Women no longer need to accept heavy menstrual bleeding as a fact of life, nor do they need to resort to a hysterectomy or hormones to correct the problem.
For the one in five women who suffer the discomfort, fatigue and anemia from heavy menstrual bleeding, a new alternative is available. It’s called NovaSure and it is being introduced in the area by Dr. David Soll, an obstetrician/gynecologist at the Woman’s Clinic.
Heaving bleeding is very common, says Dr. Soll. “NovaSure is a relatively risk free way to decrease the amount of bleeding and the number of days of bleeding. In fact, 50 percent of women who have the procedure will have no more bleeding at all.”
- In the past, women with heavy bleeding (usually more than 10 days a month) had one basic option, a hysterectomy or surgical removal of the uterus.
- Next came the use of laparoscopy to remove the uterus through a small incision in the belly button. This became a better alternative for most women. With fewer complications and faster recovery, a laparoscopic supra cervical hysterectomy allowed the woman to be back to work in two weeks rather than the traditional six weeks after a vaginal hysterectomy.
- The need to remove the uterus at all to correct heavy bleeding was reduced dramatically with the introduction of endometrial ablation, a procedure that uses an electrical rollerball to cauterize or burn the inside lining of the uterus.
- NovaSure takes ablation a step beyond that. The physician uses a mesh device shaped like a “T” to cauterize the lining of the uterus in 90 seconds – significantly less time that other ablation procedures. The instrument permanently removes the active cells lining the uterus with the brief application of electrical energy. NovaSure requires no pre-treatment drug to thin the lining of the uterus and it can be performed at any time during a woman’s cycle.
Women, who have it done on a Friday, for example, are back to work on Monday, Dr. Soll says.
“Frequent and heavy bleeding affects a woman’s quality of life,” he explains. “Many women don’t realize it can be treated. They just think it’s a part of life.”