NovaSure endometrial ablation
This is used to treat very heavy periods in women who have not had success with other treatments. You should be done having children. Pregnancy can be dangerous after this procedure.
It can be done in an office or operating room. It surgically destroys the lining of your uterus (endometrium). The goal is to lessen vaginal bleeding each month. Bleeding may stop right away.
What should I expect after the procedure?
You may have:
- Cramping or mild pain that lasts a few hours but may last for 2 to 3 days.
- Watery or bloody vaginal discharge. It may start out pinkish then become clear and watery. This can last many weeks.
- The feeling to urinate more often the first day.
- Nausea is common.
- You may go back to work the next day.
- You cannot drive for 24 hours after your sedation.
- Do not place anything in your vagina for 2 weeks.
- You will need birth control.
- This is not a sterilization procedure.
- Pregnancy after this can harm both the mom and fetus.
- Take over-the-counter pain medicine as ordered by your provider. Take it for the first 24 to 48 hours to help with cramping.
How long will it take to see results?
It may take about 3 months for your body to fully heal. Most people have lighter periods after an ablation. Some people will stop having periods.
When should I call the office?
Call your provider if you have:
- Bleeding heavier than a maxi pad each hour
- Fever of 100.4º F (38° C)
- Foul smelling vaginal discharge
- Shortness of breath
- Severe abdominal pain/cramping that does not get better with an over-the-counter pain medicine