It’s estimated that 10-30% of all women deal with heavy menstrual bleeding, many with bleeding that’s severe enough to interfere with their daily activities. The doctors at Hill Country OB/GYN have helped many women get relief from heavy menstrual bleeding using a safe, nonsurgical procedure called endometrial ablation. If you suffer from heavy periods and would like to learn more about treatment options, call one of the offices in Austin and Dripping Springs, Texas.
Endometrial ablation is a gynecological procedure that removes a thin layer of the tissue that lines the inside of your uterus. The procedure is done to treat abnormal uterine bleeding that doesn’t respond to medication.
Following your endometrial ablation, your periods become significantly lighter, or you may stop menstruating altogether.
If you plan to have children in the future, you shouldn’t have endometrial ablation. Once the uterine lining is removed, you won’t be able to get pregnant or, if you do, you’re at high risk of complications.
Endometrial ablation treats one specific type of abnormal uterine bleeding: heavy menstrual bleeding. Heavy bleeding is defined as:
If your period resembles any of these guidelines, it should be evaluated by a doctor at Hill Country OB/GYN.
Heavy menstrual periods can develop from a variety of gynecological conditions. Some of the most common include:
If you have uterine fibroids, you may be treated with a myomectomy, which is a procedure to remove the fibroids while leaving the uterus intact. Otherwise, you may need endometrial ablation.
During endometrial ablation, your doctor passes a specialized instrument through your vagina and cervix, and into your uterus. Then a thin layer of the uterine lining is destroyed using one of the following procedures:
If you suffer from heavy periods, learn about your options by calling Hill Country OB/GYN today.