Dare to wear white? Imagine freedom from heavy monthly bleeding? An alternative
to hormones or hysterectomy is available. In about 90 seconds, we can
help you permanently reduce or eliminate a messy period.
Most women with heavy periods (menorrhagia) don’t know that recurrent
heavy bleeding is not normal—it is a recognized medical condition
that afflicts 1 in 6 women worldwide. Many women think that bleeding heavily
for consecutive days or changing their pad every hour is something they
have to live with. Consequently, they tolerate their period limiting their
participation in daily activities. Others are afraid that the only options
are hormone therapies or a hysterectomy.
Heavy menstrual bleeding can be treated simply, safely and successfully.
The doctors at Women’s Health Specialists will help you come to
a treatment decision by assessing the amount and frequency of your bleeding
and by looking at how your periods affect your life. Several factors will
be important to your decision, including whether or not you plan to have
children in the future and whether you want ongoing therapy or a one-time
Genesys HTA™ System
The Genesys HTA™ System therapy is an outpatient procedure performed at
Washington Outpatient Surgery Center that uses heated saline to treat the uterine lining, or endometrium. Once
treated, most women no longer experience the symptoms or effects of a
heavy period. HTA stands for hysteroscopic thermal ablation, which refers
to the device intended to ablate the endometrial lining of the uterus
in premenopausal women with menorrhagia.
Other treatment options include hormonal contraceptives and the
Mirena® IUD. Hysterectomy should be reserved only for situations where these more
conservative interventions have failed. While hormone therapies can be
effective, it does require you to use them day in and day out until menopause,
which averages around 51 years old. The Mirena IUD can be inserted into
your uterus in about the time it takes to perform a PAP smear, and lasts
for 5 years before it needs to be replaced. Read more