My Experience with NovaSure Uterine Ablation

March 13, 2012 442 Comments »

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

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

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

Time to get down to business – the doctor visit

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

Okay what next???? Enter NovaSure:

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

What is NovaSure® Endometrial Ablation?  

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

Why choose the NovaSure procedure?

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

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

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

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

NovaSure Procedure - My Experience

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

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

Woman Sleeping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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442 Comments

  1. tonya May 11, 2014 at 5:41 PM - Reply

    update to my 1-28-14 post… i had novasure done in august. pretty much had bacteria infection for 5 months after procedure. went back to dr every 3 weeks or so. was put on more antiobiotics. it would go away and come right back. she finally prescribed boric acid suppositories at bedtime for 2 weeks. now when you research boric acid , it is very scary. cause its roach poison. but i was desperate. i did the boric acid and started taking a probiotic vitamin everyday. and fingers crossed , have been infection free for about 4 months. the reason i got the ablation, was due to spotting about 3 out of 4 weeks. was constantly spotting. had to wear a panty liner all the time. so for the last 4 months i have spotted 3 days. all three days together. and the rest of the time no spotting. so i will have to take back the statement that i wished i would have never got it. its really good at this time.

  2. Dawn May 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM - Reply

    I’m 48 and about 165 lbs. I started bleeding in January and didn’t quit until I started taking 4 BC pills a day. I had been through similar when I was a teenager and my hormone were fluctuating. I had the Novasure procedure done on May 8 in the doctor’s office. I was given a valium and two percocet and did fine. It hurt and there was cramping but nothing worse that when I had heavy periods. Came home, slept took two more percocets and that was it. I was up and about the next day, with a little cramping that 800 mg motrin took care of. It’s only been two weeks but so far I am happy.

  3. Sharon June 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM - Reply

    Hi,
    I’m having the Nova sure procedure in two days time. I still have the mirena coil which I am having removed at the same time. I’m having it done at the local hospital with a local anesthetic. Will keep you posted of my experience.

    • MommyB June 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Sharon! Thinking of you and hoping your procedure and recovery go well!!!

  4. Jen June 13, 2014 at 9:11 PM - Reply

    I actually had this procedure done today. It was at women’s hospital. They put me under general anesthesia for the procedure. I went on while on my period (they said that was OK) and I actually woke up from the procedure with a sense of relief because my heavy period was gone already! I was a little tired today and have very dull cramps (actually not even as bad as cramps I usually have on my period). I can’t imagine doing this procedure awake! I feel great so far, but hoping this isn’t a “honeymoon phase” as I have read about!

  5. Denise Bonin June 14, 2014 at 6:56 PM - Reply

    Hi! NovaSure seems to be working great for me. The only unfamiliar thing for me is extreme hot flashes that leaves me with sweaty chills afterwards. It kind of creeps me out and sometimes worries me.
    I go to see my gyno in a month or so for my check up. I will talk to him then about the hot flashes. I also must mention that after the ablation there was not shedding of the vagina lining. I had the NovaSure in April 2014 and it is now June 2014.

  6. Denise Bonin June 14, 2014 at 7:02 PM - Reply

    Sorry, I had the NovaSure in February 2014 not April 2014.

  7. Tanya June 15, 2014 at 9:49 PM - Reply

    Hi- I had the Novasure, Essure (metal coils put in to prevent any pregnancies in the future because of other health issues), and 3 large tumors removed from my uterus all in the same day during the same procedure process. In the hospital. My procedures were done on May 20 of 2014. I have no children and have been married 12 years and just turned 32 and have been waiting for the “right time” to have children. Obviously, I was having a lot of issues with my body. Very long heavy periods lasting months long. Still healing but overall pretty good. But my heart is the part that needs the most healing at this point. :( But the NovaSure process so far has worked! Thumbs up! I “missed” my first period so pretty happy about that part.

  8. kimberly June 21, 2014 at 10:09 PM - Reply

    I had the nova sure procedure 3 weeks ago this coming Monday. I had my period when I went in for the procedure. I bled transparent discharge with a pinkish hue. I developed an infection with high fever for 3 days this occurred 5 days after Novasure. For the past 2 days I have been bleeding red, as if having my period, just not heavy. Has anyone experienced this and can tampons be used 3 weeks out? Thanks.

    • Martha June 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM - Reply

      My Doctor expressed no tampons or anything for two weeks. I bled heavily for a week after the procedure but that was it. I was told that should be expected directly afterwards. I think you should see you GYN.

  9. Martha June 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM - Reply

    Hi, I had the nova-sure done on May 16, 2014. I had my procedure done at the hospital under anesthesia. When I awoke I had absolutely no pain and still haven’t had any til this day. Before the procedure, my cycle was extremely heavy and clotting, the worst. Now it is slightly there. I have to wear a pantyliner at best. I do have a question for anyone. When it was time for your first cycle after the procedure, did anyone else have all this “gunk”, I am guessing is lining, coming out of them? I hate to be so visual but…

  10. Martha June 23, 2014 at 7:08 AM - Reply

    I think I spoke a day too soon. Yesterday was the first real day of my cycle since the procedure and seems that the only thing that stopped was the clots but I gained cramps. The bleeding is practically the same, :(. I’ll let you know if the days shortened or not. I had the procedure done because of extreme anemia. I don’t really know if I want the hysterectomy but….

  11. Virginia Morton June 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM - Reply

    I had the surgery 8yrs ago & everything was wonderful for about 3yrs…. for almost 5 yrs now every month I have terrible cramping like lab or… intense labor!!!! I have spent the last 5yrs as a regular at the ER because of the intense pain…. the only thing they can tell me is its my uterus trying to heal….. I do bleed occasionally with the cramping but its extremely light…. a high price to pay for no bleeding & the other option…. hysterectomy :( loved it the first 3yrs but beware the long term effects

    • Martha June 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM - Reply

      Hi,
      Are you will to elaborate on the long term effects?

      Thanks

  12. Alicia July 6, 2014 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    Had the procedure done in April 2014, had light discharge for 2 weeks then my period came as scheduled after the 3rd week. It was a little lighter than normal but not much. Unfortunately every 4 weeks since, I’ve had a period just as heavy as before but less clotting. I’m so disappointed especially since Novasure had such good reviews online. I don’t understand what went wrong. :( My doctor acted surprised that it didn’t work and said maybe I had fallen in the small percentage of those that it doesn’t work on.)

    • Rita July 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM - Reply

      Give it some time! It took about 6 months and my periods are getting better!

  13. Leah July 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM - Reply

    I was informed today that I am good-to-go for the procedure. (Tubal and ablation). I’m so excited to be rid of these horrible periods!
    I will be so let down if I have a period after this procedure.

  14. Jen July 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM - Reply

    Well, I started my period right on time a few weeks after my surgery. I still have the tiredness, bloating and cramps. I’m hoping this isn’t the case for months to come.

  15. Michelle Bennett July 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM - Reply

    Hi, I had the novasure ablation on mon 7/7/14 omg I was told I had local anaesthetic but I couldn’t handle the pain and I’m not soft in last 4 years I’ve had my large bowl and rectum removed latter living with serve colitis for 16 yrs, period due on mon so will have to see what happens will keep informed

  16. dcal July 9, 2014 at 4:56 PM - Reply

    Wow, surprised this procedure is still being done. I had this procedure on Wednesday, Dec 7, 2005 because of heavy bleeding the 1st and 2nd day for the same reasons as you had. I was 49 at the time. I had it as outpatient surgery at Saddleback Hospital in Laguna Hills, CA. I didn’t receive any medication prior to the examine. I was sedated for the procedure. The doctor gave me a D&C before the procedure. Then he used the machine. I would start to bleed and the machine would shut off. There was a second NovaSure machine and he used that as well as calling the 1-800 number. The doctor had performed this procedure many times prior. The 2nd NovaSure Machine Shut off when I started bleeding. When I woke up, the doctor told me that the procedure did not work for the reasons I mentioned above. Fast forward the following week on Tuesday evening, Dec 13, 2005. I started hemorrhaging in the grocery store and went back home. I went to the rest room, I called the doctor. He told me to rest and lie down. I stopped bleeding. I woke up in the middle of the night, Godfather Style…remember? I went to the hospital. The doctor gave me something to stop the bleeding and an ultra sound was performed. They rushed me into surgery (yes, ahead of scheduled surgeries). I had an emergency hysterectomy with many transfusions…4 bags worth. I was very weak. I wasn’t allowed to get out of bed in the beginning and this was a laparoscopic procedure. After I left the hospital after 5 days, I had a hard time with the experience (which I won’t go into detail here). I called the NovaSure Company and asked if this had happened…and complications happen for people. The NovaSure Support Group made it sound as if I was the only one who had issues. I have always said one day there will be a class action suit against NovaSure…and I will join.

  17. Angelnina July 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM - Reply

    I had this procedure 5 years ago, I was 44. I had been anemic and having heavy periods that gave me severe cramping, anemia, and fatigue. I was pretty much unable to function for two to three days per month. Immediately after the procedure, I took a vicodin, but only one that day and another the next morning, then I was fine. My GYN used Novasure, I had some cramping and weakness for a few days, but nothing like I had had with my cycle. The main reason I had this procedure is because I was anemic and even intravenous supplementation was not enough because my iron levels would drop after my next period. I wouldn’t say I was carrying towels or extra clothes around like some women, but I would go through over 30 maxi pads in two days. Changing almost hourly to every other hour. I have never had a period again since the procedure. I had about 3 episodes of pressure in my lower abs, but nothing came of it. I did seem to go through menopause early and fast, according to my blood tests a few years later, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I am relieved to have my energy back, and no more cramps or worry and anemia. My doctor told me that small petite women (I’m 4’11″ and weigh 99lbs) usually never have a period again, but larger women sometimes do. Although, the woman who checked me in for the procedure was full figured and taller than I, said she had the procedure and no cycle again either. I have also been told that you should only see a GYN who has performed this procedure hundreds of times. I know all women are different, so I’m sure there are many different results.

  18. felicia July 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM - Reply

    I had nov sure the year agoand now I’m suffering severe cramps monthlylike if I’m still having a periodI wish I never would have gotten it

  19. Vicki July 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM - Reply

    I just had the novasure procedure done eysterday in the office. Was given vicodin, valium & a toradol shot followed by numbing of the cervix with lidocaine. No pain at all. My questions is this….I have no discharge whatsoever….no bleeding. no watery discharge…..nothing. Is that normal? I thought something should be coming back out?

  20. Rita July 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM - Reply

    I had the procedure done in December 2013. The procedure was done in the hospital under general anesthesia. I only had pain in the hospital for a few minutes after in recovery. After I went home I spotted for about 5 weeks (pantyliners only). I got my first period about a month after I stopped spotting and thought that the procedure didn’t take. My period was about the same using 20-25 tampons and heavy bleeding for a day or two (couldn’t leave the house for fear of an accident) and then at night too (using what I refer to as a “female” diaper and a towel under just to not ruin my bed). In April things changed for the better and my period is lighter, shorter with a few days of light spotting. Hopefully this is a got indicator of better periods to come. Will keep everyone updated. The posts have been very helpful!

    • Rita July 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM - Reply

      Wanted to add that I am 46 years old 5′ 8″ and 190lbs and have had 4 children. Thanks!

  21. Kris July 16, 2014 at 8:18 AM - Reply

    I’ve been considering this procedure for a couple of years and a lot of the reviews I’ve read the women indicated a decreased desire in sex afterward. Has that been anyone’s experience?

    • Jennifer Bullock July 16, 2014 at 3:45 PM - Reply

      Kris, not to give too much information but I feel like my experience has been the opposite. There is no lack of desire here.

    • Eva July 16, 2014 at 4:11 PM - Reply

      Kris – I had this procedure done more than a year ago and I’m happy to say that I have not had that experience at all. The desire is still there and then some :-) I’m very happy I had this procedure done, periods are so much lighter – 3-4 days of very light flow (pantiliners only) although the cramps are still there, just not half as bad as before. Good Luck!

  22. nancy July 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM - Reply

    i just had novasure done just because i had one slightly bad period. no heavy bleeding at all.

  23. Daisy July 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM - Reply

    I’m considering this procedure. Concerned it will effect natural lubrication. I’ve never had an issue in that department and I don’t want that to change. Has anyone had any issues like that? I don’t want to have this done and dry up like the Sahara if you know what I mean. A friend has had it done and has no issues and is happy with her results.

    • Jennifer Bullock July 21, 2014 at 8:44 PM - Reply

      Daisy, from what I understand that is not a side effect of this procedure, however I am not a medical professional.

  24. Chris July 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM - Reply

    I had the NovaSure procedure done in May, 2013. Very horrible and painful experience; my physician’s pain management protocol failed miserably. Additionally, like another poster had mentioned, I, too, began to experience hot flashes/night sweats within a couple of months of the procedure. However, have found Estroven to be a significant relief for those symptoms. I think that my anxiety has increased as well and am currently managing that as well. That said, to date I have been period free. While I have noticed some physical/emotional changes (I should mention that I quit smoking and drinking heavy liquor around the same time as the procedure was done), I think the trade-off is worth it, and if it keeps me from having a hysterectomy, even better.

    • Chris July 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM - Reply

      P.S. No noticeable decrease in libido or increased dryness since I had NovaSure, either. Also, I’m 47 yo. Hope my experience helps someone else! Good luck!

  25. Leigh July 23, 2014 at 5:06 AM - Reply

    I would like to thank MommyB for launching this forum. I am scheduled to undergo 2 procedures of removing polyps and cysts from my right ovary. The physician encouraged me to undergo “Novasure” but I opted against it and after reading some of these posts, I feel even more confident in my decision. Even though my periods have become increasingly difficult (heavy bleeding and cramping), I just think at my age, it would be trading one set of problems for another set to undergo Novasure. My plan will include more exercise and eating better. I think a more natural approach is my best option. Though I do look forward to the removal of the polyp and cysts. God bless!

    • Jennifer Bullock July 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM - Reply

      Thanks Leigh for stopping by! Love that this post and the comments are helping you make your decision. Please do come back and let us know if anything changes, if you see really different results with your diet and exercise. Best wishes on your polyp and cyst removal!

    • TONYA July 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM - Reply

      Leigh, i had it done about a year ago. and have had bacteria infection off and on ever sense. and it you google nova sure and bacteria infection. you will get a ton of info on ladies dealing with non stop bacteria infections. i would never recommend nova sure. and regret having it done.

      • Leigh July 23, 2014 at 4:12 PM - Reply

        I’m so sorry Tonya. Is there not an antibiotic you could take that would rid the recurring infections? I wonder about natural remedies too…

        • tonya July 25, 2014 at 8:03 PM - Reply

          tried antibiotics 3 diff times. infection would come right back after a couple weeks. in January dr. prescribed boric acid suppositories. was infection and period free for 5 months. then I started spotting and infection came back. I on using the boric acid again now.

  26. Brese July 25, 2014 at 9:05 PM - Reply

    I have this procedure schedule for the end of next month. It is my last resort just short of a hysterectomy decision. Now, after reading this forum, I am not too sure. My doctor never told me about infections, or drying up, lack of sex drive, and all the other horrible stories I have read. I think the better avenue is just to do the inevitable and get it over with already. I am grateful that everyone shared because the doctor made it sound like the best option ever. And, he convinced me to do it in the doctors office with the prescribed medication, sounds like that does nothing to ease the comfort.

    • Kim July 28, 2014 at 9:53 AM - Reply

      Just wanted to chime in and say my experience was not a bad one. I had the procedure done in office in April 2013 and have been period free since. The procedure was painful, but the worst of it was about 90 seconds and I breathed through it, kind of like I was in labor.

      I had some discharge for a couple of weeks and some cramping for a few days.

      I haven’t experienced any bacterial infections, “drying up”, or lack of sex drive. My sex drive is even better, actually, because I no longer deal with the heavy periods, which would make me feel pretty crappy for 10 days a month.

  27. dcal July 28, 2014 at 10:21 AM - Reply

    I wanted to chime into this discussion once again. First, your copay varies depending upon the insurance policy you have. Some policies have a $100 copay for all outpatient surgeries, so just $20 and others could be in the thousands. It all depends upon your policy.

    This is a procedure that you should not have in your doctor’s office. It should be done at an outpatient surgical center because of the equipment and materials that might be needed and you should be close to a hospital. Doctors do not have all these items in their office.

    To me any doctor who actually has the NovaSure equipment in their office is probably going to peddle the procedure so he makes a fortune.

    All procedures come with risks. And NovaSure is no exception. When my doctor did the procedure on me with 2 different NovaSure equipment pieces, he called the 800 number to find out why the machine wasn’t working? Part of the problem lies with how NovaSure educates doctors about using their product and much of it also lies within the quality of the NovaSure equipments.

    There have people that have tried to sue or start a class action suit against NovaSure. I remember reading somewhere that there is some law that protect NovaSure from lawsuits.

    I have stated and will continue to state that one day there will be a class action suit against NovaSure and I will join in.

    NovaSure did stop my menstrual cycle…in a way. One week after two NovaSure equipment pieces zapped me, I hemorrhaged so badly, that an emergency hysterectomy was performed. I was in the hospital in the ICU for 5 days. And because of certain circumstances with the Hospital ER, I had a hard time with the entire experience which lasted about 4-6 weeks.

    You can get a hysterectomy and leave in your ovaries if you are concerned about your sex drive or hormone levels.

    My doctor left my ovaries in tact and removed everything else. I went through a natural menopause.

    As far as what transpired for me, the NovaSure procedure was by far the worst and I have gone through a lumpectomy for breast cancer which was a piece of cake compared to the affects of this procedure.

    I never had cramping but I did hemorrhage and had transfusions. An extremely scare for anyone to experience.

    I’d inquire about other options first. Take care!

  28. Keisha Nwankwo July 30, 2014 at 12:25 AM - Reply

    ..I had the procedure done in may 2014 and it was at the hospital…. it was no pain just cramping afterwards….. its now end of july and my periods are gone. My dr told me the full results may take up to 4-6monthes to just have patients and my anxiety level from peri menopause is pretty much gone also… …my age is 40yrs. Majority of all peri menopause symptoms are gone…. novasure is great

  29. Jenn July 31, 2014 at 4:02 PM - Reply

    I had ablasion done 2 yrs ago has anyone gotten possible endometrosis from it . Been in e.r two months in a row around the time of my period.

    • Jennifer Bullock August 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM - Reply

      Yikes that’s not good. Sorry you’re having trouble. Do you mind sharing your symptoms for someone who may be experiencing? Please also keep us updated on your diagnosis. Prayers!

  30. Rhea B August 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM - Reply

    I had NovaSure procedure done in May of 2010..had extreme periods ever since children were born, procedure best decision I ever made wish I had done sooner..but last couple of months right around that time I get cramping, and spotting..the pain so extreme the last few days that I’m considering hysterectomy..

  31. Melanie Rowland August 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM - Reply

    I am having this procedure done soon I think. My preop appt is for August 27th. I’m definitely going to talk to my doctor about all I’ve read about this on this website. I will update you all on my decision and if I have it I will post my experience afterwards. Thanks for this post! A lot of info that the website Nova sure doesn’t share for sure. I don’t blame them. Maybe Thermachoice would be a better option for me???

    • Leah August 5, 2014 at 12:01 PM - Reply

      I had my preop this morning. Tubal and thermal ablation are scheduled for Monday, Aug . 11th. Praying I just suffered through my last miserable cycle!!!

  32. Jen August 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM - Reply

    I now am on my second period since having the procedure a little less than 2 months ago. The discharge afterwards went away in time. I am not experiencing bloating or cramps with this cycle, but I am having a period. It is a little bit heavier than needing just a pantiliner, but not much. Even if my period doesn’t completely go away I am ok with it because this is still better than the agony I was going through before with a super plus tampon WITH a thick pad every 1-2 hours. Previously, I could never sleep through the night. I would wear a super plus tampon and overnight pad and get up halfway through the night to change and clean up the mess. NIGHTMARE. After reading all of the negative reviews prior to my procedure I was hesitant. I do think you always get more negative reactions than positives doing an internet search.

    • Leah August 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM - Reply

      Your story sounds exactly like mine. If it doesn’t go away all together, hopefully it will at least be better than what I go through now.

  33. Leah August 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM - Reply

    I had my laparoscopic tubal and thermal ablation on Monday. Today is Wednesday and I have had no discomfort from the actual procedures, but more so from the gas used to blow up my abdomen. My shoulder is killing me! I can only sleep on my left side. Today I have started belching quite a bit, so I am hoping it is leaving my body!
    As far as the other stuff, I am having the clear discharge you all spoke of. I am wondering if she for sure tied my tubes because other than the two incisions in my belly, I have no other sign.
    I will come back and let you know if anything changes or what happens when my first cycle is due.

    • Leah August 24, 2014 at 6:41 PM - Reply

      I’m heading to my two week follow-up tomorrow and I’m sad to say that I’m currently having a very heavy period. So frustrated and disappointed.

  34. Lisa August 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM - Reply

    I had a Novasure ablation in May 2014 following years of awful heavy flooding periods and increased cramping pain. I was surprised to hear the Surgeon telling me right before I went into Surgery that if pain was my primary problem that this procedure would not necessarily treat that as at no point during my consultations with the gynocologist prior to the operation had this been mentioned despot pain being the thing that was knocking me out each month. As I was literally dressed to go to theatre I did not feel like I could back out so I went ahead with the procedure. Recovery was longer than expected with two ursine infections and a painful first period post ablation. The flow was considerably reduced though and my doctor reassured me that the pain would diminish as the months went by. Fast forward to now and the pain I am experiencing every month during my very, very, very light period is on a par to labour, stage 3. It has increased month on month and starts a week before I have my period, I awake with it in the morning and prior to my period and it wanes as the day goes on. When I start to spot the pain increases in intensity, peaking on day 3 (at which point I’m not even spotting) when I can be found rocking and screaming in a corner. The pain radiates from one side of my pelvis to the other, around my lower back and into my rectum and shooting down my legs which often buckle. Accompanying this pain I get awful gas pains and a loose bowel. I have been to A&E twice as the strong cocodomol with naproxen I have been prescribed does little to help and at times I feel like I am actually going to have a heart attack from the stress of the pain. My stomach becomes so bloated and I cannot bare to have anything on it. The menstrual pain I had before the ablation was bad enough but this is on an entirely different level. I have been back to the Gynaecologist and she wants to do a scan to check my ovaries then a hysterectomy. I have been reading up on post ablation problems and I just wish I had researched more before I went ahead with the op. What I have learnt is this- if you have awful cramps with your heavy periods then this may not be the op for you- you may like me end up with even worse cramps. Look up post ablation syndrome and adenomyosis. Other things to raise a red flag and talk to your doctor about should be if you have had your tubes tied or a Caesarian section- both things that can result in a failed ablation. There is no doubt that this works for many, many women but there are women on here who are delighted with their result at the moment but from what I have read that can change 1,2,3 years down the line and periods can return with the type of pain I am experiencing. I’ve been unlucky and didn’t even get a year pain free …

    • Jennifer Bullock August 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM - Reply

      I’m so sorry that your doctors didn’t inform you better about the procedure not being for pain management or to get rid of your pain and that it’s worse now. Hoping your doctors can figure out a new plan of action, did you happen to switch doctors??

      PS for all – So far (I too have seen from this thread that experiences with Novasure can change over years) have had no problems, I get cramps and typical PMS symptoms but no bleeding and did also have 2 C-sections and my tubes tied as well, which I have a feeling caused my periods to be overwhelming as well.

  35. Courtney August 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM - Reply

    Hey everyone!! I am considering NovaSure and tubal ligation. I am done having children, I am 30 years old, and I have my 3rd IUD in 6 years since it stops working after 2 years (Mirena…supposed to work for 5 years). Without it, I have heavy, painful periods and I just don’t want to deal with it anymore. I’m anemic as it is and periods will just cause more problems.
    I am nervous after everything I have read so far. I am scheduled to have a replacement IUD on Aug 22nd but I want to try to make a decision before then. I am otherwise pretty healthy. Can anyone help me out?

    • Jennifer Bullock August 19, 2014 at 11:39 AM - Reply

      Courtney, have you always had heavy periods? Tubals I believe tend to cause heavier bleeding, but please discuss that with your OB/gyn. *disclaimer I am not a medical professional any advice is just friendly advice from one woman to another.

      • Courtney August 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM - Reply

        Yes I have always had heavy periods :( ever since I started when I was 12 years old. I would be down for the count for 3 days, missing school and missing work as I got older. I was considering both procedures hoping the ablation would help the flow and the ligation would prevent pregnancy. I see my OB/GYN on Thursday so I am going to ask then and see what he says about it. Although he is very conservative so I’m not sure he would be for it. Thanks for the reply back. I do have a question for everyone…
        Has anyone had any psychological issues with this? My husband is concerned that even though I cannot have more kids because of my medications that I would suffer mentally from the finality of the procedure. I feel I’m ready but would like to hear from other women. Thanks.

        • Jennifer Bullock August 24, 2014 at 8:17 AM - Reply

          I personally had a tubal ligation after my 2nd daughter was born since they were doing a c-section already and we “knew” we were done. Do you think you’ll ever go off your medications/could go off them? If there’s not a chance that you will and you know you could never have healthy children I would say you will still probably have moments where you might miss out on being pregnant/having a baby, but of course I don’t know you personally and only you and your husband (and your doctor) will hopefully make the best decision for your family. Hope others weigh in here too!!

  36. kim August 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM - Reply

    I had Novasure done August 4. The in office prep worked and I was able to tolerate the brief intense pain with ibuprofen 800mg three times a day for 2days prior to the procedure, valium and building. No cramps after, just slept the rest of the day. Now I’m 2 weeks out and now having spotting handled by a pantiliner, but can still be totally wiped out sometimes. Is this normal for recovery? I’m 45 and homeschool 6 kids, so not like I can sit around all day! My gyn did say the lining was still pretty thick and discharge may last 4 weeks. I initially had watery discharge and then normal ovulation mucus and now bleeding.

    • Jennifer Bullock August 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM - Reply

      Kim,
      I didn’t feel myself for about 3 months, but I tend to have a slow recovery process from procedures. Hope you start feeling better!

      • Leah August 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM - Reply

        It’s been one week and I am definitely headed in the right direction. I am still having the discharge, very light in color, but a thin pad is needed. I never once experienced any pain in the areas that were worked on. NOTHING!! I did have the discomfort in my right shoulder which was from the gas/air used to inflate the abdomen.

        If you google shoulder pain after laparoscopic, you will be amazed at how much comes up. It is definitely a common occurrence.

        My cycle should start this time next week. We shall see what happens.

        • Jennifer Bullock August 24, 2014 at 8:13 AM - Reply

          Leah, thank you for your post-procedure Novasure update. We would love to hear how things go this week.

  37. kim August 20, 2014 at 7:43 AM - Reply

    I just wanted to let other women know that after ~20 years of practicing NFP (natural family planning) my GYN decided we could continue using it this for contraception instead of insisting on a tubal or vasectomy. It was hard finding other women on the internet using NFP after Novasure. But I’ve had zero problems tracking this cycle after the procedure.

  38. Lisa August 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM - Reply

    I had a Novasure procedure done about two years ago because after two children I had horrible periods, much like what many of you have stated. The procedure worked however I am now facing a horrible and scary situation and wondering if anyone else who had the procedure has been dealing with post procedure symptoms. Doctors and specialists cannot pinpoint what is causing sporadic paralysis and extreme tingling sensation in my extremities. For a year, the MS-like symptoms have been worsening and have gotten so extreme that I have not driving for almost 8 months. Fatigue has kicked in, along with blurry vision and often feeling like I am in a cloud. In just the last couple months I have also been dealing with frequent urination (30 to 40 times a day), achey joints, and faint. All MRIs, scans and blood work continues to be clean. Please share if you have any similar symptoms. We are not close to finding out the cause and I will not go on a pain management plan until doctors can give me a real diagnosis.

    • Jennifer Bullock August 24, 2014 at 8:11 AM - Reply

      Lisa, I’m sorry to hear you are going through these health issues. I haven’t heard anyone mention MS-like symptoms as a result but that could be because people may not be making the connection. Thank you for sharing your story in an effort to help others as well and I hope you too get some closure and answers on your pain and physical ailments. Praying the doctors can give you a diagnosis that makes sense to you as well. Please keep us updated. Prayers and blessings.

    • Courtney August 24, 2014 at 9:17 AM - Reply

      Lisa,
      I am so sorry you are going through all of this. I don’t know if you’ve looked into this, since many medical professionals do not believe it to be real, but have they ruled out fibromyalcia? Also what has helped my mom with her fibro is all natural supplements. I can help you with the names of those if you are interested. Just let me know. I hope they find out an answer for you soon and I’ll be praying for you.

  39. Nancy R August 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM - Reply

    I had this procedure done about 2-1/2 to 3 years ago (I was 50). Its the best thing I have done for myself in decades. I had heavy bleeding with frequent bleed through. After the procedure I had mild cramps for a couple of days. and I have had NO period since. I got my active life back!! I really can’t express how grateful I am that my doctor suggested this

  40. Leah August 26, 2014 at 10:36 PM - Reply

    So I’m on day 8 of constant bleeding. I went to the doctor and she put me on Provera to hopefully stop it.
    She doesn’t know why I’m bleeding. I will follow-up with her on Thursday to let her know if it has stopped.

  41. Melanie Rowland August 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM - Reply

    To Nancy R,
    Thank you so much I am having this procedure done tomorrow and you have no idea how much you helped my self confidence in comparison to some of the much scarier ones.

    • Melanie Rowland August 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM - Reply

      Well I had the NovaSure Ablation w DNC and Hysteroscopy yesterday and I must say, it was one of the easiest most pain free surgeries I’ve ever had. My experience was great! I had a wonderful doctor at a great hospital where they treated me like family. I was put under general anesthesia at 1:20pm and was awake in my recovery room an hr later. I can’t lie, I did have a little pressure and like menstrual cramping but besides that, nothing. And I had read so many horror stories about pending ledigations and pain that I was scared to death. I realize that everyone’s experiences are different but mine went so well. And I just wanted to get my story out there to someone who is scared and in the same position I was in. If I can just give an ounce of peace to one lady, this will have been worth it. I would like to add the first day, I laid in bed all day and took my meds I was given, but today,I’ve been out of the bed most of the day. I even cooked supper and went to the post office and the store. Good luck to everyone who is having this procedure. I hope yours will go as well as mine did.

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