I got an ablation afterbeing on a birth control for several years to regulate my periods. I went off the pills and didn't have a period for 5 months when all of a sudden I was having lots of heavy flows too often and even having to go to the ER. My doctor suggested this instead of continuing on the HRT that I had started. It was done in the hospital and I was put under just like a surgery but it didn't take long. I recovered quickly with no pain or cramps. My sister had one too and she did experience cramping for several days. Although I still have hormones and TOM symptoms (like cravings and cramps), neither my sister or I have periods anymore. I just turned 53.
Here is what I got off the NovaSure site.
What to expect from the NovaSure procedure
What is the NovaSure procedure like?
NovaSure® Endometrial Ablation is the simple, one-time, 5 minute procedure trusted by over one million women - without hormones or hysterectomy.
•It can be done in a doctor's office
•The entire procedure typically takes less than 5 minutes
•It is performed without any incisions
•There is no need for general anesthesia
•Most women report little or no pain, and return to their regular activities within a day
What is NovaSure Endometrial Ablation?
NovaSure® is a quick, safe, and simple procedure to lighten or stop your periods, without the side effects of hormones or the risks of hysterectomy.
Why choose NovaSure?
•It’s Safe: No pills. No hormonal side effects.
•It’s Effective: For 90% of women, menstrual bleeding is dramatically reduced or stopped.
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.
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