What is NovaSure ablation?
NovaSure® endometrial ablation is a quick minimally invasive one-time procedure that removes the endometrial lining of your uterus to treat an abnormally heavy menstrual flow. More than 2 million women have opted to get relief from their symptoms to improve their quality of life with NovaSure ablation.
Who is a good candidate for NovaSure ablation?
Your specialist at Orange Coast OBGYN determines if you’re a good candidate for NovaSure endometrial ablation after an examination, review of your symptoms and medical history, and a discussion of your pregnancy plans. It’s primarily recommended to women who are premenopausal with a heavy menstrual flow that affects everyday life and have no future plans of pregnancy.
Due to the nature of the procedure, you may not be able to get pregnant following the ablation.
What can I expect during NovaSure ablation?
NovaSure endometrial ablation takes only five minutes and doesn’t require any incisions. To ease discomfort, local anesthesia is administered prior to the procedure.
During the procedure, your specialist first opens your cervix and inserts the NovaSure wand. She then extends the triangle-shaped netted device into your uterus.
To treat your endometrial tissue, radiofrequency energy is sent to the netted device and the tissue is treated with the high-frequency energy for 90 seconds. Then, the radiofrequency is stopped, the netted device is contracted, and the wand is removed from your uterus.
You may feel some cramping and experience spotting following your NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure. The specialists at Orange Coast OBGYN recommend you take it easy for a day or two following the procedure to allow your body to heal. Then, you should be able to resume your usual activities.
How long does it take to see an improvement in my period?
Every woman is different, but it may take up to three months for your uterus to fully heal and for you to see an improvement in your menstrual flow. Most women report an improvement in the quality of their life following NovaSure ablation because they no longer have to put things on hold due to their heavy menstrual flow.
To learn more about NovaSure endometrial ablation and see if it’s right for you, call Orange Coast OBGYN today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moore or Dr. Conner.