To diagnose the common causes of heavy bleeding, hysteroscopy uses a thin scope to examine the inner lining of the uterine cavity. Heavy periods that interfere with your regular activities or lifestyle are called menorrhagia and can be treated with Thermachoice®, a 30-minute, minimally-invasive treatment that reduces excessive menstrual bleeding without a hospital stay. This ablation technique uses a uterine balloon therapy system and heat (no incision) to treat the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). Unlike a hysterectomy, it allows you to preserve your uterus and recovery is fast – many women return to most of their normal activities the next day.
Another option is a specialized ultrasound that involves instilling saline into the uterine cavity to visualize polyps and fibroids that may be a cause of bleeding irregularities. This is usually called a "SIS."