Six Things to Know about the NovaSure Procedure
Did you know that about one in five women in the US has a heavy period1 that can really wreak havoc on everyday life? If you’re nodding and saying “That’s me”, then read on to learn about NovaSure endometrial ablation, a procedure that could help.
Wait a minute, what is NovaSure endometrial ablation?
NovaSure endometrial ablation is a procedure that can reduce or stop menstrual bleeding. It works by removing the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus (the part that causes the bleeding), with a quick delivery of radiofrequency energy.
Who should consider the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure?
If you have heavy periods that interfere with your life and are sure you don’t want any children in the future, the procedure may be worth considering. Just like with any medical condition, you should first consult your doctor to get to the bottom of the issue. Taking our quiz can help make facilitating the discussion more comfortable and can help you work with your doctor to decide on treatment options.
Will I have to have my abdomen cut open for the procedure? What exactly happens during it?
No! The NovaSure procedure is less invasive than major surgical procedures and involves just a few steps. The doctor opens your cervix slightly and inserts a slender wand, extending a triangular netted device into the uterus. A vacuum system draws your uterus into contact with the netting, and then radiofrequency energy is delivered through the netting for about 90 seconds. The netting device is pulled back into the wand, and the device is removed from the uterus.
If I have a NovaSure endometrial ablation, is it possible I could still become pregnant?
Yes, it is. Pregnancy following the NovaSure procedure can be dangerous for both the mother and the fetus. If you are considering the procedure, it is important to talk to your doctor about a method of birth control ahead of time.
Have women who have had the procedure been happy with the results?
A clinical study shows that 95% of patients were satisfied with the results2 . 97% said they would recommend NovaSure to a friend1 Doctors prefer the NovaSure procedure too: Nearly 7 out of every 10 endometrial ablation procedures performed are NovaSure procedures – over 2 million women have had the procedure.3
Are there risks that I should consider?
Like all medical procedures, you should discuss the benefits and potential risks with your doctor and ensure you are a good candidate. NovaSure endometrial ablation is for premenopausal women with heavy periods due to benign causes who are finished childbearing. Pregnancy following NovaSure can be dangerous. NovaSure endometrial ablation is not for those who have or suspect uterine cancer, have an active genital, urinary or pelvic infection or an IUD. NovaSure is not a sterilization procedure. Rare but serious risks include but are not limited to thermal injury, perforation and infection. Temporary side effects may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, discharge and spotting.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bleeding Disorders in Women. http://www.cdc.gov/features/bleedingdisorder/. Accessed June 20, 2016.
- Cooper K, Jack S, Parkin D, Grant A. Five-year follow up of women randomized to medical management or transcervical resection of the endometrium for heavy menstrual loss; Clinical and quality of life outcomes. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 2001;108:1222-1228.
- Hologic Inc., Data on file, 2014.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On October 7, 2016