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Uterine Balloon Therapy - Hope For Women With Excessive Menstrual Bleeding - My Personal Journey Part 1.

Updated on April 12, 2011
Female Pelvis and Uterus
Female Pelvis and Uterus

I've been suffering from excessive menstrual bleeding since my first menstrual cycle at the age of twelve. So severe and excessive was the bleeding, that I'd miss days out of school every single month.

The older I got, the more I learned to just "manage" my symptoms. For a while, I was even able to hold down a job even on my worst days.

I was often informed by many of my female peers that one's menstruation often got better after childbirth, but I wasn't among the fortunate few to be blessed with this added bonus. These last three months however, have brought about an unwelcome change in my menstrual cycle.

Instead of the normal five-to-seven-days-once-a-month-visit, I've been visited by my "little friend" twice a month! I knew I had to make a change.

It was already bad enough to have to endure this cleansing process once a month, but now twice in one month!? I didn't have the time, energy, or patience to "manage" my cycle twice a month, much less once a month. Enough was enough!

I have a family to look after and take care of, and this was really impeding on my life. I couldn't leave the house for at least the first two days, I was so irritable and in so much pain, I wanted to lay down and die.

After discussing the problem with my gynecologist we made an immediate game plan. First, I was thoroughly examined and received a pap-smear and a vaginal ultrasound. Once fibroid tumors, polyps, and other disorders were ruled out, I was given four options:

1.) Birth control pills - (which are accompanied with some very unpleasant side effects).

2.) IUD (intrauterine device) - which is inserted in your uterus, can last up to five years, and prevents sperm from fertilizing eggs ( there have been some who, after scrutinizing how this device works more carefully, considered it as an abortifacient).

3.) Hysterectomy - which involves major surgery; and depending on whether it's a partial or full; will likely involve hormone replacement therapy. Not to mention the four to six recovery time.

4.) Uterine Balloon Therapy - a much less evasive procedure done in the doctor office with light, or general anesthesia

Due to many factors in my life, I made the informed decision to opt for the Uterine Balloon Therapy.

What is Uterine Balloon Therapy, you may ask?

Uterine Balloon Therapy (also called NovaSure or Endometrial Ablation) essentially involves thermally destroying the endometrial lining of the uterus in three stages.

1.) A balloon catheter is inserted vaginally, through the cervix, and into the uterus.

2.) Once the balloon is inserted, it is then inflated with sterile fluid, which heated in 87 degrees Celsius (188 degrees Fahrenheit for eight minutes).

3.) Once the treatment cycle is complete, the balloon is then deflated and the catheter is withdrawn and discarded.

All of this is done under light, or general anesthesia. Most patients; I was informed; experience little to no pain, other than mild to moderate cramping during the first day, which is often managed by over-the-counter pain relievers.

This non-evasive (and practically risk free) procedure has been effective in over 85% of the women who opt for this treatment. The down time for many is no more than a day or two, accompanied by a pinkish and watery vaginal discharge for approximately two weeks to a month (which is all apart of the healing process). The results?

Many women are extremely pleased with the outcome. For many it has lessened their bleeding significantly, while others have stopped having a monthly cycle all together! (It's vital to note, that this procedure is not for those who may want to get pregnant again, for the procedure has the possibility of making a woman sterile).

After receiving this information, and being informed that I would be considered a great candidate for such a procedure, I made the decision to proceed. Therefore, my pre-op will be this coming Friday, and my actual surgery date will be the Friday following.

It is my hopes that this procedure will allow me to experience life without the the encumbrances of a menstrual cycle, accompanied with excessive and heavy bleeding. And just maybe, sharing my personal journey will help other women who suffer from this often times, debilitating condition.

(For more detailed information on Uterine Balloon Therapy, click on this link )

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you erorantes for stopping by. I'm glad this could be of some help.

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      Ana Maria Orantes 

      5 years ago from Miami Florida

      Thank you ; miss Veronica for sharing you article with other readers. You are wonderful too me.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I hope everything goes well for you Tina. I'm glad that things have gone well so far. Please keep us posted. :)

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      7 years ago

      i had the procedure done in my drs office i was put completely under, i was in no pain after i was back a work in a day. i am having discharge which is to be expected i go back for my checkup this week. i hope all is well. i will take a light flow compared to the heave bleeding that i had to deal with every month. i will keep you posted

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      4urhealth - thank you so much for your input...I had the Novasure procedure and it was very effective. I really loved the outcome. Thank you for stopping by.

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      7 years ago

      Great article Veronica. Wanted to just mention that the balloon therapy is one of many types of treatments under the category "endometrial ablation". All of them can be done in you OB/GYNs office or in the OR. The balloon is a great therapy and has great results. One that I am very familiar with is the Novasure device which works by radio frequency energy to burn the lining of the uterus. Same outcome, but the novasure is a little quicker though (90 seconds). Thanks for your sharing of your experience.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much Krancenblum for your beautiful words. I have no problem with you sharing this on facebook or on your website. Thanks for stopping by.

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      7 years ago from Between Montréal and the Laurentians. Québec, Canada.

      Wow this is something amazing. I am a massage therapist that is opening a multidisciplinary clinic and I have an amazing Acupuncturest that does some great work,But we can't help everyone but this is a very useful alternative option. I would like to tag this to my facebook page but I haven`t got the slightes clue how to. Once my web site is up and running I would like to show it there too . Keep up the beautiful stories. Your article is informative and short clean and to the point thanks.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Gail. First of all, thank you for stopping by.

      To begin, my OBGYN informed me that you should expect a pinkish watery discharge for the remainder of the month you had the procedure performed on.

      Personally, my discharge went on for about a month and exactly a month after my procedure, my "regular cycle" did return (which was extremely light compared to what it had been previously).

      So it's a possiblity that your discharge from the procedure is running right into your "regular cycle" much like mine did.

      When I questioned my Obgyn whether or not this was normal, he informed that it was.

      As for your Shingles - which the website WebMD defines as "(herpes zoster)a viral infection of the nerve roots," they are most commonly caused by a weak immune systems due to stress, injury, certain medications, or other reasons.

      Taking in consideration that you've had recent surgery and the fact that you may be stressed over your recovery could be a considering factor. I'm not a doctor, so this is just my guess.

      With medication that your doctor may have prescribed, in additon to some much needed rest, your body should recover well from the shingles.

      The best thing to do, is ask your doctor and see what he or she says. I do however, list in detail what I experienced after my procedure here :

      I hope this helps. Here's to a speedy and successful recovery. Hang in there and take good care of yourself.

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      8 years ago

      I went for the Uterine balloon therapy system about 6 weeks ago. I am however still bleeding - not a lot but it is there.

      Last week I got sick and they found that I have "shingles".

      What I want to know is is it normal for me to still be bleeding and was the shingles caused by my body maybe rejecting the Uterine balloon therapy system?

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Heidi, in case you visit this page again, I did write a more detailed followup to my procedure, detailing how things are and any side effects at this link. I hope this helps.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Heidi, thanks so much for stopping by. I'm so sorry your mom is going through this, I truly feel for her. It has now been five months, and I feel great! I'll be writing another hub soon about how things have been progressing, but for your sake I will tell you that this has been the best decision for me. I do still have a menstural cycle, but I don't have any of the problems I had before. I'm very, very happy with my results. If you are interested, I do have at least five other articles in addition to this one, that takes you step by step through the pre-op, the surgery day, the post-op, and how I've been doing three months after. I hope this information will be of some use to both you and your mother. As for my well-being, this was the right choice for me. As for now, I haven't expereinced any side effects, and things have worked out just great.

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      8 years ago

      Hi Veronica,

      Thanks for sharing, my mom has been experiencing excess menstral 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?

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much for stopping by Dink96. I really feel for those who did not have this option. It's amazing how far medicine and science has come along. Thank you for your feedback and complement.

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      9 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I had to have a hysterectomy about 15 years ago, despite the fact that I still hadn't had any children. Thank goodness today women have many choices available so that they can make a well-informed decision along with their doctor. Excellent article.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      You're so welcome pinkdaisy. Please feel free to read on about the rest of my journey. It has been over a month now, and once I visit the doctor for a second follow up, I'll let everyone know how things have been. I hope things go well for you.

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for sharing - I have to get this done and I have been really nervous about it!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks guys for your feedback. I will be keeping you up to date regarding how things go.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      I'm so sorry for your discomfort, I had the monthly pain and nausea that put me in the bed most times, but I didn't over bleed. thanks for the info. I hope everything works well for you. creatvieone59

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      How generous of you to share this soooo vital information!

      This does affect so many women. I'm waiting for your update - I can forward both hubs and share.

      Thanks so much for such a thorough, clear and well written hub!


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