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Endometrial ablation: All that you need to know

Published Mar 12, 2019, 2:52 pm IST
Updated Mar 12, 2019, 4:37 pm IST
Endometrial ablation is a lifestyle choice for women who wants to do away with problems related to menstruation.
Pregnancy can occur after endometrial ablation but such pregnancies might have a really high risk to mother and the foetus. (Photo: Representational/Pixabay)
 Pregnancy can occur after endometrial ablation but such pregnancies might have a really high risk to mother and the foetus. (Photo: Representational/Pixabay)

Mumbai: The women have always been suppressed by some of the natural yet inevitable processes like Menstruation. These natural phenomenon’s touch them in a way that overpowers their lives. But, the development in medical science has brought in a change that improves the health condition of the women.

Prolonged periods are something that has always been a nightmare for women. The excessive bleeding leaves women anaemic and even impedes their everyday life. To put an end to this problem, it is important to seek guidance from an expert or a doctor.


Several doctors may recommend medications or a progesterone-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) as the first line of treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding. But, there can be cases where medicines and IUD fail to resolve problems like bleeding between periods, the flow that lasts for abnormally long time and also, unusually heavy periods.

These alarming problems are then surgically treated by a process called endometrial ablation. Many women are asked to switch to such a lifestyle of not having periods or minimal periods to ensure their well-being.

In endometrial ablation, the lining of your uterus is removed or destroyed using heat or microwaves. No cut or incisions are required in this process. However, the process differs and depends from person to person.

We suggest this surgery only to women who have already conceived before and have absolutely no as such plans in the future and are going through the problems excessive blood loss which is unmanageable.

Endometrial ablation is a complete NO for many of the following categories of women:

Women who have already had Menopause.

Young girls who have to carry and conceive in the future. This is so because the lining of the uterus is been impaired and damaged in this process.

Women with pelvic inflammatory diseases or any kind of abdominal cramping.

Women with any kind of disorder in the uterus like weak walls or any kind of infection.

Women who were recently pregnant should not go in for this process at all.

However, pregnancy can occur after endometrial ablation but such pregnancies might have a really high risk to mother and the foetus. In most cases, such a pregnancy leads to miscarriage because the damaged lining of the uterus is unable to carry the baby for the term of nine months. As an alternative, the pregnancy takes place in the fallopian tubes or cervix instead of the uterus.

It shouldn’t take you long to heal from an ablation. Most women are back to their normal routine within a week.

You may have some cramping and bleeding for a few days and a watery or bloody discharge for up to 3 weeks. It’s also common to have nausea and an urge to pee for the first 24 hours.

Your doctor will advise you not to have sex, use tampons, or douche for a few days. She may also put limits on your activity, like not lifting heavy things right away. If you need medicine for pain, ask your doctor which over-the-counter medicines are safe to take. Don’t take aspirin. It could make you bleed more.

Closing Thoughts

It is very true in today’s times that human inventions have overshadowed the natural processes with their high success rates. But it is always asserted to use them judiciously and wisely, only for those who are ailing. This lifestyle choice is definitely a boon for those who genuinely have menstruation problems and can get away with the associated problems.

Women, too have a right to live freely and they definitely can in today’s times with modern approaches and processes without natural processes taking a toll on their sound health.

*Disclaimer: This article has been contributed by Dr. Rita Bakshi, Senior Gynaecologist and Founder, International Fertility Centre. The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of Deccan Chronicle, and Deccan Chronicle does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.