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Uterine Ablation for Heavy Bleeding

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Endometrial ablation is the removal or destruction of the endometrium (lining of the uterus). It doesn't require hospitalization and most women return to normal activities in a day or two.

Ablation is an alternative to hysterectomy for many women with heavy uterine bleeding who wish to avoid major surgery.

After a successful endometrial ablation, most women will have little or no menstrual bleeding. Most patients also are able to go home within an hour after an endometrial ablation.

Patients may experience mild cramping, which can usually be relieved by ibuprofen.

Stronger medicine may be needed on occasion. It is normal to be tired for a few days, but most women are able to return to their normal activities in a day or two.

Endometrial Ablation Candidates


Women who have menstrual bleeding that is impacting their life and do not have other problems that require a hysterectomy should consider endometrial You may be a candidate for endometrial ablation if:ablation.

You may be a candidate for endometrial ablation if:ablation.
  • You limit your activity because of your periods
  • Your bleeding is causing you to be anemic and tired
  • Your bleeding limits your intimate time with your partner
  • You do not desire to retain fertility.


For more information, speak with your gynecologist or primary care provider.