Minerva is a quick, 1-time treatment that removes the lining of your uterus. Minerva is for women who do not wish to become pregnant in the future.

After receiving local anesthesia to numb the cervix, your doctor dilates the cervix and inserts a thin, soft wand through the vaginal opening and into your uterus.

The tip of the wand generates light and heat similar to a light bulb. In just 120 seconds the heat treats the lining of your uterus.


Step 1

Your doctor will dilate (open) your cervix and insert a thin, soft wand into the uterus through the vagina and cervix.

Step 3

The wand opens slightly and generates light and heat for 2 minutes, thinning the lining of the uterus.

Step 4

The wand closes and is gently removed.

Most women are awake and alert during the treatment and describe the feeling as similar to menstrual cramps. Immediate side effects include temporary mild to moderate cramping and some discharge. These are typically managed with over-the-counter pain medicine.

The entire treatment takes less than 4 minutes. You will be ready to go home about 30 minutes after the treatment. You can rest for the remainder of the day and most women are back to a normal routine the following day.

“It’s no worse than a menstrual cramp. I’d rate it a 4 on a pain scale. It was easier than what I expected.”

—Andrea, S., Grand Rapids, MI



of women
had their period totally eliminated with Minerva1


of women
had their period reduced to normal or less with Minerva1


of women
avoided having a hysterectomy with Minerva3




72% chance of zero bleeding

Available in your doctor’s office

No hormones

No foreign objects left in body

One-time treatment

Treats the cause of heavy bleeding

Hormone Treatments


20% chance of zero bleeding

Unwanted side effects for women 35+

Drug-based treatment

Foreign object remains in body

Potential for implant to migrate

Complaints of increased cramping & bleeding


Major surgery

Loss of organ

Potential for disruption to endocrine system

Potential for early onset of menopausal symptoms

Complaints of mood swings & decreased libido

6-8 week recovery

Published outcomes of the two common
Endometrial Ablation treatments



1. Laberge P, Garza-Leal J, Fortin C, Grainger D, Johns DA, Adkins RT, Presthus J, Basinski C, Swarup M, Gimpelson R, Leyland N, Thiel J, Harris M, Burnett PE, Ray GF. A Randomized Controlled Multicenter US Food and Drug Administration Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of the Minerva Endometrial Ablation System: One-Year Follow-Up Results. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2017 Jan 1;24(1):124-132.

2. NovaSure Advanced Impedance Controlled Endometrial Ablation System. Instructions For Use and Controller Operator’s Manual. Available at: controller IFU_Rev 12.pdf. Accessed February 04, 2019. (Not based on a head-to-head study).

3. Minerva Surgical Endometrial Ablation System Operator’s Manual L0001 Rev. E. Available at: Accessed September 10, 2019.

4. Department of Health and Human Services. The Food and Drug Administration. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Labeling for Combined Hormonal Contraceptives.Guidance for Industry. Available at: Accessed February 04, 2019.

5. Department of Health and Human Services. The Food and Drug Administration. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Application Number: NDA 021225 S-031. Available at: Accessed February 04, 2019.

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