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Microwave Endometrial Ablation (MEA)

Microwave Endometrial Ablation is a procedure, which uses electromagnetic waves to destroy the lining of the womb and stop heavy periods. The operation can be performed under either general or local anaesthetic. It takes about 15 minutes to complete, and as the probe is passed via a catheter through the cervix there is no need for surgery.

You can often go home the same day although you may find it is a little uncomfortable. Pain relief and antibiotics are usually prescribed and women can return to work within about ten days.


In some cases periods can stop altogether which is why it is not recommended for women who still wish to conceive.

Although this procedure is available on the NHS, not all hospitals will perform it. To find out those that do contact 0800 328 3025.

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational coach and founder of the Hysterectomy Association. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in the adoption and engagement of digital technologies. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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