South Sound Women's Center, an OB/GYN Practice in Olympia, WA

Abnormal Periods

Our providers are experienced at dealing with abnormal bleeding and or painful periods.  The choices for treatment range from medication to major surgery.  The best method will depend on our workup and your needs.

Recently, we have added an in office procedure known as uterine ablation using Novasure. The technique involves cauterizing or burning the uterine lining, destroying the glandular cells.

We also have an in office procedure to evaluate the uterine cavity known as Hysteroscopy.  The technique involves looking inside the uterus with a special device using saline to distend the cavity.  Biopsies can be taken if needed.  No sedation is needed unless it is done at the same time as Novasure.  A local anesthetic is needed even if Novasure is not done.

In the past, women who suffered from excessive bleeding with their periods had Hysterectomy as their only effective choice.  Now, with Novasure, women can have an in office procedure with minimal sedation under local anesthesia that results in a >60% rate of no more periods, and a 97% rate of satisfaction with the amount of bleeding after the procedure.
If major surgery is needed, our doctors have extensive experience performing Hysterectomies and strive to remove the uterus through the vagina (no abdominal incision) if it can be done safely.  This results in less time in the hospital and a more rapid recovery.
Patients who require a hospital stay are cared for in a private room on the Womens Services floor at Capital Medical Center.

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