What You Need to Know About Endometrial Ablation

Do you have heavy or long periods that are painful and affect your life dramatically? If so, you are not alone. About 10 percent of women have endometriosis, and many more women have issues with their menstrual cycle. Here is what you need to know about endometrial ablation in our office.

Not everyone is a candidate for endometrial ablation.

Even if you have heavy and long periods that make life difficult and often messy, you may not be a candidate for endometrial ablation. Some women should not have an endometrial ablation, especially if they have had a recent pregnancy or certain reproductive cancers and conditions. We will give you a complete examination and do lab work to make sure that you are a candidate for this treatment.

A healthy pregnancy is impossible after the procedure.

If you want to have children in the future, you should not have endometrial ablation. This procedure removes the lining of the uterus, which is necessary for a healthy pregnancy. You will still have your reproductive organs; however, so birth control is necessary. If you have problems with birth control being effective, you should make sure you mention this to your doctor when you have your initial examination.

All methods of endometrial ablation are not equal.

We use the Novasure method, which uses radiofrequency energy and a cannula with vacuum capability. The radiofrequency energy loosens the uterine lining, while the vacuum removes it. The entire procedure takes only about five minutes, and pain and discomfort usually only lasts a few days.

If you are tired of heavy and long periods, contact us today for an appointment.