Your menstrual cycles have led you to a point where approximately a quarter of your life is spent dealing with heavy bleeding and discomfort — and you’ve had enough. One of the more effective ways for putting an end to the problem of heavy menstrual bleeding is NovaSure® endometrial ablation.
At Associates in Obstetrics & Gynecology, our experienced team has helped many of our patients to regain their lives with the NovaSure treatment. If you’re struggling with heavy bleeding each month, the odds are good that we can do the same for you.
Here’s a look at who might benefit from NovaSure.
Behind heavy bleeding
The primary objective of NovaSure is to put an end to heavy menstrual bleeding, and we want to spend a moment discussing the definition of clinical heavy bleeding. The attributes of this problem include when you:
- Need to use two tampons or pads
- Soak through tampons or pads every hour
- Need to change tampons or pads during the night
- Pass large blood clots the size of a quarter or larger
- Have severe cramps
- Bleed for more than seven days
Heavy menstrual bleeding is fairly common and affects 27-54% of women who are menstruating.
How NovaSure can help
NovaSure is a system used to perform endometrial ablation, and it was approved by the FDA in 2001. During the procedure, we ablate (destroy) the lining of your uterus to reduce the amount you bleed each month.
To do this, we perform the following steps:
- Dilate your cervix
- Insert a wand that’s equipped with a net into your uterus
- Expand the net so that it fits inside the walls of your uterus
- Release radiofrequency energy through the net for 90 seconds
- Pull the net and wand out of your uterus
In total, the NovaSure procedure takes us only five minutes to perform. We do it here in our office, and you’re free to go home afterward.
What to think about when considering NovaSure
When we ablate the lining of your uterus, it effectively puts an end to your ability to safely have children. Given this, you should only consider NovaSure if you’re sure you don’t want to have children moving forward.
After your NovaSure procedure, you can still get pregnant, but not safely, which means you’ll still need to practice some sort of birth control.
Outside of this consideration, NovaSure is considered a safe and effective treatment for resolving heavy bleeding in most women. In many cases, the bleeding stops altogether.
To determine whether NovaSure might be the right solution for your heavy bleeding, contact our office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to schedule a consultation.