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Say Goodbye to Heavy Periods:
Endometrial Ablation Option

For most women, menstrual periods are just a minor inconvenience. But for some women, heavy menstrual periods can cause major disruptions in day to day life, as well as health problems such as anemia.

It is estimated that as many as 20 percent of women suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding. Sometimes referred to as Menorrhagia, it is a problem that becomes more common as women approach menopause.

If you have this condition, the first step is to talk with your primary care provider. He or she can talk with you about possible causes for the condition, and may refer you to an OB/GYN for further consultation.

Depending on the cause of your condition, there may be many treatment options available. A typical first line of treatment would include drug or hormone therapies. However, if this doesn’t work, there are also surgical procedures that may help. Today there is a relatively new option—endometrial ablation.

Endometrial ablation is a procedure that gently removes the lining of the uterus. The endometrial lining of the uterus is normally shed monthly during your period. Surgically removing this lining decreases menstrual blood flow, and in many cases, stops it completely.

In our community, this procedure can be done either as an outpatient procedure at the hospital, or in an OB/GYN’s office. While the procedure does require some anesthesia (often local), it takes just minutes to perform, and there are few side effects. Women generally return to normal activities within a couple of days. It does make future conception very difficult, so you should only consider this option if you are sure you do not want to become pregnant again in the future.

Heavy menstrual periods are common, but they are not something you have to live with. Talk with your primary care provider or an OB/GYN to learn more about the options available to you.  

 For more information about endometrial ablation in the Lakes and Three Rivers regions, please call Caring for Women at 527-1855.