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Article of the month August

10 Minutes Solution for Heavy Period's !!

dr sharda jain
Dr.Sharda jain
Chairperson of Wow india

More than 1 in 5 women in their 30s and 40s suffer from heavy periods. Heavy periods can be very frustrating.

One has to think twice about wearing light-colored clothes during periods. The pain and cramping in lower abdomen is very annoying. And sometimes this bleeding drags on longer than a week or more. One is in dilemma how to deal with it for quality personal life, family life and how to avoid frequent leaves from work place.

There are various causes for heavy bleeding. In good 20% patients with heavy bleeding uterus is of normal size, but bleeding is very heavy. A gynaecologist makes an internal examination and also runs a sonography to confirm the absence of tumors like fibroids, ovarian cysts, which could be possible causes of heavy bleeding. If patient has big-big fibroids, cancer or big ovarian mass, uterus removal i.e. hysterectomy is done (major surgery).

Over the years, women who have normal size uterus have been treated with prolonged hormonal treatment, repeated curetting or removal of the uterus, all of which have significant risks and complications. Experts feel that 40% hysterectomy can be avoided all together.

It is high time this is a major surgery to remove the whole womb and should not be taken lightly. In new of major complication in 1% and minor applications in one third cases. If ovaries are removed as well, the menopause starts at once and women may need to go onto hormone treatment for life.

The new techniques of uterine balloon therapy has made the management of heavy menses simple, safe and quick. The uterine balloon ablation therapy involves the insertion of a small tube with an inflatable balloon at the top into the womb through the vagina. There are no cuts or stitches required for this. The procedure can be done under light anesthesia, and is safe even for patients who have medical problems such as uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, blood cancer, heart or kidney disease like kidney failure, where major operations are risky to perform. It results either in permanent stoppage or marked reduction in menstrual bleeding, and is therefore this procedure is very good for women who have completed their family. The patient needs to be in the hospitals for only few hours and does not need to rest at home after the procedure. She is fit to resume work the next day, unlike in major surgeries where the recovery time is longer (i.e. 6-12 weeks).

What about fertility and contraception?

One should not have this treatment if one wants to become pregnant.

Does it work?

Yes. More than 600,000 people around the world had been treated with Uterine balloon therapy technique up to December 2005. Clinical studies over 10 years have shown it to be a reliable and very effective treatment in good 95% women. In fact, gynaecologist all over world use various endometrial ablation techniques with almost similar results. With proper selection of cases, (i.e. excluding cases of fibroid uterus and uterine cancer) the results show 97-98% success if woman enrolled are well selected.

What should you do next?

You have to create public awareness about this simple procedure. If you and your friends suffer from heavy bleeding, they should talk to their gynaecologist about it. This is relatively new technique launched all over the world in last 10 years only. You may find it useful to take this paper cutting with you. This is not cheap but very patient friendly procedure. It is COVERED UNDER MEDICLAIM (HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEMES) in India and this facility is available in major hospitals in the country.

The good news is that there is now a simple way to put heavy bleeding right in 10 minutes. The results of uterine balloon therapy are very encouraging and gynaecologists feel that 40 % of uterus removal operations can be avoided. In India, Hysterectomy is done at slightest pretext that too at younger age and this is cause of worry. Thus Uterine balloon therapy is the only saviour for them. It should be tried so 95% women will not need major surgery or its alternatives for normal size uterus.