While menstruation is a normal part of your monthly cycle, problems can occur if bleeding continues for more than eight days or is excessively heavy. Aside from the inconvenience that comes with an unusually heavy or extended period, other health concerns can arise. Anemia is the most common of these. Endometrial ablation is used to help reduce the amount of bleeding that occurs during menstruation and may be suggested by our physicians in these cases.
What Is Endometrial Ablation?
This procedure is a routine treatment that can happen in a single visit. During endometrial ablation, heat will be applied to the uterus lining to help reduce bleeding by destroying the endometrium. After successful ablation, you should see a notable reduction in the amount of bleeding during menstruation and may stop bleeding entirely. This procedure doesn’t require any incisions, and can typically be performed in our office. Three types of endometrial ablation are performed in our office, Minerva, NovaSure, and Genesys Hydro ThermAblator (HTA).
How Does An In-Office Ablation Procedure Help Me?
Since these procedures are able to be performed in our offices, there’s a greater degree of convenience and flexibility. The fact that our procedures are performed under local anesthesia and use less-invasive techniques means you’ll recover quickly and need less time off work than with procedures performed under general anesthesia. These procedures also result in a lower amount of pain and a reduced need for medication after the operation.
Can I Become Pregnant After An Endometrial Ablation?
Pregnancy is possible following an ablation, but it is a dangerous situation for both mother and fetus alike. The lining is no longer capable of supporting a fetus safely through its developmental stages. Determining which form of birth control you can reliably use is a critical part of undergoing this procedure.
What Are The Benefits Of Receiving Endometrial Ablation?
Endometrial ablation comes with a number of benefits for you, including:
- No scarring since no incisions are required
- You retain all of your organs (regular pap smears are still required)
- High success rate with 45% of women experiencing lighter periods and 30% having none at all. 90% of women who receive this treatment report satisfaction with the results.
- No impact on your enjoyment of sex
- No evidence of complications such as cancer or other medical conditions.
What Types Of Endometrial Ablation Does Women’s Health Group Offer?
Our offices offer three types of endometrial ablation, Novasure, Genesys Hydro ThermoAblator (HTA), and Minerva. All three of these procedures destroy the endometrium to reduce or eliminate bleeding as part of menstruation.
- NovaSure – This safe procedure takes five minutes and is easy to perform. It requires no pre-treatment and can occur at any point in your cycle. Those who undergo this procedure typically can return to work the next day.
- Genesys Hydro ThermoAblator (HTA) – This procedure involves filling the uterus with heated water to perform the ablation. Your uterus will be filled with water that will be slowly heated to 90C for 10 minutes. You’ll be able to return to work the next day, but your period will continue to be heavy for a few months afterward as you heal.
- Minerva Ablation – This system involves the use of plasma energy delivered using a special array that will expand to fit your uterus’s size and shape. Plasma energy will be delivered through this system for a period of 2 minutes, at which point it will be removed. You will be able to return to your normal activities the day after the procedure.
If you’d like to learn more about endometrial ablation and how it can help you, call our offices today. Our staff will arrange an appointment with one of our providers to help you address your concerns over heavy bleeding. Isn’t it time to find freedom from your extended or excessively heavy period? Call today and enjoy a life free from heavy bleeding!