Saline Endometrial Ablation: Heavy Period Treatment
Experiencing a monthly period is something all women go through. However, having a heavy menstrual cycle can be extremely painful, can interfere with your life, and can indicate that you have a an underlying health concern or condition.
Our Perrysburg gynecology center offers saline endometrial ablation – a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that can treat heavy periods – without the need for traditional surgery.
This type of endometrial ablation uses saline (salt water) to treat the uterine lining, or endometrium. Once treated, most women no longer experience the symptoms or effects of a heavy period. In fact, many women stop having their period altogether.
You no longer have to suffer with the pain and disruption of heavy periods every month. schedule an appointment with our Perrysburg area gynecologist and women’s health nurse practitioners to see if saline endometrial ablation is right for you.
What Conditions Does Saline
Endometrial Ablation for
Heavy Periods Treat?
- Excessive menstrual blood loss
- Heavy periods
- Soaking pads/tampon every 2 hours
- Bleeding that lasts longer than 8 days
- Anemia from excessive blood loss
Women CanNOT Have Saline
Endometrial Ablation for
Heavy Periods if:
- They are post-menopausal
- Have certain uterine abnormality
- Have cancer of the uterus
- Have increased risk of uterine cancer
- Have an active pelvic infection
- They want to become pregnant
What is Saline Endometrial Ablation?
Saline endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that treats heavy periods, by removing the lining of a woman’s uterus.
No incision is required for endometrial ablation, so recovery time is very quick, with little to no risk of infection or complications.
The doctor performs the procedure by circulating heated salt water (saline) within the patient’s uterus for about 10 minutes. This method has many advantages, including the fact that it can be performed on women who have an irregular-shaped uterus and/or who have abnormal tissue growth such as fibroids.
Complete results might take a few months to see. However, almost all patients will have substantially lighter periods, and some women will stop having periods entirely.
It is important to understand that while endometrial ablation may stop periods, it is NOT a sterilization procedure. Women should be careful to use contraception after this treatment, since pregnancy may still be possible. Pregnancy after endometrial ablation is hazardous and can end in miscarriage.