NovaSure® endometrial ablation destroys the lining of the uterus in a minimally invasive procedure to eliminate menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding). Menorrhagia, which causes pain, fatigue and other symptoms, is a common condition that affects 20 percent of women each year. A woman with menorrhagia has periods that last more than 7 days, are heavy enough to soak through a tampon or pad in an hour, and contain blood clots.
The NovaSure procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and takes an average of 5 minutes. Because the uterine lining is destroyed, the level of menstrual bleeding is significantly reduced, with many patients reporting lighter or no bleeding 12 months after treatment. Many patients also find that the pain, anxiety, lack of energy and other symptoms associated with heavy bleeding are eliminated after undergoing NovaSure endometrial ablation.
Only a woman who does not plan on getting pregnant should undergo the NovaSure procedure. Because it destroys the endometrium, getting pregnant may not be possible. A woman who does get pregnant following the procedure places herself and the fetus at risk, so using effective birth control is essential.