The lining of your uterus is called the endometrium and ablate means “to destroy,” so an endometrial ablation is a procedure that removes the lining of your uterus. This is one option for treating heavy periods.
Endometrial ablation is not surgery (or even an invasive procedure), but it can usually be done quickly in your gynecologist’s office. However, there are different ways endometrial ablations are done, so some methods require you to go to the hospital and/or be under anesthesia.
How is an endometrial ablation done?
Common ways an endometrial ablation is done include:
- Electrosurgery: A heated instrument is inserted into the uterus and used to make small grooves in the endometrium. The doctor also inserts a scope to see inside. This procedure requires general anesthesia.
- Radio-frequency: A device is inserted into the uterus that emits radio-frequency energy for about 2 minutes, which destroys the uterine lining.
Why is an endometrial ablation needed?
You should consider having an endometrial ablation if you have very heavy or prolonged periods that keep you from doing normal activities such as work, sex, and exercise. Also if you experience really bad headaches, cramps, or have anemia, you may be a good candidate for endometrial ablation.
Endometrial ablation is not intended for women who still desire to have children. Pregnancy after having the procedure done is dangerous for both mom and baby.
Why NovaSure® is a great option for endometrial ablation surgery
Women seek out endometrial ablation mainly because of heavy bleeding that affects their physical, mental, and emotional health. The advantage of doing a procedure like NovaSure is that it’s quick and easy and allows you to get back to regular activity quickly (usually 1-2 days).
NovaSure uses the radio-frequency method of endometrial ablation. It doesn’t require any incisions, anesthesia, or downtime. This method also leaves your uterus intact and has minimal side effects.
NovaSure also tends to have fewer complications than some of the other ways of doing an endometrial ablation. For example, the heating and freezing methods can sometimes cause damage to surrounding organs. While this complication is rare, it’s still a cause for concern. Another advantage of NovaSure is that only about 3 percent of women experience pain during the procedure.
If you feel like you’re a good candidate for endometrial ablation, talk to your doctor. Don’t suffer through miserable and life-altering cycles thinking they’re normal. Make an appointment with one of our experienced gynecologists at All About Women to discuss your options.