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Endometrial Ablation (cont.)

Outlook

Most women report that an ablation procedure (regardless of the type of procedure chosen) leads to a successful resolution 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) when a small portion of the endometrium was left in place or has regrown.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/23/2014

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