If you have heavy or long-lasting periods, and you don't want to have children in the future, you may be a great candidate for the NovaSure procedure. Talk it over with your doctor. Also, before deciding to move forward, ask your doctor to be sure he or she rules out any serious causes of heavy bleeding, like cancer or a pelvic inflammatory infection.
Yes! Pregnancy following endometrial ablation is very dangerous for both the mother and the fetus so before you have the NovaSure procedure you should talk to your doctor about getting a form contraception.
You may feel some cramping, mild pain or nausea, you may have some vomiting, but for the most part these symptoms are mild and go away within a day. In fact, most women feel back to themselves–back to resuming their normal activities by the following day. Be sure to follow any instructions your doctor gives you no matter how good you're feeling.
If you do experience a watery or bloody discharge after having the NovaSure procedure, don't worry, this is normal. It could last briefly or a couple of weeks, even up to two months, after having the procedure. It could also come and go, increasing with certain activities. This can be expected with any endometrial ablation procedure.
- A fever higher than 100.4%
- Worsening pelvic pain that is not relieved by ibuprofen or other prescribed medicine
- Nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, dizziness
- Bowel or bladder problems
- A greenish vaginal discharge (reddish, yellowish or brownish is normal)
- Thermal injury
- Perforation and infections
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