Re: Irregular Bleeding and Uterine Ablation question...
HI there.I had both a tubal and Novasure in January...my doctor managed to get both procedures done and paid for by my insurance, the Novasure being billed as necessary due to abnormal heavy bleeding...whatever, the whole thing cost me 25$! HOWEVER it wasnt easy. And, he didnt guarantee the NovaSure- told me that 2 out of 5 women still have periods...in all honesty, Im not sure if it was a good move or a bad move to go thru this...Im still gettting my period and the recovery time is close to a month of spotting and needing pantyliners (and no sex or warm baths) however the overall pain came from the tubal, which was done laproscopically (thru the belly button). IT took me a full week before I felt like myself again and could bend over and sit in the bathroom alone! After that, and since then, complete recovery.
But the down side is that Im one of the ones whos NovaSure didnt exactly go as planned. First of all, its been 3 months- I now bleed irregularly whenever my body seems to want to...I have gotten a 12 day period and a 1 day period, nothing seems to have straightened out. I will admit that the periods are really light! Not even tampon heavy- panty liner type....and Ive seen my doc as recently as last week, he thinks that things might still regulate, and that this is due to having been on B/C pills for a good 20 years. But, I miss the days of knowing when my period was coming- being able to plan around it. I do NOT miss the wondering about pregnancy thing....hes 99.9 % sure that the tubal went fine. (lets hope so).
As for the length of time with NovaSure, its not guaranteed at all, and "they" say that after 5-10 years, you can start bleeding again and be back to where you started...the body does regenerate the cells and eventually the old cells will slough off- so if its permanancy you are seeking, this isnt it; however at your young age, if you needed to do it again in your late 30s you could (and theyll probably have another procedure by then, anyway!).
Hope this helps.
RRMS- dx 05