Endometrial ablation is a procedure to stop abnormal vaginal bleeding due to endometriosis or another underlying condition. The goal of the procedure is to destroy the endometrium, the lining of your uterus, to resolve bleeding for good.
Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., uses Minerva® and Novasure, hormone-free endometrial ablation systems. The system uses radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy the endometrial tissue without incisions or the need for general anesthesia.
During endometrial ablation, your Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., provider inserts a specialized wand in through your vagina. The tool extends a triangular mesh to cover the uterine lining. The wand delivers the radiofrequency energy through the mesh to heat and permanently destroy your uterine lining in four minutes or less.
Following endometrial ablation, you may have temporary side effects like:
Your provider can review what else you can expect before you go home to recover.
Minerva is a fast and effective one-time treatment to significantly decrease vaginal bleeding. In many cases, the Minerva system permanently ends a woman’s period.
If you still get a period, it may be much lighter and last a shorter period of time. You can also improve premenstrual symptoms with this procedure.
Permanently destroying your uterine lining doesn’t cause any long-term side effects to your general health or sexual wellness. However, you should be done with having children before opting for endometrial ablation.
While the chances are low that you can conceive a child, becoming pregnant is possible, and can result in a high-risk pregnancy and serious health complications in mother and baby. For this reason, you should discuss with your Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., provider options for birth control to prevent unintended pregnancy.
It’s not medically necessary to have a period each month and any unfertilized eggs your fallopian tubes release dissolve within 24 hours.
To find out if you’re a candidate for Minerva endometrial ablation, call the Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., office nearest you or book an appointment online today.