Can you still have your period after endometrial ablation?

This procedure stops all menstrual flow in many women.

The aim of endometrial ablation is to reduce or cease menstrual flow, and thus it may entirely stop periods in some women or it may just cut down the amount of menstrual bleeding. Endometrial ablation is a treatment that involves the removal of the uterine lining and is recommended in women who have abnormal uterine bleeding, for instance, a very heavy menstrual flow, prolonged periods that last more than a week or bleeding in between menstrual cycles, and bleeding that leads to anemia or other health problems. Endometrial ablation is an appropriate treatment option if:

  • Medications and intrauterine devices have failed in relieving heavy or problematic menstrual cycles.
  • You are not pregnant and not trying to conceive either.

Endometrial ablation is not recommended in postmenopausal women and women with uterine abnormalities, uterine cancer, and an active pelvic infection.

It is important to remember that endometrial ablation is not a sterilization procedure and hence pregnancy is still possible but is of higher risk to both the mother and the baby. Therefore, contraceptive measures should be continued.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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