Have you ever wondered how to stop your period? If you’re like many women with heavy menstrual bleeding or painful periods, you may have wished you could avoid getting a period every month. For women who have already had children, and those who don’t choose to have children, NovaSure can be an effective way to lighten or stop menstrual cycles all together. Contact the board-certified gynecologic surgeons at the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence in Los Angeles for more information about this revolutionary procedure.
What Is NovaSure?
A safe, fast procedure, NovaSure allows women to stop or lighten their periods without undergoing more invasive procedures like hysterectomies or taking large quantities of hormones. NovaSure is an endometrial ablation procedure, and is a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding that works by removing the lining of the uterus (endometrium) with radiofrequency energy. NovaSure can offer significant relief to women who are certain they don’t want children and may be appropriate for patients suffering from the following symptoms:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Irregular, long-lasting periods
- Serious fatigue
Benefits of NovaSure Procedure
NovaSure ablation can be an incredibly effective treatment for women with heavy or painful periods. One of the benefits of NovaSure is that patients don’t have to take pills or suffer the side effects of hormone treatments. Additionally, NovaSure patients are often able to participate in more activities, as they experience relief from pain, heavy bleeding and unpleasant PMS symptoms. If a heavy period is interfering with your ability to enjoy life, and you are done having children, you may want to contact our experienced gynecologic surgeons for a consultation.
NovaSure is a simple procedure that can provide significant relief for patients with heavy menstrual cycles. During the safe, outpatient treatment, one of our gynecologic surgeons will inject a local anesthetic into the uterus. After opening the cervix, the doctor will use a slim wand to place a triangular mesh device inside the uterus. Radiofrequency energy is delivered through the mesh for approximately 90 seconds to remove the lining of the uterus and stop excessive bleeding. Most patients who undergo the NovaSure procedure experience significant improvement in their menstrual cycles after treatment.
NovaSure and Pregnancy
Patients who undergo NovaSure have a reduced chance of pregnancy because the endometrium is removed. However, NovaSure is not birth control and pregnancy is still possible. Because pregnancy after ablation is dangerous, women who have NovaSure must be careful to avoid getting pregnant. Additionally, NovaSure is not a suitable treatment for women who may want to have children in the future.
Q: Can patients who have undergone NovaSure become pregnant?
A: Yes. While NovaSure reduces a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, it is not an effective form of birth control. Because NovaSure makes pregnancy dangerous for both mother and fetus, women who have undergone this treatment should take other measures to avoid conceiving.
Q: What percent of women are satisfied with their NovaSure treatments?
A: Ninety-five percent of patients feel that their menstrual cycles were improved by NovaSure.
Q: How difficult is the recovery from the NovaSure procedure?
A: It’s not uncommon for women to experience mild cramping, pain and nausea immediately after undergoing NovaSure. However, most women resume work and other activities within just a couple days.
Contact the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence
The gynecologic surgeons at La Peer understand that heavy menstrual bleeding can interfere with a woman’s ability to participate in daily activities and enjoy life to the fullest. For this reason, we offer state-of-the-art, compassionate treatment for a wide range of women’s health issues. Contact us today at (888) 374-0367, or schedule a consultation online.
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