- Women's Health
How to Cure Heavy Menstrual Bleeding with Novasure
My periods were heavy since I first got it. For a while, I thought it was hereditary since I saw my mother suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding as well, and there could be a connection, but I am not sure about that. However, I was advised by friends and family members that my issue was normal especially during teenage years, and that I should not worry. As the years passed I did not get to see any improvements. I had my first child at age 23 and I remember that my periods went right back to what they were before. After my third child, I realized my periods began to change drastically and were significantly heavier than before. I continued to put the bleeding in second place to all my other life situations. I decided to have my tubes tied, which was done successfully but left me bleeding even heavier. I spoke to my doctor and he mentioned that tubal ligation could cause heavy bleeding and that he recommended I go through yet another procedure to correct it. I was a bit skeptical and postponed the procedure.
As a consequence of the bleeding, I develop anemia and other health issues. The week of my periods, I was miserable and could barely function. After two years of suffering, I could not handle my pain any longer and agreed to have an endometrial ablation done to correct the heavy bleeding. The decision to undergo the procedure came after a doctor's visit, as I waited to be seen I went to the bathroom about five times in about 45 minutes. I realized then that my life needed a change. I saw the doctor and explained that I was ready for the procedure.
Before the procedure, my doctor explained that I needed to get a cervical ultrasound and blood tests to make sure everything else was fine. Like any other procedure there may be side effects and/or complications, so make sure that you speak to your doctor to find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure. In the case that your heavy menstrual bleeding is caused by something else, the doctor will be able to determine that with the tests performed. Aside from those tests, there was nothing else to do on my part.
The Day of the Procedure
The day of the procedure I was told to arrive at the hospital two hours before surgery. I was also advised not to eat eight hours prior. The hospital performed urine and blood work and prepared me for surgery. I was put under general anesthesia for about half-hour since the procedure time was very short. I woke up drowsy and sleepy, but overall I felt rested and painless. I was fed some food about an hour after, and was sent home the same day. The nurse advised me to take over the counter painkillers if I felt any pain. I did not take any pain medication until the next day when I felt some cramping. Overall the pain was not a big deal for me. The procedure is simple so the time you spend at the hospital won't be long. For me, recuperation was simple. I was a bit worried about whether or not the procedure worked.
How the procedure is done?
What causes bleeding during your periods is the lining of the uterus which sheds every month. By eliminating the endometrium, the periods are reduced or eliminated completely. The procedure I had done is called Novasure, which is done by inserting a device into the uterus and burning or ablating the endometrium.
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Managing Painful Periods
My only issue after the procedure is managing cramps and other menstrual symptoms. Because the symptoms are hormonal you will continue to feel them even if the endometrial ablation eliminates your bleeding completely. I have used name brand as well as generic medications geared to menstrual relief. My favorites are Midol and Pamprin.Tea is also a great helper to soothe painful periods, choose your favorites, I prefer chamomile or green tea. A hot shower can also help soothe the pain and discomfort of the menstrual headaches and cramps.
Have you suffered from heavy menstrual bleeding?
My doctor told me I was okay to return to my normal life after just two days. Make sure that you rest for at least two days, and that you avoid lifting heavy objects. I felt minor cramping those first few days, but nothing major. As I mentioned before, no painkillers were needed. I also had a yellowish discharge which is completely normal. On the tenth day post-procedure, I got my period, which was very light but I felt all the other hormonal issues. I must say I was paranoid thinking that it would not work, but to my surprise, all I needed was a thin pad or pantyliner. Awesome!On the fourth day, my period was completely gone, and I was just left with some clear discharge which my doctor says it is normal. I am due for a post-procedure follow-up with my doctor next week. I am completely satisfied so far with the outcome of the procedure for me. Although I still got my period it was 100 % better than what it used to be.
Overall Procedure Outcome and Opinion
In my opinion, the procedure was a success. As I write this, it has been about two years since the procedure and my periods have remained light. I noticed now that on day one is slightly heavy, but it changes from month to month. I think it was a great decision for me. It has changed my life drastically. As I mentioned before, I still have some PMS which is hormonal. Aside from that, I would not even know I have my period. If you feel that nothing works for you, this is a procedure you should try out. Remember speaking to the doctor who knows your condition and who can advise you well on your medical needs.