Three Non-Hysterectomy Procedures for Heavy, Painful Periods

Many women experience heavy and painful periods, especially after bearing children. There can be different causes for heavy periods. And depending on the cause of your painful periods, they may require surgical or nonsurgical intervention. In spite of what you may have read, you don’t have to have a hysterectomy to rid yourself of painful and heavy periods. You can regulate your cycle with more normal menses with three now common procedures.

Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation is the most common way to stop painful or heavy periods. If your periods last a long time, are extremely heavy, or if you bleed between cycles, your doctor could recommend this procedure. In endometrial ablation, the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, is removed. This can allow you to have either no periods or more normal or light periods. Downtime is minimal, and the procedure can usually be performed in your doctor’s office under light sedation. Endometrial ablation is usually done with thin tools that are eased into the uterus through the vagina. No surgical cuts are made, and you can return to normal activity within a day or two.


One of the newer technologies for performing endometrial ablation is NovaSure. NovaSure uses radio frequencies combined with a ballooning netting that surrounds the lining of the uterus and encourages it to detach, then is withdrawn from the body using the net. NovaSure is a procedure that takes just five minutes, and there is no downtime. 


Hydrathermablation is a newer type of endometrial ablation that uses the power of water. In this procedure, a saline (or water and salt) solution is inserted into the uterus to detach the lining from the uterus. The saline solution is then heated to 194 degrees Fahrenheit, or 90 degrees Celsius, which kills the lining of the uterus and allows it to be sloughed away. This procedure takes about 10 minutes and has no downtime.

If you have painful or heavy periods and are not expecting to have more children, one of these methods of endometrial ablation could be the answer you’ve been seeking. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your initial appointment.