Bellingham, WA (Vocus) September 22, 2009
Phoenix, AZ (Vocus/PRWEB) September 20, 2009. In the US, one in five women suffer from heavy periods or irregular bleeding. Not only does this condition lead to discomfort and embarrassment, it also negatively impacts daily routines. Irregular menstrual bleeding is called menorrhagia. Most women with menorrhagia don't know that heavy bleeding is not normal--it is a recognized medical condition for which they can seek treatment.
Many women are embarrassed to seek medical attention for their heavy periods, believing that bleeding heavily for 4 to 5 days or changing their pad every hour is something they have to live with. Some women worry that their treatment options may be extreme or invasive. However, more options exist now that ever before for women suffering from abnormally heavy bleeding.
The most common treatment options include endometrial ablation , hormones, dilation and curettage (D&C), and hysterectomy. While a physician will recommend the proper treatment for the specific needs of the patient, studies have shown that hormones are minimally effective. Another option, D&C, can minimize symptoms, but the results are not long-term. Lastly, hysterectomy is a major surgery with significant risks and recovery time.
Endometrial ablation has emerged as an attractive alternative for the treatment of menorrhagia. This procedure treats the lining of the uterus to control or stop bleeding. It does not involve removal of the uterus and it does not affect a woman's hormone levels.
During the procedure a lighted viewing instrument (hysteroscope) and other instruments are used to destroy (ablate) the uterine lining, or endometrium.
Because endometrial ablation destroys a thin layer of the lining of the uterus, menstrual flow stops in many women. In some women, menstrual bleeding is only reduced to normal or lighter levels. If ablation does not control heavy bleeding, further treatment or surgery may be required.
The most common methods of ablation are thermal (by laser, radiofrequency, or heated saline,) Electricity (using a special scope and a loop or roller-ball electrode,) freezing or microwave.
Endometrial ablation is usually done in an outpatient facility or hospital and, depending on the method of ablation, usually takes only a short time to complete. The procedure may be done using a local or spinal anesthesia.
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Contact: Riley Horlacher
Phone: (877) 619-7159
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