Your Period Post-Ablation Procedure: What Can You Expect?
Posted byChristine Yu
You’ve put up with the inconveniences of heavy bleeding. Maybe you’ve tried different treatment options, but nothing seems to help.
While you and your doctor may have discussed endometrial ablation and the NovaSure® system as an option (a procedure offered by Hologic, the sponsor of this blog), you’re still wondering: Will the ablation procedure really change your periods? What will your periods look like afterward? Will they be lighter or, better yet, disappear? What about your PMS symptoms? These are all important questions to discuss with your doctor so that you can work together to determine what procedure option is right for you. Remember that results vary between different procedure options and also vary by individual.
How the Ablation Procedure Affects Your Periods
Think back to health class. You probably learned that every month the lining of your uterus (aka your endometrium) builds up. It’s your body’s way of preparing for pregnancy. If you don’t get pregnant, your body sheds this lining and voila, you have your period. The ablation procedure removes the endometrium to prevent it from building up again, and the intended result is to reduce menstrual flow, says the Mayo Clinic.1
Your New Periods
After you’ve had an ablation procedure, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders. In the days following the procedure, you may expect cramping, thin watery discharge mixed with blood, frequent urination for 24 hours and nausea, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.2
For some, the procedure will stop your monthly flow completely. For others, you may continue to have your period, but you may not experience the same heavy bleeding, notes the Centers for Disease Control.3
Will Your Other Period Symptoms Change Too?
You may notice some other changes in your period post-ablation. A study published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology concludes that for many women, the procedure greatly improved six premenstrual symptoms: irritability, sadness, anxiety, bloating, headaches and breast tenderness.4
If you experience heavy bleeding or abnormal uterine bleeding, there are options to improve the quality of your life. Talk to your doctor about the treatment options that may be right for you.
1“Endometrial ablation: Definition.” Mayo Clinic. September 16, 2015. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/endometrial-ablation/basics/definition/prc-20014190
2“Frequently Asked Questions: Endometrial Ablation.” American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. April 2013. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Endometrial-Ablation
3“Heavy Menstrual Bleeding.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. November 28, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/blooddisorders/women/menorrhagia.html
4Waddell, G. et al. “Effect of endometrial ablation on premenstrual symptoms.” Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. May-June 2015, 22(4). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25643640
- Posted by Christine Yu
- On September 13, 2017