Each month during menstruation, you shed the lining (endometrium) of your uterus. Endometrial ablation treats excessive menstrual blood loss, which may be indicated by:

  • Unusually heavy periods most months
  • Enough blood loss to soak through a pad or tampon every hour on the heaviest days
  • Anemia from excessive blood loss

Several options exist to help reduce menstrual bleeding. Doctors may prescribe medications or a progesterone-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) as the first line of treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding, but endometrial ablation may be an option if medications or an IUD don't help.

Endometrial ablation is not recommended for women who:

  • Wish to become pregnant in the future
  • Have significant cramping with menstrual periods
  • Have cancer of the uterus
  • Were recently pregnant
  • Are past menopause
Oct. 11, 2012