Procedure Timeline

Procedure Timeline

Here's what you can expect before, during, and after the NovaSure procedure:

Before the NovaSure® procedure

  • The procedure can be scheduled any time during your menstrual cycle, even if you are bleeding at the time. Your doctor will give you a pregnancy test before the procedure to confirm you are not pregnant.
  • You may be given an anti-inflammatory medicine, to take an hour or two before the procedure, to reduce discomfort.

During the NovaSure procedure

  • Your doctor may inject a local anesthetic into your uterus (the cervix). No general anesthesia is required, so you will probably be awake during the procedure.
  • Your doctor slightly opens your cervix (the opening to the uterus), inserts a slender wand, and extends a triangular mesh device into the uterus.
  • The mesh gently expands, fitting to the size and shape of your uterus.
  • Precisely measured radio frequency energy is delivered through the mesh for about 90 seconds.
  • The mesh device is pulled back into the wand, and both are removed from the uterus.
  • The entire procedure usually takes less than 5 minutes.

Right after the NovaSure procedure

  • Before you leave the doctor’s office, you will receive discharge instructions. These instructions typically include the following information:
    • Have someone drive you home.
    • Do not drive, operate potentially dangerous machinery, sign legal documents or make critical decisions the day of the procedure. You may resume regular activities the next day.
    • A heating pad placed on your lower abdomen can help to reduce cramping.
    • Consult your physician about medication to help reduce cramping.
    • You may shower the same day but refrain from swimming and baths.
    • Please refrain from anything in the vagina for 4 weeks. This includes tampons and intercourse.
    • Call your doctor if you have...
      ...increased abnormal discharge.
      ...increased post-procedural pain.
      ...increased bleeding.
      ...fever above 100.4F.
  • Be sure to check with your own doctor to find out what your specific discharge instructions are.
  • Most women report little or no pain, and return to their regular activities within a day.

Permanent contraception with NovaSure

    • When you have the NovaSure procedure, you’ll need long-term birth control, since it’s still possible to become pregnant and a pregnancy after any ablation procedure is unsafe for both mother and fetus.


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To continue learning about NovaSure, see Getting Started


The information above was obtained from the Hologic NovaSure website.

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