How Endometrial Ablation Helps with Heavy Periods

If you struggle with heavy periods, you’re in good company. One in five women experiences abnormal uterine bleeding or AUB. Heavy menstrual bleeding can be disruptive to all aspects of life, from your mental health to your career to your sex life, so it’s no wonder heavy periods are a source of distress among many women.  

Heavy periods can be frustrating, but endometrial ablation is an office treatment that can help. With endometrial ablation, you can resolve heavy periods in a single procedure!

Do You Have Heavy Periods?

Heavy menstrual bleeding may also be referred to as menorrhagia. Menorrhagia specifically refers to period bleeding that lasts longer than seven days. You may also be dealing with abnormally heavy periods if you need to change your pad or tampon hourly or multiple times at night, pass blood clots, or experience significant pain during your period. You may also feel exhausted, irritable and/or depressed during and after your periods.

The Far-Reaching Impact of Heavy Periods

Heavy periods can lead to the following problems:

  • More missed days of work or school
  • Difficulty with your sex life and relationships
  • Difficulty participating in social and athletic events
  • Low self-confidence
  • Feelings of anxiety and/or depression 

NovaSure Endometrial Ablation

At Women’s Health & Wellness, we offer the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure for heavy period bleeding. This procedure uses energy to burn off the lining of the uterus. Since the uterine lining is responsible for heavy period bleeding, endometrial ablation reduces or eliminates menstrual bleeding for 9 out of 10 women who undergo the procedure. It won’t affect your hormones or sex life. However, it’s not compatible with future pregnancy, as the uterine walls are altered in the procedure. So, it should only be done after a woman has completed childbearing.  

The NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure involves inserting a slender wand into the uterus. The wand extends a triangular netted device, which forms to the shape of the inside of your uterus. Precise radiofrequency energy levels are then administered to the uterine lining through the netting for about 90 seconds. The netting and wand are then removed, completing the procedure. 

Endometrial ablation is most often performed in the office with an oral sedative and pain medication. However, it can also be performed with anesthesia. Sometimes, tubal sterilization is completed at the same time as endometrial ablation. After the procedure, there’s a quick recovery, with mild cramping that lasts for only 1 to 2 days.

If you’re interested in leaving your periods behind and changing your life for the better, contact us today for more information on NovaSure endometrial ablation.