February 09, 2016
Many of my patients struggle with their periods and are often unaware of their options to reduce or even remove the side effects they experience each month. Endometrial ablation is a method chosen by many women 40 years of age or older, who suffer from heavy or painful periods and are done having children. While there are several approaches to eliminating some of these painful symptoms, one of the most popular procedures nationally is Novasure®.
This procedure can be a great option for women hoping for a quick recovery so they can return to work and their regular activities within a day. This non-invasive procedure gently removes the lining of the uterus that causes bleeding so women no longer have periods. With local anesthesia, it usually takes less than thirty minutes and avoids the potential side effects and risks of other sterilization solutions, including laparoscopy and hysterectomies.
Only women who are through having children and have taken action for permanent sterilization already should consider Novasure®, as pregnancy following can be dangerous for both the mother and fetus. For those concerned about the immediate side effects, the most common ones I have seen having performed more than 200 of these procedures include cramping, mild pain, nausea, vomiting and discharge.
One of my patients in her mid-forties sought Novasure® due to heavy periods that would last up to seven days every month. Following the procedure, she now has little to no pain and only spots once a month.
Periods don’t have to be a road block or something that you dread each month. Explore your options for how you can get to feeling comfortable and active again. Check with your physician to see if this is the right option for you and your family.
** This blog post was written to explain the treatment options for painful periods and should not be taken as concrete medical advice, nor do the views above reflect the views of the OBGYN Center or the HealthONE organization. As with any medical questions or concerns, please make an appointment with your physician to discuss your own personal situation and treatment options.
Rodney Lamb, MD is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has been with the OBGYN Center since 1987. While Dr. Lamb is passionate about birth and deliveries, he also enjoys conducting seminars on women’s health and other topics upon request in the community. Earning his medical degree at the University of Utah, he completed his residency at Northwestern University. Happily married, Dr. Lamb has three children, is a proud grandpa and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.