This post is Part II of my decision to undergo NovaSure, also known as endometrial ablation. If you would like to read why I chose to have the procedure, please visit: Why I Zapped My Utuerus: My NovaSure Decision.
Prepping for NovaSure
After I had made the decision to have the NovaSure procedure, things moved fairly quickly. My physician asked me to have an ultrasound to make sure there weren’t any underlying issues causing the heavy bleeding such as fibroids.
When I went into the room, I saw the technician who had actually done all of my ultrasounds when I was pregnant with my boys, and she immediately recognized me. “Welcome to your 40s,” she jokingly quipped. Apparently there are women out there having the same problem I was having. What a revelation! The ultrasound looked clear, and I was sent on my way to wait out my surgery date.
I’ve seen women asking if they can have local anesthesia for NovaSure. I certainly was wondering that myself; however, they really can’t take a chance of you moving around. So I psyched myself up for the procedure, determined it would go smoothly. I shouldn’t have worried.
Of course, I need to say that all surgery comes with risks. Plus, I am sharing my personal story about why I chose to have the NovaSure procedure. These are all my personal observations and shouldn’t take place of any medical advice and information your doctor provides.
The Day of Surgery
The NovaSure is an in-office procedure. I am incredibly confident in my physician and his team (we’ve been through a lot together) so I had no problem having the NovaSure in his office. I was given a pain killer to start before the procedure as well as a drug that helps dilate the cervix so they can actually do the procedure.
The anesthesiologist put me under and, quite honestly, the rumors are true. I felt like I just had had one of the best naps in my life. I woke up groggy but ridiculously relaxed.
For me, the cramping from the procedure started fairly quickly. Some people say that the cramping is equal to giving birth. When my first son was born, my body never quite reached that stage and I had to have a C-Section, so I can’t tell you if it was comparable or not. However, I was thankful for the drugs and I cannot emphasize enough that you should follow the pain management system your physician sets up for you. The saying that you should stay ahead of the pain definitely applies here.
They wheeled me downstairs in a wheelchair and we waited for my husband to pull the car around. Thanks to windy Chicago and the Polar Vortex, it was freezing and blistering snow everywhere. I felt miserable, zonked out and just wanted to get home.
The cramping was horrible but the medication definitely helped. Plus, the meds looped me up so much I just wanted to go to sleep, which helped me get through the afternoon and evening. By the morning, I was dog tired but didn’t feel any pain. I had several short waves of cramping over the following days but nothing unbearable. And they went as fast as they came.
After the NovaSure Procedure
Some women apparently bleed for days after the procedure, but I had nothing. That’s right, absolutely nothing. I was afraid the procedure didn’t go right, but the nurse assured me that every person is different and what I was experiencing was completely normal and acceptable. Two weeks later and I still haven’t experienced any bleeding.
My physician told me about 40% of women who have this procedure never have their period again. I will tell you I don’t wish many things for myself. My wishes often go to the health and happiness of my family. But straight up, I wish to never have a period ever again. In fact, I feel like I have paid my dues and it’s time for my body to cash the check and give me a break.
I won’t know for several months how the procedure will ultimately affect my period and my life. It takes a while for the uterus to heal and get back into its rhythm. But I’m hopeful and will keep you updated.
Video Explaining NovaSure Procedure
I found a terrific YouTube video explaining just how the procedure works and its benefits:
Go Ahead. Ask Me Questions
If you are considering the NovaSure procedure, I hope my account was helpful. I was scared beyond words before having it done and wish I could have found someone who told me they had been in the same boat. Strangers we may be, but I hope my words ease your concerns and help you make the best decision for yourself.
If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below. I’ll be more than happy to personally email you back. And of course, I always love comments. Please let me know if this article helped you or if you know someone who had the NovaSure procedure.