Uterine Balloon Therapy - Hope For Women With Excessive Menstrual Bleeding - My Personal Journey Part 7 - 5 months In.

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While it was my intention to update everyone on how the Uterine Balloon Therapy (also called Nova Sure or Uterine Ablation Therapy) procedure has been for me thus far at a 6 month period, in answer to a readers request, I decided to push the date forward.

Here's what reader Heidi had to say:

Heidi says:
4 hours ago

"Hi Veronica,

Thanks for sharing, my mom has been experiencing excess menstrual bleeding for a year now. I call it her "perma-period" up to 6 weeks at a time. I'm gathering some info for her to give her some options because her doctors are no help.

How are you feeling? Any side effects?"

First of all, thank you Heidi for reading about my arduous, yet necessary journey.

From personal experience, I can truly say that excessive menstrual bleeding is not a small matter. It literally takes days out of your life, and many times you are stuck at home afraid of going anywhere due to the pain and the excessive blood flow. So Heidi, I truly feel for your mother.

To give you a detailed update on my status, it has been 5 months now and my very last post-op doctors appointment was December 29th, 2009. My ob-gyn had requested in October 2009, that I keep a detailed journal that included how heavy I flowed, as well as how many days my menstrual cycle lasted.

Here's how things developed:

October 2009 - one month after the surgery - my menstrual cycle lasted for eleven days (from the 9th to the 20th) , that was four extra days than may "normal" seven. The flow was about half of what it used to be for three days. By day four through day six, the flow was extremely light until it's completion on day eleven. The pain was excruciating. I felt as if I had just had the procedure all over again!

November 2009 - two months after the surgery - my menstrual cycle lasted for seven days (from the 12th to the 19th). I had no signs that it was coming on. There were no headaches, no backaches, no stomach cramps, no bloating, no emotional backlash, - nothing. The flow was similar to the month before, it would start off a little heavy (half of what it used to be) for several days, and then by the third day would lighten up. The flow stayed that way until it finalized on the 19th.

December 2009 - three months after the surgery - my menstrual cycle lasted for seven days (from the 10th to the 17th). Once again, I had no signs that it was coming on. In addition, the flow was very light the entire time. At the end of December 2009, I visited my gynecologist. After a full vaginal exam, a pap smear, and urine test, my ob-gyn and I discussed how everything was going. Needless to say, he andI were both happy about the results thus far. But wait! There's more.

January 2010- four months after the surgery - my menstrual cycle lasted for seven days (from the 6th - 13th). Now you may wonder why the dates didn't coincide with the previous dates. I've found that when the new year arrives, my cycle dates alter somewhat so this was normal for me. Much like the previous months, I had no signs that it was coming on and the flow was very light the entire time.

February 2010 - five months after the surgery - my menstrual cycle lasted for only five days (from 2nd to the 7th). Once again, there were no signs that is was coming on, and the flow was so light that I wore pantyliners the entire time!

In answer to Heidi's request, the only side-effect - if you consider this as a side-effect - is that I have no signs at all that my menstrual cycle is coming on. Therefore, if I don't pay attention to my calendar, I could be caught unawares and without protection.

I have learned to counteract this however. I simply keep a sanitary napkin with me at all times in my purse.

Otherwise, transitioning from having two seven day cycles in one month, with a flow so heavy that even when wearing overnight sanitary napkins at all times I'd still soil my clothing; to having a seven day cycle, with an extremely light flow that only requires a medium/light sanitary napkin or pantyliner, is not bad at all!

In conclusion, deciding to have the Uterine Balloon Therapy (also known as Nova Sure or Uterine Ablation) has worked wonders for me.

Thanks to my wonderful doctor and his great staff, I was able to find a solution that worked for me.

Dr. Ilan D. Bornstein, M.D., FACOG

Obstetrical &Gynecological Care

Provident Professional Building

4750 Waters Ave., Suite 210

Savannah, GA. 31404

Office: (912) 356-9600

Fax: (912) 356-5434

To you Heidi and your dear mother, I do hope this information helps her make an informed decision. Heidi, I hope your mother is able to find a doctor that will give her the information and support needed to combat this problem. Whatever you do, stay strong and don't give up.

Thank you again for taking the time out to read my personal story. I will keep you and your mother in my prayers and thoughts.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I am sure your article will be of great help to women like you.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I hope so Hello, hello. Thank you for stopping by.


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quildon 6 years ago from Florida

Hi Veronica,

This is a very helpful and informative hub. I had a hysterectomy ten years ago. Wish they had this uterine procedure back then.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Quildon thank you for stopping by. I've heard many women share the same sentiment. It's obvious that with time comes further medical advancements. The only thing is, one has to make sure they are informed since this procedure may work for some, but not for others. Thank you once again for stopping by.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Good hub, and good information. I think it helps people who are thinking about a new procedure to hear other's experiences.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks Paradise7 for stopping by. I hope this information will help other women who find themselves in this situation, make a more informed decision.


wordscribe41 6 years ago

Wowm that is fascinating (I'm sure it wasn't so much to you). I cannot imagine having my period that many days. I must say I used to have THE WORST menstrual cramps ever, the kind where I threw-up, had to come home, was doubled-over in pain... the works. Good times. They got a lot better after I had my children.

But, mine never lasted so long. Wow, this sounds like a great and promising treatment, one I haven't heard of. I can imagine what a life changing procedure this can be for some women, truly. I can imagine this could be, well, highly inconvenient and you'd pretty much have to plan your days around this time of the month. You poor thing. I'm so glad it's gotten better. It's amazing what they can do these days. GREAT HUB!!!


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yeah wordscribe41, it was a time. I had the kind of menstrual cycles where I would regurgitate as well. I couldn't go anywhere, would have to come home from school, work, you name it! See? - We really are twins.

I've heard a lot of women who have this problem say that their cycles improved after having children, but my condition only got worse. I do wonder however, if it had anything to do with having two c-sections performed on me.

For me however, the procedure has truly given me a life I've never known. Unfortunately for some however, the procedure doesn't work. There are some serious side effects that women have to look into.

Thanks for stopping by.


wordscribe41 6 years ago

That's interesting about the c-section theory. I did have one vaginal birth, but the twins had to be delivered via c-section. Maybe there's something to that. I'm sorry you didn't get that benefit, I really am. I'm glad you've found a solution. Boy, do I feel for the women who have to suffer with this. I guess you'd look forward to menopause in their shoes. Sigh. Talk to you soon!


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I do wonder about that myself wordscribe. Now that things are better, I feel like I can do anything, even when my cycle is on! This procedure has done wonders for me. Thanks for stopping back by. Talk with you soon.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

That's really wonderful on your part Veronica that you are sharing such information which is beneficial for others. It shows your love and support towards other people in the society and your own good morals. You know about the pains and sorrows of hypermenorrhagia and your successful treatment so that other women can get this done and take benefit and relieve their condition. Excellent hub. I rate it up.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks so much soni for those encouraging words. It was my intent to share with other women who may be experiencing such a life-altering condition the fact that there are possible solutions to their problem. I do hope it will help others make an informed decision while choosing a procedure that is in their own best interest. Thank you for stopping by.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State

Great Hub Veronica,

You gave some great information to women to ensure that they knew of their options. I suffer from unpredictable cycles-but it is from von Willebrand Disease, not hypermenorrhagia (which I wasn't very familiar with) Thanks for the education :)


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for stopping by H.C. Porter. It really amazes me how many women actually suffer from this whether it's due to a Disease like the one you suffer from, or whether it's just due to hormonal imbalances, or whether there isn't a known cause. I do hope this will help others in a similiar situation. You mentioned that you have von Willebrand Disease. Are there any medical treatments for it?

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