Arizona Women's Care
OBGYNs located in Scottsdale, AZ
More than 10 million women experience heavy bleeding. If heavy bleeding significantly disrupts your life, the board-certified OB/GYNs at Arizona Women’s Care offer a 5-minute in-office procedure that can help. Endometrial ablation with NovaSure® effectively reduces or stops bleeding, giving you long-lasting relief without a hysterectomy. Call the Scottsdale, Arizona, office or schedule an appointment online today.
Endometrial Ablation Q & A
What is endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is a procedure that removes the endometrium (the uterine lining). This in-office procedure can significantly reduce or even stop your periods.
NovaSure endometrial ablation has 15 years of proven clinical results, with most women experiencing safe, fast, and effective heavy bleeding relief.
When might I need endometrial ablation?
Endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and fibroids can all cause abnormally heavy bleeding. If you have any condition that causes heavy bleeding, but conservative care doesn’t relieve the problem, endometrial ablation might be the right choice.
How does endometrial ablation work?
Your doctor inserts a thin, specially designed treatment wand into your cervix, the opening of your uterus. They insert a triangle-shaped bundle of netting with the treatment wand; this netting opens up to cover the uterine walls.
Next, your doctor delivers radiofrequency energy into the netting to target and destroy your uterine lining. Finally, your doctor retracts the netting and withdraws the treatment wand. The whole procedure takes only five minutes in the Arizona Women’s Care office.
What is recovery like after endometrial ablation?
Most women return to their normal activities the next day. The Arizona Women’s Care team gives you specific discharge instructions, which usually include:
- Not driving for the rest of the day
- Taking anti-inflammatory drugs or other prescribed medication for cramps
- Using a heating pad for cramps
- Waiting at least a day to bathe or swim
- Avoiding vaginal penetration for a month, including sexual intercourse and tampon use
It’s normal to have a bloody discharge after your procedure. It may start right away or take a few weeks and last from a few days to a few months as you completely shed your uterine lining.
Recovery is generally smooth and easy, and you’ll usually see the full results of the procedure within three months. By then, you’ll resume a regular cycle, and your doctor can accurately predict the future period frequency and bleeding level.
How does endometrial ablation affect fertility?
NovaSure significantly reduces the chances of getting pregnant, but it’s not a sterilization procedure. It’s not safe to carry a baby after this procedure, so you must use reliable birth control after endometrial ablation. Because of this, endometrial ablation is only suitable for women who don’t want to have more children.
NovaSure reduces or stops bleeding in about 78% of women. Learn how it can help you by calling Arizona Women’s Care or schedule an appointment online today.
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