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Procedure - Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation at Ogden Clinic in Utah has become a treatment option for women who have unusually heavy periods, bleeding that lasts for more than 8 days, and anemia from extreme blood loss. An endometrial ablation procedure is used to destroy the lining of the uterus in order to reduce or stop menstrual flow. Once this procedure is performed, women are advised to use some form of contraception to prevent pregnancy, as the risk for an ectopic pregnancy greatly increases.

Before having an endometrial ablation procedure at Ogden Clinic, you will want to test to make sure that you are not currently pregnant or have cervical cancer. Your doctor will also want to remove an existing IUD and potentially thin out the wall of your uterus to make the procedure go smoother. You will also want to discuss anesthesia options with your doctor depending on the severity of the procedure. For simple endometrial ablations, you will only require local anesthesia, while a more complicated procedure will require full sedation.

Types of Endometrial Ablation Procedures

  • Free-flowing hot fluid: For this procedure, heated saline fluid is distributed within the uterus for 10 minutes.
  • Heated balloon: For this type of ablation, a balloon is inserted into the uterus and then inflated with heated fluid. This procedure will take anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes.
  • Microwave treatment: The microwave treatment uses a slender wand that emits microwaves to heat and destroy the lining of the uterus. This procedure takes 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Radiofrequency: A device is inserted into the uterus which emits a radiofrequency energy that evaporates the lining of the uterus in just 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Cryoablation: Unlike the heating procedures, cryoablation is a freezing procedure where extreme cold is used to create ice balls that are inserted into the uterus to destroy the lining. Each freeze procedure takes roughly 6 minutes, and the number needed will depend on the size of your uterus.
  • Electrosurgery: This procedure will require general anesthesia, as the doctor uses a slender scope which is heated to scrape and carve out the uterus lining.

For women concerned about their menstrual flow, contact the specialists at Ogden Clinic in Utah. We will go over your symptoms with you and determine if an endometrial ablation is the best procedure.


Beverly, Steven, MD, FACOG
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Bradshaw-Whitear, Amber, MD, FACOG
5495 S 500 E
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3100

Lammi, Kirk, DO, FACOOG
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3240

Larson, Alex, MD, FACOG
5495 S 500 E
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3100

Palmer, Bryan, MD, FACOG
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3240

Roberts, Audrey, MD
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3240

Rynearson, Scott, DO
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Seale, Fred (Rocky), MD, FACOG
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3240