What is HER OPTION® and how does it treat heavy periods?
Her Option is a safe and effective treatment that uses sub-zero temperatures to destroy the tissue lining the uterus (endometrium). It is this tissue that sheds during your period that causes bleeding. By destroying most or all of this lining, your periods will be reduced or eliminated.
There are many reasons that women choose Her Option:
• High success rate in reducing bleeding with no incisions
• No need to remove the uterus or to disrupt the natural hormones
• The treatment can be performed in the comfort of a doctor’s office
• One single treatment is all that should be required
How will the HER OPTION treatment be performed?
Dr. Gurley performs the Her Option procedure in the office. During the treatment, your bladder will be full to monitor the progress of the treatment using an abdominal ultrasound.
A slender probe will be gently inserted through your vagina into your uterus and is cooled until it reaches sub-zero temperatures. Typically, multiple ice zones are formed. The procedure takes twenty to thirty minutes.
What happens immediately after the treatment?
Immediately following the treatment, some patients feel cramping similar to a menstrual period. We will give you a mild medication such as ibuprofen to keep you comfortable. A heated pack or warm tub bath may also help.
Please plan on having someone drive you home. You may want to take it easy for the rest of the day. Most patients can return to normal activities the next day.
You may experience a watery discharge for up to three to six weeks following the treatment as the tissue heals. This is normal.
It is best to hold off on sexual activity until after your first check-up. We will provide you with additional information on how to care for yourself after the treatment.