Every month from the beginning of a woman's menstrual cycle until the onset of menopause, she will experience the flow of blood for a few days. Occurring exclusively among women, menstruation is a condition and a part of life that they must learn to manage as they continue with the normal activities that take place during their days. For some, their menstrual flow can considerably affect their routines (heavy physical activities, for example, may need to wait until after the flow has stopped) while others may find no need to alter their routines and are able to carry on with a variety of activities as usual.
There are instances, however, when some women may experience heavier bleeding than others would normally do. The periods can become unusually heavy, causing blood to quickly soak through sanitary pads and tampons and requiring a woman to change more frequently than usual. Such excessive blood loss can also cause a woman to become anemic, leading her to feel weak and fatigued. In these particular cases, a woman can consider having an endometrial ablation done to correct this condition.
Endometrial ablation is a medical procedure that effectively destroys or removes the endometrium-the lining of the uterus-from a woman's body. The endometrium is the same lining that is shed during a woman's period. The procedure is designed to reduce menstrual flow; in some women, menstruation can even stop completely.
There are a number of methods that can be employed to destroy the endometrium. Electrosurgery, for example, involves the use of an instrument that becomes hot and effectively carves furrows into the lining (general anesthesia is used). Other options include using either extreme cold or free-flowing hot saline fluid to remove the endometrium. Microwave technology and radiofrequency can also be used to vaporize the endometrial tissue.
While endometrial ablation can properly minimize menstrual flow and prevent the excessive loss of blood that can produce harmful effects on health, women must also think carefully before deciding to undergo the procedure. Women who plan to have children in the future, have cancer of the uterus, are past menopause, were recently pregnant, or regularly experience significant cramping during periods are advised not to undergo this procedure to prevent negative health results.
Men and women have different biological structures and it is highly important for each to receive proper medical care and attention for specific health conditions. Women are encouraged to visit their gynecologists for regular check-ups and treatments to ensure that they remain in the pink of health as much as possible.