Laser Hair Removal for the face & body

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Tired of constantly shaving and waxing unwanted facial and body hair?

Unwanted facial and body hair is a common problem. Frequent hair removal techniques include shaving, depilatories, plucking, and waxing can be time-consuming, inconvenient and often painful. At best, these methods offer only temporary results – for some only a few hours.

Free yourself from the constant need to shave and wax unwanted facial and body hair and feel your best! Our state of the art laser technology gives you safe, effective, permanent hair reduction anywhere on your body including the face, legs, underarms and bikini areas. Treatments are fast, easy, and practically pain-free.

During laser hair removal, energy is used to target and destroy hair follicles responsible for hair growth. The follicle absorbs the energy and is destroyed, unable to produce hair again.  According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser hair removal is the 3rd most performed non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the US. Isn’t it time your life got a little smoother?

Benefits of our state of the art laser hair removal:

  • Convenience (no more shaving/waxing/tweezing!)
  • Fast
  • Easy
  • No more unsightly ingrown hairs or bumps
  • Safe
  • Amazing, smooth results

For more information on our latest promotions, please schedule your FREE 15-minute consultation with one of our providers here: info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

The device emits powerful light energy that targets and heats hair follicles. After the treatment, the follicles are damaged and permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.

Am I a good candidate for this hair removal?

Our laser hair removal can be safely used on all skin types from very light skin to very dark skin. It is most effective on individuals with dark hair. Candidates with very light or gray hair are not ideal. However, we will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors during your consultation.

What areas can be treated?

Hair on most areas of the body can be treated including face, underarms, bikini areas, legs and arms. We do not treat eyebrows.

What results can I expect?

You can expect to see a gradual decrease in hair thickness and the amount of hair in the treated area. Since this treatment only targets hair in the active phase of growth, multiple treatments are needed for maximum reduction.

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment takes just minutes for small areas and about 30 minutes for larger areas.

Can this technology get rid of all of my unwanted hair?

Hair follicles are continually cycling through three phases: anlagen or growth phase, catagen or transitional phase, and telogen or resting phase. Hair is most susceptible to this treatment while in the anagen phase. Because of this timing, it’s not possible for any laser treatment to achieve 100% hair removal, but it is possible to significantly reduce the number of growing hairs by as much as 85%. Multiple treatments can be administered for maximum results.

Is hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is permanent. After treatment, the hair follicles within the anagen phase that were damaged are permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.

What will the treatment feel like?

Most people feel only a slight momentary “snap” like a rubber band at the treatment site during the procedure.

How many treatments will I need?

Since your hair grows in 3 stages, several treatments are needed to affect all of the unwanted hair. The number of treatments can vary between individuals, depending on the amount of hair, the area to be treated, skin color, hair color and hair coarseness. Typically 4 – 6 treatments are needed but this will depend on a number of factors including your type of hair. One of our providers can give you a more specific treatment plan during your consultation.

How far apart are treatment sessions?

It depends on which area is being treated. In general, face, underarms, arms, and bikini are about 4-6 weeks apart. Back and legs are about 8-10 weeks apart.

Can I shave in between sessions?

Yes. In fact, the area needs to be freshly shaved before your treatment session. You may shave the area the day before the treatment or the day of the treatment before coming in for your session. You should not wax or pluck the hairs between treatments.

How quickly will I recover?

You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Typically, most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor redness and/or swelling immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts 2-24 hours. Ask your provider to discuss other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you.

For more information on our latest promotions, please schedule your FREE 15-minute consultation with one of our providers here: info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

Integrative Consultation at the Couri Center

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TLC™ is a personalized wellness program designed to restore health through lifestyle changes.

Science-based, TLC™ incorporates in depth labs, nutrition and exercise. TLC™ is based on traditional and integrative medicine principles.

Tailored just for you, TLC™ incorporates food sensitivity, hormone, metabolic and expanded lab profiles. Whether you need a boost to lose weight & improve eating habits or a comprehensive wellness program, we can help guide you.

Enroll today and receive a FREE Fitbit*!

In 2012 Dr. Couri, MD graduated from a 2-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the direction of the all-inspiring Dr. Andrew Weil. The TLC™ program combines the power of Integrative Medicine with the foundation of traditional Western Medicine for an unsurpassed experience that you will benefit from for years to come.

Click here to schedule your FREE TLC™ Consultinfo@couricenter.com

*Available with new Core and Plus enrollments.

TLC™ Total Lifestyle by Couri     Heal. Restore. Thrive.

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Say goodbye to tired, dull skin – and hello to a brighter, younger-looking you! 

Only ThreeForMe laser treatments address three common skin concerns – wrinkles, sun damage and facial veins – all within one procedure. The procedure is only 30 minutes and has minimal downtime, getting you the best results possible while still fitting within your busy schedule.


How it works

ThreeForMe is exclusive to the clinically-proven Icon laser and is performed in two steps.

  1. The first step addresses discoloration and facial veins using an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology.
  2. The second step addresses wrinkles and fine lines using a “microbeam” laser technology to stimulate collagen and elastin production – the keys to the support structure of our skin.

Combining these technologies provides the benefits of both in less time – giving you the younger-looking skin you want, only sooner!

What to expect

You will see continued improvement in the skin’s appearance during and after a course of 1-3 treatments with visible results after each individual treatment. You may see results in facial veins immediately after the treatment along with a darkening of the brown spots. These spots will flake off over the next one to three weeks leaving you with a glowing appearance. Lastly, you will see progressive results on any fine lines, wrinkles or scarring over the next six months as your skin naturally responds to the treatment.

It’s as easy as one, two, ThreeForMe. Schedule your consultation with us today: info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I a candidate?
ThreeForMe laser treatments can be safely used on most skin types and for common aging and sun-related skin conditions including wrinkles, sun spots and facial vessels. During your consultation, your physician will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of personal factors.

How many treatments will I need?
A typical course of treatment involves 1-3 sessions at one-month intervals, however, everyone’s skin conditions are different so your physician will customize the treatment for optimal results on your skin. They will discuss your specific treatment plan during the consultation.

How will the treatment feel?
During ThreeForMe treatments most people feel only minimal discomfort. During the treatment you may feel some mild cooling as the laser is guided over the treatment area along with a slight sensation similar to the snapping of a rubber band. Immediately after, the treatment area will feel warm for an hour or so. You may also experience some minor redness and swelling similar to mild sunburn which should resolve in a few days.

How long does the treatment take?
Treatments are quick and typically take about 30 minutes. The length of time being in the office will depend on your physician’s techniques and pre-procedure protocol. During the consultation, ask your physician how long you should expect to be at the office.

How long before I can resume normal activities?
Typically, you can resume regular daily activities the same day as your treatment although due to some redness and swelling you may experience a day or two of “social downtime”.

Is the treatment safe?
ThreeForMe laser treatments are clinically proven to be safe and effective. The use of the Skintel® Melanin Reader adds even more safety to the treatment – allowing your provider to offer you the safest treatment possible while still providing dramatic results.

To learn more, schedule your FREE consultation today:  info@couricenter.com or call 692-6838.

Recipe: Zesty Shrimp & Black Bean Salad

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Cook 20 m

Ready In 20 m

Ingredients:

¼ cup cider vinegar

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile in adobo

1-teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon salt

1 pound peeled and deveined cooked shrimp (wild caught), cut into ½-inch pieces

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed

1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes

1 large poblano pepper or bell pepper, chopped

¼ cup chopped scallions

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

Directions:

Whisk vinegar, oil, chipotle, cumin and salt in a large bowl. Add shrimp, beans, tomatoes, poblano (or bell pepper), scallions and cilantro; toss to coat. Serve room temperature or cold.
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Tips: Look for the small cans with Mexican foods at large supermarkets.

Recipe By: EatingWell Test Kitchen

What’s in a Number? By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

jennifer-burk-118076Have you ever been to your doctor’s office and been told you need to eat less and exercise more because the doctor said you were “overweight”? In this day of age, many women strive for health by staying active, meaning they exercise more than 150 minutes each week, and strive to eat a balanced diet. Most leave thinking how much more can I do? What is wrong with me? What makes my doctor think I am overweight?

As a dietitian in a women’s health setting, I regularly counsel women based on current weight, desired weight, as well as what they should weigh. Each poses a unique answer.

Women themselves often use body weight as an indicator of health, as well as do medical providers, insurance companies and physical education/health teachers. Body mass index is a commonly calculated equation. Body mass index (BMI) uses height and weight to calculate whether a person is underweight, of normal weight, overweight or obese. BMI is used the most in medical offices because it is quick, easy and inexpensive. The following equation will help you calculate your BMI: Weight (lbs.) / [height (in.)2] x 703. A woman is considered underweight if her BMI is less than 18.5, of normal weight if less than 25, overweight if greater than 25, but less than 30 and obese if her BMI calculation is greater than 30. Even though it is used in most medical offices, the measurement of BMI also has its faults.

It is best to remember that BMI is just a one-dimensional number. As much as it is used as an indicator of health, as we all know, no one human is like another, therefore we should remember one number cannot completely classify our health. Just because someone has a BMI greater than 25, this does not indicate that they are unhealthy, just as someone with a BMI less than 25 does not indicate that they are healthy. It should also be noted that BMI is not an indicator of physical fitness, strength, or endurance. I do calculate BMI in my office; however, I focus more on a collaboration of body fat percentage, girth measurements, and recent weight change.

Body fat percentage calculates the percent (0-100%) of a body that is made of fat. It also shows lean body weight, hydration status, basal metabolic rate, and liters of water currently held on the body. A healthy body fat percentage for women is less than thirty-two percent. Body fat percentage is calculated using skin calipers, bioelectrical impedance, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or underwater weighing. At the Couri Center, we offer body fat percentage reading by bio impedance analysis. A bio impedance analysis works by sending a small electrical impulse through electrodes placed on one’s hands and feet. The time that it takes this electrical impulse to travel through the body is then converted to pounds and percent fat. This impulse will travel more quickly through a person with greater muscle because muscle is mostly made of water and water is a great conductor of electricity. On the reverse, the impulse will travel more slowly through someone with a higher fat mass. Body fat percentage measurements are limited because they are either not offered, are costly, and require highly educated and trained personnel to administer and read. A woman with a normal body fat percentage may very well have an overweight or obese BMI. BMI does not take into consideration the density of muscle mass.

Girth measurements are a quick, easy and an inexpensive form of measurement. The World Health Organization recommends using a waist-to-hip ratio as a predictor of health. Waist-to-hip ratio is measured by dividing the waist measurement by the hip measurement. The optimal solution for women is less than 0.85. Non-profit groups like the American Heart Association, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and International Diabetes Federation prefer using waist circumference as a predictor of health. The optimal measurement for women is less than 88cm. Girth measurements are very hard to standardize because it is very difficult for various practitioners to consistently measure the exact same spot of the body.

What is the best answer? How can you tell if you are underweight, overweight, obese, or just right? My typical answer is ignore the numbers. Yes, these numbers are used as predictors of health, but they do not determine our health. If you are an active, strong, female who tries to eat a wide variety of nutrients and have very little or no labs outside normal limits, stop worrying about your weight. Live. Enjoy life.

However, if you have recently been diagnosed with a chronic disease like diabetes or heart disease, or struggle with laboratory management, many times the first recommendation from your doctor is to “lose weight.” Just losing weight does not guarantee your disease or health will improve. Instead of focusing on limiting calories, please focus on increasing your nutrient consumption through whole foods.

Weight is a number. I cannot stress how many times a week I meet with women who are skinny and not healthy, as well as women who are a little heavier than wanted, but super healthy. When did we start ranking the number on a scale as more important than our overall health?

If you are interested in having your BMI, body fat percentage or girth measurements taken, as well as evaluated, I encouraged you to look into our TLC™: Total Lifestyle by Couri Integrative Consult. This one-hour consultation will take these markers, as well as food sensitivity, hormone and expanded metabolic panels into consideration to show your current health status as well as show how you can improve your health through integrative measures.

Please stand up for your health. Do not be that person that depends on the scale to determine your happiness every morning. Life is so much more than a number.

Leslie Rusch-Bayer

Skincare By Dana Humes Goff, APN/DNP

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We’ve all heard the saying, “old age is not for sissies” and one of the many things about aging that can be challenging is the loss of our youthful appearance.

Skin care becomes more important as we grow older. Skin changes as we age: it wrinkles, it loses fat and elasticity, and our skin becomes thinner, less plump and smooth. You’ll find if you don’t take care of your skin, it won’t take care of you.

A simple routine and lifestyle changes may be the answer to improving the appearance of your skin. Cigarette smoking contributes to wrinkling, and the wrinkling increases with the amount of cigarettes and number of years a person has smoked. Smoking will make you look older than you are.

Washing your face in the morning and before bed is imperative for removing make up and excess skin oils. You should use lukewarm water and a gentle facial cleanser. Then pat dry with a clean towel, don’t rub.

In addition to regular cleansing, dermatologists recommend exfoliating on a weekly basis. Exfoliation removes the dead, flaky skin cells and exposes a fresh skin layer. A homemade exfoliator with brown sugar and oils is a pleasant and effective way to freshen your look and give you a youthful glow (see recipe).

Since sunlight is a major cause of skin aging, the application of a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater is necessary to protect your face from further damage. The avoidance of direct sunlight, tanning beds, and sunlamps will also limit damage to the skin. Wear sunscreen rain or shine and make it a habit. Use on the back of your hands also to avoid pigmentation and to keep them youthful in appearance.

Moisturizing will help to avoid the dry skin that worsens as we age. Be generous with its application and look for moisturizers with antioxidants, peptides, glycolic, or vitamins C and A.

After cleansing your face before bedtime, the use of a retinol based product before moisturizing will stimulate skin cell turnover. Products with hyaluronic acid help the skin absorb and hold onto moisture better and will plump the skin, and should also be used under your moisturizer.

Of course, taking care of yourself by getting enough sleep will improve your skin’s appearance. If the body doesn’t rest, the evening skin care routine can only go so far. Some dermatologists suggest that sleeping on your back is better for your face and helps to avoid wrinkles caused by your pillow.

A healthy diet will also keep your skin looking and feeling good. Staying hydrated with plenty of water improves circulation and plumps the skin. A diet full of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and the avoidance of high fat, processed and salty foods will contribute to skin health.

Unfortunately, genetics plays a part in whether wrinkles will be in your future and products such as Botox and fillers are also popular trends often utilized to avoid the appearance of aging.

At the Couri Center, we provide you with yet another option. Our ICON Aesthetic System offers various anti-aging aesthetic services with the Icon laser such as skin resurfacing, photo facials, removal of sunspots and pigmentation, and hair removal. These procedures are quick, relatively painless, have little downtime, and produce impressive results. And, consultations are free! Just give us a call at 309-692-6838.

We at the Couri Center want you to look and feel your best, both inside and out.

Be well, my friends,

Dana Humes Goff, APN/DNP

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Homemade Exfoliant

1/2-cup plain honey

1/2-cup brown sugar (basic refined white sugar works in a pinch)

1 tbsp. olive or coconut oil

1 drop of your favorite essential oil (lavender, jasmine, rose, geranium, bergamot are all nice)

Massage onto face and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat dry.

 

 

 

Her First Gynecology Visit By Renee Alwan Percell, MMS, PA-C

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As girls grow into teens, it is important that they receive appropriate medical care. We recommend that the first gynecology visit occur during adolescence to discuss menstrual health and to assess for contraceptive needs. If there are no medical issues, she can wait until she is 18-21 for this initial appointment. Seeing a provider for her first gynecology exam can make a girl feel nervous or embarrassed, so it is important to explain what to expect the first visit. This visit is an opportunity to build trust and counsel patients and parents about healthy behavior as well as dispel any myths and fears that may be present.

During this visit, we will gather information about the following:

  • Personal past medical history- has she had any surgeries or any other major illness or disease?
  • Menstrual cycle- is her cycle regular/irregular? Does she experience cramps?
  • Family history- is there anyone in the family who has had breast cancer or any other kind of cancer? Any other pertinent family history?
  • Social history- is there any history of smoking or drug/alcohol use? Is she sexually active or thinking about becoming sexually active in the near future?
  • Preventative health- we will discuss healthy lifestyle habits such as diet, exercise, and stress reduction. We will also discuss STD prevention- if applicable. I will spend time explaining how the body works and answer any questions she may have.
  • Treatment- if she has dysmenorrhea (painful periods) or irregular menses, we will discuss treatment options.

The exam for this visit will consist of:

  • Listening to the heart, lungs, and examination of the thyroid gland.
  • A pelvic exam is not necessary unless the patient is sexually active and medical history provided suggests an exam is necessary.
  • Lab tests may be performed depending on necessity. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that all women ages 25 and younger be screened for STDs, if sexually active. This can be done through a urine examination or through a culture swab during a vaginal exam.

Our goal is to establish healthy behavior habits to carry on into adulthood. If you have any questions about the initial visit you can contact the Couri Center and we would be happy to help you.

Be well.

Renee Alwan Percell, MMS, PA-C

Celebrating the Retirement of Sue Lang, MS, APN, CNM

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Twenty-one years ago as a third-year medical student on Labor and Delivery, I met a seasoned nurse who taught me all she knew about how to take care women in labor. She had patience beyond measure and a gentle soul whose compassion and generosity guide her life’s path. We became friends and watched each other’s careers progress. She went on to become a nurse midwife and I an obstetrician/gynecologist. After she graduated the nurse midwifery program at the University of Illinois, she came to work for me in 2004. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for all that she has done for me and for our patients. Sue Lang, RN, CNM truly has a gift – she gives without taking, she loves without judging, and she puts all others before herself. She has taught me many life lessons over the years, but the one thing that I will never forget about Sue is her unwavering faith in God.   She has taught all of us to never forget the Golden Rule – treat others, as you would like to be treated. Sue treated all of her patients with the utmost respect and love. This June, Sue will retire from a long and successful career that allowed her to follow her calling of caring for patients at their most vulnerable times. I have dreaded this day for a long time, as I know deep in my heart that there will never be another Sue in my life. My gratitude to her is endless, and I wish her all the best in her retirement.

-Dr. Couri


It’s hard to say goodbye, so we celebrate Sue with this inspirational interview:

Where are you from?  I am from South Dakota and grew up on a farm.

How long have you been married? I have been married to my husband for 49 years.

What was your first job like and what did you like about it?  I herded cattle for my uncle for a summer where I got to ride my horse all day.

What inspired you to pursue a career in women’s health? I became interested in nursing when a nurse delivered my first baby.

When did you begin your career in healthcare?  I became a nurse after I had my third child.

How did you come to work for the Couri Center?  I knew Dr. Couri from by time as a nurse in labor and delivery. I interviewed with Dr. Couri after I finished midwifery school in 2003.

Favorite movie My favorite movie is the Sound of Music.

Favorite vacation spot? Home

Favorite part about your work here at the Couri Center?  I have met very wonderful patients and have been able to help with their care.

What are you passionate about?  God.

Best advice to career women?  Seek what you dream about and then go after it.

What’s on your bucket list?  I would like to see the national parks and spend time with my grandchildren.

What makes you laugh?  My grandchildren, (I have 9 ages 2-21).

Fill in the blank: I cannot live without? God

Words of Wisdom to your grandchildren and future generations?  Be kind; love one another, pray and thank God for our many blessings.

As you reflect on your career, women’s healthcare, and your many wonderful patients, what would you most like to share? Thank you for allowing me to participate in your health care.

What makes you laugh?  My grandchildren, (I have 9: ages 2-21).

Fill in the blank: I cannot live without? God

Words of Wisdom to your grandchildren and future generations?  Be kind; love one another, pray and thank God for our many blessings.

As you reflect on your career, women’s healthcare, and your many wonderful patients, what would you most like to share? Thank you for allowing me to participate in your health care.

-Sue Lang, MS, APN, CNM

 

Say Goodbye to “Aunt Flo” – Options for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

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As a gynecologist, one of the most common medical problems that I encounter in my patients is heavy menstrual bleeding. It is estimated that one in five women ages 35-49 is affected by heavy periods. This translates to more than 10 million American women each year. Heavy periods consist of menstrual bleeding that lasts for more than 7 days. Other signs of heavy menstrual bleeding include bleeding that requires changing pads or tampons hourly or more often for several hours in a row, passing clots the size of a quarter or larger, needing to change pads or tampons during the night, or needing to wear both a pad and a tampon to prevent bleeding through onto your clothing. Heavy menstrual bleeding not only can negatively affect quality of life, it may lead to iron deficiency anemia, fatigue, and other health problems.

Many women begin to experience heavy menstrual bleeding in their 30s and 40s as their hormones start to change with perimenopause. It is common for heavy menstrual bleeding to affect women in a number of ways – not just physically. Many women with heavy menstrual bleeding also experience fatigue, nausea, severe cramping, and menstrual related headaches. More than 60% have had to miss social or athletic events. About 33% of these women have had to miss work due to the heaviness of their flow. The heavy menstrual bleeding can cause depression or moodiness in 77% of women and anxiety in 75%. 57% report a lack of confidence during their period.

Causes of heavy menstrual bleeding are varied and include a hormone imbalance, thyroid disease, and benign growths of the uterus like polyps and fibroids, malignant processes like uterine or cervical cancer, as well as certain medications such as blood thinners. The typical workup for heavy menstrual bleeding includes a physical examination and a series of simple tests. One of the initial tests that is done is blood work to check for anemia (low blood count), hormone imbalance, thyroid disorders, or occasionally for a bleeding disorder in which the body’s clotting mechanisms do not work normally. Other tests for heavy menstrual bleeding include a Pap smear to screen for cervical abnormalities and an endometrial biopsy that can diagnose uterine cancer, pre-cancer, or infection. An endometrial biopsy is a simple, in-office procedure that samples the lining of the uterus. It usually is very well tolerated and often feels like a brief menstrual cramp. Another common test for heavy menstrual bleeding is a pelvic sonogram (ultrasound). This test is painless and uses sound waves and a computer to show images of your uterus and ovaries. If the pelvic sonogram shows evidence of an endometrial (uterine) polyp, a more specialized sonogram called a sonohysterogram or saline sonogram may be performed. This type of sonogram is also done in the office and involves injecting a small amount of sterile saline into the uterine cavity via the cervix to better identify uterine polyps or fibroids. This test is very well tolerated and is associated with mild to moderate cramping and pressure. It is performed in a similar fashion to the Pap smear, using a vaginal speculum and a small catheter.

There are many effective treatment options for heavy menstrual bleeding. The treatments range from various drug therapies including hormones, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and other medications specifically designed to reduce menstrual blood loss. Progestin releasing IUDs like Mirena and Liletta have been shown to reduce menstrual bleeding by 80-90%. Therefore, IUDs are one of my favorite noninvasive ways to control excessive menstrual blood loss. They can be inserted in the office, can last for up to 3-5 years, and are quite cost effective over time. They also function as contraception.

Over the counter botanical options for heavy bleeding exist and can be quite effective. A few of my favorites are chaste berry and Shepherd’s purse. There are surgical treatment options that are effective in reducing menstrual blood loss, and I would like to concentrate on one procedure in particular – endometrial ablation. Endometrial ablation, also known as NovaSure, is a simple, one-time, five-minute procedure that has been used to treat over two million women, without hormones or hysterectomy. NovaSure endometrial ablation can reduce or stop menstrual bleeding. It works by permanently removing/cauterizing the endometrium (lining of the uterus that causes the bleeding) with a quick delivery of radiofrequency energy. With NovaSure, a slender wand is inserted into the uterine cavity. The wand then releases a triangular shaped netted device into the uterus. The netting expands, precisely fitting to the size and shape of your uterus. Precisely measured radiofrequency energy is delivered through the netting for about 90 seconds. The netted device is pulled back into the wand, and both are then removed from the uterus. No part of the NovaSure device remains inside the body after the procedure is completed. The NovaSure then reduces or stops menstrual bleeding in 90% of women that have it performed. NovaSure endometrial ablation is either performed as an outpatient procedure under IV sedation/general anesthesia or as an in-office procedure performed after administration of a local anesthetic.

NovaSure endometrial ablation is for premenopausal women with heavy periods due to benign causes who are finished with childbearing. It is not recommended to get pregnant after having the NovaSure procedure performed. The NovaSure procedure is not a sterilization procedure. Most women who have had the NovaSure have lighter periods or no periods afterwards. In a clinical study, 9 out of 10 women returned to normal or light periods, and 4 out of 10 women stopped bleeding altogether. Results of a clinical study show that after 12 months following the NovaSure procedure, 93% of patients were satisfied with the procedure and 97% said they would recommend the procedure to a friend.

If you are suffering with heavy menstrual bleeding and would like to learn more about what treatment options are ideal for you, call us today to schedule an appointment. Life is short – no need to waste any more of it on heavy bleeding!

To Your Health,

Dr. Couri