Women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding may be candidates for endometrial ablation — a technique in which the uterine lining is treated with heat or sound waves. In most cases, menstrual bleeding is lighter or absent after endometrial ablation.

Endometrial ablation does not require incisions and is performed by inserting specialized thin instruments into the uterus through the vagina and cervix. This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, without general anesthesia, and most women return to their normal activities the next day.