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Procedure Offers Remedy for ‘Heavy’ Periods

I’m 41 and premenopausal. I deal with heavy, prolonged bleeding during my periods. Other than having a hysterectomy, is there a treatment option to relieve my condition?​

"Endometrial ablation may be a good option for you," says Samuel Itam, M.D., a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "The procedure is used to alleviate heavy bleeding without the severity of a hysterectomy."

Dr. Itam says endometrial ablation thins a layer of the uterus lining and stops the menstrual flow in many women.

"For some patients, menstrual bleeding may not stop, but it is often reduced to a much lighter level," he says.

Depending on the patient's needs, several methods are available for accomplishing the ablation.

"The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, typically using a minimum of anesthesia," Dr. Itam says. "Recovery time is relatively quick with some patients returning to work in less than a week."

Endometrial ablation is only for women who are finished with childbearing.

"Becoming pregnant after having the procedure is highly unlikely," he says. "However, if pregnancy does occur, the risk of miscarriage and other problems are increased."

Pap screening and pelvic exams will continue to be needed for future well-woman exams.

"Since uncertainties exist with most medical procedures, it's important to speak with your doctor about the risks as well as the benefits of endometrial ablation," concludes Dr. Itam, who cares for patients at Kelsey-Seybold's Cypress Clinic on FM 1960 and at The Vintage Clinic located in northwest Houston.​​

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Paul Itam, MD, FACOG

​I always take a caring and understanding approach to my patients’ needs.​​