Abnormal uterine bleeding, when you have unusually heavy periods or experience vaginal bleeding when it’s not the time for your monthly period, can be inconvenient, painful, and even dangerous.
If you regularly experience heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding, getting an endometrial ablation might be right for you. An endometrial ablation is a procedure that can reduce or completely end your uterine bleeding.
Board-certified gynecologist Julie Madejski, MD, offers this groundbreaking, minimally invasive procedure here at Artemis Advanced Office Gynecology in Lockport, New York.
Keep reading to learn more about endometrial ablation and whether it’s right for you.
Understanding endometrial ablation
Endometrial ablation is a revolutionary procedure that minimizes or resolves your heavy menstrual flow without removing your uterus. Instead, our team treats your bleeding with a Minerva™ endometrial ablation by removing some of the uterine lining in your uterus.
Our clinicians perform this nonsurgical procedure right here at Artemis Advanced Office Gynecology, with no hospital visit required. We are an accredited office based surgery practice with a board certified anesthesiologist available, so your procedure will be pain free.
We begin by inserting a slim device into your uterus via your cervix. After insertion, the probe expands into a silicon balloon in your uterus. The balloon removes your uterine lining through 120 targeted seconds of energy pulsing into your uterus.
Once the procedure is over, you can recover in the comfort of your own home. You can expect to feel completely back to normal within a week.
Is endometrial ablation the right choice for you?
Our team recommends an endometrial ablation to many women experiencing difficulty with menstrual or uterine bleeding. These are some of the top factors that usually mean endometrial ablation is an excellent choice for your needs.
You experience chronic heavy or abnormal bleeding
To benefit from an endometrial ablation, you should regularly experience heavy menstrual flow or abnormal uterine bleeding. You might have heavy periods if, for at least a few months:
- You need to change your tampon or pad at least hourly for a day or more
- Your period persists for over a week
- Your period disrupts your routine or forces you to change your schedule
We might also recommend endometrial ablation if you have other kinds of abnormal bleeding. This includes bleeding between your monthly period, bleeding after sexual intercourse, or bleeding after menopause.
Your abnormal uterine bleeding isn’t caused by uterine growths
Endometrial ablation resolves some causes of heavy or abnormal bleeding. If our team discovers uterine polyps or growths are causing your heavy flow, they typically recommend you get a minimally invasive hysteroscopy procedure instead of endometrial ablation.
You aren’t planning to get pregnant in the future
Our clinicians only recommend endometrial ablation to women who are certain they don’t want more children. Endometrial ablation makes it difficult to conceive, and if you do get pregnant, you’re at higher risk of pregnancy complications or miscarriage.
As part of your endometrial ablation, our team can help you choose a reliable birth control method that ensures you don’t become pregnant after the procedure.
Your reproductive organs are healthy
You should be in good overall and reproductive health to receive an endometrial ablation.
You might need to wait before getting the procedure or consider another solution for abnormal uterine bleeding if you have any infections or cancers in your reproductive organs, a weak uterine wall, or any endometrial or uterine disorders.
Heavy and abnormal bleeding shouldn’t control your life. To find out if endometrial ablation or another convenient treatment is right for you, call us to schedule a consultation.