My Experience with NovaSure Uterine Ablation

March 13, 2012 668 Comments »

** Warning this post is about menstrual cycles, and may or may not contain TMI, {depending on how open of a person you are}, but either way, “Beware the Ides of March”watch yo back son,  er just so you know in advance…shall we begin?

Menstrual CycleAfter having Baby C my regular periods turned into those from a nightmare. Once I was done nursing and my period came back I was hoping the flow and pain were extra heavy because my body was still regulating my hormones. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. My period continued and won the title of “the worst time of the month”, oh wait, it already owned that title, make that, “one of the worst times in my life”, yes it was that bad.

It was hard for me to take my girls anywhere for fear that I would leak though my “protection”, even though I was doubling up and still leaking within the hour, {not so convenient}. The excruciating pain turned me into the not-so-great-mom who let her kids watch lots of movies and too much tv while I scrunched into the fetal position with my ibuprofen and heating pad. Mind you, normally I can battle though a lot when it comes to not feeling well and taking care of the girls , but this was simply unbearable. Do you ever feel like that?!?!

Time to get down to business – the doctor visit

Obviously after months of dealing with “nightmare period”, I knew something was not right and that I had to see my gynecologist. To rule out any serious causes of my abnormal bleeding my doctor scheduled a sonogram and biopsy, neither we’re pleasant but thank God any signs of cancer or other issues were ruled out during this visit.

Okay what next???? Enter NovaSure:

Here are a few quick statements from their website: http://www.novasure.com

What is NovaSure® Endometrial Ablation?  

NovaSure is a quick, safe, and simple procedure to lighten or stop your periods, without the side effects of hormones or the risks of hysterectomy. The NovaSure procedure is for premenopausal women with heavy periods due to benign causes who are finished childbearing.

Why choose the NovaSure procedure?

  • It’s Safe: No pills. No hormonal side effects
  • It’s Effective: For 90% of women, menstrual bleeding is dramatically reduced or stopped¹
  • It’s Quick: NovaSure is a one-time, five-minute procedure that can be done in your doctor’s office

The NovaSure procedure works by removing the lining of the uterus using a delivery of radio-frequency (RF) energy. Your doctor will insert a slender wand in through your cervix which extends a triangular mesh device into the uterus. The mesh gently expands, fitting to the size and shape of your uterus. Precisely measured RF energy is delivered through the mesh for about 90 seconds. The mesh device is pulled back into the wand, and both are removed from the uterus. No part of the NovaSure device remains inside of your body after the procedure.

Because not all women are good candidates for NovaSure my doctor wanted to make sure I knew that the procedure was best for women who were done having children, CHECK hubby and I decided that we were done having biological children and I had my tubes tied. And of course she had already ruled out the chance that there could be any benign or even malignant causes of bleeding, CHECK test results came back a-ok. We also chatted about some temporary side effects including cramping, nausea, vomiting, discharge and spotting

I was given the option to have the procedure done at the hospital under general anesthesia or in their office {at a later date} with local anesthesia. For recovery time and cost I chose the office. NovaSure’s website touts that in some cases the procedure is as affordable as a copay, this was not so in my case. We ended up paying a few thousand dollars on top of our copay, this could be the way my doctor’s office runs, be sure to check with your office before the procedure if you are concerned with the cost of NovaSure.

NovaSure Procedure – My Experience

A couple of days leading up to the procedure I was instructed by my doctor to take some medicines that would allow the procedure to run a bit more smoothly. Upon my arrival I checked in and changed into a hospital-type gown and was lead into the room where my procedure would take place.

This was many months ago however I remember waiting for the procedure to start and once it did looking forward to it ending. I believe I was given local anesthesia to numb the pain, however nothing I was given was working and I felt, what seemed to me all of the pain from the procedure. I am not sure if I am more sensitive to pain than others or if the anesthesia didn’t work as well as it should have, either way the procedure itself, for me, was an incredibly painful one.

Woman Sleeping

After the procedure pain medicine administered to me made me very groggy and I slept most of the day, even though I was in an extreme amount of pain, {luckily hubby was home taking care of the girls}. My husband called the doctor and we ended up switch pain medication and even after still having some intense cramping for about a week.

I assumed for me, that this would be a very simple and easy procedure, as I’ve seen in some online videos of other people’s procedures or heard from friends, unfortunately I think my experience may have been worse than the majority, however I know there were people who were saying their recovery time and pain was similar.

After 3 weeks of discharge and cramping I started to feel more normal. I still have bloating and mood swings common to a period because NovaSure does not remove the hormones we have in our bodies that contribute to those traits, but I can say that I do not have my period, not one little bit. So for me the procedure itself was successful.

For a while during my recovery I wondered if I had made the wrong decision when I chose to go with NovaSure {I think my husband wondered too}. Now that I am period-free, looking back it was worth it. If I could change anything about the procedure I would have gone to the hospital and would have had them put me under anesthesia all the way and checked out cost a little more, in my case it was a little pricey, but in the long run between buying feminine products I guess it evens out.

If you are considering NovaSure talk to your doctor to make sure you’re a candidate, make sure you do your research, and prepare for the worse case scenario, in case your procedure experience or recovery are like mine.

Interesting sidenote: I was surprised that @heavyperiod aka Novasure on Twitter was very helpful with information and “concerned” tweets before the procedure, but as soon as I mentioned my issues and side effects they went silent. I understand that could be a legal thing, but I definitely felt a little abandoned at that point.

The opinions expressed in this post are my opinions from my own experience, I do not and have not worked with NovaSure and am not receiving any compensation for this post. I do hope that my experience helps others even if their experience is not the same as my own.

 

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668 Comments

  1. darla April 28, 2015 at 10:45 PM - Reply

    I just had my ablation this morning i am 30 i have three children tubes have been tied for several years i had very painful and heavy periods after my last child and tubal ,,,,, So far i am in pain managed by narcotic pain meds very light blood tinged discharge hopefully the pain subsides! I was told i was a perfect canidate normal uterus shape and no cysts i did have my surgery performed with general anesthesia glad i did, But i am scared I will hurt worse like some of you. At this point time will tell worse case senario hysterectomy. Anyways to help other woman with their dicision i will post my recovery as much as possible, Thank you ladies for all your information very helpful

  2. Megan April 29, 2015 at 12:37 AM - Reply

    I had my endometrial ablation TODAY! I had it in the hospital. I did have the option of my doctors office but felt way more comfortable having it in hospital. I also had to have a D&C with the procedure. I feel great. Post op went very well. Loopy of course from the anesthesia but no huge issues. Minor cramping once home, took prescribed pain meds and felt better. I had this procedure as a result of debilitating heavy periods and being severely anemia. I am being very optimistic that this will work for me. Anything will be better than what I’ve dealt with in the past. Positive vibes this way. Will continue to share my progress. Good luck to all of you!

    • Erin April 30, 2015 at 7:48 AM - Reply

      So glad to hear you had a successful ablation. I would love to have this procedure but MUST have it in a hospital. I had a D&C in the office and it was traumatizing. I cannot endure having the ablation in the office. I have to be completely put out like you were. Please help me find a reputable Dr. that uses hospitals for these procedures and not the in office approach. I truly like my Dr.s but I cannot go through this without being put to sleep first. Collegeville, Pa.

  3. A. Taylor May 2, 2015 at 8:41 PM - Reply

    I had my ablation done yesterday May 1, 2015 and I had it done at my local hospital with general anesthesia. My husband and I havemutually decided that our children (one of each) made the perfect family and not to have anymore. He got snipped and I had all of my parts but with bitch switch pms and extremely heavy periods I could no longer deal with I wanted to give novasure a go. From the moment I entered the o.r. and even now I have suffered no pain. Slight discharge that a panty liner takes care of but that is it. I came home with heating pads for the front and my back and that was the only I needed. I was prescribed pain meds and haven’t even had to get the prescription filled. I did experience slight cramping but nothing above a 1 on the scale of 1 to 10. So far so good. I definitely recommend this to women who want their lives back after dealing with heavy bleeding, pms, bloating, cramps, backaches, and periods that last more than 7 days. Give it a try. What do you have to lose…your period? Gladly!

  4. Shanon May 3, 2015 at 5:10 PM - Reply

    not sure if going to the hospital would have been any better for you, I went to the hospital and I too was laid out for one whole month before the cramping stopped and I started to feel better, it was so painful I was sure I made the wrong decision myself, concidering I never had pain with periods before, it was horrible, would like to hear if anyone had rapid weight gain along with the novasure.

  5. heather May 3, 2015 at 10:42 PM - Reply

    I had my ablasion and d&c on April 23rd. I am 44 years old and have been going thru perimenopause for the last 4 years or so. My periods were aweful! Sometimes lasting a month then spotting for a week only to start my cycle again..it was making me depressed, and highly irritable and very tired. I went to the Dr’s after talking to a coworker who had an ablasion and I was already sold on having it done. I was a “perfect candidate ” my youngest child is 16 and no plans to have any more children. I had my tubaligation after my second was born. I had the procedure in the hospital, general anestesia, and although the procedure for me was a bit longer that most, due to finding some polyps that were removed during the procedure, i was in and out with only slight cramping after.That evening i took it easy but felt great! I am now 10 days post op and only have slight watery discharge, very low odor..it was a bit worse in the beginning, but i only needed a panty liner after and now. I think its starting to slow down..that is m y only complaint! I hope this helps any that are thinking about having nova sure done. I highly recommend it. I just hope my periods are gone forever! Good luck to you all!

  6. Sharon May 4, 2015 at 11:52 AM - Reply

    Hi I’ve just had this procedure done 6 days ago. Quite painless except my back pain but does ease through the day. I have had no bleeding so far and some cramps. I’m hoping this is successful as I’ve had very heavy bleeding and felt this procedure would be better than hysterectomy as not so invasive and faster recovery.

  7. angie May 4, 2015 at 11:18 PM - Reply

    I had this done 6 yrs ago continued to have menstrual and unbareable cramping ..here recently I had my menstrual stopped for 4 days then had a brown discharge of blood for 5 days stopped for 2 and now I am spotting again having some abdominal pain with this. What could this be?

  8. Marlene May 7, 2015 at 10:04 PM - Reply

    I had my endometrial ablation done on Monday May 4th. I did not have any bleeding on the day of the procedure or on Tuesday but on Wednesday I started to bleed, which would have been the start date of my monthly cycle, just as heavy as it was before the procedure. Is this a normal occurrence?.

    • Amy May 11, 2015 at 6:05 PM - Reply

      I had an ablation done March 13, 2015, and exactly one month later, April 13, 2015 I had a full on menstral cycle. Month two now, full on cycle again. I would never tell someone to get an ablation done for the simple fact, its still experimental. I am counting my blessings though because I’ve read some serious horror stories about dead blood remaining in the uterus and infections. I’ve been to see my doc and she said, “Well, some times it works and sometimes it doesn’t.” A far cry from what she told me before I had it done. It still have horrible periods, and SHE STILL BILLED MY INSURANCE.

  9. Donna May 12, 2015 at 8:29 PM - Reply

    I had the NovaSure Procedure performed on Dec 7th 2005. A D&C was performed and then the NovaSure Procedure. The machine shut off. A second machine was used and the machine shut off. I was told the procedure probably didn’t work. A week later, I hemorrhaged. It made my heavy menstrual cycle seem like nothing. I had an emergency hysterectomy a week later and was in the ICU for 5 days. I had numerous transfusions as well. A few weeks later, while I was recovering, I called NovaSure and was told they never heard of this happening. I would never, never recommend this procedure to any woman. Ten years later, doctors are still performing this surgery with other procedures (essure and tubals) and destroying women. Shame on the doctors and shame on the FDA for allowing this Class III medical device to continue to be used on women desperate for a remedy to their heavy cycles. If your doctor wants to perform this procedure, your doctor doesn’t like you. A doctor who refuses to perform this procedure is a caring doctor who is concerned for your well being. Please research this procedure. Women who at first think they are okay, find out months later, even up to a year later, that they regret agreeing to do the NovaSure Procedure. Join Facebook Groups and google various stories of women who have been destroyed by the NovaSure procedure.

  10. Donna May 12, 2015 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    There are various facebook groups aimed at informing women as well as women who are discussing their experiences with NovaSure. Endometrial Ablation, NovaSure Did Me Wrong are some of these facebook groups.

  11. Donna May 12, 2015 at 8:40 PM - Reply

    Many women who have the NovaSure procedure end up with cramping and heavier bleeding than before. The only recourse is a hysterectomy. Recommend leaving your ovaries intact so you go through a normal menopause.

  12. lisa May 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM - Reply

    I had the procedure done April 24 at the hospital. For the first week the cramping was horrible, had some spotting for 3 days then a clear discharge was coming out until the 4th of may, well the 4th of may my period started and its more heavy than they ever where! Well today is May 13 and its still bleeding just as heavy as day 1 ,my normal periods only lasted for 4&5 days.I called the Dr and got to talk to her nurse, she said this was normal!!!! Since the surgery my attitude has changed, I’m always sad,depressed, no energy and don’t care how I look anymore. This is not me,,,even my husband is worried the surgery messed me up.Has anyone else gone through this? I feel so alone and wish I would have never had it done

  13. Teresa Powell May 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM - Reply

    I had a d&c,Novasure ablation,a laparoscopy,both tubes removed along with lots of scar tissue. My Dr also found endometriosis which sums up the ovarian cysts,scar tissue,painful intercourse,and crazy pain periods. I go back in two weeks for a follow up and to discuss treatment plans for the endometriosis. Dr told my husband it would be either medication or hysterectomy. Today my belly is swollen and my insides are sore. Pain meds aren’t helping much. I haven’t had any discharge just a few smears of what looks like old period blood. I’m not sure if I should be happy that I’m not having post op bleeding with everything he did or worried that I’m not bleeding considering how much pain I’m in. Anyone have all this done and feel this way? What more can I expect with endometriosis? I’m wondering if I’ll still have periods after the ablation since I have endometriosis.

  14. Virginia May 17, 2015 at 11:56 PM - Reply

    My ablation was done November 2006. I haven’t had a visible period since. I am now 33. That being said I don’t recommend this for just anyone. I am going in Tuesday for a Hysteroscopy and D&C because I have fluid (possibly blood) that is trapped in my Uterus and causing unbearable pain. There is so much swelling that I look a few months pregnant and I only weigh 112 lb.s. I also have fluid trapped in my tubes. I am terrified of what they will find because my doctor said I may have been having some form of periods these 8 years and it has been trapped because of the extensive scar tissue blocking it’s way out. I will know more after surgery, but I am also prepared for the fact I may have to have a hysterectomy because of all that happened.

  15. Danica May 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    Had the Novasure ablation and D & C on May 1. Since then I’ve been spitting. However for the very first week after the procedures I bled heavily. Dropped blood clots and had excruciating back and abdominal pain. Now that the flow is a lot lighter I have a lot of brown liquid discharge. Which (TMI) smells awful. I had to get the Always pads with the Odor protocetion.
    So what worries me more is the back pain is still there and just as bad and the cramping comes and goes like bad gas.
    Anyone else having scary back pain ??

  16. Lynn May 20, 2015 at 10:36 AM - Reply

    I had the novasure procedure yesterday in my doctors office. I was scared to death after reading so many horrible stories. I was on my 3rd day of my very heavy period I was given cytotec to use twice before my procedure to thin out my cervix. Once I arrived to the office I was given a norco, motrin 800, a valium and a shot of tordol. I also took an antinausea medication because almost all meds and procedures make me nauseous. I sat for about 25 minutes to let the meds kick in and my anxiety was through the roof! I’m not a very anxious person but I was very scared. The 1st half of the procedure wasn’t much worse than a papsmear a little uncomfortable and a lot of pressure while he numbed and dialted me. Then he started the 90 sec novasure. I’m not going to lie it hurt. Reminded me of being in labor. I closed my eyes and concentrated on my breathing and it was over before I knew it. Within 1 min after it was over the cramping let up and I was fine. I cried for a second after the procedure only because of the relief of it finally behind me. I took all my pre-op pills at 4pm and then rotated norco and motrin 800 every 3hrs until 4am. I can’t believe how good I felt. It’s now 10:30 the next morning and I haven’t taken anything since 4am and I still feel good. A few minor cramps here and there but not even as bad as a period. I spotted a little right after but all my bleeding has already stopped. I hope that’s a sign that I can say farewell to my periods lol. Now that I’ve been through it I’m glad I didn’t do it in the hospital. It would have been way more expensive and I don’t like being put under. The anxiety leading up to it was much worse than the procedure and so far I think it’s going to be worth it. Good luck to any ladies considering this and rember it’s a very fast procedure!

  17. Jennifer May 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM - Reply

    I had this done on May 6 which was a Wednesday. I went back to work on That Friday. I had this done under general anesthesia in my local hospital. I had bad cramps when I woke up but they were gone by 7 that night. I hardly took any pain medicine and haven’t had any problems. I had no side effects and no pain hardly. I eager to see if this helped my horrible periods!

  18. Laura May 21, 2015 at 8:12 PM - Reply

    Hi! I had an ablation done today and I just have to say I feel fantastic!! The friend that went along with me said as I was coming to I kept saying praise The Lord, so even then I must have felt good!! :) I had mine in the office with just sedation. However I was super tired and so I fell asleep as well! I remember nothing of the surgery. I had a d&c done and the ablation. I have had no bleeding or cramping so far and have not had to take any meds but just some precautionary Tylenol one time. I’ve had so many issues nausea, cramps, gushing, pain, etc that the discomfort of the procedure was nothing compared to that! I was just finishing up my period so I actually feel better now then I have all week!

  19. Carla May 25, 2015 at 11:45 AM - Reply

    I had a d&c and Novasure in February 2015. I bled for 3 days after, then had a watery discharge for 2, then bled again for a week. I was told at my post-op that the week long bleeding should be the last period I ever had. I went home optimistic. March came and went with no issues, I was excited. At the of April I woke up one morning with stabbing labor-like pain cramps (no bleeding just pain) that lasted for 9 days. Went back to my Dr and 3 fibroids and a blood clot were found. I was told then the procedure was not a success and the only option for me was a hysterectomy. Here it is 4 weeks later and again I’m having the labor-like stabbing pain with cramps and I started bleeding again. I’m 34 years old with 3 children. In hindsight I wish I never had the Novasure procedure as I feel it was a total waste of my time and money.

  20. Ann May 28, 2015 at 4:07 PM - Reply

    I had my ablation done a few years ago(like 5). I had it done at the hospital and I have not had any problems. I was told that it works for some women and for some it may not. I did not want to have a hysterectomy so i chose this procedure. I am happy with the results and yes I have recommended this to other women and a few have done it and they have not had any problems either.

  21. Brittany May 28, 2015 at 9:12 PM - Reply

    Hi, im 28 and im scheduled to have the Nova Sure done in July. Im anemic and im currently taking iron treatments because of heavy periods. Im getting really nervous reading everyone’s posts. Im so tired of being low of iron and out of energy. I was really hoping this would help. Advice please!!

  22. Faby May 29, 2015 at 1:48 AM - Reply

    I had Novasure plus a D&C May 19th at the hospital under general anesthesia. Procedure went smoothly I woke up with no pain , no bleeding . I did notice a 7 pound weight gain that same week my stomach was extremely bloated. Today is 9th day weight is off I think it was the ivy, but I do still have a yellow clearish discharge. So far so good!

  23. Julie May 31, 2015 at 1:30 PM - Reply

    I had the procedure done a year ago. My bleeding lessened but my pms worsened. I still have cramps, as well. I have had a period every month since the procedure until this month. I had cramping for a week and then it stopped. Could the procedure finally have eliminated my periods? I don’t think I’m pregnant considering that it took my husband and me 8 years to conceive 2 children.

  24. Christina June 1, 2015 at 8:37 PM - Reply

    i find it interesting that people just recommend getting a hysterectomy. I like to know what insurance you have. Most will not pay for it unless you have a medical condition. Just a thought.

  25. Tonya June 2, 2015 at 10:21 AM - Reply

    I had this procedure done in 11/2008, in hospital under general anasthesia, no pain, no cramps and no period to date. It was the Nova Sure Heat method. I actually cleaned my house that evening. My OBGYN was a high risk doctor, and delivered both of my children via c-section 12 years apart. My insurance covered every penny however that was 7 years ago. No PMS, but I still do ovulate. I SAY GO FOR IT!

  26. Mel June 3, 2015 at 3:30 AM - Reply

    I had my ablation done Oct. 30, 2014 and I can say it was the best decision I EVER made. I had a d&c and ablation done under general anesthesia in the hospital and was out and home 4 hours later. A little groggy the first part of the day from the meds, but after that I was ready to go. I even cleaned the house that night. Never had a lick of discharge or any other side effect that was told I may have and never seen a drop of blood again. Procedure was a bit pricey, about 1800$ with my insurance, but worth every penny.

  27. Amy June 3, 2015 at 10:13 PM - Reply

    If you’re having a smell, you may have an infection. Call your doctor. Its been two months now since my novasure ablation, and nothings changed. I had my period exactly on time and the month after that. I am highly anemic and this is why I got the ablation done. I double up now on iron and eat lots of beans and nuts for the iron. I missed work in May for two days (which is my norm) due to my heavy period. I’m counting my blessings though because I’ve read some serious horror stories. So go see your doctor. I will be looking into a partial hysterectomy in the next few months. Good luck.

  28. Stacey Conely June 3, 2015 at 11:42 PM - Reply

    I had the Novasure procedure and a d&c on May 5, 2015. It is now one month later. I had no discharge at all and no bleeding as of yet. I had very painful ovulation, but no pain at all since procedures.

  29. Susan Brown June 4, 2015 at 8:48 PM - Reply

    I am going in tomorrow morning for my Novasure in a hospital setting . I’m very nervous after reading all these comments :( I pray this works for me. I will update.

    • Leeny June 9, 2015 at 6:57 PM - Reply

      I had the novasure procedure done in 2012 and I haven’t had a period since. I was completely put under so I didn’t feel a thing so I feel that is the way to go. I had
      endured many years of out of whack periods and pro-longed bleeding, which my dr. treated with hormones. My doctor mentioned either doing a hysterectomy or novasure. I chose the novasure ablation and I am so glad that I had it done. When I had it done I was 48, so I think it is better if you are older when you have it done. I just pray that I don’t have anymore periods! I wish you all the very best.

  30. sunshine June 5, 2015 at 4:02 PM - Reply

    Hello I got the Novasure put in April 1, 2014 in July 2014 I started having anxiety attack, weight gain, reduce all over, very bad headaches, high blood pressure do to it has anyone else have this happen to them from this and what did you do about it?

  31. Susan Brown June 8, 2015 at 8:32 PM - Reply

    It has been 3 days since my Novasure and D&C.. so far, so good!! Minimal discomfort and hardly any discharge :) period is due on the 19th.. I’ll update again once the date approaches.

  32. suzy June 9, 2015 at 7:59 AM - Reply

    Hello, I had d&c and ablation done on May 18, 2015 in my local hospital under “twilight sedation”. The procedure itself went great, recovery great, even that night I felt wonderful. The next morning around 4:00 am, I woke to the most painful cramps I’ve ever experienced and mind you, I’ve had a period since age 8 and I’m now 43. My cramps turned into”labor pains” and the bleeding was awful with a “burnt” smell. The bloating, awful. Sweat pants has become my wardrobe. It is now 12 days post-op and I’m still bleeding, cramping and terribly bloated. Had post-op appointment yesterday and my doctor said procedure did not take and hysterectomy is now my only option. I have yet to return to work. I’ve always been able to endure pain quite well and never miss work (even with bad monthlies). I truly thought this was the best option for me and went in wide open being very optimistic. This procedure is quite costly, even with insurance, but cheaper than hysterectomy…BUT I now feel as if my husband and I threw money out the window for this procedure. In my case, I would NOT recommend this procedure. Please make sure you research everything you can about this procedure, not just on the Novasure site, but heavily google, wish I had and not just listen to my doctor and smitten by the brochure. BTW, at post-op I asked my doctor when he thought this would all let up and he shrugged and said, “it may not until you have the hysterectomy.” Good luck to you all, this is just my experience and I felt compelled to share it with you.

  33. Wendy June 13, 2015 at 4:15 PM - Reply

    I had mine May 22 2015. I’ve had slight bleeding ever since then. It got heavier yesterday 6/11-6/12 and felt more like a period. I have felt recently a bit weak as well. I’ll be calling Monday to make sure all this is normal. Hoping I don’t continue to have this bleeding/discharge for much longer! Over it already.

  34. Terry June 13, 2015 at 9:50 PM - Reply

    Had the novasure ablation on June 5, in hospital under “light” sedation. I’m 56 and was experiencing heavy bleeding for 2 months. Had d/c in May with no fibroids or polo ps detected.
    I had 2-3 days of cramping ang light bleeding. One week later still spotting. Just hoping it dries up soon.

  35. jennifer June 14, 2015 at 1:24 AM - Reply

    I am 35 yrs old with a VERY irregular mensi, once or twice a year, if I’m lucky, and are usually very light until recently, the last three months have been very heavy bleeding (as in needing to change a super + tampon every 1 to 2 hours) for 27 days, spotting for 3 to 4 days just to start back in to a very heavy bleeding cycle, saw my gyno and discussed options, told him that I opted for the novasure (he tried to talk me out of it because it was not garrinted to work) Just had my DNC and Novasure in the hospital under general anaesthesia on the 6/9/15 felt a little body sore and nausea and slept a lot the day of, with no bleeding or discharge, the next day worked a full 12 hour day with heavy lifting of freight…with all over body ache, from toes to my head…felt like I just did a triathlon… Lol…but nothing that kept me down… Day 4 I’m still loving life with only minimal milky like discharge

  36. alissa jane June 15, 2015 at 6:47 PM - Reply

    I had my procedure july 2014
    I still get a period every month thay requires a panty liner, i get head aches ,lower back pain and cramping just as i did prior to surgery some what worse,also my emotional state is what sunshine describes anxiety,moody 1-2 weeks leading up to period, i have since seen a naturopath changed my diet etc this has not eliminated the symptoms.
    Aghh

  37. Tiffany June 19, 2015 at 9:19 PM - Reply

    Went in today to have the heated method of Novasure. Took a valium, Norco and B&O suppository half an hour before procedure. Once there, got an injection of Toradol. Nothing helped. The pain was so unbearable, I had to have her stop and I could not finish. I should have just opted to have it done at the hospital under general anesthesia, which is what I’m going to do. My doctor is very optimistic that I will NOT have anymore periods since I haven’t had one in 4 years due to continual birth control pills. She said my lining is so thin from it there should not be any problems at all. Will try to update when I go in sometime next month and have it done in the hospital.

  38. Maya June 22, 2015 at 3:31 PM - Reply

    I had NovaSure ablation in the middle of the March, 2015. I had very strange dull pain, pressure like pain for the first two weeks, radiating to my rectum. I also had multicolored discharge for almost 4 weeks. At the end of the 4th week everything cleared up. However, I also had Lupron injections as an additional treatment for fibroids and anemia. When Lupron wore off, i started feeling more tired, weak and sleepy. I had my first period two month after the procedure. I had cramps and scanty discharge for about two days. I continue feeling weak, tired, low energy, which is not relieved by rest. Everyday I have mild cramps and lower back pain. I do not know what to do next. My doctor said everything went well, and post procedure tests are good. I do not feel same way.

  39. Tricia June 25, 2015 at 3:42 PM - Reply

    I had the procedure 7yrs ago. In the hospital. It was the best decision for me. I was only 28. Now I am 35, and feel as if all my PMS symptoms are coming back, like I am going to get my period again. I just made an appointment with my OB to ask him if this could happen. Or is it happening? Anyone else that has had the procedure get your back after do long?

  40. Jean July 2, 2015 at 11:29 PM - Reply

    I had my novasure ablation done yesterday. First 24 hours had cramping. Used Motrin only. Light bleeding. Today no bleeding some discharge. Not really a cramp feeling feels like pressure. Only Motrin taken once today. Tubes were tied for kids I’m 33. Will post update. Hoping this stops my period didn’t want to wait until menopause.

  41. Juliette July 7, 2015 at 7:17 AM - Reply

    This review of 10 years worth of medical literature relating to Novasure may assist: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3956630/

    In summary, they found a very high rate of patient satisfaction and good rates of symptom reduction and / or elimination.

    I’m considering this procedure and the article answered many of my questions and reassured me. As with all surgery, there are always risks, and not every medical treatment works for everyone.

  42. Tasha July 10, 2015 at 9:56 PM - Reply

    Hi, I am thinking about having the novesure procedure..I have irregular periods. When it comes it comes and take weeks or even months to stop. I already had a d&c.. it helped for a little while. Then back to the old irregular periods. I am 44 now not looking to have any more kids. I have 2 girls now. I feel it is time to stop thinking when is my period going to come again. I don’t what to wait until menopause, who knows when that will kick in. So I was thinking about the novesure. Any advice.

  43. Jane August 5, 2015 at 10:47 AM - Reply

    I had this procedure several years ago to treat chronic perimenopausal bleeding, aka my 6-month period. Nasty, unbelievably painful procedure and a week of downtime later, my bleeding wound down to nothing. Where it stayed. I got my life back! I would recommend ablation to anyone in a heartbeat, but for God’s sake, make them knock you out to do it.

  44. Mel August 9, 2015 at 3:13 AM - Reply

    Well, 6 years post Novasure I can say it is my greatest regret. I have no bleeding but lots of pelvic / uterine pain I never had before. Sure I was bleeding heavily but if I could go back I’d rather choose that over phantom periods with no relief and strange odours / watery discharge.

    A recent ultrasound showed my endometrial glandular tissue has migrated into the muscle wall with no outlet due to scarring having sealed and fused my uterus.

    Basically, the ablation creates an intentional Asherman’s syndrome – scarring of the uterine lining. Some women will go along fine with no symptoms and some will develop the symptoms of Asherman’s disease which is a disease women seek treatment for! Crazy!!! What ever happened to ‘first do no harm’? The new gynaecologist said the only treatment for this is hysterectomy. I was not on the path for hysterectomy prior to the ablation so think this risk should be discussed with potential ablation patients. Maybe explaining the procedure as creating a new disease state which may or may not become symptomatic would be useful.

    I hope all women who are thinking about this procedure are able to make a REAL informed decision with full disclosure about potential risks / outcomes. I wish I’d gone with the mirena or bcp.

  45. Kara August 15, 2015 at 3:29 AM - Reply

    I just had my laporiscopically tubal ligation, dnc, and Novasure this morning. So I was put under for outpatient surgery. As soon as I woke up from the anesthesia, I was in super pain. I was crying. My back, cramps, all the way down past my knees. It felt like labor contractions. I’ve spent the entire day in bed with the heating pad and constantly keeping up on my hydrocodone, which only eased a portion of the pain. Finally, 18 hours later, I feel well enough to move around a bit, but can still feel some slight cramping. A small to medium amount of discharge/bleeding of different shades. But since I had had an ID for the last 8 years, I have only had 3 or 4 light periods that entire time, with almost no other menstrual symptoms (cramps, bloating, pms, etc). So hopefully the pain will continue to stay at bay. Thanks all for sharing your experiences.

  46. Tracy August 19, 2015 at 12:37 AM - Reply

    I’ve scheduled to have the Novasure and a tubuligation done same day. I have a fibroid also. Has anyone experienced the Novasure with fibroids?

  47. Jackie August 20, 2015 at 10:35 PM - Reply

    I had my Novasure this morning, in-office with IV sedation; propafol is AWESOME!! Uncomfortable cramps for a few hours, feel fine this evening, even went out to dinner with the hubs. I has Essure last year anticipating this procedure. My goal is cessation of my period, so I’m hopeful. Results are related the appropriateness of the patient, but mostly related to operater (doctor) proficiency. Ladies DO your homework and only allow a well-qualified doctor to do this procedure. They have to let you know how many procedures they have done and how frequently they perform. Choose someone that does “several” monthly. My doctor actually teaches other doctors how to do the procedure. He was able to give me his success rates and also any risks, told me about rare risks and that he had not seen any of them with his patients. I’ll update in a couple of weeks with my progress.

  48. Jackie August 23, 2015 at 12:37 AM - Reply

    3 days post procedure, no pain and scant yellow discharge. So far so good, hope discharge clears soon and no period next month.

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