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Can endometrial ablation cause early menopause?

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Endometrial ablation, a procedure that thins the lining of the uterus, does not cause early menopause because it does not affect hormone levels or cause changes to ovarian blood flow, as stated by Main Line Health, a healthcare system that serves the Philadelphia area. Women experience decreased or no menstrual bleeding as a result of the procedure, not early menopause.

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A procedure known as uterine artery embolization, another method to decrease the flow of a woman's menstrual period, can cause less blood flow to the ovaries. The decrease in blood flow to the ovaries alters hormone levels and can cause early menopause.

Early menopause may be diagnosed by measuring a woman's levels of follicle stimulating hormone. Levels higher than 40 milli-international units per milliliter are indicative of menopause.

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