Endometrial Ablation

Lynnell P. Gardner MD PC and Michael F. Hamant MD PC

Gynecology & Family Medicine located in Tucson, AZ

Heavy menstrual bleeding can affect your health and quality of life. Board-certified gynecologist Lynnell P. Gardner, MD, offers many treatments for women suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding, including endometrial ablation. To schedule a consultation, contact the office of Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D. in Tucson, Arizona, by phone or online today to learn more about the gynecological procedure.

Endometrial Ablation Q & A

What is endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a gynecological procedure that removes endometrial tissue, which is the inner lining of your uterus. It’s most often recommended as a treatment for women suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding. 

Am I a good candidate for endometrial ablation?

Dr. Gardner determines if you’re a good candidate for endometrial ablation during a consultation. You may be considered a good candidate if your menstrual bleeding:

  • Lasts longer than eight days
  • Is causing anemia
  • Affects your quality of life

While endometrial ablation is an effective treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding, it’s not the best procedure for all women. Due to the effects it has on your endometrial tissue, pregnancy isn’t recommended after you’ve had the procedure. If you have future pregnancy plans, Dr. Gardner may suggest other treatments, such as hormonal birth control, to lessen your abnormal bleeding. 

What can I expect during endometrial ablation?

During your endometrial ablation, Dr. Gardner begins by opening your cervix, which she might do with special tools or through medication. She then inserts a tool to destroy the endometrial tissue. The entire procedure shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes.

Dr. Gardner may have you remain in the recovery area for a short time for monitoring, but you should be able to go home soon after your endometrial ablation.

What happens after endometrial ablation? 

You may experience some cramping, as well as vaginal discharge, for the first few days after your endometrial ablation. It’s also not uncommon to experience an increase in urination following endometrial ablation. All of these side effects, however, should resolve soon after your treatment.

It may take a few months for you to experience a change in your menstrual flow. In some women, bleeding stops altogether. 

An endometrial ablation isn’t a sterilization procedure, so Dr. Gardner may recommend birth control following your procedure to prevent pregnancy.

To learn more about endometrial ablation and the benefits it may offer you, contact Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D. by phone or online today.