The NovaSure procedure is one method of performing an endometrial ablation. While that fancy name may sound scary, it’s a simple procedure that’s been done to millions of women. An endometrial ablation is just a removal of the lining (or endometrium) of the uterus.
This procedure is done for women that struggle with very heavy periods that affect their quality of life — mentally, physically, and emotionally.
How to decide if NovaSure is right for you?
If you’re thinking about having an endometrial ablation using the NovaSure method, here is our list of pros and cons to help you decide if it’s worth considering:
- Only takes 5 minutes
- Can be done your OB/GYN doctor’s office
- Non-invasive procedure (no cutting involved)
- Quick recovery time
- One-time procedure (generally permanent)
- Less expensive than a hysterectomy
- Pregnancy is no longer possible (dangerous for both mom and baby)
- Slight risk for serious complications (i.e. damage to nearby organs, puncture of uterus, worsening pain during cycles)
- Chance of endometrium regrowing
- Not a guaranteed way to stop bleeding
Always talk to your OB/GYN before making a decision about the NovaSure procedure. It’s usually very successful and women are happy with the results, but it’s not right for every woman. Talking with your doctor about the possible causes of your heavy cycles and the best solution for your particular situation.