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Endometrial Ablation Specialist

Gynecology & Advanced Aesthetics located in Mount Vernon, WA

Gynecology & Advanced Aesthetics located in Mount Vernon, WA

Are heavy periods preventing you from living the life you want? At Chinn GYN, LLC, in Mount Vernon, Washington, Melissa Chinn, DO, FACOG, and Morghan Milagrosa, ARNP, WHNP-BC, CNM, IBCLC, NCMP, MSN, have the solution for you. Minerva endometrial ablation is a safe, effective procedure that reduces heavy menstrual bleeding in women who don’t wish to bear children in the future. To learn more about Minerva endometrial ablation, call Chinn GYN, LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.

Endometrial Ablation Q&A

What is endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that carefully removes the lining of your uterus to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. Minerva endometrial ablation, a laser-assisted procedure, often sops menstrual bleeding altogether. For this reason, the team at Chinn GYN only recommends the procedure to women who don’t want to bear children.

How does endometrial ablation work?

During Minerva endometrial ablation, the team carefully opens your cervix and measures the length of your uterus. Next, they insert the Minerva radiofrequency ablation device, which contains a balloon. Once the balloon expands to the exact shape and size of your uterus, it releases radiofrequency energy.

Within two minutes, the heat and light energy destroy the outer layer of your uterus to prevent heavy menstrual bleeding in the future. The entire procedure takes four minutes or less, and you can return home the same day.

Should I consider endometrial ablation?

The team at Chinn GYN recommends endometrial ablation to women who frequently experience:

  • Menstrual bleeding that lasts for longer than eight days
  • Anemia from excessive blood loss
  • Heavy bleeding that soaks through a tampon or pad in two hours or less

Your Chinn GYN provider may also recommend endometrial ablarion if you are simply done dealing with menstrual bleeding.

If you have uterine cancer or pelvic infections, endometrial ablation is not a recommendation to treat heavy periods. 

Before recommending endometrial ablation, the team performs a comprehensive physical exam and medical history review. They may also order blood work and imaging scans, such as a transvaginal ultrasound.

Can I get pregnant after endometrial ablation?

Endometrial ablation significantly diminishes fertility. The team only recommends the procedure to women who aren’t interested in bearing children in the future. While pregnancy after endometrial ablation is possible, it increases the risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside of the uterus).

How do I prepare for endometrial ablation?

Before Minerva endometrial ablation, the team at Chinn GYN may:

Biopsy the endometrium

A complete uterine cancer screening is essential before endometrial ablation. During this procedure, the team takes a small sample of the outermost layer of your uterus (endometrium) for testing.

Perform a pregnancy test

Since you can’t be pregnant during endometrial ablation, the team must perform a pregnancy test before the procedure, if there is any possibiity that you may be pregnant.

Remove your IUD

If you have an intrauterine device (IUD) as your main form of birth control, the team removes it before endometrial ablation.

To learn more about endometrial ablation, call Chinn GYN, LLC or schedule an appointment online today.