Before NovaSure much of my life revolved around my period. When was I going to get it? How bad would it be? What event will I miss? It was the unknown that was the most frustrating. My children were all grown up and I was at the point in my life where I could really focus on me and enjoy things, not worry about my period.
At its peak I was having such serious menstrual pains that my sons (ages 21 and 27) were worried about me. It got so bad that I brought towels to put on the car seat and extra clothes to work. I had overwhelming fatigue and loss of energy. I had lots of pain with every cycle. My cramps were so bad I felt like I was going to have a baby!
One example of a really bad day was when I was pushing a cart full of groceries in the store and I doubled over in pain. I left the cart in the store and went to the emergency room. The doctors had to give me pain drugs.
It got to the point where there were only 10 days every month I wasn’t bleeding. My doctor found polyps in my uterus and said it was due to perimenopause. My periods became irregular. I would have two and a half or three weeks between periods, and they became heavier. It was the unknown that was the worst, not knowing when it would hit you.
According to my doctor, I had three options: hormones, a hysterectomy or a new procedure she gave me a brochure for – NovaSure endometrial ablation. I immediately set a date and had NovaSure as an outpatient procedure.
The overall procedure was easy as pie. I did a “twilight” anesthetic and had some very mild cramping for a couple of days but no more pain and no more periods, just some light spotting. I’ve had no period since the procedure, just some minor spotting right after and no spotting for the past eight months.
I just wanted to kiss my doctor and jump up and down. Life has improved so much. I’m no longer anemic, the worry is gone. No more wearing black all the time and no more feeling bulk with all the tampons I had to carry. I can go places without having to worry about being prepared. I was one of the lucky ones that took a chance on NovaSure, and I’m so glad that I did. I even pass out brochures to my friends!