An endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys the lining of your uterus, called the endometrium, to stop or slow abnormal menstrual bleeding. The goal in using an ablative technique is to cause scarring on the inside of your uterus to prevent excessive bleeding. In some women, periods stop altogether, while in others, period flow will lessen.
The primary goal of an endometrial ablation is to stop or slow heavy vaginal bleeding, which is defined by:
Typically, the doctors will try several methods to control your bleeding before resorting to an ablation, such as prescribed medicines, or the use of an intrauterine device (IUD). If these therapies prove unsuccessful, your OB/GYN may recommend an endometrial ablation.
There are several techniques for performing an endometrial ablation, all of which are minimally invasive, and are done in your vagina and cervix via small tubes and instruments. At The Association for Women’s Healthcare, two procedures are available: Novasure® and the Genesys HTA System®.
Novasure is a one-time, five-minute procedure designed to remove your uterine lining. This procedure includes the following steps:
Using the Genesys HTA system, the doctor will follow these steps, which take about 10 minutes in total:
The doctors at The Association for Women’s Healthcare will review all options and help you choose the best one for your situation and comfort level.
The primary side effect of an endometrial ablation is the loss of the ability to get pregnant. It’s important to note, however, that the ablation doesn’t affect your reproductive organs, so there is a chance you still may become pregnant, but complications will generally prevent you from carrying the child to term.
Other potential risks or side effects are:
Not all of the Association of Women’s Health Care (AWHC) physicians participate in all of the plans listed below. Patients are advised to contact their insurance company before an appointment to verify individual physician participation. We suggest that if your insurance does not appear on this list that you call your insurance provider and ask if our practice, or specifically the physician you are going to see, is in-network. *Please note that our insurance plans may change or we may not be accepting certain types of insurance at times, so please contact us at Chicago (312) 726-3917 or Northbrook (847) 498-0690 to check if we take your insurance plan.
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