Questions women typically have regarding NovaSure endometrial ablation include what makes a patient an appropriate candidate, how effective the procedure is and whether a woman can become pregnant after the procedure, according to Hologic, the manufacturer of NovaSure. The procedure is appropriate for women who experience heavy or long periods and do not wish to have children in the future.
NovaSure is a one-time procedure that removes the lining of the uterus and can reduce or eliminate menstrual bleeding. Its benefits include that it is less invasive than a hysterectomy and has fewer potential side effects than hormonal treatment, states Hologic. It is unlikely that a woman can become pregnant after undergoing the procedure but not impossible, so birth control remains necessary. After an ablation, the uterine lining is not able to support pregnancy in a healthy way, so pregnancy is very dangerous for the woman and the fetus.
Immediately after the procedure, the woman may feel cramping, nausea or vomiting but in most cases feels back to normal after a day or two, reports Hologic. It is also common to experience a watery or bloody discharge for up to a couple months.
A clinical study found that 95 percent of patients are happy with their results, and 97 percent would recommend the procedure to a friend, states Hologic.