While menstruation is a common aspect of your monthly cycle, problems can arise if you begin to bleed excessively or for more than eight days. Aside from being inconvenient, other health issues can arise, with anemia being the most common. If these symptoms persist, your doctor may recommend endometrial ablation.
What Is Endometrial Ablation?
During endometrial ablation, your doctor will remove the thin layer of tissue called the endometrium that lines the uterus. Endometrial ablation aims to reduce menstrual flow, and it may cause it to stop entirely for some women. This procedure is typically a last resort option as it may cause infertility or an increased risk of miscarriages.
Why Would You Have an Endometrial Ablation?
Your doctor may recommend endometrial ablation if you are experiencing:
- Unusually heavy periods in which you soak through your tampon or pad in two hours or less.
- Menstrual bleeding for over eight days.
- Blood loss induced Anemia.
The treatment process generally begins with hormonal medications or an intrauterine device (IUD). If you are still experiencing heavy bleeding after trying these treatments, your doctor may consider an endometrial ablation. If you have a uterus abnormality, uterine cancer or pelvic infection, your doctor may recommend not to undergo this procedure.
What Happens During Endometrial Ablation?
The Women’s Health Group offers three endometrial ablation procedures, which we perform in our offices. All three methods effectively remove the endometrium lining to reduce or eliminate menstrual bleeding. Our three endometrial ablation options are:
- NovaSure: This is a safe, quick procedure that only takes five minutes. This procedure does not require pretreatment and can occur at any stage of your menstrual cycle. Many of our patients can return to work the next day after this procedure.
- Genesys Hydro ThermoAblator (HTA): This type of ablation involves filling your uterus with water that your doctor will slowly heat to the desired temperature. Most patients can return to work the next day, but your period will continue to be heavy for a few months as your body heals.
- Minerva Ablation: During this ablation, plasma energy delivered using a special array will expand the size and shape of your uterus to remove your endometrium lining. You will be able to return to your normal activities the day after this procedure.
Learn More About Our Endometrial Ablation Services in Metro Denver
If you believe you would benefit from endometrial ablation services, we encourage you to contact The Women’s Health Group at a location closest to you today.