Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation surgery treats heavy bleeding by removing the lining of the uterus. This is because if you have significant bleeding every month you may suffer from anaemia as well as affecting your physical and mental health.

What does treatment involve?

The surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. Your Consultant Gynaecologist will insert a thin telescope known as a hysteroscope into your cervix via your vagina in order to see your uterus. They will then proceed to remove the lining of the uterus. This can be done by burning the lining with a low voltage electric current, a wire to remove the tissue, a laser, or with hot fluid.

Women who have endometrial ablation either stop having periods, or experience light bleeding.

After treatment

You may experience period like cramping shortly after treatment, which should pass with paracetamol. You will have vaginal bleeding for a few days to a few weeks.

It is advised not to use tampons or menstrual cups (you can use sanitary pads), or have intercourse for the first few weeks.