramento region at all six of our hospitals. Find a Doctor near you and schedule a consultation today.
During endometrial ablation, you will be given medicine to make you relaxed (sedative) or general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep during the procedure.
The doctor uses a tool called a hysteroscope to see inside the uterus, and opens (dilates) the cervix with medication or a series of tools. Experienced doctors at Dignity Health use a variety of methods to destroy the uterine lining:
Your doctor will explain your treatment options and help prepare you for your procedure.
Most women go home the same day of endometrial ablation. Most have light vaginal bleeding and cramping for one to two days after endometrial ablation. You may have watery vaginal discharge for a few weeks, and possibly frequent urination and nausea.
You can 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 says it’s OK.
After endometrial ablation, most women have significantly lighter menstrual periods, and some may not have any menstrual bleeding at all.