What types of surgery are effective for heavy periods?
Surgical removal of the womb (hysterectomy) is a more effective treatment for heavy periods over the long term than removing the lining of the womb (endometrial resection or endometrial ablation). Removing the lining of the womb causes fewer side effects, but the procedure may have to be repeated.
Heavy periods (menorrhagia) can be a real problem. Because it's usually successful, surgery is sometimes seen as a permanent solution – at least for women who don’t want to have any (more) children. But all surgical procedures are associated with risks, so it’s important to consider the options carefully.
Heavy periods are not an emergency. There is enough time to weigh the pros and cons of the different types of surgery, as well as other treatment options.