Having unusually heavy or lengthy periods each month is taxing and stressful. It can interfere with your life at work and at home. Luckily, there is a solution. Endometrial ablation is a procedure that can permanently slow your flow, even if medications and birth control haven’t made a change. Call or schedule a consultation with Arbor Obstetrics & Gynecology in Atlanta to see if endometrial ablation is right for you.
There are several types of endometrial ablation, all with the same basic principle. During endometrial ablation, your endometrium, or uterine lining, is removed to permanently reduce a heavy menstrual flow.
Endometrial ablation is recommended only for women who are finished birthing children or who do not want children at all. At Arbor Obstetrics & Gynecology, we offer several different options, and our team can help you choose which is right for you.
If you opt for NovaSure for your endometrial ablation, your doctor first inserts a thin wand into your cervix. She then puts a triangular, net-like device into your uterus. The device expands to fit into the shape of your uterus. Radiofrequency energy is dispersed through the netting and into your uterine lining for roughly 90 seconds. Then, the device is pulled back into the wand. Your uterus remains intact while your endometrium is destroyed.
Like NovaSure, the Minerva system involves the placement of an apparatus into your uterus. The Minerva apparatus is made of silicone, which easily forms into the shape of your uterus. A small balloon inflates at the top of your cervix to protect it and keep the device in place. The Minerva system performs a few tests on your uterus before delivering about two minutes of plasma energy into your uterine lining, destroying your endometrium. The device is then removed, leaving your uterus intact.
While endometrial ablation is an effective treatment for heavy bleeding, it comes with several potential risks and side effects. These include:
Luckily, these risks are rare and are far outweighed by the benefits. If you’re concerned, talk to your provider at Arbor Obstetrics & Gynecology.
If you’re anticipating an endometrial ablation procedure, there are a few steps you can take to prepare. If you have an IUD, you must have it removed before the procedure. You should also take a pregnancy test to make sure that you aren’t pregnant. Your doctor might recommend an initial treatment to thin your endometrium to make removal easier.
You’ll also want to discuss anesthetic options with your provider before the appointment. Some methods require general anesthesia while others only require numbing shots to your pelvic area.
If you experience unusually heavy bleeding during your periods, endometrial ablation may be a good option for you. Call or schedule a consultation online with Arbor Obstetrics & Gynecology today.