Endometrial Ablation

Dare to wear white? Imagine freedom from heavy monthly bleeding? An alternative to hormones or hysterectomy is available. In about 90 seconds, we can help you permanently reduce or eliminate a messy period.

Most women with heavy periods (menorrhagia) don’t know that recurrent heavy bleeding is not normal—it is a recognized medical condition that afflicts 1 in 6 women worldwide. Many women think that bleeding heavily for consecutive days or changing their pad every hour is something they have to live with. Consequently, they tolerate their period limiting their participation in daily activities. Others are afraid that the only options are hormone therapies or a hysterectomy.

Heavy menstrual bleeding can be treated simply, safely and successfully. The doctors at Women’s Health Specialists will help you come to a treatment decision by assessing the amount and frequency of your bleeding and by looking at how your periods affect your life. Several factors will be important to your decision, including whether or not you plan to have children in the future and whether you want ongoing therapy or a one-time treatment.

Genesys HTA™ System

The Genesys HTA™ System therapy is an outpatient procedure performed at Washington Outpatient Surgery Center that uses heated saline to treat the uterine lining, or endometrium. Once treated, most women no longer experience the symptoms or effects of a heavy period. HTA stands for hysteroscopic thermal ablation, which refers to the device intended to ablate the endometrial lining of the uterus in premenopausal women with menorrhagia.

Other treatment options include hormonal contraceptives and the Mirena® IUD. Hysterectomy should be reserved only for situations where these more conservative interventions have failed. While hormone therapies can be effective, it does require you to use them day in and day out until menopause, which averages around 51 years old. The Mirena IUD can be inserted into your uterus in about the time it takes to perform a PAP smear, and lasts for 5 years before it needs to be replaced. Read more here.