NovaSure: The In-Office Procedure That Will Change Your Life
If you suffer from heavy, painful periods, PMS symptoms such as mood swings, and/or experience a significant decrease in your energy level during menstruation, we have the procedure for you!
NovaSure is an in-office uterine ablation procedure that we frequently perform at A Woman’s Healing Center to help resolve the symptoms associated with heavy or painful periods. In truth, NovaSure does more than help resolve heavy periods – it removes them completely!
Lean more about the procedure in this video from Dr. Christine Skorberg:
Frequently Asked Questions About NovaSure
While having the NovaSure procedure is an easy way to reduce heavy bleeding and dramatically improve the quality of life during your period, it’s important to have a complete understanding of the procedure. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about NovaSure. If you want to know more or would like to determine if it is the right course of treatment for you, please call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our Fort Collins OB-GYNs.
How does NovaSure work?
NovaSure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 and has over 15 years of clinical data supporting its safety and effectiveness. The procedure, which typically takes about five minutes, can be performed in our office and does not require a hospital stay. We will give you some medicine to relax you and make you comfortable during the procedure, but you will remain awake – there’s no need for general anesthesia!
The NovaSure medical procedure is designed to remove the endometrium of your uterine lining. The endometrium is the part of the body which causes heavy menstrual bleeding – removing it will stop your periods completely, while still leaving your uterus intact, and no surgical incisions are needed.
After undergoing NovaSure, 90% of women report that their heavy periods have been reduced or eliminated.
Is NovaSure right for me?
Before undergoing NovaSure, you must be completely certain that you do not want to have children or have finished childbearing. NovaSure removes the uterine lining as this is where the bleeding originates—however, this area is also critical for developing a fetus. Becoming pregnant after NovaSure can be dangerous to both mother and baby. If you choose to proceed with the NovaSure procedure, we will discuss contraception options that are right for you and your body.
To evaluate if NovaSure is right for you, investigate all available options for medical treatment of heavy periods. One of our doctors can help you determine what course of treatment will be safe and effective for reducing painful periods. For younger women or those who have not yet had children, we will typically recommend a medicine to treat heavy periods before suggesting NovaSure.
If you’re considering NovaSure, be sure to talk with your partner and family. Deciding not to have children or any further children requires time for reflection and input from those closest to you.
What is NovaSure like?
If you’ve decided that NovaSure is the right choice, here is a general overview of what you can expect before, during and after the procedure. Keep in mind that each person’s medical experience is unique and our doctors will conduct the procedure based on your health history.
Before the procedure:
- Our doctors will work with you to eliminate other, more serious causes of heavy periods such as uterine cancer or active pelvic infection.
- A pregnancy test will be administered to ensure you are not pregnant.
- Prior to the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic to relax you and reduce discomfort. General anesthesia is not required for NovaSure, so you can expect to remain awake throughout the procedure.
During the procedure:
- Your doctor will open your cervix, which is the opening to the uterus, and insert a slender wand with a triangular-shaped netted device at the end.
- The netting will expand to fit the exact shape and size of your uterus, and radiofrequency energy is administered through the netting for about 90 seconds.
- Following the application of the radiofrequency, the netted device is collapsed and pulled back into the wand and removed from your uterus.
After the procedure:
Following NovaSure, you will receive instructions for post-procedure care. Instructions may include the following:
- Use a heating pad to help reduce cramping
- Medication may be suggested to help stop cramping pain
- Showers may be allowed but not baths or swimming.
- Refrain from using tampons, having sexual intercourse or placing anything in the vagina for up to four weeks post-procedure.
Most women who have undergone NovaSure can return to regular activities within a day and experience no pain or minimal discomfort.
Want to hear more about what NovaSure is like from the perspective of a woman who has gone through the procedure? This “six-month follow up” video from a YouTube vlogger (video blogger // not our patient) provides an in-depth discussion of her experience following the NovaSure procedure. Spoiler alert: she had no negative symptoms and didn’t have a period once in the 6 months between the procedure and when she made this video.
If you’d like to learn more about NovaSure and determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, call our office a 970-419-1111 extension 1 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Skorberg, Dr. Grove, or Dr. Elliott.