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How is Her Option Cryoablation recovery for post-menopausal women? For cancer prevention?

By July 7, 2009 - 9:51am
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I am 52, post-menopausal and also scheduled for Cryoablation on July 8 (tomorrow). I was unaware of these recovery issues until reading these posts. My doctor thinks performing this procedure, because I have a thickened lining, may be preventative in deterring cancer cells from developing in the future. Has anyone else had Her Option for that reason? If so, and since I don't expect to have any more periods, how is the recovery?

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I'm having this procedure in 2 days, after reading all these post, I'm kinda of scared, I have been having irregular and heavy periods for almost 2 years, my periods go from 14 to 38 days and I bleed heavily for 5 days then 2 light days. I never know when I'm going to start. I've been sterilized for 14 years now, I just want my periods to stop period. I want a hysterctomy but with insurance you have to try different options, and I'm not anemic from the bleeding. My husband is already bothering me about how long I have to go before we can have sex, I have my preop appointment tomorrow, and I hope it's not long, because he becomes unbearable. I'm worried about the pain since my cervix has never dilated beyond a 2, I have had a D&C under general anesthesia for a miscarraige, but both my boys were c-sections. I hope I can deal with it, I've been thinking about taking a lortab with the valium I have to take to help relax me more after reading some of these stories. I am really scared.

September 18, 2012 - 7:55pm
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I just had this procedure yesterday (12/5/2011). I also took the Pre op meds... Procedure was simple, slight discomfort. But I have major discharge, clear liquid gushes unexpectedly which is annoying. Cannot wait to see what my period will be like. I will update the post...

December 6, 2011 - 10:21pm

Great information anon. To your point, many women may actually don't know the medications they're taking or why and are not aware of the side effects. Will you update us in a few weeks? Thanks again.

December 30, 2009 - 7:16am
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I am 47 and had the proceedure just yesterday. After having read some posts on the recovery process, I did almost change my mind about doing it. But, I went ahead and did it.. and all I can say is, I am fine! The doctor, sonographer and myselft were talking up about chirtmas, childbirth and so on. I hardly noticed anything, just mild cramping during the freezing. Just like they told me I would experience watery discharge, and so I have. Very mild so far. I feel just fine, somewhat weak but not that bad. I have been giving anti nausia meds as well as antibiotics just as a precaution. Anyway, I recommmed if you are considering this proceedure, read all you can, be informed. Ask your Dr questions, even with every med that is given to you. You should ask why and what it's for, nothing wrong with that. Reading these posts can be helpfull, however one should consider that everyone is different and each experience different reactions. Just like child birth - no two are the same.

December 30, 2009 - 7:08am
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I am reading this info and starting to get very nervous about having this procedure - 3 days after xmas. My issue is; I will have to have two procedures since I have a Didelphis Uterus (two uteruses). Wow, I just can't imagine what to expect for two! I'm in my forty's, I have had blood tests that show that my hormone levels are normal. Not menopausal, so I thought this would be better than a hysterectomy for heavy bleeding, severe anemia (I'm on b12 shots) and thickening of the uteruses. Is there anyone else out there that's had this procedure with the same condition (didelphis) I'm afraid now.

December 19, 2009 - 6:01pm
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I'm 41 and had cryoablation on August 11th. I've had water/bloody discharge for 18 months. Based on my ultrasound, I have adenomyosis, which means the cells lining my uterus are growing into the muscular walls of my uterus. The only reason to treat this is the symptoms - the daily water/bloody discharge. I could have tried progesterone but I have a history of not tolerating hormones. So I chose cyroablation to stop the bleeding. The procedure: I took Ibuprofene, 600 mg every 6 hours for 24 hours prior. 90 minutes prior I took Vicodin and Xanax. There were only one or two times I was really uncomfortable - I would not call it pain. And those times only lasted a few seconds. The rest of the day I was rather loopy and sleepy. I take several other drugs - lithium, lamictal and paxil - since I'm bi-polar so I'm sure the combo added to my loopy-ness. But I had no pain or discomfort. It has taken me the rest of the week to feel myself as far as getting the drugs out of my system and feeling rested but it hasn't been bad. I am having watery/blood discharge - irony - slightly more than I was having before! I'm able to use liners and it's only the first week. My doctor told me to expect 5-6 weeks of dischange. She also said I had a 20-30% chance of no longer having periods, more realistic to expect a 2-3 day light period monthly. Hope my experience helps. Good luck to everyone. Take care of yourselves.

August 16, 2009 - 2:45pm
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I am 44 and just had this procedure done yesterday, Aug. 13, 2009. I took 1 vicodin 2 hrs. prior to procedure. I was given 1 xanax and a shot of Toradol at the Dr. office prior to the procedure. I experienced some cramping during the procedure which took about 20 minutes. I had some discharge yesterday afternoon and some mild cramping. I have taken no further pain medication. I went for a walk this morning and have only had a small amount of watery discharge so far today. I think the reason I have had so little discharge is that i had the prodecure done just after having my period, so my uterine wall had recently shed. I think if you have it done closer to the time you expect to start your period, you will have more discharge. I was told that for the first 3 months following the procedure I may not see much difference in my periods, but by 6 months I should see the full benefits.


August 14, 2009 - 7:38am
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I posted earlier and am providing an update.
My procedure was on June 22... it's now August 2.
Again, the procedure was painless. The discharge lasted about 4 weeks.... be sure to buy a BIG bag of Maxi pads the day before the procedure. I think I had a period, but not sure... it was very light.
I've had no other complications, so I'm leaning toward a "yes this is a valid option to hysterectomy" vote.
Nancy D

August 2, 2009 - 5:25pm
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Thank you so much for following up! Glad your procedure went well!

August 2, 2009 - 7:35pm
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I had thid procedure on June 20,2009 I didnt need to have anything for pain except for advil before the procedure.I had a some discharge since then and cant wait for it to stop.I havent had a period yet so I dont know if it has worked either,I will update this when anything changes.

July 16, 2009 - 7:26am
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