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Ending Your Heavy Periods with Endometrial Ablation

Ending Your Heavy Periods with Endometrial AblationIf you’ve finished childbearing, and are experiencing heavy, painful periods due to benign causes, the AOA Family of physicians can offer the treatment option of NovaSure endometrial ablation.

Endometrial ablation is a simple, on-time in-office procedure that doesn’t involve using hormones or having a hysterectomy. There are no incisions and there is no need for a general anesthesia. Most women report little or no pain and are able to return to their regular activities within a day.

An endometrial ablation can be scheduled any time during your menstrual cycle, even if you are bleeding at the time. Your AOA physician will give you a pregnancy test to confirm that you are not pregnant before proceeding. You will also be given anti-inflammatory medicine to take an hour or two before the procedure to reduce discomfort.

During the procedure itself, your doctor will insert a slender wand into your cervix that then extends a triangular mesh device into the uterus. The mesh expands, fitting to the size and shape of your uterus and precisely measured radio frequency energy is delivered through the mesh for about 90 seconds. At this point, 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.

You will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the ablation procedure. You may want to use a heating pad to alleviate discomfort. You can shower, but should refrain from taking a bath or swimming on the same day as the procedure. And you will need to refrain from putting anything in your vagina (tampons or having intercourse) for at least four weeks after the ablation.

If you experience any increased or abnormal discharge, post-procedure pain, increased bleeding, or an increased temperature going above 100.4 F, call your AOA physician immediately. Most women report little or no pain and are going about their daily activities the next day.

If you are done with child-bearing and experiencing heavy, painful periods, talk with your AOA physician about whether NovaSure endometrial ablation is right for you.

Read more about NovaSure endometrial ablation at: http://www.novasure.com/info/what-are-heavy-periods/what-are-heavy-periods.cfm http://www.aoafamily.com/home/service-novasure.php