Endometrial Ablation to Stop Heavy Bleeding
Heavy bleeding doesn’t have to be a fact of life.
If you suffer from heavy or prolonged periods, you know that excessive bleeding is more than just a pain to deal with: it can significantly impact your life. (There’s nothing worse than staying home all weekend because you’re afraid to leave the bathroom.) You might be tired of taking birth control to lessen your periods or sick of buying box after box of super tampons. You wish there were a permanent solution to heavy bleeding.
Ablation is a procedure that can stop or reduce heavy periods.
Unlike a hysterectomy (which requires general anesthesia, a hospital visit, a lengthy recovery time, and a significant investment), Ablation only takes about 20 minutes to perform in our office with a couple hours for recovery.
Is heavy bleeding controlling you?
Most women who suffer from heavy periods think it’s normal because they’ve dealt with it their whole life. Do any of the following situations sound familiar?
- You change your tampon more than once an hour.
- You limit your activities when you have your period.
- You miss work because of your period.
- You’ve soaked through your clothes.
- You need to take iron supplements because you become anemic during your period.
The fact is, it’s not normal for your period to control you. If you’ve experienced any of the previous scenarios, ablation might be a solution.
What is ablation?
Ablation is an in-office procedure that removes (destroys) the lining of the uterus, after which you’ll have little or no menstrual bleeding.
How does ablation work?
During your period, you shed a uterine lining and a new lining starts to grow (to be shed your next month). Ablation removes the cells required to grow new linings, permanently reducing or stopping menstruation. If you want to avoid a major procedure like hysterectomy or you’re tired of temporary solutions like birth control, ablation is an excellent choice.
How is ablation done?
At CHCW, we’ll take your medical history and perform a physical exam to make sure endometrial ablation is right for you. We’ll conduct a couple tests, including:
- A diagnostic ultrasound.
- An office hysteroscopy with a biopsy of the uterine lining.
These tests will help your CHCW physician decide if ablation is the best solution for you. If it is, we’ll then discuss which ablation method will be best for your circumstances.
Ablation is an in-office procedure and typically takes about 20 minutes to perform, with a couple hours of recovery. Patients usually return to work in a few days.
Before you move forward with ablation, please consider the following information:
You've completed childbearing.
Although the chances for pregnancy are reduced after an ablation, it’s still possible to get pregnant. However, pregnancy is very dangerous—ectopic/tubal or high-risk uterine pregnancies are likely. At CHCW, we encourage you to consider a permanent birth control option like Essure prior to having the ablation procedure.
You may need a repeat procedure.
According to a 2005 study published in Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility, approximately 22% of women require a hysterectomy or repeat ablation. In addition, younger women are less likely than older women to respond to ablation. However, 90% of women experienced reduced menstrual flow, and 30-40% of women stopped having periods entirely.
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