One in five women struggles with heavy, painful, and prolonged periods. Some of these also have pain and bleeding in between two periods. Are you one of them? If so, you will surely have been wondering whether there is anything you can do to permanently put an end to your suffering. The answer is that there is! NovaSure endometrial ablation is not suitable for every woman with heavy periods, but those who are good candidates may well rid themselves of monthly pain and terror for good!
What is NovaSure endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation in general refers to a procedure that removes the lining of the uterus, which has become overgrown in women who suffer from heavy periods. This condition is called endometrial hyperplasia, and it is normally eliminated or at least greatly reduced following an ablation procedure. There are several methods to achieve this. In the case of NovaSure, a combination of radio frequency waves and an expandable mesh is used. It lasts for up to an hour.
Like all other forms of endometrial ablation, NovaSure is only suitable for women who are certain they don't want future biological children. Endometrial ablation not only makes pregnancy difficult to achieve; a pregnancy that does occur would be extremely dangerous for both mother and baby. After NovaSure, a woman should opt to prevent pregnancy through a permanent birth control method such as tubal ligation or Adiana permanent birth control. The recovery process takes around two weeks. NovaSure recovery includes feeling weak for a while, experiencing vaginal bleeding (which you were already very used to this will hopefully be the last time!), and possible nausea. You should take it easy for a few days, and make sure you have someone to drive you home after the operation, which is generally carried out in an out-patient setting and under local anesthesia.