For women who are finished with childbearing, NovaSure® endometrial ablation is a non-hormonal, safe and convenient 5-minute procedure that can effectively reduce bleeding or even eliminate your period entirely.
The NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure is a one-time, 5 minute procedure designed to remove just the uterine lining—the endometrium—which is the part of your body that can cause heavy bleeding.
First and foremost, you must be absolutely sure you do not want to have any children in the future. Your uterine lining is removed during an endometrial ablation procedure. This is the area in your body where the bleeding originates—and it’s essential for nurturing the growth of a fetus.
It is important to know that it is still possible to become pregnant after a NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure. Pregnancy after endometrial ablation is very dangerous for both the mother and the fetus so before you have the NovaSure procedure so be sure to talk with your doctor about contraception options.
This simple, safe procedure can be done right in our office. You can have the procedure any time during your cycle—even during your period!. Here’s how it works:
STEP 1: Dr. Berenholz slightly dilates your cervix, inserts a slender wand and extends a triangular-shaped netted device into your uterus.
STEP 2:The netting expands, fitting to the size and shape of your uterus.
STEP 3:The NovaSure procedure uses radiofrequency to ablate endometrium. During the procedure, precisely measured radiofrequency energy is delivered through the netting for about 90 seconds.
STEP 4:The netted device is pulled back into the wand, and both are removed from your uterus.
Dr. Berenholz will rule out the possibility of pregnancy by issuing a pregnancy test. He will also thoroughly examine you to be sure there aren’t more serious causes of your heavy periods, such as uterine cancer or an active pelvic infection.
You may also be given an anti-inflammatory medication one or two hours prior to the procedure to minimize discomfort.
He 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.