What can be done for unusually heavy periods?

Endometrial AblationIf you deal with the inconvenience and pain of unusually heavy periods, soaking through a pad or tampon every two hours or less, then you should talk to your doctor about your treatment options. Usually, doctors will prescribe medication or an intrauterine device, called an IUD, to treat it. If those treatments don’t work or aren’t an option, endometrial ablation may help you find relief.

What is endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure that ablates or destroys the lining of the uterus with the goal to reduce menstrual flow. This may completely stop menstrual flow for some women.

To begin, the doctor will use medication or rods that gradually widen the opening in your cervix to allow for tools to be passed through the vagina to the uterus. Then the doctor inserts slender tools through the cervix, which is the passageway between your vagina and uterus. The size and condition of your uterus will determine which ablation method is best for you. Methods include heated fluids, extreme cold, microwave energy and high-energy radio frequencies.

What can I expect during recovery?

Depending on the method used, you may experience menstrual-like cramps for a few days after your procedure. You can use over-the-counter medications to help with discomfort. You can expect watery vaginal discharge mixed with blood for a few weeks. It will be heaviest for the first few days after the procedure. Some patients find they have to pass urine more often initially after the ablation procedure.

When will I notice results?

Endometrial ablation will reduce the amount of blood lost during monthly menstruation, but it may take a few months to see the final results. While most women will experience lighter periods, others will stop having periods entirely.

If you are experiencing unusually heavy periods, bleeding that lasts longer than eight days, or have anemia from excessive blood loss, then you should talk to your doctor about your options. Endometrial ablation may be right for you. To book an appointment, call 602-494-5050 (Paradise Valley) or 602-468-3912 (Biltmore).

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