My Experience with NovaSure Uterine Ablation

March 13, 2012 368 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. Kim June 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM - Reply

    I had Essure done in April 2012 and Novasure in January of 2013. I’m still having a period, not as heavy, but it still comes and lasts 5 days and is enough for a full-sized pad. How long has it taken others to see a lighter or no period?

  2. Kim June 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM - Reply

    Thank you.

  3. Wendy June 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM - Reply

    I had Novasure done on Friday 6/7 and it was extremenly painful. I regret not having them put me under with General Anesthesia…. I should have never had it done in the office as an outpatient procedure. It was the truly the worst pain imaginable…. worse than childbirth. But after 2 days in bed with severe cramping, I am finally feeling better. FINALLY. I can say is….. What an ordeal !!!

    • MommyB June 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM - Reply

      Wendy, sounds like my experience. Maybe we have the same pain threshold. Hope you continue to feel better and have the same end results as I did.

  4. Froufie June 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM - Reply

    So a Froufie update – as mentioned above I had the procedure done on April 29th – all went well – no major pain/discharge etc….. It is now end of June and I have not yet had ANY PERIODS!!! is this typical? I thought I had read that they ‘slowed’ down/got lighter and then eventually stopped?

    Don’t get me wrong I am pretty happy about this – but on a few occasions I have had that ‘bloated’ feeling like my period was coming but nothing happened….and sometimes what felt like ‘ovulation’ pain?

    The worst is thinking that it may happen at any time and I will be unprepared? And of course having to use birth control especially as I don’t know if and when I am ovulating? (or if I am ovulating? I am 55 with no previous signs of menopause)….

    So is this it? Or should I be expecting my period at some point? (at the most inconvenient place and time I’m sure!).

  5. Froufie July 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM - Reply

    Update: See previous posts – had successful ablation done April 29 – minimal pain, little bleeding or cramping. It is now beginning of July and no period yet!!! Should I be celebrating? Or is something worse coming? LOL.

    I did feel a bit bloated a few times as if I was going to get my period – but nothing/nada……so Iam hoping this is it…..just don’t want to be ‘surprised’ one day with a heavy period coming unexpectedly!!

    • Kim July 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM - Reply

      It’s been a few months since I had the ablation done and I haven’t had a period yet. Knock on wood that it stays that way! :)

  6. EvaLynne July 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM - Reply

    I had the NovaSure on May 31st – along with a few other procedures. (NovaSure, tubal ligation and the LEEP procedure) They knocked me out completely and I didnt feel a thing during the procedures – thank God! That day I had horrible cramps, horrible! They felt like labor pains and the pain meds did not help at all – they did help me sleep which was good. I couldnt even eat anything, they were so horrible. Thankfully – that only lasted for about 5-6 hours, by about 8 or 9pm that night, they were gone.
    I had minimal bleeding or discharge and a lot of cramping though through the next few weeks. I kept thinking I was gonna have my period but it never came. When i went back to the doctor for my followup – 3 weeks – I still hadnt had my period and I had very little discharge. There was one day that i flowed like a river for about 4 hours and then it completely went away – just as quick as it came. I thought that if that was what my period was gonna be like, wow – that is great! But now 5 weeks later I have had what seems to be a period for about 4 days. Its extremely light and I can get away with a panty liner for the most part. Its nothing like the periods from before and thats a good thing. I just hope this is it and it will go away soon. I was having cramps here and there throughout these 5 weeks but now I think my body is just trying to get used to all that was done. The cramps are now gone for the most part. Once this light period started, they pretty much went away – i’m glad about that. I hope they dont come back and my body is adjusting better to everything. ANyway – all in all – I’m somewhat happy about it all. Once my body is back to its normal self I will be better. I think i’m almost there. Lets just see how this all goes. I’m ready for normal – whatever that is :-)

  7. CHRISTINA July 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM - Reply


    • Kimamarie September 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM - Reply


      The month of August was hellish for me. I had cramps so bad it was unreal. Take a look at my timeline below.

      Since Nov 2012 (Ablation) always had cramps but no periods.

      May 6, 2013, Started new job very stressed.
      May 23, 2013, Haven’t had a period or seen blood since November. Today I had a little red blood and boobs and back hurting.
      June 10, 2013, bad cramps started. Called Doc. Went to see him. He told me it was my IBS and that everything was fine.

      Jun 2013 Light cramping not every day.

      July 2013 I was still cramping. I started taking a probiotic because now I thought it was my IBS. To be honest I never had an issue like this with my IBS, but now I started considering going to a specialist to see if I needed to change my diet and find out if something was truly wrong. By the time I was able to make an appointment in Aug the cramps became unbearable.

      Aug 4, 2013, bad cramps again stayed in bed. Cramps everyday.

      Aug 11, 2013 really bad cramps, John went and bought me a heating pad. Stayed in bed with the heating pad. Felt a little better Painted the table. Then felt a dripping, ran to the bathroom and there was a lot of brown blood, eventually turned red. Call the emergency number for Doc. The nurse called me back, reassured me that everything was ok and this happens. Only 40% of women stop their period all together. I also called a family friend who is a OB/GYN, he told me the same thing. Bleeding was still happening but not like the first day.

      Aug 19, 2013 Called the doc again, cause I was still bleeding and wanted something to stop it. It lighted over the next few days and then.

      Aug 21, 2013 At a meeting, bad cramps had to run to the bathroom with my legs squeezing together, there was blood everywhere, down my legs, panties, all over the bathroom. I was shaking like crazy it was just a mess. I called the doc again and was told this was normal. After this happened the cramps stopped, bleeding was light and stopped on Aug 26, 2013. I had an appointment with him for Aug 28th, I canceled this because the bleeding stopped and I need my annual check up which is in Sept.

      I am praying that what happened to me in Aug never happens to me again. I thought for the first 10 months that this was great and then I was thinking what the hell did I do to myself. My mom’s friend is a nurse and she said, that it will probably be the last time I ever get a period. I am 48. I have no idea what the women in my family went through my mom had a hysterectomy in her late 30′s. Good Luck to all of you ladies who choose this route. Also, my opinion is to not do this procedure if you are awake. Go under…

  8. stacie July 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM - Reply

    I am considering getting the novasure procedure done, and I too have found horror stories online, where they are fine and everything goes great, with no more heavy period and then 4 years or so later, they have horrible cramping and pains that don’t go away. I really want to have this done, but am having a hard time finding long term studies or people who have had it done more than a few months or years ago. Anyone know of any studies or have any stories? Thanks!!

  9. tiesha July 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM - Reply

    I had my Novasure done in December 2007. I wasa 26 year old motherof 3, with the same ol story of heavy periods and horrible cramps. I chose to have my procedure done in the office. It was painful, yes, but very quick. I had cramping the remainder of the day, and was feeling great the next. I had the watery discharge for about 4 weeks, but no other real side effects. I’ve had occasional spotting, one symptoms, but that’s it. I’m coming up on 6 years, and still no period. I’ve started to get cramps every month, just hoping my periods don’t return!

    • ZobeidaG April 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM - Reply

      Hi, How are you, are you back to periods? Hope you can answer, Thanks! :)

  10. Jme July 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM - Reply

    I had the novasure done on Monday July 22nd. It has only been two days, but there is nothing bad to report yet. I was put under to have the procedure done and when I woke up it was nothing more than period cramping. I am definitely tired from the anesthesia, and I am bloated, but it really feels as if I am on my period. I have no heavy bleeding at all, just a small amount of blood, not even enough to fill one pad during the day. I had the procedure done because I have periods that last ten days every 21 days and my cramps were awful after the second child. The only thing I am worried about is the information about lack of sex drive, but I wont know that for several weeks, so cross my fingers!!

  11. Kimamarie August 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM - Reply

    I posted a few times here about my expereince. Up until the past few months it was great. Well, here it is. I had my Novasure abliation done in Nov 2012. I did not have a period until yesterday (Aug 11, 2013). The past two months I have had terrible cramps. I went back to the doc, he said it was my IBS and that everything was fine. So I have been paranoid to eat anything thinking it was IBS. Well, yesterday I couldn’t get out of bed my cramps were so bad. It reminded me of my teenage days, just horrible. I took 800 mg of ibuprofen and a heating pad, felt better and went outside and painted my patio table. I went inside to go to the bathroom and there it was, back like it never left. I was stunned, didn’t know what the hell was wrong with me. I called the doc (on a Sunday) got the RN on call, she said that Novasure doesn’t stop your periods 100%. Only 1/2 of the women stop all together and it’s supposed to lighten and lessen in the other 50%. I also called my husbands best friend who is a GYNO in MA and he told me the same thing. I had 10 months of bliss and now I am back to this. Completely frustrated.

  12. Autumn Decker August 15, 2013 at 2:55 PM - Reply

    Having the Novasure proceedure done in 4 days! will repost after surgery!

  13. Jennifer August 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM - Reply

    Ok ladies – I need advice from those who have had this done recently. I had the Essure procedure done in 2007. Over the past year my periods have gotten a lot worse and extremely painful and I get a migraine each month either before I start or right after it ends. My doctor suggested this past Thursday that he thinks I may be a candidate for Novasure. The video I saw in the waiting room of it said “No anesthesia – 90 second procedure – little tolerable pain”. I have no pain threshold to speak of. i.e. It kills me to have blood drawn. How accurate is their description? I don’t know anyone in my area that has had this done.

    • Kim August 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM - Reply

      I had it done in office with a pain pill. I won’t lie-the pain was intense. There was a point where it felt like my uterus was being sucked into a vacuum or something. I breathed through it and it was pretty quick. I have a pretty high pain tolerance though.

      Can you be put under? I had the option, but having it in office was much cheaper for me.

    • Sue September 15, 2013 at 8:06 PM - Reply

      See my post from today, go to the hospital and get anesthesia.

  14. Leeny August 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM - Reply

    I had the novasure procedure done back in Jan. of 2012 and ever since I haven’t had any spotting. They put me under so I didn’t feel any pain. I also had a d&c at the same time because of polyps. I guess everybody just has to weigh the pros and cons of having it done and wish for the best. Before having it I was at my wits end because of all of the bleeding that I was having and it was either the novasure procedure or a hysterectomy.

  15. Aundrea deJonge September 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM - Reply

    Hey Jenny,

    Surprised to find this article and to know someone who had this done. I had my procedure done yesterday and I have to say I am not sure it was the best decision. The first device just stopped around 20 seconds in so they used a new one. The second one went for 2 minutes 4 seconds. Very painful but was feeling good when I left. By the time I got home and got into bed I was in bad shape. I started have cramping every 20 minutes and was horribly nauseated. The doctor called me in some nausea medicine to try and curb it. He told me I was having an a typical reaction to the procedure. In my opinion I can handle pain, I had my second child naturally and was in labor for 1hr. 20min. total. This pain I went through yesterday was worse in my opinion than my last delivery. The major cramping stopped around 7:30pm last night and I was able to sleep the rest of the night.
    I am feeling better today and have a little cramping. But I can’t stop thinking that I am going to have ongoing problems. I hadn’t read much about NovaSure simply because I don’t like to read all the bad stuff which there is a lot of.
    I’ll just have to pray for comfort and for this to have been a good decision.

    Thanks for writing about your decision.

    • MommyB September 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM - Reply

      Hey Aundrea,
      Long time no see!!! I’m sorry that you had issues with your procedure, I’m not sure through this post I’ve seen anyone comment on the device not working/quitting. That’s a little odd. However your symptoms post-procedure sound a lot like mine. I felt a little ill, but the cramps were outrageous. I too felt like I was in labor and experienced some drug-free contractions when I had my first little girl (before we ended up in an emergency c-section).
      For me I still have cramping and bloating, of course since my hormones are still intact, but I have not bled or spotted since my full recovery about 3 months after the procedure. So while it took me a little longer and was extremely painful in the beginning, I would consider my procedure a success. Hoping yours ends up that way as well. Please do keep us posted. Thoughts and prayers!!!

  16. Sue September 15, 2013 at 7:59 PM - Reply

    I had my ablation done in the office. It was horribly painful, because the machine has a failsafe and would not “fire” due to over-dilation of my cervix.
    I was heavily drugged, but it wore off as they tried to continue to finish and never could…I ended up in the hospital 3 days later as a out-patient under general anesthesia. I was trying to avoid the hospital just because its creepy and Novasure and my doctor assured me “quick and little pain”. I have a high tolerance so I figured I could handle it. I have never felt anything like that…not even labor.

    I would do it again, but I would advise anyone to go to the hospital and get general anesthesia so if there are complications they can do what they need to do because you are “under”. There was a way to fix the over-dilation with clamps but you must be under because it is too painful to do on a conscious person.

  17. Michele October 2, 2013 at 11:19 PM - Reply

    I just had the NovaSure done on Thursday and my experience was similar to yours. The pain brought tears to my eyes. My hands were clenched and my toes were curled. The Novasure rep was in my procedure (I really wonder why and intend to ask my doctor), and he was counting down. I remember him saying, you are almost done, you are at 90 seconds, and then as my doctor left, her telling me I did great. If I did great, what do others do? Scream? I too came home in pain and was in pain for two days. It is better now, but I am not “back to normal”. I was looking to see if there could be any hormonal surges b/c my breasts have been swollen and sore since a day or two after the procedure, kind of like my body thinks it’s pregnant. Not sure what that’s all about… If I speak with anyone considering Novasure, I will tell them, go under full anesthesia!!! Praying my periods are zero bleeding or very little and I too can look back and say this is all worth it.

    • MommyB October 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM - Reply

      Michelle, your actual procedure sounds a lot like mine, except no Novasure rep. Maybe it’s a new procedure to your office and they are still training?? As for the count down my doctor did that too and they were encouraging. I think it’s probably just standard procedure to make sure you are doing well and since you’re awake calm any nerves you may have. I know they gave me a sedative as well. In all honesty I don’t know why they have an option to stay awake.

      As for the pregnancy symptoms/swelling and soreness of your breasts I have no clue. Were you around time or during your normal period when you had the procedure??

      Keep us posted on your recovery! Blessings, Jenn

  18. Christa October 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM - Reply

    I’m having it done tomorrow! Hoping for the best! Will post after I’m done!

    • MommyB October 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM - Reply

      Sending prayers for your procedure! Are you going under completely or getting it done in the office? Look forward to hearing your story.

      • christa October 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM - Reply

        Going under:) I had a baby 5 months ago and can’t stop bleeding! I’m hoping this helps with that. I will post sometime tomorrow how it went:)

  19. Christa October 22, 2013 at 2:45 AM - Reply

    Had it done and have to say it was easy and painless. I did opt to being put completely out. I haven’t had but a few cramps nothing major. I think the worst part is still have discharge watery mixed with light bleeding but that is supposed to stop within the next for weeks. Looking forward to seeing what the next for months are like.

    • MommyB October 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM - Reply

      Christa, thanks for stopping back by to share your experience. So glad to hear your procedure details. Praying for continued healing. Keep us posted!

  20. Judith November 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM - Reply

    I am going in 11-15-13 to see if i can have this done in office, I hate IV’s so bad

    • MommyB November 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM - Reply

      Good luck and keep us posted!!

  21. Sherri November 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM - Reply

    I had a D&C, tubal and Novasure ablation on 11/14/2013. My periods weren’t painful, but they were never ending. We have 4 children with our youngest being 11 and the oldest 26. Although we were sure that we were through having children my husband and I hadn’t chosen a permanent form of birth control so therefore the tubal. Since I was under general anesthesia, I didn’t feel any pain. However, I did wake up in serious pain in recovery and the day afterwards. The pain seemed more from the tubal than the ablation. I consider myself to have a high pain tolerance. After all, I gave birth to four children without pain medication. My abdomen is still tender from the tubal, but nothing that requires prescription pain meds. I have very little discharge and after bleeding for so long that is a blessing. I just hope it continues.

    • Christa November 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM - Reply

      Update on my procedure. I had it done on Oct.16th and since then have had a very heavy period that lasted 8 days. I am very disappointed to say the least. I am waiting to see if I have yet another heavy period and if I do I will be having a partial hysterectomy. I can’t keep living life like this. I can’t leave the house and it’s hard to take care of my 4 kids when your in the bathroom over half the time! I know it doesn’t work for all woman but I was so hopefully and now I’m left annoyed and frustrated!

      • Warmom November 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM - Reply

        Its been 6 months since I had this done. I had the ablation and a tubal at the same time. I was knocked out and wouldnt have done it any other way. The evening of the procedure was painful and my poor boyfriend was so nervous because he said he hated seeing me in so much pain. I had cramping for the next few weeks, on and off but nothing that kept me down. I was able to take a few ibuprofen and I was fine. It took about a month for me to really feel normal again. I think all the medications I took both during and after really messed me up. But once all that was done, I was “normal” again. My period are now very, very light – hardly even there. They last about 2 or 3 days and I barely have to use a panty liner. I can even use a light tampon and I forget its there. All in all, I can say I’m happy with the procedure and glad I did it. I wanted something to take away or at least light my periods and this seemed to work. Lets see how long this lasts…I’m very hopefuly…

  22. Susan December 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM - Reply

    Just had it done Dec 12……7 hours of pain after coming home but only lite pink stain on the toilet paper since. So far so good…im praying and yes I had it under General anesthesia

  23. Ceecee December 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM - Reply

    Had my ablation done yesterday and checked out of the hospital at dinner time. I went under for my procedure. Last night I could have run a marathon I felt so good, today I wonder if I am dying. The pain is more intense that when I went through labour which was completely natural with no pain meds so I would like to think I have a pretty good pain tollerance. I was prescribed nothing for pain management after the fact. I can only hope this is all worth it.

    • MommyB December 21, 2013 at 8:01 PM - Reply

      Wow sounds like a great update!! Hope your recovery continues to be great. Thanks for taking time to respond here.

  24. lala robinson December 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM - Reply

    I need help, I’m not sure about having this done! I’m reading a lot of horrible stories, so scared! Help, anyone!! Thanks.

    • MommyB December 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM - Reply

      Lala, thanks for stopping by, I encourage you to read my story and the comments on this blog post. We’re not really a forum but there are a lot of helpful stories and success stories and some not so great stories here. Good luck on your decision!!

  25. tifany January 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM - Reply

    so i get my period 3 times a month i have tried pills,the mirena. my doc wants me to try this i want the 28 and i have 4 kids can somebody give some feedback because im lost. to b honest im afraid of the novasure

  26. Deborah January 25, 2014 at 8:26 PM - Reply

    Hey Ladies,
    I had Novasure done in the office in August 2009.. No period since then, but no sex drive and I keep some type of bacteria infection after sex. I am 50 years old and the hot flashes and weight gain are no fun either. Praise God, no pain or periods. My doctor just gives me antibiotics and doesn’t seem worried that I have had them for over 4 years. I am sick of them and wonder if the procedure had anything to do with this.

  27. tonya January 28, 2014 at 11:45 PM - Reply

    I had novasure done 5 months ago. And have had a bacteria infection ever since. Have had 3 rounds of antibiotics. It goes away for about a week then comes right back. Go back to doctor this week. Its horrible. I wish I would have never got the ablation. Very depressing.

  28. Mommaof2angels February 1, 2014 at 4:50 AM - Reply

    I just had this done on 1/31/14. I did go to the hospital and be put under when I woke up I did cry for a bit but not so much because of the pain but because i wanted my husband with me lol. Any how my biggest compliant is the upset stomach. I had to fast so I had nothing to eat or drink since midnight the night before so one would think a person would be starving but I was so nausea that I just took small bites. Anyway my GYNO did wonderful and did send me home with pain medication however I have only taken one cause to me the pain isn’t bad. As far as bleeding I am having a very light watery pink discharge but I hope this takes care of my period/bleeding problems I had before.

  29. Tricia February 1, 2014 at 7:57 AM - Reply

    Novasure 24 hours ago in office with IV sedation, totally asleep. Zero pain so far and given toradol for post op pain management to keep cramps away. Low amounts of discharge and bleeding too compared to some of you so I’m hoping it worked!

  30. Rita February 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM - Reply

    I had my procedure done (under anesthesia) on December 9, 2013. I had very light cramping right after the procedure but went home with nothing stronger than Ibuprofen. I had my period at the time of the procedure so was hoping it would be my last! I had light discharge for about 4-5 weeks (pantyliner only) after the procedure and no cramping. I have since had two periods that don’t seem any lighter than before the procedure! I was wondering how long before I see the results of a lighter period? Anyone else have a similar experience?

  31. ACM February 16, 2014 at 11:18 AM - Reply

    Im considering the procedure and I asked my OB about all the horror stories I hear and she said age, and weight play a big factor, as well as fibroids etc…If people don’t mind posting I would love to hear stories from women of similar circumstances. Im 34, 5’6 135lbs, with no known fibroids, just insanely heavy periods after my 2nd child and Tubal.

    • Kim February 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM - Reply


      I am 35 (was 34 when I had the procedure) and weighed 140lbs. I have three children and my periods got super heavy after having a tubal.

      I had the procedure done in office and there were about 90 seconds of intense cramping for me. I just held onto the side of the bed and breathed through it.

      I was in pain for the next couple of days and had some discharge for a couple of weeks. I haven’t had a period since, though, and it has been awesome. I had the procedure done in April 2013.

  32. Amanda February 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM - Reply

    I had the same experience!!! I had mine done yesterday 2/19 and the pain meds did not work at ALL!! I had the essure do e and that wasn’t no where near as painful. I cried and screamed out. I would have rather had five more babies that go through that again!! Today (the next) has been a wonderful day!! A little but of pain but not really that bad

  33. Sandra February 22, 2014 at 11:40 PM - Reply

    I had a D&C, hysteroscopy, and Novasure ablation on Feb. 18. I went for the complete anesthesia at the hospital. Several days later I have had absolutely no pain, no cramping, and just a light discharge and light bleeding. Im just short of 50, 5′ 2″, 125 pounds. Severe heavy bleeding with giant blood clots off and on for 18 months. Bleeding down my clothes and into my shoes, soaking through 3 pads. Then nothing for months. The last bout was too much and I had all this done. Hoping it all turns out well down the road!

  34. Shannon March 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM - Reply

    I just had Nova sure done yesterday morning and today I feel great..I chose to have it done in the office, they gave me 3 pills one for anxiety and two pain pills. Then I received a shot for pain in my butt.. After an hour of waiting for the pain meds to kick in they took me back and did the procedure. It was painful and I breathed through it .. I have a very low tolerance for pain! I hate needles with a passion even though I have had 4 children.. After it was over about 15 minutes in all my daughter drove me home, i threw up as soon as i got out of the car. i cramped the rest of the day but took motrin and it got me through. I’ve yet to see the rewards from this procedure but today the day after I feel great.. So far no bleeding just a light brown discharge that’s spotty.

  35. Angie March 19, 2014 at 7:39 PM - Reply

    I had D&C, hysteroscopy and Novasure ablation just this morning at outpatient center in hospital under anesthesia. I have a lot of cramping as well as effects from anesthesia feeling lightheaded and headache, taking Advil for pain. I am 43 and was on BC pill for years until I turned 40 and my gyn said needed to come off and get IUD. My husband got a vasectomy years ago but the pills and iud had helped me with heavy long bouts of bleeding. Had IUD for 2 1/2 years and about 7 months ago started having irregular bleeding sometimes enough to go through clothes and other times just spotting. Aggravating to say the least and so random and forever panty shopping it seemed like. My dr suggested I have iud removed and the ablation done. This process of testing and blood work and ultrasound and exams has been going in since Jan. After ultrasound which showed ovarian cyst that have to get checked in few weeks , blood work and endometrial biopsy which come back showing benign polyp. After surgery Dr told me uterus was enlarged but novasure device worked and they removed a lot of tissue that was sent to biopsy. Prayers everything comes back OK and that these random periods will be gone. Thanks for all the posts. Won’t know for months if this helps,If this doesn’t work will be having a hysterectomy.

    • MommyB March 20, 2014 at 12:26 AM - Reply

      Hoping you recover well and soon know if this will be the end to your problems or if more procedures are in store. Thank you for stopping by to share your story.

  36. ZobeidaG April 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM - Reply

    Hi. I’m 30, 128lb, 5’1″, 2 girls (12 and 9 yrs.) My GYN just recommended me the Gynecare Thermachoice,(this one uses a liquid-filled-ballon inside the uterus). I see here that everyone is talking about the Novasure, but I see that this is a different procedure. I am considering to get this done, because I’m done having kids and sick of the bleeding and much pain. I would rather have hysterectomy, but looking for a less invasive process for now. I hope that someone comes up about this. Hope everything is better for all.

    • MommyB April 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM - Reply

      Never heard of this procedure t I do know they do a biopsy and a balloon filled with liquid prior to the Novsure to check for any displaysia or complications. .

      • ZobeidaG April 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM - Reply

        Yes, my GYN told me about getting a biopsy a week before the procedure, and then the ablation at the hospital. This looks like a different alternative, it uses hot water instead of the radio frequencies, something like that. ;) I’m still searching more info on this. thank you.

        • MommyB April 2, 2014 at 1:25 AM - Reply

          Keep us posted!

          • ZobeidaG April 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM -

            Hello. I’m reading much about weight gain after the procedure.. like 2 to 5 pounds every month, some say… Is that really happening to you too? They say it might be do to the ablation, others say is water weight that your suppose to loose at period days. Or if you gain some could you loose it after? Yes, I’m sorry, but I want to be sure that this is something that won’t do more harm than good, and for you I see that is been years of this. Thanks! :)

  37. Tori D April 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM - Reply

    I was 35, 5’4 and 150lbs at time of procedure. 2 boys (11& 5 ).

    I had Novasure (ablation) and Essure (perm. sterilization) in the office on May1, 2013. Almost a year later and I have a 4 day period each month, that only requires 1 tampon a day. That is a success for me! :)
    The procedure is a bit painful so I recommend doing it at the hospital if you do not have a high tolerance for pain. While the Novasure is running, it’s about 90 seconds of pain and then it’s done. I just breathed through it. My doctor said some people sleep through it in the office but I did not. I was too nosey and liked watching the screen to see what she was doing:) When I got home, I was in a lot of pain. It was like having a nonstop 12 hour contraction. If your doctor gives you pain meds, you should be alright. I did not take any and wish I did. About 2 weeks after the procedure, I went to the bathroom and felt something fall out. I took a picture and showed my doctor ( I work there and flashed it at her first thing in the morning. What is this?!?!? ) Since the procedure “burns off the lining” this was a piece that just slid down and out. It was like the size of a half dollar coin. She had never heard of it happening like that, so I thought I’d share that part ;) Usually you just have the discharge that flushes all the pieces out over a 4-6 week timeframe.
    The Essure sterilization was a breeze! They are tiny coils that are placed in each tube. After about 90 days, your body forms around the tube blocking the tube off. This part of the procedure wasn’t painful but a little uncomfortable. I have a tilted pelvis so my tubes are at a weird angle. Not too bad though.

    I recommend both procedures and I would do it in the office again. Although, at the time, I would have said I really wish I did it at the hospital. lol I guess it’s a little like labor. You forget what it really feels like ;)

    • MommyB April 2, 2014 at 1:22 AM - Reply

      Thanks for sharing your experience! I would have went to the hospital too

  38. Lacey April 3, 2014 at 1:23 AM - Reply

    I had a hydrothermal ablation in June of 2011 to stop almost constant periods. Initially I was thrilled with the outcome. I have not had a period since. About one year after the procedure I began to experience cramping about every three or 4 months. If I took some Motirn it would go away and that would be it. It has progressively gotten worse and no I am having cramps several times a month that do not respond to NSAIDs. I never had cramps prior to this. My OB saint it’s dur to my age (52). I am barely able to sleep at night as it seems that’s when the cramps are worst. I am now living a nightmare.

    • ZobeidaG April 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM - Reply

      That is something I’m afraid, to get back where it all started. Hope you are better.

      • Lacey April 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM - Reply

        I had the same procedure you are considering. Hydrothermal is the hot water one you refer to. Also I have not noticed any weight gain I would attribute to the ablation. I found the hydrothermal very effective. I have never had period since I healed from the procedure. Drs. Appointment today, will see what they say.

        • ZobeidaG April 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM - Reply

          Ok, Thanks! Hope everything is all right! :)

  39. June April 14, 2014 at 6:22 PM - Reply

    Hi, I am having this done tomorrow, just in a new relationship, when do you feel comfortable having sex afterwards….???

  40. Lacey April 14, 2014 at 7:01 PM - Reply

    I’m pretty sure they told me it was ok at my two week check up, I don’t remember it causing any kind of discomfort.

  41. June April 16, 2014 at 7:04 AM - Reply

    Had it done r yesterday at 2pm, awake by 3, small period pain cramps for a few hours sorted with paracetamol and buscopane, today feel better no pain, small discharge.. Hope that this continues x

  42. Lacey April 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM - Reply

    Update on my situation. Cramps daily for a month, but they are not as severe at the moment, responding to one dose of 800 mg. ibuprophen. I had an ultrasound two days ago and the dr called to say that the problem is fluid trapped in the endometrial canal due to the scarring from the ablation.l he suggested at my age, which is 52, being about 50% through menopause I have a completed hysterectomy. He will do DaVinci and I will go in one morning and come out the next afternoon. Recovery about three weeks, I had a laparoscopic removal of my appendix about 8 years ago and the recovery was very quick. So quick in fact I thought I was more recovered than I was and overdid it a few times. So that is all I have for now. I will report back post surgery and let you all know how it went and if it solved the problem.

    • ZobeidaG April 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM - Reply

      Omg! I’ll be praying for all to be ok. :) Get well.

  43. tracy April 17, 2014 at 9:20 PM - Reply

    Just had it done April 15 of this year, they put me out and besides a little cramping. Used the bathroom and strained. Now I hurt worse than any labor pain. Wasn’t bleeding but now I am afraid I hurt myself. Weird clots that appear burnt and waxy. I wonder if I should go to the ER, Google has nothing on this. My pain tolerance is strong but I feel torn.

  44. Lisa Ellis April 18, 2014 at 2:30 PM - Reply

    I had the NovaSure procedure done 8 days ago on April 10, 2014. My Dr told me that I was a great candidate for this procedure since I have had 24 periods in the last 8 months. ( they have always been bad, but worse in the past year) I am 41, have 3 children and have no desire to ever get pregnant again. Since the procedure, the only thing I have noticed is headaches every day (which i rarely get these prior), lower left quadrant abdmonial cramping, extreme bloating to the point my baggiest pair of jeans are super tight on me (I look 4-5 months pregnant) lower dull back-aches, a heavy brownish discharge and a very foul odor when I urinate. I have called my Dr’s office and was informed by the nurse that these are all normal post-op symptoms (out patient at the hospital). Can anyone tell me if this will actually truly go away or will I just have to endure this??

    • MommyB April 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM - Reply

      I didn’t have any of these side effects. Anyone???

      • Lacey April 19, 2014 at 6:28 AM - Reply

        If you are taking narcotic pain relievers those can cause the headaches, they do for me . They are terrible. I usually asked for non narcotic pain relievers. After the first day I did not need anything for painl the discharge of some king lasted several weeks but cleared out as days passed and was very light and watery eventually. I didn’t have foul smelling urine or swelling of my abdomen. I had procedure on a Friday, back to work Monday. Also on a side note of my recent problems with daily cramps. I have a friend who had the procedure done way before me, she has had no issues and it has been several years, so it not always a problem later for some. I believe she was more menopausal so I’d probably done with it. The closer you are the better, I have read.

    • tracy April 18, 2014 at 2:49 PM - Reply

      I feel the same way and found out gas is put in to the abdomen. They try to remove most of the air, but last night after I moved my bowels I had the worst pain of my life. Luckily I have a friend who went through this and helped me understand. Drinking ginger ale helped.

  45. Liz April 18, 2014 at 11:32 PM - Reply

    Hello everyone, I wanted to share my experience with Novasure. I had also read many bad experiences and nightmares ladies had endured because of the procedure I too was very nervous.But this is mine. Im 42 and were having very bad periods meaning super plus tampons and overnight pads changing every 30 minutes to an hour for the first 3 days and my periods went from 5 days to 9 days then 7 days later would start bleeding again for 3-4 days then 7 days after start my period again. So I found out I had fibriods and those were the cause for my painful periods, big blood clots, and the gushing. I was always so tired.I went in April 17 at 9:30 am had it done in a hospital under general anesthesia, didnt feel a thing, woke up about 1:15 pm cramping on a scale it was a 8 nurse gave me meds, pain went down to a 5 then a 4 went home. My hubby was my nurse, he made me some lunch ate it all cause I was very hungry, no nausea at all. Very loopy and tired and mild cramping so I slept until 6 pm mild bleeding had to change my overnight pad once just cause it got all crooked lol but no heavy bleeding. 6 pm no cramps. So slept good, woke up fine, a mild cramp in the morning took a percecet and here we are at 10:30 pm and feeling very well mild bleeding more like spotting. I have been peeing alot. I thought they hadnt done the procedure at first but I will keep yall posted on my recovery.

    • Lacey April 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM - Reply

      Just keep in mind that it can be years before problems start and they do not escalate quickly always so don’t be afraid to go in and see your dr. For me, I didn’t have up insurance for two years so I waited until this year and luckily it was not unbearable, just unpleasant.

  46. Liz April 18, 2014 at 11:39 PM - Reply

    I hope my experience will give women a positive thought about this procedure and I hope my experience keeps going forward as a good one but what ever happens in the future I will keep yall posted. I am suppose to start next week so we will see how that goes. On a note I am swollen from my abdomen to my hips but I can understand that being that your uterus goes thru a big trauma.

  47. Jane April 20, 2014 at 8:14 PM - Reply

    Had the procedure done in 2012 and it didn’t go well, my first follow-up I informed my doctor something didn’t feel right. Later I began having severe pain and cramping like I was still having a menstrual, the only thing missing was the bleeding. After dealing with the pain for over a year with it increasing, learned I had a blockage, blood or whatever was not being released and it caused my to be in the emergency room on several occasions and it ended with me having a hysterectomy. Truly sad and depressing at 39 to have to undergo another procedure within a couple of years.

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