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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Endometrial ablation (EA) is a procedure to destroy the endometrium (lining of your uterus). You may need EA if you have heavy or abnormal vaginal bleeding.
- Medicines can help decrease pain, calm your stomach, and control vomiting.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
What to expect after your procedure:
- Cramps, similar to menstrual cramps, for 1 to 2 days
- Watery, bloody discharge for 2 to 3 days that may become light and last a few weeks
- Frequent urination for 24 hours
Ask when you can return to your normal activities. You may need to avoid sex for 6 weeks after your procedure.
You may need to use birth control after your procedure to prevent pregnancy. Pregnancy risks, such as a miscarriage, are higher after EA. Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control and having children after EA.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- The bleeding during your monthly periods has not decreased.
- You have pain when you urinate.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You have vaginal bleeding and it is not time for your monthly period.
- You have a fever.
- You feel dizzy, weak, and confused.
- You cannot stop vomiting.
- You have severe pain.
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