26 July 2017

Menstrual Cycle Control | Endometrial Ablation

Since the late 1980s, some gynecologists have been removing the endometrial lining of the womb, this procedure is called endometrial ablation.  After endometrial ablation, some women still have light bleeding or spotting which may persist for several weeks. Many women may have regular periods following endometrial ablation. This is because the ovaries and uterus are conserved during the endometrial ablation. If endometrial ablation does not control heavy bleeding, further treatment or surgery may be required.

Most women cannot conceive after endometrial ablation. You should, however, continue to use some form of birth control until after menopause. You also may want to think about sterilization as an option to prevent pregnancy if you have a full family and are not planning on more children.  Endometrial ablation does not affect sexual response.

Advantages and Effects of Endometrial Ablation

  • The advantage of endometrial ablation is that patients are only in hospital for one or two days and are often back to work after two or three weeks.
  •  Following endometrial ablation, the majority of patients experience reduced blood loss.
  • At least 70% continue to have periods and even the most successful and experienced surgeons have shown that 20-25% of their patients will require a second operation (repeat endometrial ablation or hysterectomy) within two years.
  • Endometrial ablation may not destroy all the endometrium so that sterilization is not guaranteed and contraception is still required.
  • Endometrial ablation is generally only recommended if there is dysfunctional uterine bleeding (No cause such as fibroids).
  • Patients must have an endometrial biopsy before the endometrial ablation.
  • There has been no reduction in the incidence of hysterectomy resulting from the introduction of endometrial ablation suggesting that ablations are additional procedures to hysterectomy rather than a replacement.
  • If heavy menstrual bleeding does not respond to medication, and your family is complete, your doctor may suggest endometrial ablation.
  • It does not remove the uterus. The main advantage of endometrial ablation is that the uterus is conserved.
  • Endometrial ablation is a relatively minor procedure compared to hysterectomy.
  • Endometrial ablation provides a hysterectomy alternative for many women with heavy uterine bleeding who want to avoid major surgery.
  • Endometrial ablation is an attractive option for women who would have required hysterectomy but who have serious medical problems making major surgery dangerous.

A woman who has had endometrial ablation has all her reproductive organs in place. Because of this, routine Pap tests and pelvic exams are still needed after endometrial ablation.  And endometrial ablation is not recommended if you have a high risk for endometrial cancer such as severe endometrial hyperplasia.

Call Dr. Joanne Hinson at 801-364-4030 for further information about Endometrial Ablation Technique or if you are in need of any further gynecological procedures.  Dr. Hinson has been serving women from Salt Lake City and surrounding areas for over 25 years and is here to serve you.

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Passionate about her vision. Treating women as people, respecting their value as females, and as people.

25 years of OB/GYN experience, acting as the only doctor for most of her patients , treating other medical needs as well.

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