Break Free From Heavy Periods
Dr. Stefanie A. Schultis
Stop Heavy Periods
Stefanie A. Schultis, M.D.
Gynecologist Located in Covington LA
Her Option® Endometrial Ablation
Understanding HerOption® Cryoablation Therapy Solution to Heavy Periods
HerOption® office Cryo-Endometrial Ablation Therapy (CEA) is a freezing procedure that is performed in Dr. Schultis’ office under local anesthesia as one solution to heavy periods. It was the first FDA approved, in-office endometrial ablation procedure for the treatment of heavy menses. Studies show 94% of patients feel it was effective in decreasing the amount of bleeding, number of bleeding days, and cramps.
Women who suffer from abnormally heavy uterine bleeding may find HerOption® Cryoablation Therapy as a good treatment option for reducing or eliminating heavy periods. The treatment uses sub-zero temperatures to destroy the endometrium, resulting in dramatically less menstrual bleeding.
Does the Her Option® Procedure Hurt?
Before the procedure, you are given medication to help you relax and to prevent significant cramping, but you are awake during the procedure. You will feel movement of the probe during the procedure, but it will not be painful. Because we are freezing rather than burning the endometrial lining, pain receptors in the uterus freeze similar to the way an ice pack makes a sprained wrist go numb, so there is no perception of pain. Because of the medications given, you will need to have someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You will have cramping on the way home, sometimes it can be a little intense. The majority of the cramping will resolve in 45-60 minutes.
When will I see results?
Within the first three months following treatment you should experience a reduction in bleeding. It is not unusual to experience to or three normal periods before the full extent of the treatment takes effect, although some patients see immediate results. Some women find that their periods return to more normal levels, others have no bleeding at all or some mild spotting every month.
Does insurance cover the procedure?
Most insurance carriers cover HerOption®. Our office always calls to check with your insurance company before your procedure is scheduled. You are also given information so you can call and find out what your insurance will require.