If excessively heavy menstrual periods disrupt your daily life, endometrial ablation may be the answer. The all-female OB/GYN team at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology offers Minerva® and Genesys HTA® endometrial ablation procedures in Allentown, Pennsylvania. To learn how endometrial ablation can help you control heavy bleeding without surgery, call or book an appointment online today.
Endometrial ablation is a treatment that destroys a thin layer of your uterine lining. Your provider at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology may recommend endometrial ablation if you have abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding that doesn’t improve with medication.
After endometrial ablation treatment, menstrual bleeding should be normal or lighter than normal. Some women even experience amenorrhea (no menstrual bleeding) after treatment.
The team at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology offers the latest advances in endometrial ablation technology. Depending on your specific needs, they may recommend one of the following procedures:
Minerva endometrial ablation system is a 3-4 minute procedure that can take place at any time in your menstrual cycle. During Minerva treatment, your OB/GYN inserts the Minerva device into your uterus through the vagina.
Then, your provider opens the soft silicone Minerva array, which conforms to the shape of your uterus. After a quick series of tests, the Minerva system delivers 120 seconds of customized plasma energy to the lining of your uterus. After treatment, your provider closes the array and carefully removes the entire device from your uterus.
The Genesys HTA (hydro thermablator) system is a slightly longer treatment that uses heated saline to ablate a thin layer of uterine tissue. During HTA treatment, your OB/GYN inserts saline fluid into your uterus through a hysteroscope, which is a thin, lighted tube.
She heats the saline fluid to 194ºF and allows it to circulate through your uterus for 10 minutes to destroy a thin layer of endometrium. Then, she flushes your uterus with room temperature saline fluid to cool it down and then removes the fluid.
Endometrial ablation won’t prevent pregnancy, but it does increase your risk of complications, such as miscarriage. You should wait until after you’re finished having children to consider this procedure. Women who get endometrial ablation should use birth control until they’ve reached menopause.
To find out if endometrial ablation is right for you, call Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online today.