Excessive menstrual bleeding is an inconvenience for thousands of women in our country. In many cases, women with abnormally heavy or irregular bleeding are treated with hormone-based medications, but these are not always successful or available depending on the patient. Endometrial ablation in Scottsdale is a procedure that surgically diminishes the lining of a woman’s uterus in an attempt to reduce menstrual flow.
It is common for patients who are not eligible or would prefer not to undergo a hysterectomy to choose endometrial ablation instead. NovaSure® endometrial ablation is a one-time procedure that stops excessive bleeding by removing the lining of the uterus.
Endometrial ablation with NovaSure® is a gentle procedure that can drastically reduce or stop bleeding completely in as little as five minutes. Many patients prefer this procedure to more invasive surgical alternatives and hormone therapies that can come with side effects.
Today we’re answering some commonly asked questions about endometrial ablation and who it may be able to help.
Are there medical conditions that would prevent me from undergoing Endometrial Ablation in Scottsdale?
Yes. Endometrial ablation should not be performed on women who are post-menopause. We would also not recommend it for women who were recently pregnant or suffer from the following medical conditions:
• Uterine or Endometrium disorders;
• Endometrial Hyperplasia;
• Uterine cancer;
• Current or recent infection of the uterus.
Will I still be able to become pregnant after Endometrial Ablation?
Pregnancy after endometrial ablation is very rare, but not impossible. For women who wish to become pregnant in the future, endometrial ablation is not recommended due to the increased chances of pregnancy complications associated with the procedure.
What side effects can I expect after Endometrial Ablation in Scottsdale?
There are some side effects commonly associated with endometrial ablation, however, they are relatively minor. These can include temporary nausea, frequent urination and cramping immediately following your procedure. Some patients may experience a watery discharge mixed with blood for up to two weeks following their endometrial ablation. A full recovery is typically expected within two weeks.
What will my periods be like after undergoing Endometrial Ablation?
Every woman is different, so we can’t know for sure right away. We recommend taking about three months after your procedure to let your body heal in order to resume its normal cycle. After that time, you and your board-certified gynecologist should be able to tell what your cycle and your periods will be like.
When it comes to your reproductive health, you can never have too much information. We hope that after reading this, you have a better understanding of endometrial ablation in Scottsdale and whether it may be the solution to your bleeding problems.
If you have any more questions or if you want to know if you are a candidate for the procedure, we encourage you to call our office today to schedule an appointment. During your appointment, we will talk you through your options and make sure you are on the correct path to reproductive health and wellness.