According to the Newton-Wellesley Hosptial, good candidates for uterine (or endometrial) ablation are women who are pre-menopausal, have completed child-bearing, wish to retain their uteruses, and their heavy bleeding is being caused by a non-cancerous condition. Endometrial ablation is a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding.
Prior to endometrial ablation, the first line of treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding is the use of prescription medications or a progesterone-releasing intrauterine device. The endometrial ablation procedure uses a variety of methods, including heat, electricity and extreme cold, to destroy the uterine lining. Approximately 90 percent of women will have reduced menstrual flow following endometrial ablation and up to 50 percent will stop having periods completely according to George Washington University Hospital.