If you need a permanent solution for heavy or abnormal uterine bleeding, NovaSure® may be right for you. At Reflections OB/GYN in the Viera area of Melbourne, Florida, Mark Sargent, MD, MBA, FACOG, and nurse practitioners, Lynn Malone WHNP-BC, and Laura Burgess FNP-BC, offer the minimally invasive NovaSure procedure in-office to treat the root cause of abnormal bleeding with minimal risks or discomfort. If you’re looking for an effective treatment for heavy periods, schedule a NovaSure consultation today by calling Reflections OB/GYN or by requesting a consultation online now.
NovaSure is an endometrial ablation procedure that treats abnormal uterine bleeding or heavy periods resulting from conditions like endometriosis.
This one-time, hormone-free treatment focuses on removing your uterine lining, or endometrium in about five minutes using radiofrequency energy.
During your NovaSure procedure, Dr. Sargent inserts a specialized wand into your cervix which extends into a triangular-shaped net. The netting expands and covers the shape of your uterus and conducts the radiofrequency energy throughout the endometrium.
Dr. Sargent can control the amount of energy that travels through the net, which remains in place for about 90-seconds. Once complete, he removes the wand and the netting from your uterus.
Risks associated with NovaSure are minimal, and it’s normal to have some discomfort and cramping for a few hours after treatment. You may also experience clear or bloody vaginal discharge for a few days or for several weeks after your procedure.
Generally, you can expect to resume your usual routine the next day. Dr. Sargent provides complete aftercare instructions to reduce your risk for infections or other complications. Every woman heals differently, and it can take three months or more for your body to heal fully.
To determine if NovaSure is right for you, Dr. Sargent reviews your medical history and the root cause of your abnormal or heavy bleeding. You may not be a candidate for this type of treatment if you have an active infection, if you’re using an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control, or if you have uterine cancer.
Because NovaSure removes your uterine lining, the procedure is only right for women who are done having children and for whom other options to control heavy bleeding aren’t working. The procedure is also for women who aren’t yet in menopause.
Another consideration to make about NovaSure is that after an ablation, it’s still possible to become pregnant. However, without the endometrium, a pregnancy can be dangerous to both the mother and child. You will need to discuss your options for birth control to prevent an unintended pregnancy.
To discuss your options for NovaSure, schedule a consultation at Reflections OB/GYN by calling the office or by using the online booking feature.