One in five women struggle with heavy menstrual periods and more than 60% say they miss social events due to their bleeding. Noreen Kamal-Mostafavi, MD, in Staten Island, New York, has helped many women overcome heavy bleeding with a five minute treatment called NovaSure® ablation. Ablation isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a good candidate, NovaSure produces remarkable results, lightening or in some cases, eliminating your periods. To schedule an appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly team member or use the online booking form.
Novasure ablation is a type of endometrial ablation, a procedure that treats heavy vaginal bleeding by removing a thin layer of the tissue lining your uterus. Every month, this lining, called the endometrium, thickens to prepare for a fertilized egg. If you don’t become pregnant, the lining breaks down and sheds as your menstrual period.
When Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi removes the lining during an endometrial ablation procedure, your periods are eliminated or become significantly lighter.
Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi may recommend Novasure ablation when you have abnormally heavy periods, if conservative treatments haven’t helped, and you don’t want to get pregnant in the future.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defines heavy menstrual bleeding as bleeding longer than seven days. You can also tell your bleeding is too heavy when you soak through a pad or tampon every hour, you need to wear more than one tampon or pad, or you must change your feminine protection during the night.
While it’s possible to become pregnant after NovaSure ablation, it’s not likely. And if you do get pregnant, you have a high risk for serious complications. That means you should not consider this procedure if you want to have children in the future.
Gynecologists may perform endometrial ablation using one of several techniques, but Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi uses one of today’s most innovative options, a radiofrequency device called NovaSure.
The NovaSure device slides through your cervix and into your uterus. Once it’s in place, the device releases a net that expands to match the shape of your uterus and covers the entire endometrial lining.
Then Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi sends radiofrequency energy through the netting. As a result, the entire endometrium is heated and destroyed.
Your NovaSure procedure takes about five minutes, but treatment with radiofrequency energy only lasts 90 seconds. Your periods start again after a few months, but they’ll be much lighter.
If you struggle with heavy vaginal bleeding, call Noreen Kamal-Mostafavi, MD, or book an appointment online.