This is a uterine balloon therapy used to treat heavy periods. The treatment aims to remove the inner lining of the uterus (womb) and reduce excessive menstrual bleeding for women who have not yet reached the menopause.
How does Thermachoice work?
A flexible soft balloon attached to a thin tube is inserted into your vagina and up into the uterus through the cervix. This is achieved without any cut or incision. Once positioned, the balloon is inflated with sterile fluid which is then heated to 87 degrees centigrade. This is then left in the uterus for 8 minutes until the lining is treated. After this time the fluid is removed from the balloon, the balloon deflates and is then removed gently from the uterus through the cervix and vagina. After treatment nothing remains in the uterus and the treated lining will come away like a period over 7 to 10 days afterwards.
What are the risks?
There are risks involved with any procedure. This procedure may pose some rare but possible risks including:
• Infection in the uterus
• Collection of blood or tissue in the uterus and or fallopian tubes after the procedure.
• Perforation (hole) of the uterus
• Leakage of the heated fluid around the cervix or vagina
• Blood loss
• Heat burn of internal organs
What are the benefits?
Initially, your periods may remain heavy for one or two months but then this will improve. Some women have no periods afterwards but usually the bleeding becomes lighter or more normal and this can reduce discomfort when menstruating.
Will I feel any pain after the procedure?
You may feel mild or moderate crampy period type pain. However, we will make sure that you leave the hospital with pain-relief tablets to take for the next 24 hours.
Will I have a vaginal discharge?
Yes, most women have a pinkish, watery vaginal discharge for between 2 – 4 weeks after the procedure. We advise that you avoid using tampons until the discharge has settled.
When can I resume sexual intercourse?
Sexual intercourse can be resumed within 7 to 10 days after the procedure and once any vaginal discharge has stopped.
Can I get pregnant after this treatment?
You do remain fertile after this procedure, but you should not have this treatment if you ever want to get pregnant in the future. Pregnancies after this treatment may be dangerous for both you and for the unborn fetus. Contraception or sterilisation should be used after your treatment and this should be discussed with your doctor.
When can I go back to work?
Most women return to work the day after the procedure.
What should 1 do if I feel unwell after treatment?
If you feel unwell after this treatment go and see your GP especially if:
• Your temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees centigrade.
• You feel unwell and feverish.
• Your pain is not relieved by simple painkillers eg. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
• You have a greenish vaginal discharge
• You vomit or feel nauseated.
• You have any problems with your bowel or bladder.
Prof T C Li
7 Williamson Road
Tel: 0114 2550365