My Experience with NovaSure Uterine Ablation

March 13, 2012 614 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:

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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  1. cym December 10, 2014 at 6:33 AM - Reply

    im having the novasue done this morning. Nervous and excited.

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  4. Jennifer D December 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM - Reply

    I am scheduled to have the Novasure procedure done on January 9th, I’m so hoping this helps. Thanks to everyone for posting their experiences, it’s certainly helped me prepare a little more.

    • Amy Botkin December 22, 2014 at 7:52 AM - Reply

      I was scared too..had mine 8 mths ago an so far doing well, other than small cramps. Hope it works out. I just had cramps after done for about an hour, but they gave me pain meds so no problem with much pain. I only had to take one pain pill on the way home. Just try not to stress over it..they say 90-96% of women have success with it.

  5. Amy C December 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM - Reply

    I wanted to post my experience with Novasure. I put off having it done for a couple of years because I was so scared due to negative feedback that I had read online.
    Due to my heavy periods I finally had the in office novasure procedure done on November 11, 2014. I was very nervous about the pain medicine but overall it was not bad.
    Two days before the procedure I had to start taking cervix softening medicine. The day of, After arriving at the doctors office, they gave me a pregnancy test to verify it was negative, then I took the medicines that I had filled, 2 norco, a relaxing med, & ibuprofen. They had my husband and I wait in a little room with a TV, recliners, magazines to let the meds go into affect.
    After about 30-40 min. I went to the procedure room, my husband went too, he sat by the door in the room during the procedure. The doctor numbed my cervix with shots, it did hurt, But not terribly. He did a camera view in my uterus after everything looked good, he started to novasure. He explained everything prior and during. He said it was only 90 seconds long and there would be a high pitch and it would get quieter as it got closer to ending. So that helped during the 90 seconds hearing it lessen in sound- knowing it would be over soon. I will admit that it hurt, I just breathed through it. It was not unbearable though, I even said afterward that it wasn’t too bad. I didn’t feel drugged up before the procedure, but right after I felt sleepy. I came home and ate, then slept, took a regular tylenol for cramping and put a heating pad on my stomach. I never needed to take any other pain meds. Later that evening, no pain, no cramping. I felt tired the next day still and actually felt kind of tired for about a week. But so far so good.
    I get mentrual migraines, so I will still get migraines but hopefully no periods. My first period was the other day and it was just a panty liner, very light. I’m hoping no bleeding at all for future periods. They say it can take 3 months to know.
    But… I would definitely recommend having the Novasure done. So far so good and I wish I would’ve had it done sooner.

    • Amy Botkin December 22, 2014 at 7:47 AM - Reply

      I had mine done April 4th, 2014 and didn’t have my period til now..I’m still getting small cramps. It’s good so far.

  6. Lisa December 20, 2014 at 7:13 PM - Reply

    Hi again, I posted back in August when I had just been to see my Gyno following increased pain following an ablation in April of this year. My pain increased from the first period post ablation and is now intolerable. I am due for my hysterectomy finally on Monday. I have been encouraged by so many posts of ladies who have had positive experiences of ablation therapy and I hope you continue to have a good result. For those of you who have had increasing pelvic pain, back pain and severe labour like pains with a period or around about the time your period would be due I empathise with you. I have always had painful periods but had no idea until after the ablation just how much more pain there was still to experience. I think I may have andomyois which is like endo but in the wall of your uterus. Unfortunately it is very hard to diagnose until after a hysterectomy. If you do have adeno then an ablation won’t work for you as you will still bleed in the wall of your uterus but the scarred lining of the uterus means that you will struggle to expel this blood. Your uterous, trust me, will try though and that is what leads to the intense contractions. I have had a scan since my ablation and I have pools of fluid in there, my uterus has also become enlarged- both point to adeno. Anyway you live and learn. If you suffer from very painful periods remember that this could be caused by adeno. My ablation wasn’t strictly speaking a failure because it only claims to reduce blood flow which it did. Zit doesn’t claim to fix painful periods. Also remember the younger you are when you have the ablation the more chance you have that your lining will regenerate and 1,2,3,4 yrs down the road you may bleed again. Mind you that may well be worth it- if I had had even a years break from pain I would have been grateful. Finally, if like me you are in the Uk then you really need to know that if this goes wrong then the wait for the hysterectomy has been horrific (over 3 months) I have been off work for so long it’s not funny and I have been beyond agony. If you are in the U.S. though it may be worth trying the ablation regardless because you guys seem to be able to get the hysterectomy pretty quickly if needed. Good luck ladies..

    • Lara December 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM - Reply

      Hi Lisa – I was searching online and found your post and felt the need to reach out to you. I had my Novasure procedure done on January 6, 2014 (for anemia due to incredibly heavy periods). First few months were great – no heavy bleeding! But, during my 5th period cycle I began to experience the intense labor like pains you are talking about. I had never had cramping before (to speak of) and this was literally like labor. My doctor put me on the BCP to stop periods and it helped – but the pill makes me depressed and I could barely function. I got off the pill at the end of August, 2014 and have had brown discharge with exertion (running/exercising/sex) and often it smells horrible. Have been back to GYN and he ran every test imaginable and everything comes back perfectly normal. I am so frustrated. He recommends a partial hysterectomy (I am 41) but that scares me too. Have you had any of this discharge? Or just the pain. On a side note – the horrible labor cramps diminished with the use of the pill even after stopping for the past 3 months. Would love to hear about your experience more and about your hysterectomy as well.

      • Lisa January 12, 2015 at 11:09 AM - Reply

        Hi Lara,

        So sorry for taking so long to reply- I have just had my hysterectomy and ai have been resting up. I’m so sorry that you have been having trouble following your Novasure ablation.
        You say that you have every test possible-I trust that includes a transvaginal scan to see what’s going on inside? I have a feeling that the brown discharge you are having is old blood which may be pooling in places in your uterus at the time of your period but unable to drain properly due to scarring from the ablation. This is a symptom of post ablation syndrome along with intense pain- basically the uterus contracts like in labour to expel the trapped blood. When I had my scan they could see pools of fluid in my uterus but I have heard that in some women it’s only been picked up when they have been scanned during their period. Maybe you should run this past the GYN as a possibility?
        As for myself my pain was ridiculous in the week leading up to my hysterectomy ( I had keyhole surgery with tubes out but left ovaries) so that there was no fear in my mi da out the hysterectomy as I knew it was my only shot at getting some sort of a life back. The Consultant confirmed Post Ablation Syndrom after my op, also fibroids and an area of endometriosis in the womb lining.I also had a section of my bowel stuck to the abdomen wall- this was caused by adhesions which are very common following any abdominal surgery., in this instance after the ablation.
        I’m not goi g to lie, the hysterectomy is no walk in the park but I have not once since the op been in any pain nearing the level of pain I had pre op. I’m amazed that nurofen and paracetamol are all the painkillers I need now- before I had to take Tramadol and Dihydracodeine. Anyway if are any questions you have just ask- I’m signed off work now for 6 weeks so I will have plenty of time to answer lol! take care of yourself x

    • Sharon February 19, 2015 at 7:20 AM - Reply

      Hi Lisa,

      I had my ablation a week ago, and my back pain is worse and it goes into my left hip, can you explain how you back pain felt? I am worried they are missing something else! Thanks

      • Lisa March 2, 2015 at 3:31 PM - Reply

        Hi Sharon,

        My back pain was really low down, constant and dull with shooting pains in both hips and down into the tops of my thighs. Sometimes the pain would extend right down a leg and would gave me trouble walking. It felt like really bad sciatica. From the pathology following my Hystetectomy which showed extensive adenomyosis I know that the pain was a result of the enlarged inflammed uterus putting pressure on the ligaments in the lower back and also causing them to become enflammed.

  7. nikki January 4, 2015 at 8:38 PM - Reply

    I had the Novasure procedure done on Dec 31, 2014 under general anesthia. I had cramping for two days and slept all day after my procedure.currently i am experiencing discharge and cant bathe, douche, wear tampons, or have sex for 3-4 weeks while I am healing.

  8. Bernie January 10, 2015 at 7:21 AM - Reply

    Hi Lisa- I’m like you, however, I had the Novasure procedure done back in 2011. For two years I was pain free. However, I was being asked, by my Gyno, if I wanted a hysterectomy, even though I was fine and pain free. It wasn’t until 2014 was when I started feeling the same way you did- The intense labor like pains (on my left side only) it’s very difficult to do anything during this time of the month. I’m due to have a hysterectomy next Thursday. I just found it to be strange that my doctor would ask if I wanted a hysterectomy even before these intense labor like pains began! Obviously she knew something before I did! I have read similar messages like yours and all the women have experienced the same symptoms. I feel as though something’s not right with the Novasure procedure. I don’t know but I’m sure it will come out in due time! I’m sure there will be a class action somewhere down the line.

  9. Paula Sanderson January 12, 2015 at 7:39 AM - Reply

    I had the novasure done November 13, everything was fine until May 14, I had cramps all across my stomach and into my back, leaving me with difficulty going to the toilet for at least a week afterwards, I visited gp who prescribed me pain killers and referral back to gynocologist, scan was done, told me nothing was untoward. They appeared surprised by my symptoms, by this time I would dread my period because the pain was getting worse each month. Prior to novasure,I never had a day off sick with my heavy periods and cramps I could get through. I’m warning anyone out there who wants the nova sure please DONT, the pain now makes me scrawl the floor in agony, my legs give way with the pain, you won’t sleep, eat or be able to go to the loo, there are no gaps of relief, it comes on very sudden and wherever you are you are unable to ‘keep it together ‘, I simply can’t function.After the unbelievable pain and I’m telling you you won’t believe it you think something is seriously wrong, I’m left with an inflamed bowel and bladder for up to 2 weeks after, 2 weeks later it’s off again. The gynocologist are dismissive,like it’s all in my head. I would like this procedure reversing does anyone know if this is an option for me to discuss at my next gynocologist appointment on 22Jan? Anyone considering this procedure your heavy periods are a walk in the park compared to this pain.

    • Lara January 14, 2015 at 11:55 AM - Reply

      Paula – ugh! Girl! I feel your pain – literally. I have the same exact story except my uterus is retroverted so the blood stays in there all month, causing a horrible discharge as it slowly makes its way out. If you read about this on other websites you will see that we are not alone. It is called “post ablation syndrome” and it is extremely painful. I have never been bothered by pain but, I have to say, the pain of my periods since about month 5 after my ablation is that of child birth. Brings me to my knees. It is trapped blood that your uterus is trying to expel – it is contracting trying to get it out and therefore, feels like child birth. I know it is miserable and I am sorry you are going through this too. I am scheduled for a hysterectomy on February 11, 2015. Am told it is the only way to fix this. Am always here to talk if you like. It feels better when we don’t feel alone on this. Take care.

    • Toni January 14, 2015 at 2:28 PM - Reply

      Paula – You poor girl! OMG, omg omg omg.. *big hugs!!!* I love what this woman says here on GynoGab ( “I had an Ablation in December of 06′, (for Dis. Ut. Bleeding) 18 months later I became pregnant. During the C-Section (complications due to ablation) I had my tubes tied. Since then, every period is so painful that no heavy drug I take will find me any relief for more than 2 hours at a time. Dr. says it is most likely Post Tubal Lit. Syndrome and the only relief I will find is a hysterectomy… I find that Dr. seem to be guessing as they go along collecting huge returns for expensive surgeries. Why is it that after all these years, doctors cant seem to have a real clue as to what is happening to the female body? We can’t be that complex, can we?”

      I just came from getting another vaginal ultrasound. Apparently my fibroid has gotten bigger & that *may* be the cause of my weirdo periods (sometimes I have one, sometimes I don’t.. kinda like an Almond Joy / Mounds bar). But she couldn’t see any sign of me having an ablation in the past (told her that I had Thermachoice back in ’11, which, while the most excruciating pain ever, didn’t work) she could definitely see the fibroid pushing on the back of the wall, which is good ‘cuz it’s not pushing on the bladder and, as everyone here knows, we definitely don’t need anything ELSE pushing on that stupid bladder! We have to tinkle too soon as it is!! LOLL!!

  10. Lisa January 12, 2015 at 11:12 AM - Reply

    arghh just reread my post- I hate autocorrect!! What I meant to say was that I had no fear in my mind about the hysterectomy!

    • Lara January 12, 2015 at 11:22 AM - Reply

      Lisa – thanks for the reply! I am proud of you for going through with your hysterectomy! since I wrote to you I have been to the surgeon. He said the same thing you did – blood is trapped in uterus and comes out slowly throughout the month, which is what the brown discharge all month is. I am scheduled for a SINGLE INCISION LAPARASCOPIC HYSTERECTOMY on FEBRUARY 11 – removing the tubes and uterus, leaving the ovaries and cervix. Sounds like that is what you had. I would love more than anything to hear about your experience. I have barely slept or eaten since my visit with him. I am just terrified about the surgery. Mostly, I am afraid of the anesthesia. I don’t know why. I am not afraid of the pain. How about the prep for your surgery? Did you have to do a bowel prep? I don’t know why that scares me so much either but it does. Would you be willing to share details of your first few days after the surgery.

      THanks so much.


  11. Amy January 14, 2015 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    Ladies. This conversation is very helpful for me. I have suffered heavy/painful periods since I was in Jr. High. I have 4 kids (4 c-sections) and I’ll be 40 in September. I have always had a struggle with anemia (because of my crazy heavy bleeding each month.). After my 4th baby (4 years ago), I needed 2 blood transfusions, which really saved my life literally. Then about 2 years ago, my iron lows were severely low again and I was sent to a hematologist. She ran all tests and determined my anemia was probably due to my heavy periods (I already of course knew this was the answer!) So I have been getting venofer (Iron) through an IV since then. I stopped doing it for 3 months and my levels dropped all over again. It’s about $170 every time I get it. Now I’m on a maintenance plan, so only once a month. My Gyn and specialist recommend a partial hysterectomy or an ablation. I have horrible insurance, so for he hysterectomy I am looking at $11,000 out of pocket. Sigh. Otherwise I would do it in a heartbeat. My sister in law had an ablation and never had any problems and loves it. I keep reading horror stories. It makes me just want to go for the partial hysterectomy and be done with it all. Of course this is the more expensive option. Any advice or suggestions? After 4 c-sections, you can imagine why I am not keen on surgery, but I would almost rather them get in there and get it all out and make sure everything is okay, instead of getting an ablation, then find out later that I need a hysterectomy anyway. Thanks! Amy

  12. Lisa January 14, 2015 at 12:43 PM - Reply

    Lara- so glad your surgeon confirmed the diagnosis for you and hat you won’t ha e to be dealing with the pain for much longer. Happy to share my hysterectomy experience! I was beside myself too prior to the op- I was convinced I wouldn’t come out of the anaesthetic so I spent most days in a twilight world of pain and fear until I found the Hysterectomy Association UK website and forum. They have forums divided into the month you have your operation- I am a member of the December Dreamers! In there you will find woman going through the exact same fears and emotions as you and the support is immeasurable. The ladies are from all over the world, not just based in the UK, please google it and have a look, I promise you won’t look back. Now, the lovely bowel prep! yes had it, a bit yucky but necessary. I also had to take a supplement to compensate for the lack of eating post surgery. Don’t be scared of the bowel prep because you will be so glad you had it post surgery! The reason being that during the keyhole surgery you are filled full of gas to swell your abdomen so that the surgeon can see all your organs inside which is not so great for us post op as it is wind pain that causes the most discomfort. You are given painkillers from when you come round and for me they took away the pain I felt. My catheter was removed after 24hours and from then I was encouraged to get out of bed and walk to help move the gas down the way- your bowel goes to sleep during the op and with the gas added during surgery your belly is really swollen and wind pain is uncomfortable. You are not allowed to leave hospital until you have passed gas which I had no problem with but when I was discharged after 48 hours I felt terribly constipated but was terrified of passing a motion in case everything fell out! I was assured this was normal though and left hospital with laxatives and a stool softener as well as pain meds. Waiting for that first BM was the worse part of my recovery so far and it happened day 4. Won’t lie, it hurt lol, but oh my, the relief after!! Was like Christmas, which was great because it was Christmas!! ( best present ever’). 3 weeks on and I still have some bowel pain, still hurt just before I to the loo, still get tired very easily and still need to be very careful of overdoing things, especially lifting and bending. But believe me I would do it all again in a heartbeat because I have not once since my op experienced any pain even half way as horrific as that post ablation pain and since I ve been back home the strongest painkiller I have needed is the occasional paracetamol. So please stop worrying and starting imaging a time when all this awful period pain is behind you- it’s so liberating!! take care, Lisax

  13. JENNIFER MILLER January 15, 2015 at 1:46 PM - Reply

    THINK TWICE!! I had my procedure done in a hospital setting in Sept 2012 and felt fine post procedure recovering quickly. Thats where it ended. Every month since the procedure, when I would normally have my period, I have excruciating (and I mean pain sooooo bad that I actually want to die) labor like pain 24/7 for the entire week of my “period”. Pain meds do not work…nothing works…and now I do not have insurance, soI cant get a hysterectomy which I have been told is my only true option. I wish I never ever did it. It has ruined my life and I still get a “period” of black, mucusy gloop. Horrible experience. Please research.

  14. Marylin January 17, 2015 at 2:08 PM - Reply

    I have been doing my research on this ablation procedure and what I’m coming across is nothing but horror stories. I was looking into getting this procedure for heavy prolonged bleeding but changed my mine after reading all the side effects that takes place months or years after. I joined this private Facebook group called ablation did me wrong and its so many women telling their stories and all of them had hysterectomies. Ladies please please do your research a lady on there begged me not to go along with it and since then I’ve found more horror stories on different blogs. Please do you own research and stop listening to people not everyone has your best interest. I’m going for the IUD or implant at least I can get those removed if need be, there’s no turning back from that ablation but hysterectomy. Good luck

    • Krystal March 4, 2015 at 5:31 PM - Reply

      If the “implant” you are talking about is Essure, it is permanent. You can not just have it removed.

  15. Lindsey January 18, 2015 at 9:16 AM - Reply

    I had the novasure done last month and it was a failure!! My bleeding is the same, more painful and just down right excruciating!! Worst decision ever!!! Everything is the same but I’m in more pain than I was before

  16. Leeny January 18, 2015 at 9:38 AM - Reply

    I had my ablation in Jan. of 2012 so it is going on 3 years for me and I haven’t had a period since my ablation. I went to an out patient surgery center and I went under a general. I think that is the best way to go since you don’t feel any pain at all. The day of I only took tylenol for the pain which was very minimal. I have to say I was much older than many of the women who are posting. I was 49 years old. The doctor had suggested a hysterectomy before even mentioning doing the ablation. Doing the novasure procedure was the best choice for me. I haven’t had any bleeding episodes whatsoever so I am very pleased with the outcome. Before the ablation I had years of bleeding between periods, spotting and prolonged periods. My doctor had me on many forms of hormones and after many years of taking progesterone they stopped working. The final straw was after experiencing 36 days of prolonged bleeding. I told my doctor I was just tired of all of this bleeding that I was experiencing he then asked me if I wanted to have the novasure or a hysterectomy. It was my choice. I think because I waited until I was approaching menopause is what has helped me have such a good outcome with novasure. Good luck to all of you!

    • Leah January 18, 2015 at 10:28 AM - Reply

      Hi ladies. I have posted on here about ablation and I want to recap my story to see if what I am experiencing has happened to any others.

      First I want to say that I had thermal ablation in August. I thought novasure was the same thing, but after reading some posts, I don’t believe it is. So sorry for posting my story on the Novasure thread!

  17. Justbe January 20, 2015 at 11:03 PM - Reply

    I had the Novasure ablation done maybe 5 years ago. I was put to sleep during the procedure and no pain at all after, just weeks of discharge!
    My sister had her’s done for heavy bleeding.
    I had my done because after having my tubes clamped my periods were extremely painful!
    No period at all for the 1st few years, now it comes back for 1 day every blue moon; and note I was not a heavy bleeder.
    Now my sister tells me the Novasure is only suppose to last for 5 years!! Im hoping she is wrong and maybe it is something going on with her, and there is; she is about to get a hysterectomy!
    I loved that I made the choice to do it, and I never had any problems after not even pain.

  18. Dena January 22, 2015 at 10:54 PM - Reply

    I had Novasure 3 yrs ago this month and I an 35 yo. I had it done in my Obgyn’s office. He recommended the procedure after my 2nd c-section. I was having heavy bleeding for 3 weeks and then one week off for months. The procedure was fast and painless….I was on some strong meds that they gave me at the office, but I was awake. I was not one of the lucky women who never had a period again, but they were very light for 2-3 days.
    I was very confident in my doctor who gave me information but never pushed it. After 3 years, I am now without a period and experiencing some cramping on the left side, but since I am allergic to Motrin my doctor gave me stronger meds which I usually have to take for 1-2 days before my cycle.. I would recommend the procedure, but only if you were confident in your doctor and felt like this was the best choice. I researched and read all the stories of complications but after really discussing it with my doctor and his success rate did I make my decision. I am so glad I did!

  19. Kelly January 26, 2015 at 1:18 AM - Reply

    Ladies, as a 48 hear old woman researching about the NovaSure procedure it’s important that folks are clear on which “ablation” procedure that had, thanks Leah. I’m scheduled for this in a week and I’m getting freaked out as I think it’s a pretty successful procedure but hard to know if the ladies with the awful experiences had other procedures or other underlying medical issues. Obviously it’s different for everyone, but glad I’ll be under anesthesia for this.

  20. Amanda Baker January 30, 2015 at 9:24 PM - Reply

    I had the novasure done this morning along with having my tubes tied. I went to the surgery center and was completely knocked out for 45 for the hole thing. After having my son in August 2012 I started getting heavy painful periods with egg size clots. I also had the paraguard put in two months after my son was born and my new doctor that did the surgery today said that was one of the reasons why I was having them so he recommended the nova sure. I also before surgery start my period 8 day early which was one of the worst ones I ever had I went though two thick pads at the surgery center just wanting for my surgery time. I’m home resting comfortably and a little sorr more for the tubel but u have no very little bleed it’s very light. I’m very very happy I had this done! My insurance covered both procedures due to them being a medical need. But talk to u doctor about everything for having anything done. Good luck lady’s

  21. Dani Adams February 1, 2015 at 10:22 AM - Reply

    I had this done Oct 2014. Told me it would be very quick . I was there from 8 am till 6 pm I was the last one to leave ! Had it at the surgery center . I have had periods pretty much the entire time not as bad but almost and this month I haven’t stopped bleeding or clotting .

  22. Samantha February 6, 2015 at 12:01 PM - Reply

    I`m trying to do some research before having an ablation done. I`m 26 with two children and do not wish to have any more biologically. I decided to get a tubal in a month and told my gyno that I did not want to have periods if possible. I have not had one in over four years due to being pregnant, breast feeding or birth control. Is it normal to have one done if you don’t have bleeding problems just to avoid periods? Thought? Thanks

  23. Sherry February 6, 2015 at 1:14 PM - Reply

    I have had this procedure done and had absolutly no complications. Loved it! Not periods after up until now (9 years later). This is where my concern is. Is this normal?

  24. Crystal February 6, 2015 at 1:42 PM - Reply

    I had the novasure almost 5 years ago. After I had the procedure I never stopped bleeding, I still have periods every 25-28 days that last around 5 days. Still have bloating, cramps, the whole 9 yards. So I am now wanting another baby and I think we are going to go for it. As I was told via fertility dr. If I still have regular and normal periods than this procedure did not work. I’ve also seen many successful pregnacies after an ablation.

  25. Lisa February 8, 2015 at 10:09 PM - Reply

    Got the results of my pathology report following my Hystetectomy- extensive adenomyosis. So yes I did have a medical condition prior to having the ablation. Problem is adenomyosis is basically endometriosis but growing in the muscle of the uterus and it doesn’t show up on scans. It can very rarely be picked up on a CT scan but can only truly be diagnosed after a hysterectomy when they disect the uterus and can see the inside of the uterus wall. Also the symptoms of adeno start out similar to the symptoms of fibroids and I also had a few small fibroids. The problem is ablation can help with fibroids but is not recommended for adenomyosis sufferers because it can not penetrate the uterus wall to treat the muscle- it only treats the lining. The horrific pain I had post ablation was because ablation makes adenomyosis a million times worse. There are I believe, significant numbers of women in the same boat as myself and adenomyosis is known to be one of the most common reason for post ablation syndrome.

  26. Elizabeth February 9, 2015 at 2:22 AM - Reply

    I had the procedure done in 2007 after severe hemorraghing, they wouldn’t do a hysterectomy due to my age. Shortly Afterwards I began having severe pain during the week of my period, nothing helped ease the pain even prescription painkillers. I finally sought help and in 2011 I had a partial hysterectomy. The gyn stated she had originally tried to do those procedures for about a year than learned about the damage that it does and refuses to perform that procedure. I ended up with severe adenomyosis and my Fallopian tubes were completely filled with blood and enlarged so badly they could have burst. Worst mistake I ever allowed done to me.

  27. Amy B February 15, 2015 at 11:54 PM - Reply

    I had Novasure done in the hospital on jan 30th. It was so easy. I went under in the hospital and came home took 3 Advil and went out to dinner that night. Highly recommend.

  28. Beth February 18, 2015 at 11:22 AM - Reply

    I had NovaSure in 2012..this is definitely a procedure that you need Gen. Anesthesia..meaning was a success for me and recommend it for women who are finished with childbearing..also who suffer with extremely heavy periods

  29. Tdoll February 24, 2015 at 12:54 AM - Reply

    I had this procedure done a year ago. The best decision I’ve made. No complications. I only bleed the 1st four weeks and after that nothing. I was a heavy bleeder after my second child with major cramping. The procedure only took my doctor 45 minutes. At 42, I don’t have to worry about tampons anymore especially when I travel for vacations. I am still in shock. It was a Success and my husband is happy too!!!!

  30. Tiffany February 25, 2015 at 4:01 PM - Reply

    I had this procedure two days ago In my doctors office. I felt no pain during the procedure and felt pretty good (and loopy) after. Several hours after I got home the pain hit, and it hit hard! I was in agony and also could barely urinate. I would have to push like I was birthing a child to get any pee to come out. It finally got so bad that my husband called the dr and sent me to the ER. I ended up with a shot of dilaudid and a urinary catheter which I went home with. The dr decided to leave it in and so I’m rockin a bag full of pee! The pain is manageable now so I’m hoping the worst is over

  31. Annie February 26, 2015 at 4:42 AM - Reply

    Hello, I had the procedure done privately in May 2014, with one of the country’s leading gynaecologists, and have been left with slightly less blood loss, but excruciating pain each month. It lasts a day or two and I’m out of action, can barely make myself a cup of tea. The blood loss before was extremely heavy (lots of embarrassing “accidents”) now it’s just heavy, but OMG, the pain. My entire pelvis, lower back and thighs are affected. Painkillers, diazepam and bed rest. I’m generally active and go to the gym so it’s not a fitness issue, it’s a gynae issue.

  32. nita February 28, 2015 at 11:02 PM - Reply

    I had the Novasure done Jan 2010..because I was having heavy bleeding and cramps and I had no period until Nov 2013 and it’s light…I’m glad I had it done..

  33. Michelle March 2, 2015 at 10:03 PM - Reply

    I had the Novasure and the d&c done at the hospital and before I came out to the recovery room I was in pain. Go to the room where you rest and I was still in pain so they thought that I just needed to go use the bathroom. I did that still in pain I stayed there for about 3 hours. I got home and went straight to sleep I woke up the next day feeling some what better. I have been having a discharge for a month straight, I know that might not be unusual but wow. I was also told that I couldn’t have sex for a month either. It will be a month on 3/7/2015 but a few days ago I started my period and when it hit it hurt like hell. So I was talking to my husband asking him why did I get this done if I was going to still be in pain, Well only time will tell.

  34. Mary March 3, 2015 at 12:22 PM - Reply

    Look up the Facebook group called ablation did me wrong. It’s alot of women on there giving their testimonials.

  35. BW March 7, 2015 at 4:29 PM - Reply

    I had my ablation Sept. 2013. I had a relatively good experience. I had done a lot of research….. for what I knew to search for. I knew going in that I had a 10% chance of still having periods; however, since everything I read and was told was that it would be lighter than what I had been experiencing (wearing 2 super tampons and a pad for heavy bleeding… and still having to change everything within 3 to 4 hours – which was difficult sometimes due to my job). I did not have a period for 9 months! Then I was having a VERY light one that lasted for maybe 3 days. So it is now March 2015 and I am here researching the cramping and watery, brown show. My cramps are more severe than I ever had before the procedure. I am stopped in my tracks sometimes, and have even doubled over from some. I have had the watery, brown show – with some clots – over the past 3 weeks. After reading some posts, I definitely am making appointment with gyno. I am concerned about blood pooling in the uterus and what that can result in. I am happy I had the procedure…. at this piint. However, in all of my research prior to it, I had not heard if the syndrome, nor of such severe complaints. However, if I had; I may have done it anyway hoping that I would not be one of the unlucky who experience the syndrome. I am a bit disheartened that it is possible that the cramping may even worsen and I will have to get a hysterectomy sooner rather than later!

  36. Denise March 9, 2015 at 9:17 AM - Reply

    I had the ablation done July 3 2014 my periods were extremely heavy for 4 years I bled at least 20 days each month so my quality of life was not good. With that being said I have been bloated since the procedure I started a little bloated where it was uncomfortable to sit up right to now being bloated 24/7 it’s uncomfortable sitting up or lying down and the bloat pain is starting to wrap around to my back. I am eating tiny meals due to a full belly makes the bloating worse. My period still comes but it’s very light I never use tampons anymore and a ultrathin pad is all I need (which would have been unheard of before) so from a period aspect the procedure worked but the side effects make me question if I did the right thing. I had lost 50 lbs previous to surgery and I now need to wear some of my bigger clothes to allow for the bloating I am back up 20 lbs with healthy diet. My belly looks pregnant :( i also noticed alot of dryness since the procedure sex is not as enjoyable as before I wish now I would have just had the partial hysterectomy instead of the ablation.

  37. Sue March 10, 2015 at 4:18 AM - Reply

    Hi all, i must say like most of you have horrible stories of heavy bleeding. Blood transfusions, iron injections.Tried everything. Mirena fell out on 3 occassions. Had a Nova Sure ablation, prayed it worked as i did not want to have a hysterectomy. Low and behold its been 14months and i feel great. Havent had a period for 11 months now. At first i bled as normal and was beside myself knowing that it hadnt worked and the only option was a hysterectomy.
    So in everything there are horror stories. I recommend Nova Sure

  38. julie March 11, 2015 at 11:16 AM - Reply

    Had my novasure done december 2013 as I was flooding through terribly after ten minutes each month and had scary symptoms such as pins and needles in my arms and legs and extreme dizziness so I had to hang onto furniture to walk. It was really really painful ,(I was awake), I told them when the machine automatically cut off as it’s supposed to be done in a certain amount of time. I was given anti inflammatories which isn’t enough.. Told afterwards I have a huge womb and the doc basically shrugged his shoulders and said he didn;t know why. I had no aftercare advice about not taking a bath or being intimate with my husband. I have had three babies, no screaming nonsence so reckon I have a high pain threshold but I was in agony constantly for two weeks and now still have major periods and days of icky watery discharge at end of period. Never offered a follow up appointment. Not impressed. I feel experimented on and wish I’d gone down the hysterectomy route especially as my menopause symptoms are dragging me down. I’m not a misery bum honest lol, just be aware this procedure can be rubbish..

  39. Jackie March 15, 2015 at 8:54 AM - Reply

    I am 55..had Nova Sure done 10/08 reason irregular periods and heavy bleeding and clots..had started early menopause in my early 30’s..went to office early morning and left around 5:00 pm a short procedure it wasn’ was started and Dr. was concerned machine wasn’t working, but didn’t say anything as I laid there waiting…lots of whispering to nurse..nurse left and returned later with a different machine from a nearby hospital..Dr. started again, by that time I could feel and screamed..come to find out was not room enough for fan to open needed .5cm and only had .3 cm(not sure about #) so I think I got it done when it was still in learning stage..Would not wish that on anyone…free of charge by he way

  40. crystal berry March 20, 2015 at 10:27 AM - Reply

    I had the endometrial ablation done years ago. Now im being told that i uterine fibroids, how is that possible? Can anyone help me with this?

  41. MJ March 28, 2015 at 4:01 AM - Reply

    Hi, I had a tuba ligation after the birth of my 3rd baby, in 1992. I felt the tubal would be healthier for me than 25 or more years of birth control pills, or any of the other methods that were available in 1992.
    Jump ahead 18 years, to 2010, and I developed menorrhagia. I was quite literally hemorrhaging every month. It was an awful time.
    My doctor did a Novasure. He always leaves a little bit of endotrium in tact so that a woman will have just a little bit of bleeding. This way, it is easier for her to know where she is in her progression towards menopause.
    So, everything has been fine, untilSeptember 2014. I started my period with “old blood” and didn’t really stop until January. I guess this happens fairly often in women with fibroids and “failed endometrial ablutions. My doctor says it’s a clot. I looked it up, it’s called a “hematometra”. So, they offered me hormones, a DNC, or a hysterectomy. A DNC seemed like my best option.
    I have read that 25% of women who have an ablation have a hysterectomy within five years.
    So, here is my question, has anybody had this series of issues? Has anybody had a DNC some number of years after your ablation? How was the recovery? Did that prevent the need for a hysterectomy or just push it off for a while?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  42. Kim March 28, 2015 at 6:20 PM - Reply

    I had the novasure done 2/26/15 and it seemed fine!! I had sex for the first time and it looked like a murder scene , its been 3 days i’m still bleeding heavy with cramping I’m not sure if this is going to work and I sure don’t want that scene every time I go to have intercourse with my husband .. I worried any advice ?

    • Jennifer Bullock March 28, 2015 at 6:53 PM - Reply

      Kim, I would highly recommend calling your physician.

  43. tanisha March 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM - Reply

    I had my ablation done on 3/23/15 after I woke up from surgery I had the most painful cramps. The next day I had no cramps, light pink watery discharge I was fine but the following day I woke up with my menstrual back on heavy, nausea, vomiting, back pains, leg pains and headaches and it been going on like this for days now. Today I’ve been having old rubbery smelly bloody discharge every time I go to the bathroom. Tomorrow will be a week since the ablation was done and I see it getting no better….I wish I never had it done

  44. Mary March 30, 2015 at 11:37 AM - Reply

    There’s more reviews on Facebook from many women with novasure. Novasure group and novasure did me wrong group. Personally I opted out having after going to my old gyno. He said he’s seeing so many women coming in that’s having problems from the novasure. This new gyno i started seeing last year is trying to get me to have it due to fibroids causing heavy prolonged bleeding at times, not every month. The only thing she is suggesting is novasure, Iud and progesterone pill. I’ll try progesterone pill first and if not I’m still not having novasure ablation!!!

  45. Shuntae April 4, 2015 at 1:57 PM - Reply

    Hey Lara
    I agree with you about the procedure, I got it done in 2010 and now it’s 2015 and I’m having the WORST pain ever also I’m constantly having the brown discharge and birth control doesn’t help me at all and also the doctor refuse to give me a Hysterectomy. I cry all day and night because the pain is unbarable

  46. Amy April 15, 2015 at 1:14 AM - Reply

    I have had sever bleeding for the past yr and it was recommended to me from my doctor to have an ablation done. My bleeding was so horrible, I missed work and became severly anemic. I was scared to say the least. I did my research and asked my doctor so many questions. She gqve me positive affirmations that the procedure would help me. I thought when i had the Nova Sure done, it would be the end of heavy, severe bleeding. I had the procedure done March 13, 2015. I had bad cramping the first night and swollen for a couple days. I had spotting and a little bleeding, but it was expected. Now exactly one month after I had the ablation, I am having a full on, heavy bleeding period. Im so frustrated and disappointed. The ablation wasnt worth!!!!! My doctor had told me, it takes about 3 more to know for sure how my body would react to the ablation. Now exactly one month later and nothings changed. I feel like i was dooped. Insurance pays, so the docs get paid whether it works or not. I called my doctors office and the girl who answered the phone says, “Well sometimes it works and sometimes it ,” What a freakin joke. Ladies Dont do it. I regrett it. It so was not worth the fear, anxiety and not to mention time off work, and worrying my family when i had the ablation done. I should have just had a partial hystorecyomy.

  47. Amy April 15, 2015 at 1:24 AM - Reply

    Exactly one month after ablation, I am having a full on, heavy bleeding menstrual period. I have had severe bleeding for a yr plus. My doc recommended the nova sure ablation and assured me, it was better for me to do the ablation then to have a partial hystorectomy, to which is what i wanted in the first place. Post surgery i was anxious, and scared but knew I had to do something. Every month i was missing work because the bleeding was so bad. After the procedure, i did ok. Cramping for two days and spotting. Drainage for a month off and on but was told it was normal. Now exactly one month later, i am having a full on period. Heavy bleeding and cramping. I calles my doctor and when i explained to the nurse, her reaponce was, “well, sometimes it works and sometimes it does’nt.” Just like that. No big deal. I did my research and asked all the right questions. i do not recommend this procedure!!!!! I will now be looking into a partial hystorectomy. Im so frustrated and fed up.

  48. Eva April 15, 2015 at 11:05 AM - Reply

    Okay so update on my ablation which was done Apri, 2013. I had a reasonably good expereince with it so far. The procedure was good and I had some pain but I was fine after about 3 days. Had on a Friday and went back to work on Monday. The day of procedure was the worst. I had 3 procedures done at once, tubal ligation, ablation and a LEEP procedure so I had it done under general anestesia and once that wore off, I had to take vicodan as the pain was very intense. I took that maybe 3 times and then that was it. After that, all was better. My periods have been very, very light for the past 2 years. They still come every 28-30 days and they last for about 3 days. Very, very light flow – used a tampon or a panty liner for all three days. So I have had no problems and no complaints. This month however, I got nothing. I have not had one at all this month – nothing! Now, that was originally my intent when I had this procedure done, to get rid of my periods completely, but the fact that its been 2 years and NOW they stopped kinda worried me. I called the nurse at dr office and she suggested I take a pregnancy test – remember I had a tubal ligation also but pregnancy still worried me and I was kinda freaking out. (I did take one and it was negative so that was a relief even though I didnt really think I was pregnant – lol) She also suggest that I could be pre-menopausal – uhh what?! I am 47 this year, but still wasnt expecting that and didnt even think it could be. So anyway – I have a dr appt at end of month which is for regular check up anyway. Lets see what she says and what she thinks it could be. If it really is that my periods are gone – yipee!!! But who knows – lol. Anyway – I am still happy that I had the procedure done. It was the best thing for me. I had a good experience and would recommend to anyone. Of course that is remembering that everyone will have different outcome. It was my blessing but not everyone will have the same outcome. Good luck all!!

  49. Stephanie Ramos April 17, 2015 at 4:22 PM - Reply

    I am scheduled to have this procedure done in two weeks but am truly having second thoughts after reading these horror stories. I am 31 with 4 children and had a tubal 5 years ago. Can someone please tell me what the age range is typically for this procesure? Most of the posts don’t specify

  50. Melissa April 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM - Reply

    I invite all women to be a part of the change. I have created a medical awareness campaign known as #NotSoSureNovasure.
    Find us on facebook and help give volume to our voice!
    Thank you,
    Melissa Kirkland

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