The Minerva endometrial ablation procedure is for premenopausal women with heavy periods due to benign causes who are finished childbearing. Pregnancy following the Minerva procedure can be dangerous. The Minerva procedure is not for those who have or suspect uterine cancer; have an active genital, urinary or pelvic infection; or have an IUD. (The IUD must be removed before the Minerva procedure.) Minerva is not a sterilization procedure. Rare but serious risks include, but are not limited to, thermal injury, perforation and infection. Temporary side effects may include cramping, nausea, discharge and spotting. Please contact us if you experience a possible side effect related to the Minerva procedure.