Tips to start the conversation with your doctor

If your heavy periods are disrupting your life, you shouldn’t hesitate to proactively ask your doctor about solutions – but sometimes, it can be hard to know how to start the conversation. Using the guide below, go in prepared to your next appointment so you and your doctor determine an appropriate treatment plan.

Complete a Self-Evaluation

Answer these 5 questions and bring them to discuss with your doctor at your next appointment

How long does your period usually last?
How often do you have to change your pad/tampon?
Is your period keeping you from work, exercise, school or hobbies?
Are you finished with childbearing?
What are your biggest concerns when considering treatment for heavy periods?

Depending on your answers to the above, you may want to go to your doctor prepared with questions of your own. Some questions you may consider asking are:

  1. My periods are longer/heavier/more painful than is comfortable for me. What are the treatment options?
  2. How does my being finished or unfinished with childbearing affect my treatment options?
  3. What are the pros and cons of choosing hormonal therapy (birth control, IUD) vs. a surgical procedure?
  4. What should I know about each treatment option in terms of recovery and effectiveness?

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NovaSure® endometrial ablation is for premenopausal women with heavy periods due to benign causes who are finished childbearing. Pregnancy following the NovaSure procedure can be dangerous. The NovaSure procedure is not for those who have or suspect uterine cancer; have an active genital, urinary or pelvic infection; or an IUD. NovaSure endometrial ablation is not a sterilization procedure. Rare but serious risks include, but are not limited to, thermal injury, perforation and infection. Temporary side effects may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, discharge and spotting. Inform patients to contact you if they experience a possible side effect related to use of this product. If you or someone you know has possibly experienced a side effect when using our product, please contact your physician.

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