Menorrhagia: What Is It And How Endometrial Ablation Can Help
If you struggle with heavy periods that last longer than usual, you’re not alone. On average, the CDC estimates over 10 million women suffer from menorrhagia each year. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available including hormonal birth control, IUDs, and a type of minimally invasive surgery called endometrial ablation. As a specialist in gynecologic treatments and vaginal surgery, Dr. Warren offers ablation as one of the most effective ways to control bleeding. Let’s discuss menorrhagia and how ablation can help.
What Is Menorrhagia?
This devastating condition affects 1 in 5 women, and although the definition of “heavy bleeding” can vary, menorrhagia can lead to serious problems that affect the quality of life. Many women suffer from lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and low energy. In addition, heavy bleeding requires them to change pads/tampons every few hours day and night. These issues disrupt work or school schedules, sometimes leading to chronic absences. What’s more, this condition is under-recognized and often dismissed. Patient reporting of increased bleeding over previous cycles should be taken seriously. Several conditions contribute to the likelihood of menorrhagia like fibroids or polyps, but sometimes the cause is unknown.
While hormonal birth control may help some women suffering from menorrhagia, clinicians consider endometrial ablation the best form of treatment. This procedure, most commonly performed on women 35-45, uses radiofrequency, cryotherapy, or heat to destroy the lining of the uterus (endometrium). As a result, periods become lighter over several months. Some women stop having periods altogether. It is important to note that ablation is not sterilization. Even after the procedure, you must use alternative forms of birth control.
Consult With Us
To find out if you’re a good candidate for endometrial ablation, book a consultation with us. Dr. Warren will take a detailed medical history and discuss your concerns. This procedure is often life-changing for our patients who don’t respond to (or don’t want) hormonal methods and are finished having children. In fact, 90% of women report satisfaction after ablation. Especially compared to more invasive procedures like hysterectomy, ablation provides a viable alternative. If you’re suffering from heavy periods that are negatively impacting your life, don’t wait. Spa V can help! Call or contact us online today.