Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation is a procedure used to destroy the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium). There are different ways to perform endometrial ablation, such as with a laser, electricity, or heat.

Endometrial ablation may be done to reduce heavy, prolonged menstrual bleeding or other abnormal vaginal bleeding. The lining of the uterus heals by scarring. Scarring usually reduces or prevents bleeding.

Last Updated: February 9, 2010

Author: Sandy Jocoy, RN

Medical Review: Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine

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