NovaSure Procedure in Wellesley, MA
NovaSure® and Thermachoice® are both non-surgical office-based endometrial ablation procedures used to treat the lining of the uterus (endometrium) in women experiencing heavy menstrual periods. Your Gynecologist may recommend either procedure when birth control pills have been ineffective or have produced undesirable effects.
NovaSure is a specially designed procedure that quickly and effectively treats symptoms of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and generally heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia). Many women with these conditions suffer from excessive, painful bleeding during their cycle that can make everyday activities impossible to complete. Those looking to treat these symptoms once and for all can often find relief with NovaSure.
Novasure is a safe procedure using radiofrequency energy (radio waves) to permanently remove the uterine lining (endometrium). The procedure is performed by your physician gently inserting a thin wand, with a mesh array, into the uterus. Once the mesh has conformed to the uterine wall, a radio frequency is generated for about 90 seconds and the wand with the array is then removed. Similar to the results from Thermochoice®, the uterine lining will be shed over the next week to 10 days. Results have included a significant reduction in menstrual bleeding, stopped periods, reduced PMS symptoms, and reduced pain and cramping.
When We May Recommend NovaSure
Most patients who have spoken with their gynecologist about their heavy bleeding will first try to control their symptoms using minor lifestyle changes and prescribed medications. If these methods are not able to offer satisfactory relief, then it may be time to consider other options such as NovaSure.
NovaSure endometrial ablation is ideal for women who possess several of the following characteristics:
- Suffer from a benign uterine condition
- Are premenopausal
- Do not have a serious disease or disorder of the uterus and/or endometrium
- Have not had success with prior treatments
- Wish to avoid a hysterectomy
- Are not interested in having any more children
Pregnancy Is Still Possible but Is Not Advised
Because the NovaSure procedure involves removing some of a woman’s endometrial lining within the uterus, future pregnancies can be difficult for both mother and child. Women may still become pregnant after being treated with NovaSure, but their risks for complications during pregnancy are much higher due to significant thinning of the endometrium.
What to Expect with the NovaSure Procedure
The entire procedure only lasts for about 5 minutes, and most patients report feeling little to no discomfort during or immediately after their treatment. It is typical for a few changes in the patient’s vaginal discharge to occur in the first month or two after NovaSure endometrial ablation. These changes include experiencing a more watery discharge, or light spotting. Cramping, frequent urination, and nausea are also common within the first 24-48 hours.
Results from NovaSure will take up to three months to fully materialize, as the body will require some time to heal from the endometrial ablation. Once the healing process is over and the environment of the uterus has stabilized, women should notice a significantly lighter and shorter period. Satisfaction rates from the NovaSure procedure are extremely high, with 98% of patients reporting that their bleeding had been reduced in the 12 months following their treatment!
Schedule a Consultation for NovaSure
If you believe that you may be a candidate for the NovaSure procedure, and would like to speak with a gynecologist near Boston about how to end your painful menstrual symptoms, please contact About Women by Women, at (781) 263-0033 today!