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Does Endometrial Ablation Cure Endometriosis For Good?

Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition that affects about 190 million women of reproductive age worldwide. A chronic disease with no known cure, endometriosis is associated with significant pain that often worsens during periods or sexual intercourse.

It’s essential to seek treatment to manage the symptoms if you suspect you have endometriosis. Dr. Rachel Spieldoch and our team at McDowell Mountain Gynecology in Scottsdale, Arizona, offer endometrial ablation to reduce symptoms of endometriosis.

Understanding endometriosis

With endometriosis, tissues similar to those of the uterus lining grow outside the uterus, causing scar tissue and inflammation. 

Common symptoms of endometriosis include:

Pelvic pain

Women with endometriosis often experience pelvic pain, ranging from mild discomfort to significant cramping. The pain may occur before and during menstruation or persist throughout the month.

Irregular periods

Endometriosis can cause heavy periods that soak through pads or tampons every few hours or prolonged menstrual periods that last more than seven days. Some women with endometriosis experience irregular bleeding.

Painful intercourse

Sexual intercourse may become painful due to the presence of endometrial tissue in the pelvic region.

Infertility

Some women with endometriosis experience fertility challenges when it interferes with the function of the ovaries, uterus, or fallopian tubes.

Can endometrial ablation cure endometriosis?

Unfortunately, endometrial ablation is not a cure for endometriosis, and there is no known cure for the disease. But endometrial ablation offers a minimally invasive procedure to treat heavy menstrual bleeding by removing or destroying the lining of the uterus. 

By reducing or eliminating the uterine lining, the procedure significantly decreases menstrual blood flow. The reduction in bleeding can alleviate associated symptoms, such as anemia, fatigue, and the need for frequent changes of sanitary products.

Endometrial ablation may also help manage pain caused by endometriosis indirectly. By reducing the menstrual flow and uterine lining, it may decrease the intensity of menstrual cramps, which can provide some relief. 

The effectiveness of endometrial ablation in managing pain varies, and it may not provide complete pain relief for all women with endometriosis. Dr. Spieldoch will discuss your situation and expected results before the procedure to help you decide if endometrial ablation is a good choice.

Who should not get endometrial ablation?

While endometrial ablation is a suitable option for some women, it is not recommended for everyone. Avoid the procedure if you desire to have children in the future, as endometrial ablation may negatively impact fertility. 

Additionally, you may not be a suitable candidate for endometrial ablation if you have other gynecologic issues, such as large fibroids, abnormal uterine shape, or active pelvic infections. 

While endometrial ablation is not a cure for endometriosis, it can provide relief for symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding and potentially alleviate some associated pain. To learn more about endometrial ablation and endometriosis treatment options, call McDowell Mountain Gynecology or schedule an appointment online.

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