Monthly period pains, heavy periods, and uncomfortable cramping are all signs of a more serious condition. There is hope. An endometrial ablation is a common procedure performed on women who require relief from abnormal bleeding, painful periods, and other severe symptoms of menstrual pain.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro and Dr. Kristan Adams at Ideal Gynecology can evaluate if you’re experiencing abnormal bleeding, heavy bleeding, or painful menstrual periods. If you are a candidate for an endometrial ablation, they can perform the surgery in the office.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a painful and for the most part, unexplained condition in women. It occurs when tissue inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. It commonly involves your ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining your pelvis.
Symptoms of endometriosis
Endometriosis symptoms are often quite painful and sometimes unexplained. You may experience:
- Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Pelvic pain and heavy periods that occur leading up to and during your period are key signs of endometriosis. You may also experience lower back and abdominal pain.
- Pain during intercourse. Pain during is a common symptom with endometriosis.
- Painful bowel movements or urination. You may have uncomfortable bowel movements during and after your period.
- Excessive bleeding. Heavy menstrual bleeding during and between periods (intermenstrual bleeding) is common. Heavy bleeding is described as bleeding that requires changing sanitary pads or tampons every hour. Long periods are described as lasting longer than seven days.
- Infertility. Many women learn of their infertility after an endometriosis diagnosis.
Are you a candidate for endometrial ablation?
If you are experiencing heavy periods and bleeding and do not plan on having more children, an endometrial ablation may be the best treatment option for you.
The team at Ideal Gynecology can evaluate if you are the right candidate for this surgery. Before undergoing the surgery, you will undergo an evaluation to determine why you are experiencing your symptoms. You are a candidate if you have uterine fibroids, polyps, or precancerous or cancerous cells.
How a endometrial ablation is performed
Before beginning the procedure, your doctor will check your vital signs. If you are healthy and stable, the next step is to use an instrument to stabilize your cervix. After, a tiny camera passes into your cervix, allowing the provider to see a detailed view of the treatment site.
At Ideal Gynecology, we use the Minerva Endometrial Ablation System. This system is an advanced surgical tool used to conduct an endometrial ablation. The system uses heat energy to destroy the endometrium that lines your uterus. Your symptoms should decrease significantly because the lining can no longer produce heavy bleeding.
Benefits of an endometrial ablation
Many women experience less bleeding after the procedure. Some may experience little to no periods afterward. Cramping will also significantly decrease. An endometrial ablation is a safe and effective treatment to ensure your menstrual periods are properly managed with little to no pain.
The procedure is short, allowing the patient to recover quickly if no complications are present. It is a highly regarded treatment for abnormal bleeding and patients with endometriosis. Live with less pain, and know there are treatment options available.
To determine if you are a candidate for an endometrial ablation, chat with the specialists at Ideal Gynecology. Book online, or call for your first appointment today.