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Women who suffer from heavy and painful menstrual periods can feel like their life turns into hell for a week every month. And according to some estimates, as many as one in five women have heavy periods. There are a few treatment options for these women, and one of them is NovaSure endometrial ablation. What is it, who can benefit from NovaSure, and who should stay away from it?

NovaSure is an endometrial ablation procedure. What this means is that the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, is removed during the NovaSure procedure. A combination of an expandable mesh and radio frequency waves removes the uterine lining during the procedure, which takes around five minutes in total. After that, a woman's heavy and painful periods will hopefully be a thing of the past. Sounds ideal, doesn't it? But there are some drawbacks.

After NovaSure endometrial ablation, pregnancy is not an option. Women will still be able to conceive after having their uterine lining ablated, but the unfavorable uterine environment means that it would be highly dangerous for mother and baby alike. If you are trying to get pregnant or hoping to at any time in the future, it is best to steer clear of endometrial ablation and use temporary relief methods for heavy periods instead.

After NovaSure, a permanent contraceptive method (look at permanent birth control options for ideas) is highly recommended. In a nutshell, this procedure is only right for women who want permanent relief from heavy and painful periods, but who never want any more children. It might be more suitable for women who are already nearing the menopausal age than for younger women. Thankfully, there are some temporary and even herbal treatments that may help women who have heavy periods but do want kids.

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