If you dread getting your period because of heavy flow, Wanda Torres, MD, FACOG, and the expert team at Suncoast Women’s Care offer endometrial ablation, a treatment that makes long periods shorter and curbs heavy bleeding. To find out if you’re a candidate for endometrial ablation, call the Trinity, Florida & Tampa, Florida, office today, or schedule a consultation online.
If you have heavy bleeding during your period, or your periods are very long, endometrial ablation is a procedure that can reduce or completely stop your flow.
Endometrial ablation removes the endometrium. This is the lining of the uterus that thickens during your menstrual cycle and is then sloughed off during your period. After endometrial ablation, this lining no longer becomes thick enough to cause heavy bleeding during your cycle.
Most women have heavy flow at some point during their period, but if you need to change your pad or tampon every two hours or less for at least 24 hours, you may have a condition known as menorrhagia.
Menorrhagia can have many causes. Your doctor may recommend endometrial ablation for excessive bleeding caused by the following conditions.
Endometrial ablation is not recommended if you’re postmenopausal, or certain medical conditions such as cancer cause your heavy flow.
If you wish to become pregnant in the future, endometrial ablation is not recommended. It’s possible to become pregnant after the procedure, but you have a higher risk of miscarriage. There’s also an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy which can endanger your health and requires another procedure to remove.
Most of the time, the expert providers at Suncoast Women’s Care perform endometrial ablation as an outpatient procedure right in the office.
You’ll receive a local anesthetic and medication to dilate your cervix. When it’s time to begin the procedure, your doctor gently inserts a slender instrument into your vagina, and through the opening in your cervix.
Depending on your individual needs, your doctor may use radiofrequency, microwave energy, or heated fluid to destroy the endometrial tissue.
Following treatment, you’ll probably have some cramping and a more frequent need to urinate for 24-36 hours. You can expect to have discharge for up to two weeks. Be sure you follow your doctor’s instructions regarding physical activity and sexual intercourse after your procedure.
After a few months, you’ll notice that your period is becoming lighter. In some cases, menstruation completely stops after endometrial ablation.
To learn more about endometrial ablation, call Suncoast Women’s Care to make an appointment, or book online today.