My family doctor completely dismissed my complaints about my heavy periods, saying “it’s something that happens.” We never discussed hormone treatment or surgery, and even if we had I wouldn’t have done either. I didn’t tolerate birth control pills in the past, and I have quite a few family members who have had hysterectomies and I know what they went through.
Since my heavy flow didn’t seem to be the result of a disease, I just figured it was something I needed to put up with – until I saw the television ad for NovaSure. I looked up on the website the names of the doctors in my area who perform them. Dr. (Roseann) Gumina’s profile looked good to me and she is in my neighborhood, so I scheduled an appointment with her and within three weeks I had the procedure done.
I always had somewhat heavy periods, but as I neared my mid-forties they really started getting heavier. I had PMS symptoms. Thankfully I never had to miss or leave work because of my period, but there were times I came close. Each month I had at least two or three days when I would try to limit my activities for fear of having an accident or not making to the bathroom in time. I would cringe if we had a meeting at work during those two or three days. The bathroom was across the building and I was afraid I wouldn’t make it.
I had my NovaSure procedure in May 2011. I wish I had known about it years earlier. I still have a period each month, but it’s getting less and less and it only lasts for two days. I like the freedom from tampons and pads and from the fear of not making it to the bathroom.