Endometrial ablation is a procedure that can be used to treat heavy periods, but it isn’t usually recommended until other options have been tried first. This is because there are some risks and disadvantages associated with the procedure that you will need to consider beforehand.
The Benefits of Endometrial Ablation
Endometrial ablation can be very successful. It can help to make your periods shorter and lighter, or even to stop your periods completely. The treatment is usually more successful in older women, but younger women can take medication to reduce their estrogen production before the procedure as this can make it more effective.
The Risks of Endometrial Ablation
One of the things to consider when you are thinking about having endometrial ablation is that the procedure doesn’t always produce the same results. You may continue having periods after the procedure, although they should be lighter. It is also possible for some of the endometrium to grow back later.
You may also experience some side effects after the procedure, which could include cramps, nausea or discharge. There is also a small risk that you could experience more serious complications, including damage to your cervix or uterus or a build up of fluid in your lungs. Your doctor will explain these risks in detail before you decide whether you should go ahead with the procedure.
It is also important to make sure that endometrial ablation is the right procedure for you. You shouldn’t have an endometrial ablation if your doctor thinks you have a higher than normal risk of developing endometrial cancer. You must also be sure that you won’t want to have children in the future. Most women will be sterile after an endometrial ablation, but you will still need to use birth control as there is a small chance that you could become pregnant if part of the endometrium has survived or regrown, which could be very risky.