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What is an endometrial ablation?

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An endometrial ablation is a procedure your doctor might consider if you bleed between your menstrual periods, have a heavy flow, or have periods that last a long time. If medicine doesn’t help, your doctor might suggest endometrial ablation. It can curb the bleeding or stop it totally. Heavy menstrual bleeding can have many causes. Changing hormones might be the reason. Or it could be fibroids and polyps growing in your uterus. Endometrial ablation removes the endometrium, which is the lining of the uterus. In most cases, this stops you from having periods. If it doesn’t completely stop your periods, your flow should at least return to normal or be very light.

From: What is Endometrial Ablation? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Frequently Asked Questions: Endometrial Ablation.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine/ReproductiveFacts.org: “Fact Sheet: Endometrial Ablation.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.”

Mayo Clinic: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Women’s Health Concern: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Frequently Asked Questions: Endometrial Ablation.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine/ReproductiveFacts.org: “Fact Sheet: Endometrial Ablation.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.”

Mayo Clinic: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Women’s Health Concern: “Endometrial Ablation.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 2, 2019

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