What to expect
NovaSure endometrial ablation is a one-time, five-minute procedure.
This simple, safe procedure can be done right in your doctor's office. You can have the procedure any time during your cycle—even during your period! Here's what you can expect before, during and after you have the NovaSure procedure.
- Your doctor will rule out the possibility of pregnancy by issuing a pregnancy test.
- He or she will also thoroughly examine you to be sure there aren't more serious causes of your heavy periods, such as uterine cancer or an active pelvic infection.
- You may also be given an anti-inflammatory medication one or two hours prior to the procedure to minimize discomfort.
If the procedure is being performed in your doctor's office, he or she may administer a local anesthetic into your uterus (through your cervix). No general anesthesia is required, so you will probably be awake throughout the procedure.
How the NovaSure ablation procedure works:
Before leaving your doctor's office, you'll receive specific discharge instructions. These may include the following:
- Have a friend or family member drive you home.
- For the remainder of the day, do not drive or operate potentially dangerous machinery.
- Place a heating pad on your lower abdomen to help reduce cramping.
- Consult your physician about medication to help stop cramping.
- You may shower the same day, but refrain from swimming or taking a bath.
- Refrain from placing anything in the vagina for four weeks, including using tampons or sexual intercourse.
When to call your doctor
Most women report little or no pain and are able to return to their regular activities within a day. However, call your doctor if you have:
- Increased abnormal discharge.
- Increased post-procedural pain.
- Increased or irregular bleeding after the endometrial ablation procedure.
- Fever above 100.4°.
- Any other symptoms as directed by your doctor or that cause you concern.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
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.