Here's what you can expect before, during, and after the NovaSure procedure:Before the NovaSure® procedure
- The NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure can be scheduled any time during your menstrual cycle, even if you are bleeding at the time. Your doctor will give you a pregnancy test before the procedure to confirm you are not pregnant.
- You may be given an anti-inflammatory medicine, to take an hour or two before the procedure, to reduce discomfort.
During the NovaSure procedure
- Your doctor may inject a local anesthetic into your uterus (the cervix). No general anesthesia is required, so you will probably be awake during the procedure.
- Your doctor slightly opens your cervix (the opening to the uterus), inserts a slender wand, and extends a triangular mesh device into the uterus.
- The mesh gently expands, fitting to the size and shape of your uterus.
- Precisely measured radio frequency 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.
- The entire procedure usually takes less than 5 minutes.
Right after the NovaSure procedure
- Before you leave the doctorï¿½s office, you will receive discharge instructions. These instructions typically include the following information:
- Have someone drive you home.
- Do not drive, operate potentially dangerous machinery, sign legal documents or make critical decisions the day of the procedure. You may resume regular activities the next day.
- A heating pad placed on your lower abdomen can help to reduce cramping.
- Consult your physician about medication to help reduce cramping.
- You may shower the same day but refrain from swimming and baths.
- Please refrain from anything in the vagina for 4 weeks. This includes tampons and intercourse.
- Call your doctor if you have...
...increased abnormal discharge.
...increased post-procedural pain.
...fever above 100.4F.
- Be sure to check with your own doctor to find out what your specific discharge instructions are.
- Most women report little or no pain, and return to their regular activities within a day.
Download a free brochure about the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure.
Permanent contraception with NovaSure
- When you have the NovaSure procedure, youï¿½ll need long-term birth control, since itï¿½s still possible to become pregnant and a pregnancy after any ablation procedure is unsafe for both mother and fetus.
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