Intervals of heavy, long periods, or bleeding between periods, can not only be distressing but present a potential health risk. While occasional irregularity is not uncommon, you should address it if there are also unusual symptoms that interfere with your daily life. At Radiant Women’s Health, we can perform a safe endometrial ablation (also called a uterine ablation or a Minerva ablation), to help evaluate and resolve this issue. If you are experiencing prolonged abnormalities, we welcome you to schedule your appointment at our center today.
What Does an Endometrial Ablation Do?
Endometrial ablation is a procedure that involves the removal of the endometrium, or uterine lining, in order to reduce bleeding. While you may still experience bleeding after this procedure, any period following the operation should have considerably less bleeding. In some instances, bleeding and associated abnormalities such as extreme pelvic pain should stop as well.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
If you find you need to change your tampons or sanitary pads every hour during your period, or your period lasts more than seven days, you are considered to have heavy or long periods. This can often be a result of hormone problems, such as the hormonal changes that come with premenopause. Younger women who are still in their prime childbearing years are not great candidates for this procedure, as removing the endometrial lining will in most cases preclude the possibility of getting pregnant in the future. However, if you have no desire or expectation of being pregnant in the future and you are experiencing bleeding problems, this may be the procedure for you.
How Does Endometrial Ablation Work?
Endometrial ablation is not a surgical procedure. Instead, Dr. Birt utilizes tools that essentially remove the endometrial lining without any cutting. The procedure begins with the insertion of a tool known as a hysteroscope to see into your uterus while performing the procedure. This may cause some slight discomfort, but the process can be done in little time and may require only a minimal amount of downtime. This is a low-risk operation that Dr. Birt has performed many times.
What Are the Effects of This Treatment?
After endometrial ablation, you should see a significant decrease in bleeding or cessation in bleeding altogether. Possible complications can include postoperative bleeding and infection, but these are unlikely and we will monitor you closely post-procedure. Remember, pregnancy after this procedure is highly unlikely.
Endometrial Ablation in Conyers, Atlanta
No matter what your women’s health issues are, you are in great hands with Radiant Women’s Health. Dr. Birt’s skill and experience have produced great outcomes for Georgia women for over 14 years. She takes a caring, knowledgeable approach to your treatment and is exactly who you want to perform a procedure such as this. To schedule a consultation, please submit the form below or call us at (770) 860-0123 today.