Page ContentHysteroscopic Endometrial AblationUsing a hysteroscope, Kelsey-Seybold OB/GYN specialists decrease or stop menstrual bleeding by heating or freezing the uterine lining. Endometrial ablation is often considered for women who experience frequent bleeding between menstrual periods or unusually heavy or long periods, typically caused by changing hormones, uterine fibroids, or polyps. Any of these conditions can lead to other health problems, such as anemia. Endometrial ablation is a procedure that inhibits the endometrium, which lines the uterus. This can decrease or stop menstrual bleeding completely in the majority of cases. In some it slows bleeding to a normal, manageable flow. In the past, the only ways to stop menstrual bleeding were:HysterectomyD&C (Dilation and Curettage)Medication Medication and D&C are temporary fixes, while a hysterectomy is a definitive solution. Now with minimally invasive, hysteroscopic endometrial ablation like that offered at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, women can get control over their heavy or abnormal periods with other options. Minimally Invasive ProcedureHysteroscopic endometrial ablation uses a hysteroscope, a thin, lighted telescope-like device. It is inserted through the vagina into the uterus after dilating the cervix, and projects images of the uterus onto a monitor. Other tools are inserted through the hysteroscope to heat or freeze the uterine lining. In most cases, endometrial ablation is a one-day procedure that requires no further time in the hospital. Some period-like pain and bleeding are normal for some days after the procedure. If you have heavy, long, or abnormal periods that are interfering with your life or health, ask your doctor if you are a candidate for hysteroscopic endometrial ablation. Then contact the experts at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston to discuss your options or make an appointment.