Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My NovaSure Experience to Stop my Heavy Periods

Post-NovaSure Ablation Update

Two days ago I had a procedure done to reduce my heavy periods. It is called a NovaSure ablation and their motto is, "Stop your heavy period and restart your life." That is exactly what I wanted to do. My period was increasingly a nuisance for two days out of the month when I would bleed excessively and what I felt was unmanageable. Sure, I could have lived with it, but I didn't want to anymore.

I know there are curious folks out there that like to hear how other people did with the procedure, and there are tons of scary stories out there, so I'll share mine. Here are the details surrounding my experience with NovaSure.

I showed up to the outpatient surgical center at 6:00 a.m. to sign in and make my payment (a painful experience in itself). Shortly after, I undressed, laid on a gurney, read a magazine and chatted with the nurses while waiting for the doctor and anesthesiologist. At around 7:30 a.m., I was transferred to the operating room, given an IV for general anesthesia and I faded off and then awoke shortly after as it was already over. I felt crampy but clear-headed.

I was picked up at 9:30 a.m by my chaperone, Daddy-O, who took me to Starbucks for a passion fruit ice tea and then let me stay on the couch the rest of the day. I could have easily been up and about doing things around the house, but I enjoyed resting, eating, reading, replying to emails, tweeting and movie watching - my usual fave kid-free, daytime activities.

I took 3 200 mg Advil for the tremendous cramping pain I had, which took the edge off. Four hours later I took two more and that evening I took just one. Yesterday morning I took two Advil before work just to ward off any pain, but I haven't needed any since. I went back to work and my normal activities yesterday and I feel totally fine. I've had a little spotting, but nothing major. What's awesome is that I was due to get my heavy flow this week and now I've bypassed it - hopefully FOREVER!

Let's see about 'restarting my life' now! It seems so promising, don't you think?

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