The world is never fair. Women menstruate, men don't. And even among women, the world is not created equal. Some have worse periods and cramps than others. When a heating pad and "take two and call me in the morning" are no longer doing the job, it's time to rethink your options. Look no further than Ob-Gyn Associates at the Veranda, where they are putting the freeze to your period.
Cryoablation is a conservative treatment for excessive menstrual bleeding. The Cryoablation procedure uses sub-zero temperatures to reduce or eliminate excessive menstrual periods. The cold temperatures destroy the uterine lining, which is responsible for menstrual bleeding. It's safe and effective and requires minimal recovery time.
The Cryoablation treatment is available at OB-Gyn Associates at the Veranda-rather than a hospital-and generally takes about 20 minutes.
"Cryoablation is a safe and effective step toward controlling excessive menstrual bleeding and potentially avoiding hysterectomy," says Dr. Steven Kitchen of Ob-Gyn Associates. "Best of all, it is available here at the Veranda. No hospital visit required."
This is how it works: Cryoablation treatment involves inserting a slim probe vaginally through the cervix and into the uterus. Once in place, the cooling process begins, and the probe freezes tissue symmetrically around its tip.
Excessive menstrual bleeding is a significant health condition affecting an estimated 32 percent of women. Ultimately, many of these women seek hysterectomy as a solution to their heavy periods. A typical menstrual cycle occurs every 28 days and lasts four to five days. For women with excessive menstrual bleeding, called menorrhagia, periods may last longer than seven days and may be accompanied by hemorrhaging, profuse bleeding, clotting and severe cramping.
"Menorrhagia has an affect on quality of life and also takes an emotional toll," explains Dr. Lesley Gaydos. "The first thought for most women is hysterectomy. But less evasive procedures can work just as well and not carry any of the risks associated with surgery."