For most women, menstrual periods are just a minor inconvenience. But for some women, heavy menstrual periods can cause major disruptions in day to day life, as well as health problems such as anemia. Depending on the cause of your heavy bleeding, you may be able to choose to have endometrial ablation.
Endometrial ablation is a procedure that gently removes the lining of the uterus. The endometrial lining of the uterus is normally shed monthly during your period. Surgically removing this lining decreases menstrual blood flow, and in many cases, stops it completely.
While the procedure does require some (often local) anesthesia, it takes just minutes to perform, and there are few side effects. Women generally return to normal activities within a couple of days. It does make future conception very difficult, so you should only consider this option if you are sure you do not want to become pregnant again in the future.
Heavy menstrual periods are common, but they are not something you have to live with. Talk with your Caring for Women provider to learn more about the options available to you.