Simple Procedure to Reduce Heavy Menstrual Flow
If you suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, read about a simple new treatment that is quick, safe and highly effective. With the Novasure treatment, you can "resolve the bleeding...and restore your life."
What is menorrhagia?
Menorrhagia is the medical term for excessive menstrual bleeding. About 1 in 5 women suffer from this condition. Menorrhagia is diagnosed when one or more of the following situations occurs:
- menstrual flow is so heavy at times that the patient must change her protection every hour.
- menstrual periods last longer than 7 days
- menstrual bleeding is so heavy that the patient misses work on more than one occasion
- menstrual bleeding causes "accidents" such as damage to clothes, car upholstery, or bedding.
- menstrual bleeding has caused anemia (low blood count)
- menstrual bleeding has caused the patient to go to the emergency room (or urgent care center)
- menstrual bleeding results in a diminished quality of life, causing unpredictable, embarrassing accidents, or causing lifestyle adjustments such as planning or avoiding trips or activities based on the expected dates of bleeding.
What causes menorrhagia?
Many conditions can cause menorrhagia, which is most common between ages 35 and 45. A complete gynecological evaluation should look for the following possible causes:
- uterine fibroids
- uterine abnormalities such as polyps
- hormonal problems
- thyroid problems
- blood clotting disorders
- chronic illnesses such as immune system diseases (e.g. Lupus)
- uterine cancer
- often, there is no identifiable cause and fortunately, menorrhagia is rarely a sign of cancer
What are the possible treatments?
Treatment may have to be directed at identified causes such as surgery for fibroids or treatment of thyroid disorders. When no cause has been identified, the following treatments are possible:
- use of birth control pills. Many women respond very well to this treatment, while others either cannot or prefer not to take the Pill for many years.
- D & C (dilatation and curettage). This is often offered as a treatment, but in most cases it provides only temporary improvement. Ultimately, a more definitive treatment will usually be needed.
- Hysterectomy. Although this is an effective treatment, the risks and recovery are such that many women would rather suffer from heavy bleeding than have this surgery done.
- Endometrial Ablation. This is when a procedure is done just to the uterine lining to destroy most of it. Since the lining is the source and cause of the heavy bleeding, by destroying most of it (in such a way that it does not grow back), the heavy menstrual flow can be drastically reduced in amount and duration. This procedure is not advised unless childbearing has been completed. Data suggests that pregnancies occurring after endometrial ablation can be dangerous for both the fetus and the mother.
What is Novasure?
Novasure is a specially designed treatment to perform endometrial ablation quickly and simply. In my opinion, among all of the treatment options available, this one is the most effective, easiest to perform and has the best results.
The Novasure procedure takes less than 5 minutes to perform. It is done in an outpatient surgery setting under light anesthesia...painless, and with a quick recovery.
How does Novasure work?
The Novasure system is the result of ingenuity and extensive research. There are 2 components. One is a disposable unit inserted into the uterine cavity for less than 2 minutes. This unit introduces a soft wire mesh shaped to fit the uterine cavity. When electrical energy enters the mesh, it causes heat, burning the uterine lining.
The other component is a computer-controlled electricity generator and timer. The computer "brain" continually senses the energy and resistance, and shuts off automatically once the uterine lining has been burned, preventing damage to the uterine muscle or surrounding organs.
Insert device into uterine cavity
Spread electrical mesh to conform to the shape of the cavity
Activate electrical current, heating the mesh which then burns the uterine lining
What results can be expected?
Most women will see a significant reduction in their menstrual bleeding. In randomized, controlled clinical studies of the NovaSure™ System, over 91% of patients returning for follow-up at 12 months had their bleeding reduced to light or moderate periods, and 41% reported that their bleeding had stopped completely. Many women may also experience meaningful added benefits: 63% of women treated with the NovaSure™ System experienced a reduction in dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), and 45% had a reduction in PMS symptoms. (less bleeding, less cramping and less PMS...sounds too good to be true!)
What should I do next if I am interested in the Novasure treatment?
Please call our office to schedule an appointment. We will perform a careful evaluation to determine if you are a candidate.