One in four women suffer from heavy periods caused by abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). AUB can be emotionally and physically devastating, causing many women to limit their activities and lifestyle.
Your doctor may call this condition menorrhagia, a medical term for menstrual periods that are too heavy, too frequent, or last too long.
Many treatment options are available including drug therapy, minimally invasive procedures or a hysterectomy. Her Option® Office Cryoablation therapy is a unique choice for women with AUB who are seeking a minimally invasive alternative to a hysterectomy.
Her Option® reduces or eliminates menstrual periods in most women. This treatment can free you from the limitations and pain associated with heavy periods without the need to remove your uterus or disrupt our natural hormones.
What is Her Option® and how does it treat AUB?
Her Option® is a safe and effective treatment that uses sub-zero temperatures to destroy the tissue lining the uterus (endometrium). It is this tissue that sheds during your period that causes bleeding. By destroying most or all of this lining, your periods will be reduced or eliminated.
Women choose Her Option® because it has a high success rate in reducing bleeding, there is no need to remove the uterus or to disrupt the natural hormones, the treatment can be performed in the comfort of a doctor’s office with a return to normal activities the next day, and cryoablation acts as a natural anesthetic, increasing patient comfort during the procedure.
How is Her Option® treatment performed?
Her Option® is most often performed in the doctor’s office. Sometimes the doctor will perform it in a hospital. Your doctor will help determine which setting and sedation level is best for you. During the treatment, your bladder will be full to allow your doctor to monitor the progress of the treatment using abdominal ultrasound.
A slender probe will be gently inserted through your vagina into your uterus and cooled until it reaches sub-zero temperatures. Typically, multiple ice zones are formed. The procedure should take 20 to 30 minutes.
What happens immediately after the treatment?
Immediately following the treatment, some patients feel cramping similar to a menstrual period. Your doctor may give you a mild medication, such as ibuprofen, to keep you comfortable. A heating pad may also help.
You should plan on having someone drive you home. You may want to take it easy for the rest of the day. Most patients can return to normal activities the next day.
You may experience a watery discharge for up to three weeks following the treatment as the tissue heals. This is normal.
Your doctor may ask you to hold off on sexual activity until after your first check-up. Your doctor will provide you with additional information on how to care for yourself after the treatment.
When will I see results and what will my bleeding be like?
Within the first three months following the treatment, you should experience a reduction in bleeding. It’s not unusual to experience two or three normal menstrual cycles before you see the full extent of the treatment take effect, although some patients see results immediately.
The decrease in bleeding varies from woman to woman. Some women find that their bleeding is completely eliminated, or that they spot for only a few days a month.
What else can I expect?
In a clinical study it was determined that 94% of Her Option® Office Cryoablation Therapy treatments were successful. In addition, patients who undergo the treatment often report a reduction in PMS symptoms, such as fatigue, irritability and cramping. Furthermore, the treatment should not change your desire for, or your enjoyment in, sexual activity.
You should only have Her Option® if you no longer desire to have children. However, it is possible to become pregnant following the treatment. Such a pregnancy would be high-risk for the woman and the fetus. Therefore, a reliable form of birth control is necessary following treatment.
Every medical treatment has risks and complications, and you should talk to your doctor to be sure that you understand the potential complications and results you can expect.
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