If you suffer from extremely heavy periods during your monthly cycle and need some relief, Desrene Brown, MD, and team at Northwest Ohio OB-GYN in Bluffton, Ottawa, and Findlay, Ohio, can help you decide if the Minerva endometrial ablation procedure is the right option for you. If birth control methods aren’t stopping the excessive bleeding, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Endometrial ablation is a procedure to control menstrual bleeding for women who have unusually heavy periods.
Dr. Brown uses the Minerva ablation endometrial method for her procedures. This quick in-office procedure is usually the last option for women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding.
Although it’s a quick procedure, Dr. Brown may prescribe birth control pills or try an IUD, depending on the severity of your symptoms and your health record, before considering the procedure.
The Minerva procedure is a quick, in-office treatment. It begins with Dr. Brown dilating your cervix with medication or various rods so she can insert a small tool.
She inserts the Minerva device into your vagina where it expands to the shape of your uterus. The device uses plasma energy to destroy its lining, putting an end to future excessive bleeding. Dr. Brown removes the device, and you can go home the same day.
For the next few days after the procedure, you may experience cramping, vaginal discharge, and the frequent need for urination.
Usually, you see results months after the procedure. You notice your periods are lighter or they cease completely. Nevertheless, you are still able to conceive, so birth control methods are important. Women are usually happy with the results since they no longer suffer from heavy bleeding and find relief in not having to run to the bathroom every hour to change a pad or tampon.
While pregnancy is still a possibility after the procedure, it may be dangerous for the mother and baby. The likelihood of miscarriage is high. It’s important to talk with your doctor before the procedure and then again after if you decide to try to become a mother.
Call Northwest Ohio OB-GYN or schedule an appointment online today to see if Minerva ablation procedure can ease your excessively heavy periods when birth control methods aren’t helping. Dr. Brown can help you find the right treatment option so you don’t have to worry about leaks any longer.