This is a story just for women. Although everybody in Gina Lincoln's family may appreciate it, because it helps her mood.
"The next morning I woke up and it was like I was a new woman. I could go back to work right away with no heavy cramps and no heavy bleeding," said Gina Lincoln, a NovaSure patient.
Gina is like the one in five women, who suffer from Menorrhagia. It's a problem that effects about ten million women and causes excessive bleeding during the menstrual cycle. For years, popular solutions have included either hormone therapy (which may be needed for years), or a hysterectomy to remove the uterus (which is an immediate fix but requires major surgery).
About a half dozen doctors in Lubbock now are using what's called the Novasure System. It's a 90 second outpatient procedure which can be done under a local anesthetic to permanently remove the lining of the uterus.
"The ideal candidate would be someone whose periods are a medical problem, meaning that they are anemic or that it is a social problem, and they don't have an overt disease that would require something else. This is, of course, not a procedure you would use for cancer of fibroids or large problems, but many women fit into that group and would benefit from it," said Dr. Brent Nall, an OB/GYN, at the Grace Clinic.
The technique, called Ablation, has been done for years but Dr. Nall says, "The NovaSure System is safer and more effective than ever before. Sixty-five percent of the time, women will have no periods after this procedure. The rest may have light bleeding, which is still a big relief for women who have suffered from excessive bleeding for so long."