NovaSure ablation is a 90-second procedure performed in the office for women with heavy periods. Following the procedure, your periods will become lighter — or end your heavy period — without on-going pills and without hormonal side effects.
NovaSure Procedure Steps
- 1Step 1
Dr. Fajardo will open your cervix (the opening to your uterus) slightly, insert a slender wand and extend a triangular-shaped netted device into your uterus.
- 2Step 2
The netting expands, fitting to the size and shape of your uterus.
- 3Step 3
Precisely measured radiofrequency energy is delivered through the netting for about 90 seconds.
- 4Step 4
The netted device is pulled back into the wand, and both are removed from your uterus.
What is NovaSure?
NovaSure is a type of endometrial ablation that can be completed in approximately 90 seconds. The NovaSure procedure utilizes precisely-measured radio frequency energy and is designed to help women with heavy periods by making their period lighter or ending it completely.
How long is the NovaSure procedure and recovery time?
The procedure requires less than five minutes and can be completed from the comfort of the office. The recovery time varies between patients because each woman’s body responds differently to the treatment. Most women are fully-recuperated within one day of the procedure, and regular activities can be resumed with little down-time. By three months after the procedure, your body will be fully healed and menstrual cycles will become regular again.
Does the NovaSure procedure affect fertility?
Women can still become pregnant after the NovaSure procedure, but as with all types of endometrial ablation, there are significant risks associated with becoming pregnant after receiving the procedure. Because it targets the uterine lining, NovaSure reduces overall fertility and poses some risks to future fetal development. It is still important to continue using some form of birth control after the procedure because pregnancy is still possible.
What types of women benefit most from the NovaSure procedure?
NovaSure is designed for the benefit of women with heavy periods. If Dr. Fajardo has ruled out other causes for your heavy flow, NovaSure can be one of the most efficient ways to reduce the symptoms of your heavy period. Only women that do not plan to have children in the future should consider NovaSure.
How long does it take for women to see results?
After about three months, your body will have healed completely and your cycle will have returned to normal. At this point, you and Dr. Fajardo will be able to monitor and discuss what your period will be like in the future. Every woman’s body is different, and the time it takes for your cycle to resume its normal schedule will vary. 95% of patients with heavy flow were satisfied with the results of their procedure. NovaSure is one of the most popular treatments for heavy flow in the country, and comprises 70% of all endometrial ablations. For more information, brochures are available from our office upon request.