Her Option® Cryoablation Therapy
Many women suffer with heavy menstrual bleeding that affects their daily lives. As many as one in four women suffer from chronically heavier and longer periods, known as (AUB) or menorrhagia. Doctors define AUB as having periods that last longer than seven days, require frequent change of protection and cause tiredness or fatigue.
Abnormal uterine bleeding can be caused by a number of reasons, including:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Pregnancy complications
- Benign uterine growths
- Thyroid problem
- Age of patient
At One to One FemaleCare, we are excited to offer a new solution for women who experience heavy bleeding. Her Option® Cryoablation Therapy is the only abnormal uterine bleeding treatment option designed for an in-office procedure. During the procedure, your endometrium, the uterine lining that sheds each month and causes your menstrual period, is destroyed by cryoablation therapy. Cryoablation is an effective treatment that has been used for treating many medical conditions. It uses sub-zero temperatures to create a natural analgesic effect that painlessly reduces or eliminates the uterine lining. During the procedure, an ultrasound that provides an accurate monitoring will be performed.
Patients who used Her Option® Cryoablation Therapy reported it as 91% effective in decreasing menstrual bleeding and, in some cases, relieving PMS symptoms. Cryoablation is a simple procedure with a short recovery time and can be considered an alternative option before considering a hysterectomy. The procedure does not use hormones and requires only one treatment as compared to alternative options such as hormone therapy or dilation and curettage. While Her Option® Cryoablation Therapy is a safe and effective procedure, it is not right for everyone. Set up an appointment to speak to your doctor to see if this option is right for you.
Saline Infusion Sonography (SIS)
A sonohysterogram is an ultrasound that produces images of the inside of a woman's uterus. It is also called saline infusion sonography. In some cases, a sonohysterogram may be performed in conjunction with a Doppler ultrasound, which evaluates blood flow through the blood vessels.
Reasons for a Sonohysterogram
A sonohysterogram can be used to identify the causes of:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Recurrent miscarriages
These conditions can be caused by:
- Congenital defects
- Other malignant masses
The Sonohysterogram Procedure
A sonohysterogram is ideally performed a week after the patient's period, but the woman's individual condition may require the test to be performed at a different point during the menstrual cycle. To reduce the feeling of discomfort or cramping during the sonohysterogram, the patient may take an over-the-counter painkiller beforehand. No other preparations are necessary for this test.
On the day of the procedure the patient should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. She may be asked to change into a gown before the procedure begins.
During the sonohysterogram, the patient will be lying down on her back with her feet in stirrups. The technician will clean the patient's cervix and place a catheter into the uterine cavity. Then, a transvaginal probe will be inserted into the vagina and saline will be injected into the uterine cavity through the catheter. The saline helps the images appear on a nearby monitor.
The providers at One to One FemaleCare will perform this non-invasive, painless procedure that takes approximately 30 minutes in the comforts of our office. Normal activities can be resumed immediately afterwards. The patient may experience vaginal spotting for a few days afterward.
The Results of the Sonohysterogram Procedure
After the sonohysterogram, a radiologist interprets the results and sends them to the doctor, who will discuss these results with the patient. If the test results show any abnormalities, the doctor will develop a customized treatment plan for the condition.
As with all ultrasound imaging tests, there are no risks associated with a sonohysterogram.
The patient should notify her doctor if she may be pregnant, as sonohysterography cannot be performed on pregnant women.
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