What's involved with having the NovaSure 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 if you are bleeding at the time! Here's what you can expect before, during and after you have the NovaSure procedure.
- Your doctor will give you a pregnancy test just to be on the safe side
- 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, an active pelvic infection or from wearing an IUD
- 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.
The actual procedure takes about five minutes, but you should plan on being at your doctor's office for at least one hour.
Before leaving your doctor's office, you'll receive specific discharge instructions. These may include the following:
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 bleeding
- Fever above 100.4°
- Any other symptoms as directed by your doctor or that cause you concern
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 have 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. If you or someone you know has possibly experienced a side effect when using our product, please contact your physician.