What is endometrial ablation and why might I consider this treatment?

istock 1168998661 1 300x300 1 Women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding and are no longer interested in bearing children may want to ask their doctor about endometrial ablation. This procedure is performed to remove the lining of the uterus. In doing so, women can stop their menstrual periods, manage anemia that might be caused by heavy vaginal bleeding, and can eliminate bleeding between periods. The best candidate for endometrial ablation is a woman who is also not planning to conceive children, as they will be unable to do so after this procedure.

What causes abnormal or heavy menstrual bleeding?

There are many reasons why a woman might experience heavy menstrual bleeding. Heavy menstrual bleeding is described as bleeding that requires a woman to change a pad or tampon approximately every hour to avoid leaking. In this situation, a woman will want to express their concerns about their menstrual flow with their gynecologist. Dr. Craig Ranch can then evaluate the cause, which may be due to:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Polyps
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Uterine cancer
  • Endometrial cancer

Once a cause has been determined, treatment may occur. For some women who have no interest in bearing children or are done building their family, endometrial ablation may be considered. This procedure can be done in various ways. The endometrium layer may be removed via:

  • Balloon therapy
  • Cryoablation
  • High-energy radio wave
  • Microwave ablation
  • Fluids
  • Electricity

Determining the method of endometrial ablation appropriate for you starts with a conversation with Dr. Craig Ranch. Our team of providers can educate you on the various methods and how they work to choose the one that fits your needs and unique medical situation.

Ready to discuss endometrial ablation with our team?

Dr. Craig Ranch and his providers are here to assist women with a wide range of women’s health concerns. If you are considering endometrial ablation, we invite you to call our office to schedule an appointment. Our facility is located at 7900 Henneman Way, Ste. #100 in McKinney, Texas and can be reached by calling (214) 544-6600. We are ready and willing to assist new and current patients with their obstetric and gynecological needs.

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