My Experience with NovaSure Uterine Ablation

March 13, 2012 738 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. angel September 19, 2015 at 12:27 PM - Reply

    I had my nova sure done on August 25 2015
    In the office ( wasnt gave the option for the hospital) medication and anixety medicine and a shot. Then had started the process. It was horrible I felt everything. I couldn’t even get dressed afterwards. On the way home I had a drink that’s it. Got home the cramping was terrible dr gave me tyenol with codeine and to alternate with ibuprofen. I tried to eat like Dr said. Started throwing up. I tried the medication but kept throwing up and wouldn’t stop. Finally my husband called the dr. Called in a prescription to stop it. It finally stopped in the middle of the night. The next 2 days was cramping and discharge. Now I have been spotting every other day since with back pain. I had my follow up. Dr said get it another here I am wondering what should do.

  2. Shalonda October 4, 2015 at 11:48 AM - Reply

    I had the procedure done 9.2.2015. After a year of researching and reading horror stories I held off (even after going through all the testing to see if I was a good candidate). I have a wonderful doctor who is amazing – I have never felt more comfortable with a man doctor before than now. I’m 40, 2 kids (ages 22 and 4 – not a typo) last child by c-section and got my tubes-tied. My periods became severely heavy and even heavier from stress at work. They would last 3-4 weeks at times. I dropped clots, having to change pads so frequently and then I got tired, depressed, stressed more, and I loss sooooo much blood that anemia set in and I was back talking to my doctor. Every woman is different and every woman’s body may respond differently. I was on my period when I had the procedure – and I was bleeding heavy. I was put under anesthesia and woke up in pain. Did procedure on a Wednesday and took a few days off. It was rough the first 1.5 weeks; discharge, light bleeding, cramping, sharp pain. Now at week 4….no bleeding…..a slight discharge and I mean slight not frequent. I did get normal period symptoms since my period is due but nothing yet. Have a good relationship with your doctor. Ask questions and do it for yourself. I’m hopeful that I will be able to enjoy activities without feeling tired or bleeding all the time. Best of luck to everyone.

  3. Kellina October 8, 2015 at 6:51 AM - Reply

    Hi I hadnthe d&c uterine ablation with novasureh done Tuesday Oct 6th in the hospital with general anesthesia I had started my horrible period on the first (this btw was my 8th period since may 2015) I had bad periods for yrs no energy falling asleep all the time. I had polyps and my uterus filled up with blood even when I wasnt on my period. Dr recommended hysterectomy or ablation i was terrified I just turned 40 my mom had a hysterectomy at 53 and had a mini stroke and my husband flipped out so I decided to go with novasure. I woke up had some cramping nurse gave pain meds. I went home bout 6 pm that night a few hrs later no more period (since may I started bleeding like 8 days or more using 60 to 80 pads per month) now I have a light brown discharge minor and no pain. Fingers crossed even if I have a normal period in ok with that Cruz I haven’t had a normal period seriously since my last child was born in 96 i ended up with abnormal uterine bleeding bleed for 4 months after having him and a tubal. Hit 34 and periods got worst not having insurance a was forced to go to a free clinic who would send me for ultrasounds and then the next time another free dr would be there wouldn’t check my results and then I would end up going several times to get results and all they told me is our uterus is over sized bigger than normal no diagnosis then another clinic told me the same thing then Obama care came a dr said i had polyps and needed hormones then another didnt tell me nothing but lets do mirena hell no i don’t want that! Then found this dr one ultrasound she found 4 diagnosis of what was wrong and boom within a month i had my surgery. Im hoping and crossing my fingers. Dr said my uterus is still good and was able to have novasure so lets see. I will check back with you in a few months and let u know if it was a success or no. Good luck to all going to have it. I know having a horrible period for 5 yrs is hard so I pray for all of u.

  4. Michele October 12, 2015 at 11:17 PM - Reply

    I had my Novasure on Nov of 2008. I’m an RN who didn’t have time to take off for a hysterectomy due to pain, twice a month periods and cyst issues so I went with the ablation. Had it done in the hospital I worked at and had pain and cramping for 2 days. I had already had a tubal in 2002. After that I was period free for 6 years. Then the ablation failed and unpredictable bleeding and pain occurred worse than before. I now have fibroids and incomplete blood shedding due to it getting trapped in the uterus. I have read in journals and talked with other MDs and it comes down to this, about 1 in 4 women will have a hysterectomy after an ablation due to complications. The problem is that sometimes not all the lining may get burned causing regrowth and endometrial thickening, blood may get trapped or issues such as fibroids may complicate the issue. My ob/gyn does the procedure less and less due to this. It is definitely not a procedure for everyone so make sure to read up on the procedure and talk over everything with your doctor. It was great being period free for several years but now I’m back where I started and will have a hysterectomy at the beginning of the year. (Don’t want to recover over the holidays.) At the time it was the option I choose but now I wish I would have had the hysterectomy and been done. Every procedure has risks, just make sure you are well informed and read the fine print.

  5. Jen October 13, 2015 at 10:11 PM - Reply

    I go in for this procedure Tuesday 20th ..

  6. karen October 14, 2015 at 12:39 AM - Reply

    I am 45 from Pennsylvania and had this procedure done mon oct 12 its now wed oct 14 and so far all is well. I must admit the day after (tues) was a painful and tired feeling day. But nothing worse than i experienced with the heavy 6-8 day periods I was having..I think I made the right decision though and ill keep updating my progress. I go back to work on friday and im nervous (im a cna) it requires alot of lifting stretching ect but ill try to be careful I have slight bleeding as to be expected and I won’t know for sure how well the procedure worked for about 3 months as my body heals and as I was advised it will take normally that long. Best wishes and prayers for all who are going to have this done and who have had it done

  7. Sharon October 18, 2015 at 12:51 AM - Reply

    I had my procedure in Sept 2014 under general anesthesia. I had cramping following surgery for a day or so with mild discharge for a month…I only ever needed a panty liner. I haven’t had a period since. I was 45 when the procedure was done and am hoping it lasts until I enter menopause. It is my understanding that the results of the procedure vary greatly for everyone, but they typically only last 5 years at best. I still feel pms every month, just no periods. My periods before the procedure were heavy and I had breakthru bleeding in between cycles. So my experience has been positive so far. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have had a poor experience.

  8. Mary October 18, 2015 at 7:51 AM - Reply

    I had the procedure two years ago at age 51 and had discharge only with no other problems. I have not had a period since then, my general physician thought it was a good idea that I had it done as I may never have another period. So far so good. It is wonderful being period free.

  9. Marie October 19, 2015 at 3:09 PM - Reply

    I had the procedure in March 2014 under general anesthesia on a Thursday and experienced no discomfort from the procedure whatsoever. After reading so many horror stories about complications other women had experienced I was pretty nervous about having the procedure. While my procedure and post procedure experience wasn’t traumatizing, intercourse has been another story all together…. Sexual penetration has been extremely painful for me. My first pap-smear post procedure was excruciating. My vaginal walls are snug to begin with, but after the Novasure procedure, it has become more snug, great for my partner but torture for me. My doctor said that there was no sign of any damage, but that my vaginal walls were snugger than usual. I have to use lubricant during sex to lessen the pain of insertion. I’m thinking the procedure some how narrowed my vaginal opening. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I’ve been searching the web for post procedure pain and it appears that I’m the only one 🙁

    • Kellina October 28, 2015 at 2:39 PM - Reply

      Hi Maria had mine done as you can see above out 6 th 2006 I did contract 3 infections but caught it right away and all was well my husband who couldn’t wait we had sex like. A week and a half after it was normal and no pain so I don’t know and have sex since then no problems my dr informed me after the procedure she looked at my uterus it seals completely and beautifully and today I had an ultrasound I’m healing fine and my uterus has went down from 11 lbs to 4 lbs and my ovaries actually came out to be seen today as well but as for u pain u better get an ultrasound doesn’t sound normal for the pain (also for all the know it alls reading this I got my infection before sex like 3 days after procedure so don’t try to blame it on sex)

  10. Ann October 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM - Reply

    I had the procedure today 10/21/2015 outpatient at our local hospital. My doc said it would be too painful to do it in the office. I was worried about going under anesthesia but of course felt nothing. I woke to some mild cramps. I drank 3 bottles of water and drank coffee. I was discharged by 1130am (surgery was at 8am over by 825am) My husband got my rx, some light lunch, I went for a mammogram too at 1pm. I got home, took 4 Advil and slept until 4pm. I’m having a little bit of bloody discharge and some light cramping so far. Hoping I continue to have mild post symptoms. Looking forward to no more heavy bleeding and I have heard it only lasts up to 10 years. I’m 43. Take care all!

  11. Lisa October 21, 2015 at 7:51 PM - Reply

    I am scheduled to have my Novasure on Monday, November 30, 2015. Although I will be in hospital, I am not going under general anesthesia. I will have to insert two tablets in my vagina to soften the cervix the night before, take anti-inflamitories the night before and the day of, and take a Percocet and Atavan an hour before the procedure. I am trying to keep calm about the fact that I’ll be awake, but reading these stories isn’t helping. On a positive note, I did not feel pain with the inter-uterine ultrasound, and it was difficult to get at my cervix because my uterus is tilted. There was a bit of cramping later in the day, but nothing too terrible.

    Since my procedure is scheduled for a Monday, and I will not be going under general anesthetic, should I plan to go back to work on Wednesday or Thursday? I am a teacher and spend a lot of time on my feet, but there is no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise with teaching English. 🙂

    • Shannon November 19, 2015 at 10:11 AM - Reply

      Read my post below yours. If you have to be on your feet, I would take another day off. You might feel fine, but if you’re tired like am, being on your feet will tire you more! Too bad you can’t schedule it for a Friday where you’ll have the whole weekend to recoup. Best of luck to you!

  12. Courtney November 14, 2015 at 11:59 PM - Reply

    I just had nova sure done on Thursday morning and was totally fine at work on Friday. However, I had taken an Aleve and once it wore off Friday evening after a day of work and kids, I started to feel natious. Same thing today, Saturday, once Aleve wears off I get nautious. Stay on top of pain meds. I also did not run this morning remembering my body needs time to heal. I think that was a good idea considering I still get nautious and crampy when meds wear off.

    • Shunen Gundy June 6, 2016 at 8:44 PM - Reply

      After I had my son I got my tube tie and ayear later I had the surgery in 2008.I think I made a mistake my period is still heavy and cramp got worst.I thought after I got the operation my period would stop at all.

  13. Courtney November 15, 2015 at 12:01 AM - Reply

    I also did in hospital under anesthesia- I was very glad I did and it was super easy. It was worth it.

  14. Tish November 15, 2015 at 3:18 AM - Reply

    Having the procedure done next month. Any tips before the big day? Reading these posts makes me really nervous but must be done. I am a teacher so can’t leave my class every 45mins for a forced restroom break.

  15. Shannon November 19, 2015 at 10:08 AM - Reply

    I had my procedure yesterday. So far, so good. I came home and slept a few hours. Felt a little crampy for only a few minutes. No pain or other discomfort. Mild discharge yesterday and so far today. I had the procedure in the hospital. They gave me a sedative and I was out like a light. Never saw, heard or felt a thing. I am tired this morning so I will work from home for a bit before going into work, if I go at all. My job allows this kind of flexibility. Reading the post above, I would expect to take another day off, especially if you have to be on your feet all day. With the way I feel now, I could do it, but I wouldn’t want to.

  16. Summer November 20, 2015 at 10:23 PM - Reply

    I had the Novasure procedure done in September 2011, when I was 27, and I have regretted that decision ever since. My doctor made it seem appealing considering the heavy bleeding, and immense cramping I experienced post surgery. I was fine for the first year, then I developed Gastritis, and was in and out of the hospital once a month. I ended up having to get an Appendectomy performed. The next month I was sick again with all the same symptoms ( nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and no known cause). I was in Florida on vacation in July 2015, when I became ill and was rushed to the ER. The doctors ran a number of years and discovered a tumor growing inside of my bladder, along with cuts, and fibroids. In August I had a Cystectomy performed which revealed that I developed a rare disease, which may be linked to the Novasure Endometrial Ablation. Now I’m 31 and scheduling a Hysterectomy with my new Gyn. If it were possible I would sue anyone linked to the manufacturing and distribution of any Novasure products. My quality of life has diminished. I have three children (10, 8, &. 8) who have not had a healthy mother for most of their lives. Please weigh your options, people do for research.

  17. Kim November 24, 2015 at 7:48 AM - Reply

    My novasure experience was awesome. I went in to the procedure at 730 am woke up at 830 am with mild cramping. Left the hospital with my husband picked up my prescription went home fell asleep for 4 hours and woke up like I had nothing done. Two days after the procedure was done is when I started to have a little bloody discharge. I still have this after 1 1/ 2 weeks…I read a lot of horrible stories associated with the novasure procedure but mine went well.

  18. Jennifer November 24, 2015 at 7:54 AM - Reply

    I had my procedure done yesterday at the doctors office no anesthesia. It was extremely painful. It felt like i was in labor with a heavy duty contraction that lasted 8 hours. After i came home i slept on and off was given ibuprofen and hydrocodone. This is not a procedure to be taken lightly it is painful. I am a school teacher and had originally had it planned for the wednesday before thxgiving so i could have recovery time. It was moved to monday so now i have the whole week off. I am glad i did it this way bc the pain pills make me sleepy. Day 2 and i feel like nothing ever happened. I am still going to take it easy. I dont see how the doctors say next day back to regular activity. My doctor was so nice and gentle. She treated me so graciously it made the process that much more comfortable. My husband was next to me the entire time holding my hand. That was a blessing. I had a lot of anxiety in the morning but prayer got me through it. I really am thinking if i had to do it over again i would get anesthesia because the pain during the ablation was unbearable. I am hoping my procedure is successful long term. I am not praying for no period just a lighter one. Anyone who says this is nothing…dont believe the hype. Good luck and God bless.

  19. Jennifer A November 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM - Reply

    I had mine done in 2005 (tubes tied in April 1996 one year after having twins), I have never been period free, because of the procedure, now i’m experiencing, 7 month bouts of no period, followed by extreme, heavy bleeding that has no rhyme or reason. When I say extreme, i’m presently on day 21 with a flow that rivals that of my teenage years, pre-children, or maybe it is post-child birth, who can remember now that my babies are 20, lol.

    I just wanted to point out that Novasure isn’t for everyone and not everyone has the same benefits, healing and goodness that others do. Even after having it done, the following month, after only 1 week post healing of no flow, I had a full blown period again only not as heavy and this has been my normal until 2013, the first time I went period free for 7 months. I have been tested and am not in menopause and there is no explanation for the change, just want everyone to know about how the changes can be different in everyone.

  20. Wanda Gray December 13, 2015 at 8:50 PM - Reply

    I had my novasure on Dec 2nd 2015, at a local hostipal
    Under a general anesthesia a had lots of pain , cramping and pink spotting and burning sentation like I had UTI infection got test and no infection, it’s will be 2 weeks on Wednesday, today is the first day I felt like a 100% no cramping, no pain, no pressure just pinkish discharge when I wipe which that normal , I am 41 with three children 24, 21,19, all natural birth, I miscarriage before 12 weeks, My periods before the procedure were heavy,and 7 days and alot of cramping I’m praying this will work and I will no longer have my period, I didn’t take any pain meds since I left the hospital that day, I can’t take any advil medicine what’s so ever I felt to naseaus to take anything 🙁

  21. Rahnea January 6, 2016 at 1:11 PM - Reply

    I had mine done yesterday. I had to be at the surgical center at 10:30 and was released at 1:30. They gave me 3 Motrin in my IV and then 15 minutes before they took me back they gave me something to relax. I didn’t remember anything until I heard a nurse waking me up saying I was in recovery. I tried to eat a few animal crackers and got sick…and the pain in my stomach was worse then 6 months of periods at once. They sent me home with Motrin, norco, and an ice pack. I took norco when I got home..and sipped a lot water because my throat was very dry. I kept an icepa k on my stomach like it is my best friend. I had the hardest time getting in and out of bed to use the rest room due to the pain….but had to use it quit often. Today I am hurting but not so much as cramps as just severe pain shooting through. Y stomach to my back. I have a sore throat and bad chest congestion (I was fine before my procedure yesterday morning). I am critically low on iron so my doctor had referred me to the on/gyn to figure out why I kept losing the iron. And the conclusion was my 8-14 day periods. I would wear a tamron and a pad…and still overflow soaking my underware within an hour. I stand 8 hrs a day at work with no breaks…so something had to be done. This seemed like the best option at the moment….so far no regrets

  22. dianne January 13, 2016 at 11:14 PM - Reply

    I had my Novasure done right after I turned 50 and was having what I refured to as “The period from hell” I had it done in the hospital. Only had cramping for one day with a small amount of spotting. I’m now 60 and haven’t had any periods or cramping to this day. Sounds like I was one of the Lucky ones.

  23. Maryae January 20, 2016 at 8:26 PM - Reply

    I just had the ablation on January 12th, 2016. After the procedure I only had minor disconfort, very mild discharge and cramping. Nonetheless, since yesterday I have been experiencing dizziness and today I started my period–Has anyone experienced these type of symptoms? Thank you.

  24. Angela February 9, 2016 at 10:26 PM - Reply

    I had my procedure done 2/1/16. I had it at my doctors office and when I tell its the best thing so far…The procedure went very well…not one single pain, cramp, or anything just having the discharge that everyone talks about but that’s fine especially compared to the periods I used to have. I haven’t had to take one single pain medication. I felt about as normal after surgery as I did before with one exception no bleeding!! Yayy!!!!! Today was the normal day for my period no sign of it yet and hoping it stays that way….

  25. Sarah February 18, 2016 at 9:24 AM - Reply

    I had Novasure on 27.01.16 under a general anesthetic. I was very tired for the first couple of days and had mild cramping with just a slight liquid discharge with streaks of blood. I went back to work after 4 days as I have a sedentary job and thought I would be fine. All seemed well but as soon as I tried to walk anywhere I got pains in my stomach, I have now been bleeding for 2 weeks and have had a course of antibiotics, 3 days ago I was in agony and went back to my doctor who has taken swabs. The pains are still there but not as bad but I have back ache too and feel really dizzy. Has anyone else experienced this and if so how long did it last ?

  26. Mercy February 24, 2016 at 10:51 AM - Reply

    I had my procedure on Monday, 2/22/16 at 3:30 pm. I did it in the Dr.’s office under a local anesthetic. I did take a Vicodin and a Xanax an hour before the procedure, then had a shot of Toradol when I got to the Dr.’s office. They also prescribed an opium/belladonna suppository that I inserted 1 1/2 hours prior to the procedure. I was also instructed to take 800 mg of Motrin every 8 hours beginning 24 hours prior to the procedure. I followed all the instructions. The procedure itself did not take more that 1/2 an hour. It hurt a lot, but only for a few minutes. The worst of it was the actual ablation procedure, which lasted 90 seconds. After this, I experienced a big wave of nausea, but it only lasted a minute. I got up, got dressed, and was driven home. I was crampy, so I went to bed and slept for a couple of hours. Then got up, ate a light snack and took some more Motrin and went back to bed. I woke up at 6 the next morning feeling fine, so I got dressed and went to work (I’m an Office Manager), and did fine until about 2:00 pm, when I started to feel really tired, but was able to finish my day. So far, so good. I never took any more of the Vicodin, as I was able to control my cramps with Motrin. I’m not taking it every 8 hours any more, just as necessary, and it’s been less than 48 hours. I can honestly say that I’ve had way worse menstrual cramps in the past. I’m 50, so I’m hoping this will get me through until menopause. I’ve had my period for 40 years, and it’s never been easy. Also, had tubal ligation 15 years ago.

  27. Lakisha February 26, 2016 at 1:32 PM - Reply

    I had an ADiana procedure and in the same week
    Novasure. In was in June 2010. It was a perfectly done procedure I had no pain at all and after procedures I went back to work in the same day. I have no more periods since I was 33. I’m not sure how it affects my ovulation cycles because of no periods other than having a sweet tooth. I never had PMS before this, now I notice mood swings. But I don’t miss Mother Nature at all. I have two children ages 15 and six

    • Anne October 6, 2016 at 8:27 PM - Reply

      Has anyone experienced weight gain or loss? I had the ablation performed yesterday and feel great today. I have been on google (BIG mistake, right?!) and have seen nothing but horror stories involving major weight gain. I am 32, very active and terrified of weight gain :(. If it truly is a side effect I would have reconsidered my decision!

      • Vonda October 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM - Reply

        Had it done 4 months ago and have had no period since. No weight gain either. Not sure how a procedure like this could cause weight gain. I am very glad I had it done as before the procedure I was bleeding 3 out of 4 weeks a month, half the time very heavily.

        • Rachel28 October 17, 2016 at 2:55 PM - Reply

          Hi Jenny!
          I live outside of Cleveland, Ohio. If I were you, I would look for a number of things in a potential doctor. (1) Must be Board Certified, (2) Hospital affiliation, (3) Has done many of the ablation procedures with positive results, (4) Performs other surgical procedures with positive results, (5) Positive standing and client reviews, (6) Ideally, would also teach or have ongoing education/research on the ablation procedure performed, (7) NO in-office procedures! Even though it’s a little more to go through to travel to a hospital for the procedure rather than having it done conveniently in-office, it’s worth it! It goes to professionalism and comprehensiveness of care and results. In fact, if a dr offered in-office ablation, not only would I decline, but that offer would tell me what I need to know about that dr. And I would schedule elsewhere. I know some people have had great results in-office, but to ME, in-office is just second best. I wanted RESULTS. Even if the journey took longer or seemed a bit more inconvenient. Good luck!!!

  28. Kelly March 18, 2016 at 7:50 AM - Reply

    I had Nova Sure April 2, 2015. I started menopause at 42 and was having my monthly 3 weeks out of the month by 44 and hot flashes like I was dying. In a couple weeks it will be a year. I had it done at the doctors office under general anesthesia. I was given pain pills and an antibiotic and was instructed the day before the procedure to start the antibiotic and the morning of the procedure at the point I arrived at the office to take a pain killer . I did as instructed. When I got to the office I took one pain pill. They gave me the local and I was awake through the whole procedure. I did not feel a thing I could feel them and what they were doing but not one ounce of pain or discomfort. (I do have an extremely high tolerance of pain so maybe why). The procedure was over in 15 mins from start to finish. When it was over I got right in the car and went home. I did not take another pain pill. I did not have any cramping or pain at all. I went back to work the next day. And I only had one spot of blood that day then I first got home. Here I am today 2 weeks from being a year since I have had the procedure and I have not had a period, no spotting even, I have not had any pain at all, all signs of my cycle are gone and I do not get hot flashed anymore. I have totally bypassed menopause at the age of 45.

    • Kim April 10, 2016 at 11:53 AM - Reply

      Good day ladies I want to thank you so much for all of your feedback in regards to the nova sure procedure. I am considering the procedure scheduled for April 22, 2016. 50 years of age and I have been experiencing very heavy periods for the last 6 to 7 months. I am optimistic that the nova sure procedure. Should help me with the me. I wasn’t planning to take a lot of these off however after reading a few of the comments and feedback, I’m considering taking three days extra. Ladies thank you so much for everything I’ll keep you updated.

  29. Shannon March 21, 2016 at 2:05 PM - Reply

    Hello can anyone tell me if ohip will pay for the novasure procedure thanks.

  30. Sophia March 29, 2016 at 12:24 AM - Reply

    I had the procedure done about 4 months ago..had pain right out of surgery.. 4 hours later ..nothing.. first 3 months was just spotting ..compared to the heavy bleeding, this was a miracle.. had cycles which used to last up to 46 days..shortest cycle was 15 days… if I was lucky, a week free of bleeding… now ..this being about the 4th month..bled for 28 days ..stopped for 6 and am on it again… much heavier than last month.. cramps are bad….have had fever off and on for a month .. have an appointment booked but not until May.. don’t feel like I’m being heard …this sucks

  31. Gary April 4, 2016 at 6:52 PM - Reply

    Prior to scheduling an endometrial ablation you owe to yourself to check out the clinical trial results of the NEW Minerva Endometrial Ablation System ..FDA approved July 2015.

    • Mike May 25, 2016 at 1:23 PM - Reply

      Gary, how was your wife’s experience?

      • Gary June 16, 2016 at 10:46 AM - Reply

        The Novasure was FDA approved over 15 years ago. The new Minerva Endometrial Ablation System was FDA approved last summer. Ask your doctor about the new Minerva.

  32. Kellina April 22, 2016 at 4:50 PM - Reply

    Update… I had my done Oct 6th and now it’s April 22. So my news is I bought a 91st pack of pads right before the procedure cuz I was actually on my period when I had it done Dr had said the way my periods were I would get relief but they wouldn’t stop all the way. After the procedure she told me she was very impressed she didn’t miss a spot. I still have that we pack w like 5 left lol. I spot every once in awhile sometimes a lil heavier than
    Normal but other than that I love it some times I cramp a lil nothing like before. And listen I was using 58 to 69 pads a period and they were the always overnights
    2 or 3 at a time. So to only have used like 19 pads in 6 months makes me wanna do the happy dance. Lol but remember not everyone
    Is the same. Research it and make sure that it’s right
    For u.

  33. Gary April 22, 2016 at 6:02 PM - Reply

    Kellina .. did you have the new Minerva Endometrial Ablation procedure? Did you have in-office or at a hospital? Technology has changed a lot in the past 15 years!! My wife is going to get the Minerva procedure .. the results are clinically superior based on the data.

    • Kellina April 23, 2016 at 9:57 AM - Reply

      Gary no I had a enclosed with an uterine ablation nova sure. I’m over weight so it was done in hospital under General anesthesia and it’s supposed say 24 pack of pads not 9191st lol autocorrect. Your wife should be fine and have good results.

  34. LaLa April 27, 2016 at 7:33 AM - Reply

    I am 50 and had a stent placed in my LAD (the widow maker) last year. I was placed on blood thinners. January of this year I had the period from hades. I stopped bleeding for 2 weeks. Then my period starts again worse than before. I could not leave my house it was so heavy. I passed so much blood I ended up in the ER and was at 6 and required a 3 units of blood. I had never heard of anyone having to get a transfusion because of their period!. I told my doctor to take it all out. Tubes, uterus, ovaries, appendix, gull bladder anything else she could think of. Told her I did not care if I grew a mustache. She calmed me down and said that I am a good candidate for Endo-Ablation. I am having the EA Novasure done next week. I hope all goes smoothly. I cant live like this. I will let you all know how this goes.

  35. Krista May 2, 2016 at 7:26 PM - Reply

    I had a hysteroscopy D&C and The Novasure procedure done Nov 12, 2014 I had it done at a local surgery center under anesthesia and had some slight pain after but pain meds helped keep it from being to unbearable..,I have had other issues over the years since I had my tubes tied back in 1998 and after noticed I had heavier periods and cramping something I never had before that… then yrs later having to have part of my cervix removed for cancer cells… then a few more yrs later had uterine polyps removed…after my Nonvasure procedures I had spotting for the first few months which I figured was just my body trying to heal… then eventually that subsided and I got my periods again but not nearly as bad as they had been ( was hoping to be one of the woman who didn’t get a period anymore after ) at the end of Nov 2015 I and the next few months I had a day or so of bleeding here and there but no real period until April of 2016 when I got my period and now have been bleeding on and off for the past month… I was just put on Progesterone but that doesn’t seem to be helping and I am still experiencing bleeding. I had an internal ultrasound done and showed I had thickening of the endometrial lining which the Dr seemed surprised by. So now just a matter of figuring out where to go from here… Its a never ending cycle…

  36. Kristen May 13, 2016 at 4:19 PM - Reply

    Have any of you gained weight as a result of the procedure?

  37. Dee May 20, 2016 at 6:54 PM - Reply

    I had the nova sure ablation done in January 2008. Everything went well and I’ve been happy. I get quarterly pelvic sonograms. This past week I had my quarterly pelvic sonogram and then my visit with my GYN to find out that my uterus was enlarged significantly since my last quarterly sonogram He tried to do a biopsy but was unsuccessful because of the nova sure ablation. He is now referred me to a gynecological oncologist because I may have uterine cancer. I will require a complete hysterectomy at this point. I wanted to do the hysterectomy instead of the nova sure ablation but was told that the ablation was the way to go. Now nine years later I have to have a hysterectomy anyway and may have cancer to boot.

  38. Dana June 6, 2016 at 5:49 PM - Reply

    I had the Novasure ablation procedure 5 days ago. I had it done under general anesthesia in the hospital. When I woke up I had intense pain in my back and some crampy discomfort in my belly. I was very surprised by my back pain, really didn’t expect that. It was explained that it was most likely due to the position I was in during the procedure. After many different pain meds added to my IV, I was finally discharged. For the last four days I’ve had mild to moderate discomfort and have had the expected watery brown discharge with little pieces of burnt looking tissue. Today I woke up with what appears to be the start of my period. I was supposed to start on the 2nd, but having the procedure on the 1st, I assumed I wouldn’t have one. Spoke with an advice nurse today that asked if the Doctor had warned me about the possibility of still getting my periods despite the procedure. I said yes, she had and was hoping I wouldn’t be one of those women. Well, unfortunately, I guess I am one of the unlucky ones. The nurse said to pay attention for any blood clots or going through more than one pad an hour ( I would need to go to urgent care if this happened) otherwise, it’s most likely just me having my period. I’m very disappointed to not even be a week out from surgery and it’s already starting again.

  39. Rachel28 June 22, 2016 at 4:43 PM - Reply

    On 1-27-16 I had a Novasure endometrial ablation and a d&c for several small endometrial polyps. I researched my doctor well and he is highly skilled in the Novasure procedure and has many glowing reviews from patients. I had to wait 2 months just to get in to see him. It was well worth it. This is the number one must important factor in getting a good result from your ablation! RESEARCH your doctor! My doctor insists on doing all Novasure procedures in a hospital under General anesthesia. The reason for this is that he first sends a small camera inside the uterus and looks at what he is dealing with (hysteroscopy), then he removes any polyps if needed, then he performs the ablation. Afterwards he uses the camera again to make sure that he got all of the uterine lining during the ablation. If any areas were missed, he uses a small manual device to deliver electrical impulses to those areas, to ensure complete endometrial ablation. Clearly …… you cannot be awake during all of this. This way of doing the ablation is very precise and complete. This is the only way he does ablations, and every review written of him by patients that had him perform an ablation, is glowing. And you can add me to that list.
    My procedure was easy (I was asleep!). Afterwards, I had some intense cramping for about 3 hours. I took 2 Aleve. After that, I felt fine. The next day I felt completely back to normal. I have felt wonderful ever since and I have not had my period since. This has been such a blessing for me, as I was having non-stop periods from hell during the year before my ablation. I was almost housebound with the heavy bleeding. But since my Novasure procedure, I feel great and have had no more periods! Yay!! 🙂
    The Novasure was one of the best things I have ever done for myself! I highly recommend AS LONG AS YOU RESEARCH YOUR and GET A GREAT ONE!
    For what it’s worth …… I have noticed that the majority of people who are displeased with the results of their Novasure procedure had it done in-office. My advice is …. Get a great doctor, and do it in hospital where they can take the time to do it right and completely!!
    Good luck all! 🙂

  40. Amy July 16, 2016 at 9:04 PM - Reply

    I had the NovaSure done in the doctors office with no anesthesia. It was horrible and painful. If anyone is going to have this procedure, insist on being in the hospital with general anesthesia.

    • Jennifer Bullock July 18, 2016 at 11:10 AM - Reply

      Oh my!!! Did you have any pain medication at all???

    • Gary July 18, 2016 at 12:25 PM - Reply

      The new Minerva Endometrial Ablation system was designed for patient comfort It was also designed to significant;y increase the success and amenorrhea rates and eliminate the failed ablations associated with the older technologies. Rather than asking for a hospital based procedure or general anesthesia .. ask for the Minerva!!

  41. dee July 28, 2016 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    Gary, it appears you work for Minerva. You’re pushing pretty hard here.

  42. lori July 29, 2016 at 8:54 AM - Reply

    So after reading a bunch of horrifying comments, not this website but others, I almost cancelled my procedure. I got my Novasure on Wednesday and I have to say I feel pretty darn good. I imagine only time will tell but it was a lot easier/quicker than I expected!

  43. Vonda August 11, 2016 at 9:45 PM - Reply

    Normally I’m the person who the doctor looks at and says, “I’ve never seen this before.” But fortunately, this time I had great success and am very happy I had this done. I am 50 years old and had been having extremely heavy periods that could last anywhere from a week to three weeks. This went on for two or three years and I finally had enough. I had to make sure I was near a restroom every 15 minutes or I would fear bleeding through my clothes. I had my Novasure done 6/20/16 in the hospital under general anesthesia. It went great, only had cramps for several hours and felt great within 24 hours. The best part so far, NO MORE BLEEDING AT ALL. It is like heaven and I wish I had done it sooner!

  44. Elizabeth September 21, 2016 at 8:49 PM - Reply

    I am 29 and am having my procedure done in a week. My husband and I have 2 kids. Our youngest is almost 2 and since he was born my period has been crazy. Spotting for a few days, then a heavy period anywhere from 2-20 days, spotting again. Most of the time when my husband and I are intimate it starts up. Definitely difficult. My doctor had me try several birth controls and nothing changed. So I go in a week for mine and hopefully it all goes well! Some comments here make me more nervous and others are reassuring that it will go smoothly. Here’s to hoping!

  45. Cathy September 24, 2016 at 10:32 PM - Reply

    I had a DNC and ablation done on Friday last week does anyone know if having sex a week later without being seen yet can cause damage?

    • Melinda November 15, 2016 at 3:47 PM - Reply

      I am wondering if you got an answer about sex after one week, Cathy?

  46. helen September 27, 2016 at 11:21 AM - Reply

    I tried the Novasure in the office and it failed – the doctor said I was too small for the tool to work – I’m probably using the wrong terms – sorry.
    Now I’m scheduled for an outpatient treatment – Should I bother?

  47. Jenny September 30, 2016 at 3:05 PM - Reply

    Just curious where you live and what doctor you used, if you could elaborate that would be helpful.I live in Massachusetts and am close to a number of really high quality medical facilities so just curious if you were in my area perhaps. Considering the procedure which my doc recommend after I had the Essure procedure for permanent birth control ( which went incredibly well btw) and am just starting to really look into it.

  48. Shannon November 23, 2016 at 4:55 PM - Reply

    I had the procedure on 11/21/2016 in the doctors office. I checked in and took a Valium an anti-nausea medication and anti-cramping medication plus Vicodin. They gave me a shot of torodal in my backside and then did a paracervical block which I didn’t even feel. Took a little bit longer to get my cervix to open but once that worked they inserted the device and 90 seconds later it was done. It hurt. Not gonna lie but it wasn’t bad. Felt like a few animals were running around in my uterus punching me at times lol. Got dressed and walked out feeling fine literally 20 minutes later. Then about 3 hours later it really started to hurt. Bad. Then at the 5 hour mark I threw up. Took a hot bath popped a Vicodin and laid on a heating pad the rest of night. Next day felt better. Moving slowing. Felt bloated but went shopping and was ok. Today (2 days later) I feel just fine. No need for even Advil but do have some pelvic bloating and slight pressure. Hope this works!!!

  49. Jen November 24, 2016 at 6:48 AM - Reply

    I had the Minerva Surgical procedure done on 9/9/16. It has stopped the “flooding” I endured every month but I still get a period that lasts a week and awful cramps. It cost me $1900 due to my co insurance clause in my health insurance. I had it done under anesthesia in the hospital. I felt ok that day after I got home but for weeks afterwards I had nausea and cramping and discharge for over a month. It was definitely not worth it and I regret having it done. My dr refused to give my a hysterectomy due to my age (43). I also have ovarian cysts which cause me pain.

  50. Shannon January 11, 2017 at 3:51 PM - Reply

    I had a d&c, tubal, and novasure done on 12/8/16. I had no cramping afterwards.,I had discharge for about 2 to 3 weeks like the doctor told me to expect. Most of my discomfort was from the tubal. I had a mini period last week that lasted about 3 days, with very little blood.

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