Are you experiencing heavy or long periods and considering having the NovaSure endometrial ablation done? My heavy periods are something that I have put up with for almost two decades but since my childbearing years were over I wanted some relief. I was hopeful that this procedure would be successful but unfortunately, I’ve run into complications from it.
My gynecologist at the time recommends Novasure endometrial ablation to try to reduce or stop my periods. However, unfortunately, I wasn’t one of the lucky ones who benefited from the procedure. Most women can see a reduction in mentraul flow or it may stop completey. It may take up to a year to see any significant changes.
NovaSure® is a quick 5-minute procedure that can be done in a doctor’s office with the assistance of an anesthesiologist. The procedure didn’t hurt other than some mild cramping a few hours later. It has been over a year since I have had my ablation done and I began to have complications including heavy periods that I will share below.
In the beginning, I was scared that the gynecologist was going to tell me that the only option to get rid of the severe cramps and heavy bleeding was a complete hysterectomy. At the age of 44, I wasn’t quite sure that I was ready for that unless it was my last resort. She suggested that I give Depo, Nexpleon, or Mirena IUD a try. I choose to try Depo first and so far it hasn’t helped a ton due to long periods and spotting every day for several months. I’m assuming that I have some scar tissue built up from having the NoraSure done but I haven’t had exploratory testing set up.
Here are some other complications that I have had since I had Novasure done.
Heavy menstrual cycles can cause you to lose too much blood. Over time, this can lead to anemia. Anemia can cause you to feel like you don’t have any energy and it is taking more effort to do tasks that are not normally an issue. It is a treatable condition where your body isn’t producing enough healthy red blood cells. The healthy red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to your body’s tissues. Symptoms, in the beginning, are usually mild and aren’t noticeable but over time the symptoms will gradually increase.
There are several types of anemia but heaving bleeding typically points to an iron deficiency. Depending on the severity of anemia you have, treatment can be as simple as taking an over-the-counter iron supplement to having blood transfusions.
Over the years, I have had my blood work indicate that I was anemic. It is one of the crazy side effects of having a heavy period. My doctor recommended that I take an over-the-counter iron supplement. There are so many different iron supplements on the market and in the past some of the iron supplements made me feel sick to my stomach. Since my doctor didn’t recommend a certain iron supplement, I looked to Dr. Ryan Shelton of Zenith Labs for recommendations. Zenith Labs conducts studies on supplements making sure that they don’t contain toxins that are harmful if consumed.
About a year after I had the Novasure done, I went to the ER for horrible cramps. The pain would come in waves just like contractions. I tried simple over-the-counter medications but they weren’t helping much. The ER doctor ordered an ultrasound and discovered that my cervix was completely closed and that my uterus was filled with blood. My menstrual cycle was essentially pooling in my uterus until it overflowed out of my ovaries. I had to have DNC done to clean out my uterus under general anesthesia.
After the DNC, everything was back to normal except for the heavy bleeding, and after one month the painful cramps returned. Again, I headed to the emergency room to have it checked out. This time the ER doctor said that I had a fibroid. But my regular GYN dr said it wasn’t a huge fibroid and it shouldn’t be causing so much pain. Again, she gave me several options to try before I have to have a hysterectomy done. At this time, I decided to try hormonal birth control to try to stop the horrible cramps and hopefully my period too.
Future Invasive Procedures
Without further invasive procedures, I am unsure if I have scar tissue or any other problems contributing to the horrible cramps and heavy periods. It is something I plan on doing in the future as long as it doesn’t keep me from doing my daily tasks for more than a day or two.
If you are considering the Novasure Endometrial Ablation, I would seek other opinions from other patients who have had this procedure done. Medical technology is steadily improving and not every procedure works for everyone who tries it. Unfortunately, you don’t know the outcome until you actually have it done. I wish you luck as you decide which route to take.