Patience Miller M.D., Ob-Gyn
Patience Miller, MD
Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology & Health and Wellness Coach located in San Antonio, TX
If you’re experiencing heavy periods that soak a menstrual product within an hour or two, you might benefit from endometrial ablation. Patience Miller, MD, OB/GYN, is a board-certified specialist in women’s health who provides this quick, nonsurgical therapy in San Antonio, Texas. If you’ve tried other options, find out whether endometrial ablation is right for you. Call today or schedule a consultation online.
What is endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is a quick, incision-free treatment for heavy or irregular periods. The procedure works by ablating your endometrium, which is the lining of your uterus that's the source of heavy bleeding.
Dr. Miller performs this minimally invasive procedure to reduce your menstrual flow. However, your periods may go away completely after endometrial ablation.
Undergoing endometrial ablation may make it impossible to get pregnant, and it may increase the likelihood of miscarriage or pregnancy complications. Dr. Miller recommends the procedure if your childbearing years are behind you.
What does endometrial ablation treat?
Endometrial ablation helps to minimize heavy menstrual flow. If you're experiencing these signs below, you may be an appropriate candidate for endometrial ablation:
- Periods that soak a pad or tampon every two hours or less
- Prolonged bleeding (over eight days)
- Anemia from excessive bleeding
Dr. Miller discusses whether you might benefit from this procedure or another treatment when you meet with her.
How do I know if endometrial ablation is right for me?
Dr. Miller typically recommends conservative treatment first, such as medications or an intrauterine device. If these options don’t relieve your heavy bleeding, then she suggests endometrial ablation, as long as you no longer want children.
Who should not have endometrial ablation?
Not everyone is a candidate for endometrial ablation. Dr. Miller doesn’t recommend the treatment if you’re past menopause. It’s also not recommended in these circumstances:
- Uterine disorders
- Endometrial hyperplasia (excessively thick uterine lining)
- Uterine cancer
- Recent pregnancy
You also shouldn’t have an endometrial ablation if you’ve experienced recent infections in your uterus.
What happens during an endometrial ablation?
The procedure is quick. Dr. Miller first opens your cervix, which is the passage to your uterus, then inserts a device to remove your endometrium.
The device may use radiofrequency energy, heat, or cooling for the removal process. Dr. Miller discusses the optimal treatment option for you.
Will I have side effects from endometrial ablation?
You may experience period-like cramps for a few days after your procedure. You might also have a watery vaginal discharge for a few weeks.
You should have much lighter periods, though it may take a few months to see your full results.
If you’re ready to put heavy bleeding behind you, find out if you’re a good candidate for endometrial ablation. Call today or book a consultation online with Patience Miller, MD, OB/GYN.