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Avery Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology

Minerva Endometrial Ablation

What is the Minerva procedure?

Minerva is a treatment for heavy periods, PMS, and severe cramping that can be performed in our office. Minerva may prevent the need to have a hysterectomy in some patients. 

During the procedure, your doctor will dilate (open) your cervix and insert a thin, soft wand into the uterus through the vagina and cervix. The wand opens slightly and generates light and heat for 2 minutes, thinning the lining of the uterus.

The entire treatment takes less than 4 minutes. You should be ready to go home about 30 minutes later, and most women are back to a normal routine the following day.

Who is a candidate for Minerva?

Minerva is for women who do not wish to become pregnant in the future. Download the discussion guide here.

What are some of the benefits of Minerva?
  • Quick, one-time treatment
  • No hormones, IUDs or incisions
  • May improve premenstrual symptoms
  • Dramatically decreases bleeding
  • Treated lining means less clots, less blood
  • Usually covered by insurance
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