Many women experience heavy menstrual bleeding at some point in their lives. For one in four women, however, every cycle is heavy-and that’s not normal. Doctors call this condition “abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB)” or “menorrhagia.” Although every woman experiences her period differently, most doctors define a normal, healthy period by a few standard criteria.
|Normal bleeding:||Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB):|
|occurs about every 25-31 dayslasts 4-5 daystotals 2-3 tablespoons||can last longer than 7 daysmay require frequent change of protection, or double protectionmay include large blood clots in your flowmay cause tiredness, fatigue or shortness of breath (symptoms of anemia)|
New guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest that if heavy periods and irregular menstrual cycles negatively impacts your life and interrupts your normail daily activities and day-to-day responsibilities, you should contact Dr. Navi.
When a woman faces heavy menstrual bleeding, Dr. Navi and the team at Valencia Center for Women's Health offer help in many ways.
- birth control pills, progestogens or IUD
Dilation and curettage (D&C)
- scraping away of the uterine lining
- surgical removal of uterus
- destruction of uterine lining (endometrium) using either heat (thermal ablation) or cold (cryoablation)
Although there are several treatment options for reducing or eliminating heavy periods, most require hormone therapy or surgery. Some are intended for hospital use and may cause significant discomfort when performed in a doctor’s office. Her Option® was designed with your comfort in mind. It was specifically developed and approved for office use. That means your doctor performs the therapy in the familiar setting of your regular clinic. The treatment requires minimal anesthesia-no IV or surgery. Many women even return to their normal activity level by the next day.
What can Her Option® do for you?
Each month during your period, you shed your uterine lining (endometrium). This shedding process is what causes normal menstrual flow.
Her Option® Office Cryoablation Therapy is a safe and effective ablation procedure that uses sub-zero temperatures (cryoablation) to reduce your heavy periods to normal levels.
The cold temperatures destroy the endometrium. With the endometrium reduced or eliminated, there’s less tissue to shed each period. The result? Dramatically less menstrual bleeding.
Cryoablation-a proven ablation technique
Cryoablation is a time-tested treatment with proven success in treating many medical conditions. Gynecologists are very familiar with the therapy and all its possible applications.
Other ablation processes work through energy or heat. Cryoablation uses sub-zero temperatures to reduce or eliminate the uterine lining. The natural analgesic affect of these low temperatures reduces patient discomfort during the procedure. Plus, ultrasound guidance during the procedure lets your doctor monitor the therapy as it happens, offering an additional level of safety.
Cryoablation offers additional long-term benefits, including:
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!