Women whose periods are typically heavier than usual know the extra concerns they face. Heavy periods can stain your clothes, make you take constant trips to the restroom, and cause you to worry repeatedly about whether you need to change your tampon or pad.
Naturally, then, a very heavy period can cause all these issues and more, leading to medical side effects and even difficulty living your day-to-day life while you are menstruating.
If this is the case for you, we have a treatment that can help. Dr. Wanda Torres and the rest of our team at Suncoast Women’s Care want to help you avoid dealing with the unwanted discomfort and issues associated with a heavy period, and endometrial ablation might be the answer you need.
Dealing with heavy periods
You may not even be aware of the extent of your period problems or whether your heavy periods are considered a medical issue in need of treatment. According to the Mayo Clinic, most women do not experience periods as severe as those associated with menorrhagia — the medical term for heavy periods. Symptoms of this condition can include
- The use of multiple sanitary protections at once to contain your flow
- Needing to change your sanitary protection every hour for several hours
- Needing to wake up and change your sanitary protection at night
- Bleeding for more than a week
- Passing clots that are larger than a quarter
- Experiencing symptoms of anemia, including fatigue and shortness of breath
If any or all of these issues apply to you, it’s likely you have menorrhagia. You might also simply notice that your heavy menstrual flow is getting in the way of your day-to-day life. Talk to Dr. Torres about the option of endometrial ablation and see if it would be helpful for you.
How endometrial ablation works
In endometrial ablation, Dr. Torres surgically removes the endometrial layer of the uterus. This can help to reduce the amount of bleeding caused during your period. In some cases, it can stop the bleeding you experience entirely. The treatment is incision-free and is performed through the insertion of tools through the vagina and cervix.
Dr. Torres can handle the procedure in many ways, but she will usually use either microwave energy, heated fluid, or radiofrequency to ablate the endometrial tissue.
In most cases, we do the procedure on an outpatient basis right in our Trinity, Florida, office. Cramping, discharge, and frequent urination are common side effects for the first 36 hours or so, and after a few months, you should begin to notice a significant difference in your period’s flow.
Understanding who needs endometrial ablation
The procedure is mild, but it’s not recommended for everyone. If you’re planning on or hoping to become pregnant in the future, Dr. Torres does not recommend endometrial ablation, as it can increase the likelihood of high-risk pregnancies.
If you know you’re not going to want to get pregnant in the future, you can seek a sterilization procedure in addition to endometrial ablation.
In most cases, it’s best to seek endometrial ablation if you’re specifically plagued by long-term, intensely heavy periods that interfere with your life or cause you to experience moderate to severe side effects, such as anemia.
Want to learn more about endometrial ablation?
If you believe you would be a good candidate for endometrial ablation and want to meet with Dr. Torres to talk about your options, call us at 727-230-9508. You may also request an appointment online, or send us a message here on our website.