What is Endometrial Ablation?
Endometrial Ablation Precautions and Preparation
Endometrial ablation is not an appropriate treatment for bleeding in every woman. It cannot be performed when a woman is pregnant or when a woman desires to become pregnant at any time in the future. Endometrial ablation should not be performed when there is infection in the genital tract. Prior to the procedure, the woman must undergo a thorough physical examination including a sampling (biopsy) of the endometrium to confirm that cancer is not present.
Imaging studies and/or visual examination of the uterine cavity using a hysteroscope (a lighted viewing instrument that is inserted to visualize the inside of the uterus) are typically also carried out to exclude the presence of abnormalities, such as uterine polyps or benign (fibroid) tumors beneath the endometrium, that could be responsible for the heavy bleeding. These can often be simply removed without the need for destruction of the entire endometrium.
Because a thinner endometrium is easier to destroy, some women may need to take hormonal medications during the weeks prior to the procedure for optimal results. These medications serve to thin the endometrial lining and increase the likelihood of a successful ablation procedure.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2015
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Must Read Articles Related to Endometrial Ablation
Women's Conditions Resources
- Early Care for Your Premature Baby
- What to Eat When You Have Cancer
- When to Take More Pain Medication