Can I still become pregnant after the Minerva procedure?
Yes, you can still become pregnant after the Minerva treatment, and it is not safe to do so. Please speak with your Minerva specialist to discuss contraception options, if you need them.
How will I feel after the Minerva procedure?
Be certain to follow the guidance of your Minerva specialist for all post-treatment care plans. Most women resume normal activities within a few days. You may experience some cramping, mild pain or nausea. You may also experience a discharge for a few days to a few weeks, although some women experience no discharge. Your Minerva specialist will go over this with you so that you know what to expect.
Will I still have a period after the Minerva procedure?
Every woman is different, but at 1 year post-Minerva, 72% of women had their period completely eliminated. In that first year after Minerva, many women do experience a few cycles, but they are light enough to be handled with liners and last a few days. (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.)
This is twice as high as the NovaSure endometrial ablation device– only 36% of women had their period eliminated after the NovaSure procedure. (NovaSure Advanced Impedance Controlled Endometrial Ablation System. Instructions For Use and Controller Operator’s Manual. Available at: https://gynsurgicalsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/RFC10_IFU_MAN-03523-001_009_01_0.pdf. Accessed February 04, 2019. (Not based on a head-to-head study).
93% of women who had the Minerva treatment had their periods reduced to a bleeding level of normal or less at 1 year. For women who experience excessive bleeding, they report this as a successful result.
What are the risks associated with endometrial ablation?
As with all endometrial ablations, serious injury or death can occur.
The following adverse events could occur or have been reported in association with the use of other endometrial ablation systems and may occur when the Minerva system is used:
- Post-ablation tubal sterilization syndrome
- Thermal injury to adjacent tissue, including bowl, bladder, cervix, vagina, vulva and/or perineum
- Perforation of the uterine wall
- Difficulty with defecation or micturition
- Uterine necrosis
- Air or gas embolism
- Infection or sepsis
- Complications leading to serious injury or death
Does the Minerva procedure require anesthesia?
Due to the gentle nature of the Minerva procedure, general anesthesia is not required. Your Minerva specialist will discuss the available options to reduce any discomfort you may experience during the 3-4 minute procedure, including a cervical pain block.
There are many benefits to the Minerva treatment, and one most often cited by women is the fact that this endometrial ablation treatment may be performed in the physician’s office with minimal discomfort, a significant improvement over older ablation procedures.
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