After years spent living with painful periods, many women opt for a procedure called endometrial ablation. At Central Oregon OB/GYN in Bend, Oregon, John Murphy, MD, FACOG and Erin LeGrand, MD, FACOG safely and effectively reduce menstrual pain and heavy bleeding with endometrial ablation. Schedule an appointment by calling the office today to learn more about this procedure.
Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys the lining of your uterus, often used to treat excessive menstrual flow. During your period, your body sheds this lining, or endometrium, around every 24-31 days. For some women, this blood loss is so heavy it impacts their quality of life.
Heavy blood loss occurs when your blood flow soaks through a single tampon or pad in an hour, it lasts more than eight days, or it leads to anemia.
Birth control pills and rings, or hormone medications do help some women reduce menstrual bleeding. Endometrial ablation is another option if these other treatments aren’t right for you or just haven’t proven to be effective.
Endometrial ablation is a one-day procedure performed in your doctor’s office. No incision is necessary because your doctor passes surgical instruments through the opening of your cervix.
During the procedure, Dr. Murphy or Dr. LeGrand applies extreme cold, heat, energy, or radio frequencies to ablate or destroy the lining of your uterus. They discuss these different methods and recommends one best for you.
During the first few days following endometrial ablation, you may experience slight cramping and watery or bloody discharge that last a few weeks. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with pain and discomfort. Your doctor monitors you carefully throughout your recovery.
Most women experience a significant reduction in their menstrual flow after endometrial ablation; for others, it stops altogether. It often takes two to three months to see the results of this procedure.
It’s important to note that pregnancy can occur after endometrial ablation, but since the uterine lining has been damaged, a miscarriage is more likely. For this reason, endometrial ablation is recommended for women who are finished with childbearing and are taking active steps to prevent pregnancy with contraception or natural family planning.
To discuss the benefits, risks, and alternatives to this minimally invasive procedure with Dr. Murphy or Dr. LeGrand, call to schedule an appointment today.