Same Day Treatments for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

There are women who are bothered by their menstrual periods: and this complaint can be handled in a day. Women who are done having children should consider the option of stopping their heavy periods with the technique called endometrial ablation. For women with heavy menstrual bleeding the period can be here to day and literally gone tomorrow with this treatment. Once a woman has an endometrial ablation, she will almost be sure to never have a heavy period again, although she has to heal and will have some sort of light bleeding or discharge in the healing phase. Over 50% of women will have no periods at all after an endometrial ablation. Another 40% of women formerly with heavy periods will just have very light bleeding during their periods after having and endometrial ablation procedure. Office endometrial ablation is covered by most insurances with just your office copay. You can call today, get an appointment to have an ablation done, and find out what your insurance company will cover. The day of your procedure you undergo evaluation and get chances to ask questions. The evaluation process as performed at Women's Health Practice can be simplified to an office call with consultation and ultrasound, and then a treatment under local anesthesia. Don't forget your driver, as you wouldn't be able to drive that day. The educated staff can give you all the instructions you need at 217-356-3736. It is a procedure for those who want no more children, and there alternative treatments for women with heavy periods who do want more children. For those who do not want children then an endometrial ablation is a excellent choice. Endometrial ablation is the term for destroying the lining of the uterus so that it can no longer cycle or shed. It fixes bleeding that is heavy, bleeding that is just troublesome, and it can also cure bleeding that is irregular. Women with fibroids, polycystic ovaries, a history of endometrial polyps, or thickened uterine lining, or who are in perimenopause may be good candidates for this treatment as well. Women who have menstrual cramping, bloating, anemia because of their heavy bleeding and sexual dysfunction because of prolonged bleeding also can find that an endometrial ablation can provide significant relief and benefit for all these conditions. There are several technologies in use today for endometrial ablation, and those in use have been tested and reported as extremely effective. At Women's Health Practice in consultation with you we select the procedure that we think will be your best chance for a successful treatment, which will most often be a NovaSure endometrial ablation. There are often choices to be weighed, and this short post is not going to cover them all of course! An interesting article Obstetrics and Gynecology by a group headed up by Dr. Penninx from a research medical center in Amsterdam. What they found was that using the bipolar radiofrequency device was more effective than using the hydrothermal ablation technique. The NovaSure bipolar technique is a wand of relatively set configuration, that is opened in a fan shape, and it is performed "blindly" after insertion, and careful measurement. The device can be configured to your uterine size and shape. The HydroThermAblator (HTA) is a technique that is performed while still watching with the view of the hysteroscope (telescope seeing in the uterus). The surgeons compared a study that looked at two groups that conformed to routine diagnosis of heavy bleeding. All of these patients were before menopause and were scheduled early in their cycle. They studied about 80 women in each group, and were able to get information on most up to a year. At 6 months out 19 of the women in the HTA group had to have other procedures and only 5 in the NovaSure group. Not quite half of all women in the NovaSure group were no longer having a period at a year, which is what you expect, some studies have showed slightly better for complete period absence. The HTA group had lower success rates. In this study the HTA group was not pretreated with medicine to thin the lining. Higher success rates can be expected if women either can, or are willing to use hormonal pretreatment, but for most women this is not necessary and they can be treated right away, so they can miss less work, miss less family time and get on with their lives. Some physicians will treat with hormones in the healing phase, this theoretically may help as much. They do not specifically report the term post ablation syndrome, but there were cases of hysterectomy in the follow up phases.The study has a lot of interesting detail, it reaffirms how safe and reliable the procedures are, and does seem to back up the selection of the NovaSure device for most women who fit the criteria. Most insurance plans do cover the procedure with office co-pay. Call 217-356-3736 and find out over the phone if you might be a good candidate to be treated on the day of your procedure.


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