Do heavy periods affect your life? You're not alone. In fact, experts estimate that excessive menstrual bleeding (also referred to as "menorrhagia") affects nearly 1 out of every 5 women – or about 10 million women in America. And yet, studies show that only a fraction of women seek treatment for heavy periods each year.
In part because many women are embarrassed to talk about their periods, even with their primary care doctor or OB/GYN. Other women simply believe that their heavy period is normal because it's been that way for years, while some are fearful of the treatment options available.
Excessive menstrual bleeding means more than just heavy bleeding; it can negatively impact a woman's life in a number of ways. More than 80% of women with abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) say their heavy periods disrupt their physical, social and mental well-being. Women who suffer from AUB or excessive menstrual bleeding also miss more days of work/school and often wait years to receive treatment.
Regardless of which stage of life you're in — from adolescence to menopause and everywhere in between — know that excessive menstrual bleeding doesn't have to be a fact of life. Problem periods aren't something you have to live with or just "get used to." Many times, excessive menstrual bleeding is preventable and treatable.
NovaSure® is one such treatment option.
If heavy periods are affecting your quality of life, then it's time to learn more about your treatment options — starting with NovaSure Endometrial Ablation (EA). NovaSure is a 5-minute, one-time, non-invasive endometrial ablation procedure that has been performed on over three million women.
During the NovaSure procedure, a woman's uterine lining—the endometrium—which is the part of the body that can cause heavy bleeding, is permanently removed through the rapid delivery of radio frequency energy. This procedure doesn't require any incisions and leaves your uterus intact.
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NovaSure is intended for premenopausal women with heavy periods who are finished childbearing.
The quick, permanent procedure can be done in your doctor's office and anytime during your cycle, even if you're bleeding.
Here are some other helpful facts to know if you're considering the NovaSure EA procedure:
The cost of NovaSure varies by geography, insurance and other individual factors. In 2015, the average cost of an endometrial ablation procedure (without complications) was estimated to be $3,678. Compared to a $10,000+ hysterectomy surgery, this treatment is considered highly cost-effective and is often covered by insurance.
After treatment, most women (91%) reported normal bleeding or less, and many (41%) reported no bleeding at all. Many women also reported significantly less painful periods and PMS symptoms such as irritability. NovaSure was approved by the FDA in 2001.
While it's possible to get pregnant after NovaSure, your chances are greatly reduced and pregnancy can be dangerous for both the mother and baby due to the removal of your uterine lining. Talk to your doctor about using birth control after the NovaSure treatment.
One year after treatment, 93% of patients were satisfied with the results, and 97% said they would recommend NovaSure to a friend. NovaSure accounts for nearly 7 out of every 10 endometrial ablation procedures performed.
Patients can go home the same day and typically return to work in 1 or 2 days. No device remains inside your body after the procedure. Rapid recovery is one of the main benefits of a minimally invasive treatment like NovaSure!
Temporary side effects may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, discharge and spotting. Approximately 97% of patients don't experience pain during the treatment.
If you answer yes to any of the statements listed below or have more questions about excessive menstrual bleeding, consider talking to your OB/GYN doctor about NovaSure and other heavy period treatment options:
In addition to NovaSure, there are other treatment options for excessive menstrual bleeding including medication, hormonal contraceptives (like birth control pills or intrauterine devices, or IUDs) and surgery (hysterectomy).
Many times, determining the best form of treatment will depend on if you're planning on having children. Some treatment options temporarily limit a woman's fertility such as the pill, while others permanently remove a woman's ability to get pregnant like a hysterectomy or endometrial ablation.
Each woman experiences her period differently. It's important to talk to your doctor to find the causes and solutions for your excessive menstrual bleeding. Take your time when deciding which treatment option is right for you and carefully weigh all factors.
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