An endometrial ablation removes the lining (or endometrium) of your uterus. This procedure is done for women who struggle with unusually heavy periods or cycles that last a long time (or both). It’s a quick procedure that takes about five minutes to complete and can typically be done in your gynecologist’s office.
Common side effects of endometrial ablation
The side effects are fairly minimal and rarely get serious because an endometrial ablation isn’t actually considered surgery. The doctor doesn’t have to cut anything, but instead uses small tools that go up through your cervix to your uterus.
Common side effects immediately following an endometrial ablation are:
- Bloody or watery discharge
- A strong urge to pee
Rare and serious side effects following an endometrial ablation include:
- Strong cramping or stomach pain
- Fever and/or chills
- Heavy bleeding
- Foul-smelling discharge
If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor right away. There’s always a very small chance of infection or damage to the uterus or organs surrounding it, but most of the time an endometrial ablation is safe and very successful.
Talk to your doctor about whether or not an endometrial ablation would be a good choice for you. For example, this is not a procedure recommended for women who are planning to get pregnant in the future because it can cause serious complications for both mom and baby.
If you think this is a procedure that you would benefit from, contact the experienced doctors at All About Women today.