Endometrial Ablation (to stop bleeding)

Endometrial ablation is a procedure used to remove or ablate the lining of the uterus.  This procedure is offered to women who suffer from excessive or prolonged bleeding during their menstrual cycle.  It is often offered as an alternative to a hysterectomy.

The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, with no “down time” and often can be performed in the doctor’s office.  In some women menstrual flow is completely stopped and in other women it is significantly reduced.

Endometrial ablation should NOT be done in women who are menopausal. It is NOT recommended for women with certain medical conditions, including the following:

• Disorders of the uterus or endometrium

Endometrial hyperplasia

• Cancer of the uterus

• Recent pregnancy or desired future pregnancy

• Current or recent infection of the uterus

Sterilization may be a good option to prevent pregnancy after a woman has an ablation.

Routine Pap tests and pelvic exams are still needed.

There are several techniques used to perform endometrial ablations. Please visit www.novasure.com or www.thermachoice.com for more information regarding the specific technique your doctor has recommended for you.