Novasure, one year later…
Okay…this is one of those female posts. Probably of no interest to men, but they’re welcome to read if they want. They’ve been warned. But there might be women who might want to know about it, especially the long term effects. Another warning…may be too graphic for delicate stomachs. TMI, and that kind of stuff, but if you’re thinking about this procedure, you need/want to know.
Just over a year ago I had the ‘Novasure endometrial ablation’ procedure. I had been having severe menorrhagia. It affected my work, recreational activities, and my sex life. I dreaded the thought of hormonal treatments and/or a hysterectomy. I researched various endometrial ablation processes, discussed it with my doctor, and decided on the Novasure procedure.
I was put under a general anesthetic, and then the uterine lining was scraped away in a D&C procedure. The lining was tested to be sure there were no indications of cancer. Then the Novasure implement was inserted through the cervix, and a mesh was released through the tube, where it spread out against the uterine wall. Electrical energy was sent through the mesh, effectively burning away the lining.
I went home that same day with little unusual side effects (other than stripping in the middle of the parking garage, but I blame the drugs for that).
I only spent a day or so on pain pills, and had a watery discharge for awhile.
Now what can I say about the results one year later???? Best $500 out-of-pocket medical expenses I’ve ever spent!!!
Okay, specific results. An endometrial ablation cannot guarantee a complete cessation of periods, and some women do get regular periods again (although I’ve read that most of those women have fibroid cysts that make it difficult for the mesh to reach all of the uterine wall, thereby not having a ‘perfect’ procedure). I barely notice mine…usually only after wiping when I’ve been to the bathroom. I can get away with just a panty liner if I wish…or even a ‘light’ tampon, if I’m worried about an ‘accident’ while I’m out for an extended period of time.
I have fewer yeast infections and urinary tract issues. I think the prolonged, heavy periods I was having made it easier for bacteria to grow. (I think I just lost whatever male readers made it this far, lol!) And as for my sex life…well, let’s just say there are more opportunities now that ‘Aunt Flo’ doesn’t keep visiting. And visiting. And visiting.
My iron level has gone up also. I often could not donate blood because my hemoglobin level would be around 8 or 9 gm/dl. (Normal would be 12 – 16). Most recently my level was 13.8 gm/dl. This is good news for BR, also. Low blood iron can cause ‘restless leg syndrome’…which means I kicked him a lot when I was asleep. Now when I kick him, it’s because I really mean it.
The only negative aspect I would comment upon is that sometimes I feel a more ‘urgent’ need to go to urinate sometimes. I don’t have any leakage or anything…and remember, I’m a teacher and don’t get a potty break whenever I want. I’m used to ‘holding it’. But it just seems like that sensation is stronger than before.
Overall…it was so, so worth it. Previously, my periods were stressful times…having to plan around it to be sure I had constant access to a bathroom (which really affected the teaching job!)…worrying about ‘accidents’ because of the heavy bleeding…there is so much more peace of mind now.
So, if you’re considering it, consult your doctor. But it has worked wonderfully for me.