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Endometrial Ablation (cont.)

Follow-up for Endometrial Ablation

It is important to adhere to your OB/GYN surgeon's recommendations regarding follow-up examinations and visits. Some women do experience a regrowth of endometrium that can lead to recurrent bleeding. Inform your physician if you are experiencing any adverse effects or recurrence of symptoms.

Endometrial Ablation Outlook

Most women report that an ablation procedure (regardless of the type of procedure chosen) leads to a diminution of the abnormal bleeding, but some women (6%-25%) have reported heavy bleeding that was unchanged at one year following the procedure. These women may require further surgery (re-ablation or hysterectomy) to control the bleeding. About half of the women who had endometrial ablation will not have periods at all following the procedure.

Endometrial ablation should not be considered a birth control measure, even though the destruction of the uterine lining typically results in infertility. Pregnancy can still occur (and may be associated with serious complications, such as miscarriage) when a small portion of the endometrium was left in place or has regrown.

More Information about Endometrial Ablation

Medically reviewed by Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology

REFERENCE:

"An overview of endometrial ablation"
UpToDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2015

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