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I'm 19 and considering an endometrial ablation. What are the possible benefits and risks?
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Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Too young.
Endometrial ablation (destroying the uterine lining to reduce menstrual bleeding) is great if you are 45 and done having children but isn't for people under 35 (generally).
Ablation should never be done if further childbearing (pregnancy) is planned because serious complications for mom and baby can result. Ablation does not provide pregnancy prevention, it isn't sterilization.

In brief: Too young.
Endometrial ablation (destroying the uterine lining to reduce menstrual bleeding) is great if you are 45 and done having children but isn't for people under 35 (generally).
Ablation should never be done if further childbearing (pregnancy) is planned because serious complications for mom and baby can result. Ablation does not provide pregnancy prevention, it isn't sterilization.
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Would not advise it.
If you are having problems with heavy bleeding and are 19 i would recommend birth control pills, depoprovera or the mirean iud.
I would not recommend an ablation.

In brief: Would not advise it.
If you are having problems with heavy bleeding and are 19 i would recommend birth control pills, depoprovera or the mirean iud.
I would not recommend an ablation.
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Endometrial ablation is not recommended for anyone who may want to have children.
Dr. George Klauber
Strongly endorse above advice. Have a neighbour who is infertile as result of endometrial ablation!
Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Other alternatives
While an endometrial ablation is an option for woman who have heavy periods, other factors such as the patient's age, whether she has completed childbearing and need for birth control need to be considered.
If you have an endometrial ablation, you still need to use a reliable form of birth control as pregnancy is generally not recommended after the ablation. Talk to your doctor about options.

In brief: Other alternatives
While an endometrial ablation is an option for woman who have heavy periods, other factors such as the patient's age, whether she has completed childbearing and need for birth control need to be considered.
If you have an endometrial ablation, you still need to use a reliable form of birth control as pregnancy is generally not recommended after the ablation. Talk to your doctor about options.
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Dr. Martin Fielder
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Infertility
You are not supposed to get pregnant after an endometrial ablation.
It destroys the lining of your uterus. A pregnancy that occurs after an ablation often does quite poorly, and is not recommended. We generally do not recommend it on someone your age. There are other options for heavy bleeding, such as ocps or other meds.

In brief: Infertility
You are not supposed to get pregnant after an endometrial ablation.
It destroys the lining of your uterus. A pregnancy that occurs after an ablation often does quite poorly, and is not recommended. We generally do not recommend it on someone your age. There are other options for heavy bleeding, such as ocps or other meds.
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Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Ablation
A woman should only consider an ablation if she is done having kids.
A pregnancy after an ablation, even a miscarriage, can cause a life-threatening condition called accreta where a woman can hemorrhage severely. If a pregnancy continues after an ablation the baby can have severe growth problems or stillbirth. Ablations are really intended for women who are in their 40s whose tubes are tied.

In brief: Ablation
A woman should only consider an ablation if she is done having kids.
A pregnancy after an ablation, even a miscarriage, can cause a life-threatening condition called accreta where a woman can hemorrhage severely. If a pregnancy continues after an ablation the baby can have severe growth problems or stillbirth. Ablations are really intended for women who are in their 40s whose tubes are tied.
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