Minerva and NovaSure are quick, safe, and simple procedures to lighten or stop your periods without the side effects of hormones or the risks of hysterectomy. They work by permanently removing the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus (the part that causes the bleeding), with a quick delivery of radio frequency energy.
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 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 then pulled back into the wand, and both are removed from the uterus.
Immediately after the Minerva or NovaSure procedure, some women may experience cramping, mild pain, nausea, and/or vomiting. Most women feel back to themselves and can resume normal activities within a day or so. Be sure to follow any instructions from your doctor, no matter how well you are feeling.
Plan to give your body about 3 months to fully heal on the inside and resume its normal cycle. At that point, you and your doctor should be able to tell what your cycle and your periods will be like from that point on.