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What are some pros and cons of the NovaSure procedure?

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NovaSure endometrial ablation is a procedure that can reduce or eliminate menstrual bleeding, but some women may experience temporary side effects such as cramping, pain, nausea or vomiting, explains the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Hologic. In rare cases, it may cause injury or infection.

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The NovaSure procedure is generally safe with a swift recovery time, says Hologic. However, the procedure requires anesthesia and it does still carry the risk of complications, and it is also non-reversible. Pregnancy is extremely dangerous for women who have had an endometrial ablation.

The NovaSure procedure uses radio frequency energy to destroy the inner lining of the uterus, explains the FDA. The procedure may assist women who suffer from excessive menstrual bleeding, but it is not suitable for women who are pregnant or planning to conceive. This procedure is also not ideal for women with an intrauterine device or those who have had a classical cesarean section. Women with uterine cancer or a genital or urinary tract infection should also avoid the procedure.

Those interested in the Novasure procedure should consider all risks and benefits before moving forward; therefore, it is thus advisable to discuss all aspects with a doctor before making the commitment, counsels Hologic.

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