Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Treatment Options - Endometrial Ablation and More

Published: 10th March 2010
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Each month, thousands of women around the world experience a problem that can become very life altering. This problem is called menorrhagia, otherwise known as heavy menstrual bleeding. It can be caused from a variety of issues, but typically it is the result of a hormonal imbalance in the woman's body. Her uterine lining becomes too thick causing heavier bleeding, clotting and possibly longer periods than is normal. Some of these women end up opting to have a procedure called endometrial ablation to take care of the menorrhagia problem.

The first thing a woman should do if she thinks she's experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding is talk to her gynecologist. Her doctor should be able to provide her with a list of possible treatment options for the bleeding disorder. She can also let her doctor know how many pads and/or tampons she is going through during a typical period so that the doctor can determine whether or not she really does have heavy bleeding. The doctor may also choose to do an ultrasound to look at the lining of the uterus during specific times of the month to see if it is getting too thick.

The doctor may also want to run a series of blood tests to see what the hormone levels are in a woman's body at particular times of the month. Hormone levels fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle in preparation for ovulation and menstruation. By looking at these hormone levels, a doctor can tell whether or not a woman is ovulating. Sometimes heavy menstrual periods are caused by anovulatory cycles meaning that a woman did not ovulate during that menstrual cycle. This can throw a wrench in her hormone levels and cause the uterine lining to build up too much.

The doctor may also recommend that the woman go on birth control pills. However, some women do not respond well to birth control pills due to the fluctuations that they cause in her hormones. In addition, birth control pills come with their own set of risks including an increased chance of stroke and heart attack. This is when the conversation about a possible endometrial ablation may come up. Endometrial ablation involves the doctor removing the woman's uterine lining.

A woman should have a talk with her doctor about whether she ever plans to have more children. If yes, she should not undergo an endometrial ablation as the doctor will most likely recommend she have a tubal ligation as well. Getting pregnant after endometrial ablation is not impossible but is not recommended.

However, should you undergo both and later change your mind about wanting children, you should first contact the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center staff for a FREE phone consultation at (919)968-4656 about your chances for getting pregnant. This can be done with a tubal reversal but depends upon the results of your endometrial ablation. Learn more at the website http://www.tubal-reversal.net/

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