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Ablations

Women's Health Care Center of Houston

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Memorial Hermann Tower & Methodist West Campus, Houston, TX

If conservative treatments for endometriosis or dysfunctional uterine bleeding aren’t enough to relieve your symptoms, you may be a candidate for the ablations available at Women’s Health Care Center of Houston. At their two offices in Houston, Texas, the board-certified OB/GYN physicians provide comprehensive care during and after ablation procedures. They offer in-office diagnostic assessments to ensure an ablation is right for you. Schedule your evaluation online or by calling your nearest office today.

Ablations Q&A

What are ablations?

Ablations are procedures to destroy the endometrium, the inner lining of your uterus. The team at Women’s Health Care Center of Houston offers in-office ablation procedures to treat conditions that cause heavy or abnormal uterine bleeding, such as endometriosis and dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB).

Endometriosis is a condition that describes the growth of uterine tissue outside of your uterus. This tissue can grow on your fallopian tubes and other nearby structures but continues to act as it normally does.

Endometrial tissue thickens and breaks down each month during your menstrual cycle. However, because this tissue has nowhere to go after breaking down, it can cause pain and other complications with your reproductive health.

What can I expect during an ablation?

At Women’s Health Care Center of Houston, the medical team offers in-office ablation procedures. To keep you comfortable and pain-free, your provider can use a local anesthetic.

Based on your specific health needs, your Women’s Health Care Center of Houston physician can determine which ablation method is right for your treatment. They can destroy the lining of your uterus using technologies like:

  • Cryotherapies (freezing)
  • Radiofrequency energy
  • Uterine balloon therapy

After your procedure is complete, you can expect to return home to rest for the remainder of the day. It’s normal to experience some light bleeding, spotting, and discharge after your treatment.

Your Women’s Health Care Center of Houston can also recommend over-the-counter medications to alleviate pain and cramping. They can discuss limiting certain activities, including sex, until you fully recover.

Am I a candidate for an ablation?

At Women’s Health Care Center of Houston, the medical team can determine if you’re a candidate for ablation by reviewing your condition, your medical history, and your plans for a family.

Following an ablation, it’s less likely that you can become pregnant. If you do, you may be at increased risk for complications or a miscarriage. Your provider can discuss options for birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy if you do move forward with an ablation.

To find out if ablation procedures are right for you, schedule a consultation with the team at Women’s Health Care Center of Houston by calling the office nearest you, or by booking an appointment online today.