My Experience with NovaSure Uterine Ablation

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

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

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

Time to get down to business – the doctor visit

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

Okay what next???? Enter NovaSure:

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

What is NovaSure® Endometrial Ablation?  

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

Why choose the NovaSure procedure?

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

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

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

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

NovaSure Procedure – My Experience

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

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

Woman Sleeping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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  • I had the procedure done in feb of 2008. It was done in a hospital. Afterwards a slight cramping occurred. The pain got real intense. They tried fentanyl and dilaudid. Neither worked. All I wanted was my motrin but because of all the pain meds I had when I finally went home I could not have my motrin for about six hours. I went home and curled in a ball and cried for hours til I took the motrin and it made the pain bearable. The next day felt better. The pain with this procedure is no joke.

  • I had the procedure done December 2015 in the hospital. I didn’t feel the procedure. However, I too had severe pain, discharge, and bleeding for a week afterwards. The doctor gave me Vicodin and it helped somewhat…I kept switching back and forth from that to motrin. It has been almost 14months later and, while the bleeding is somewhat better, each month the pain seems to increase and I feel like I am slowly going back to the situation I was in before the Novasure.

    • I had to procedure done a year ago and I started having my old symptoms come back last month which included bad cramps and heavier bleeding. I think before this year is out, my old symptoms will be completely back.

  • I had my procedure done Jan 25 2017 n today a week later iam still bleeding n my hips hurt n cramps how much longer I don’t feel it will end iam still bleeding a lot I called the office n they said it’s normal. I hope a month from now I look back n this is over

    • Hey! Did u have to go to work the next day or did your doctor take u off?. I had my procedure done today and I’m still in pain and I have to work in the morning!

  • I had my procedure over ten years ago and the same as all the responses it was painful and took a while to heal. Up to this point I have been very happy not to bleed during that time a month. I have just recently had some more intense cycles that has some clotting and showing of blood. Does anyone have any info on this???

  • I feel bad for those of you who are taking so long to heal. I didn’t think that was normal. I had my procedure done 6-20-16 and was only uncomfortable for one day. Never bled again either. I thought that was the norm but maybe I was just lucky.

    • I have talked to 3 different women who personally had the procedure 1,4&10 years ago and they all stated they had good results and would do it again-now my problem is affording it-no one does it in the office here at my small town hospital

    • I had the novasure procedure done 2015. Just a little discomfort. I was expecting my monthly to end after the procedure was competed however, this did not happen. One month later I had my period and every month after. I no longer have the heavy blood loss I had before but now I have a regular period. It’s been two years now and I’m premenopausal so I have been having two periods in one month about every other month. Would I do it again? Yes, because even though my period never went away, the procedure helped the heavy flow to minimize it. I did gain weight since the procedure but maybe that’s part of being premenopausal? Good luck and remember we are all different and unique. How one heals may not be the same as how someone else heals.

  • I had the procedure in Jan. of 2012 and for me it was the best choice that I could have made. Ever since then, I haven’t had any bleeding whatsoever, so I guess I was a very good candidate for this procedure. My age might have been a factor also, I was 49. I had it done at a surgical center where I was given a general so I didn’t feel a thing. The day of I had slight cramping but motrin took care of that. I also was very drowsy because of the general so I slept most of the day. I had it done on a Friday so I had the weekend to recuperate and I was back to work on Friday. I just want to say that there are a few good outcomes from this procedure and you just have to weigh the pros and cons. Good luck to all who decide to have this procedure done.

    • My experience was almost identical to yours. I was 50 when I had it done. Was thrilled to have no bleeding whatsoever afterwards because up to the time of my procedure I was bleeding very heavy, very often. One of the best things I’ve chose to do.

  • I had the procedure done in Nov ’16 and I did not have a lot of pain. I was just really tire. Also, I was told that it would take about 4 cylces to know how my “new” cyle would be, if I had one. I’ve been thru 3 cycles, all with heavy bleeding. No change from before the procedure. I’m a little discouraged because it looks like I’m in the 10% that it doesn’t work for. Has anyone else had no relief and/or change with the procedure? Thanks!

    • Hi I had the Novasure procedure done Jan.19 2017 and like most of you the pain was terrible the first few weeks.I spotted for several days and recently I just started my period.I was disappointed because I thought that I would be one of the ones that it would stop.My doctor said give it 6 months to see what the outcome will be.Praying that this miserable feeling be over and I can enjoy life without all of the bleeding.

  • I had the Novasure procedure done in July 2015 ended up getting sepsis was in hospital for 5 weeks. I had to have a laparotomy to have a abdominal wash out, half a tube and ovary removed the fluid that was left in my pelvic area turned septic. I would never recommend this procedure to anyone. My periods stopped for 7 months came back with heavy as anything on Thursday in pain absolutely drained me off for a scan again on Friday.

  • I am a candidate for this. My new dr. want me to have an endometrial biopsy. My insurance will not pay for it.
    Is it required to have the biopsy first before considering Novasure? I want to try to do Nova sure in the office because of course it is less expensive . I don’t think my dr. offers this. I am going to find a dr. that will do the Nova Sure in office.
    Did anyone have this done in the dr. office?

    • I think a biopsy is necessary. Technically I had my Novasure procedure done in the doctors office but my doctor happens to have a small surgical suite in his office. I believe that my insurance covered it as an “office” procedure since I was only required to pay the normal office visit co-pay.

  • Jennifer, it’s amazing how long this post/comments have run!
    I found this post Tues. night, and had my procedure done yesterday, Weds. I seem fine, if anything, concerned about having very little discharge. Nurse called today, and thought that was alright. I have NovaSure, some cleaning out of polyps, and tubal ligation, with general anesthesia. Vicadin yesterday, but just one today Resting a lot with a heating pad, as when I get up and start doing too much, I can feel some pulling/pain. Good opp to watch some movies I had saved up. Husband off and helping our girl (homeschooled).
    I am 50, and had been bleeding for over three months straight, even taking Progesterone.
    Did anyone else have minimal discharge that didn’t turn into infection? — that’s what I”m worried about!

    • Glad to have a place to share my experience and where others can share as well. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • It seems, from reading many of the comments, that women who are having this in late 40s or 50s seem to have not had problems later. Also younger ones who didn’t have problems, too, don’t get me wrong! I am 50 and just had this done… I wonder if part of the key is that we are closer to natural menopause, whereas if something is missed on a younger patient, and the uterus does renew itself bleeding is more likely to begin again. I also like the comment on June 22, by 2016 Rachel28 — good tips for planning a procedure!

  • I had my procedure yesterday, had some cramping when first waking up from anesthesia, basically got a double dose of Dilaudid and something else since when they put in the first 2 shots in the IV my IV was crimped and I asked for something for my migraine so he straightened my arm and IV and the first doses hit then came in and put another dose of Dilaudid. Got sick 3 times and slept the majority of the day yesterday. But today I’m having a little spotting and my back hurts(probably from laying down soo much) but so far so good

    • I just had my procedure 7/21/17. It was in the office. I had a local. Procedure went well. No pain. I did sleep all day to get rid of anesthesia: just loopy for a little while. I’m 50. No pain. Just a little twinge here and there. I only used Advil. Fortunately, I’m blessed with a high pain tolerance! I’m sad to hear about many of the rough experiences. After reading all of the reviews, I would’ve still had the procedure. My periods were terrible. A lot of leakage and worries about social situations. When we travelled, I checked out the nearest bathrooms. My worst concern was on a plane. Waiting in line and taking forever

  • I had the procedure done May of 2016. Went well and had very little pain. I have discharge for about 6 weeks and then no period for 10 months. Sorry to say it is back. Lighter and less often so that is a plus. I was 50 when I had it done. Hoping for it to end naturally now.

    • Hi Pam,
      Thanks so much for sharing! Would you mind sharing why you chose to have ablation at age 50? Others may want to hear your story, if you feel comfortable sharing. Best wishes!!!

  • Oh dear! I’m scheduling to have this done in one month. The next day I have a trip planned… now I’m rethinking this. I could possibly get the IUD instead but don’t like the thought of it.

  • I’m scheduled to have Novasure next month. I’m 48, and the heavy periods get worse every month. I’m sure it’s due to being premenaposal, because, I never had bad periods until my late 30s, early 40s. I’m looking forward to having it, but, wanted to hear other’s personal experiences, I’ve only known 1 person that had it. Thank you all for sharing.

  • I had the Novasure in Nov 2016 in my doctors surgical suite. The procedure went well and I had hardly any pain at all afterwards. Just a bit sore. Unfortunately it did not work for me. My periods are just as heavy as before. I am schedule for a hysterectomy next week. As weird as it sounds I am looking forward to it! 🙂

  • I had novasure done in hospital in may 2015 and all was well after the first few days I would not even say that I was in pain however since I am. I get the worst cramps that bring me to my knees. I have fibroids which I never had before, and I have been getting complex cysts on both ovaries. No periods and after having a nonestop period for almost a year I am happy it is gone, however I have been told that I may need another nova sure done.

  • I went for a 2nd opinion and this Dr. recommended Novasure. I am curious about weigh gain after the procedure. I didn’t see too any comments on this. Can anyone that has experienced this share? I’ve struggled w/weight issues and am concerned. Also just generally scared to do this but want a normal monthly or none at all. Thnx

  • I had my novasure procedure done in Feb. 2006 and i was 38 yrs old at the time!! I have to say that my experience was not bad at all. I had no cramping and went to work the next day. At that time, the doctors didnt know much about the procedures side effects and said I probably wont get my period for 10 years….I am going on 12 now, and wondering if it will ever come back. Not that I am complaining, because I could never deal with the severe cramping and heavy bleeding again!! Anyone else have the same experience?

  • I had my Novasure procedure on March 16th, 2017 because of very heavy periods and severe cramps that I never had when I was younger (I’m 45), pre-op I did have a biopsy and ultrasounds done. I am a baby with pain and the biopsy hurt so bad I cried, it was done in office. The ultrasounds were horrible because I had to have a full bladder and the Tec would press down on my stomach and I was in so much pain, thought I was gonna pee right there! The doctor said that I was a perfect candidate… Had the procedure in the hospital with anesthesia, it went well, I’m allergic to codeine so Dr. gave me Tramadol and it was great. Had it done on Thursday and went back to work on the following Monday with no issues. I did experience all the symptoms, even called my doctor to make sure everything was ok and was assured it was. I had watery discharge to heavy bleeding, the smell was horrendous, I itched like crazy and cramped too, this all did not stop for 4 weeks, I was fine for 2 weeks then got my period! This time it was worse then ever with the cramps and same on bleeding, called the Dr. again and he said it was normal and give it 6 months to line out, that I was still healing. (my two week follow-up I saw the pictures and it looked like everything was “burned” really good, doctor said it took really well) Ok, I’m now 3 months post-op and still have cramps (not as severe) and light bleeding for my regular cycle however it only last about 3 days instead of like 8-10. I too hope this will stop completely, so far every month has been different, I never know what to expect, sometimes I get light spotting here and there in between periods. I’m gonna give it the 6 months but if it doesn’t get any better, I’m really gonna be upset, I do have insurance that covered it, but after all the test and doctors visits and hospital and anesthesiologist, copays and the deductible, I have been out of pocket close to $5,000.00. Would I do it again? Probably, but at this point, I’m ready to get the whole thing out! LOL!

    • Dorinda,
      Thanks for sharing your experience. I agree the biopsy is painful! I wasn’t warned. Please do keep us updated on how you recover, if things get better or stay the same. Best wishes!!!

  • 2000-2017 I have been on Paxil for PMDD which is severe PMS. I had three c-sections and my last c-section I had a tubaligation. From 2015-2017 I have not had a period, but still had breast fullness and pain, cramping, all symptoms that I would start my period, but I would never bleed. I decided it’s time to see a new GYN. February of this year I went for my yearly, had blood tests done for hormone levels, thyroid, etc. and they all came back normal. Ultrasound showed two small uterine fibroids on my uterus. So tiny the GYN wasn’t worried. I have had a dull achy pain in my lower right side where my ovary is and the GYN placed me on birth control pill. He said it would totally shut down my ovaries. I did not understand because I was not having a period. So a few days after having the BC Pill, I started bleeding bad. I went through two packs of pads and decided it’s time to go to the emergency room. The pain was so bad I was on the floor crying. They said I had a badder infection and to see my gyn immediately as the pill probably caused my bleeding. The doctor decided it was time for Novasure along with a D&C. I had another bladder infection and was going in for this procedure with it. This is two bladder infections in two months. The GYN stated Novasure would get rid of my PMS, no bleeding, and allow me to have a normal life. I had it done on June 20th. I was told I could go right back to work the next day, but when I received instructions from the hospital they stated no lifting, bending, strenuous work, etc. I advised work and was told to go home and file FMLA. I went back to the GYN and let the office know I needed the paperwork filled out. First they said they charge $20 and then told me how my leave of absence was not necessary and people go back to work the next day. I have not been to post-op with the gyn yet and without seeing me they gave me a note saying I can go back this week, (Thursday). Since the procedure I have had a sore throat, body aches, and sweats/chills nonstop. I don’t know what to do. I am afraid to call their office in fear of “nothing is wrong with you” attitude. My breasts are swollen, I am moody and biting everyone’s head off and still having the faint pink discharge. I also feel another bladder infection coming on. Is all of this normal?
    From what I have read with the fibroids, tubaligations, and the UTI, I am not a good candidate for the Novasure. Any advice please.

  • I had procedure back in 2011 at a hospital. After I was discharged, I went to my son’s basketball game and went to work the next day. I was in very little pain. Unfortunately though, I was warned that because my uterus was enlarged, the procedure would not be as effective due to not being able to “reach” all areas of the uterus. The first month my discharge was very light during menstruation. They are still not as bad as they used to be, but I am probably now at the worst since the procedure, with my bleeding getting increasingly worse. I am 43 and was hoping to make it to menopause without heavy bleeding returning, but that will not happen.

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