No woman should have to deal with the frustration and uncertainty brought on by irregular menstrual bleeding. In addition to being inconvenient, abnormal bleeding that persists over time can be a sign of potentially troubling reproductive health issues. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we are proud to perform endometrial ablation procedures as a safe and dependable method to treat irregular menstrual bleeding. Our board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould has been performing this procedure for many years and wanted to discuss a few true and false statements about endometrial ablation to provide insight into what it can (and cannot) do to help women.
An Endometrial Ablation Is a Very Safe Procedure
This is true. While we have different endometrial ablation methods available depending on the needs and preferences of our patients, they are all considered very safe. There is very little risk of complications after endometrial ablation. However, it is still essential to have any procedure performed by an experienced board-certified gynecologist to fully minimize risk and achieve the most satisfying long-term results from the procedure.
An Endometrial Ablation Will Require An Overnight Hospital Stay
This is false. At our office, we perform endometrial ablation as an outpatient procedure. This means that patients will be able to return home after the procedure has been completed. Patients may experience minor post-procedure effects including cramping, nausea, frequent urination, and a watery vaginal discharge, but nothing that will significantly impact the ability to maintain their normal daily routine.
Endometrial Ablation Is The Only Proven Treatment For Irregular Bleeding
This is false. While the success and satisfaction rate of endometrial ablation procedures is very high, it may not be the right choice for every woman. For instance, women who still wish to become pregnant in the future are not good candidates for endometrial ablation. Other potential treatment options to help reduce irregular bleeding can include hormone-based medications like birth control pills or an IUD.
When performed by our experienced, board-certified gynecologist, the results of an endometrial ablation procedure can be truly life-changing. For more information or to request an appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow along with us on Facebook for additional information, tips, news, and much more, as well as our full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.