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Endometrial Ablation - NovaSure, Her Option, or D&C

For the past year I've been having "abnormal" periods, some with heavy bleeding and small clots. I'm not premenopausal. My OBGYN is recommending I have one of the procedures listed above. My husband and I already decided several years ago that we were not going to have any more children.

My question is.. Has anyone had one of these producures? What was it like? Was it sucessful?

What can I do next?

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Thank you mamas for sharing your advise and experiences. I had a biopsy today and if all goes well, I'll be scheduling the Novasure.

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Hi L.,

I just wanted to say that for years I had the same issues with heavy bleeding, clotting, spotting all the time. It got to the point that I was afraid to leave home without using a tampon or mini-pad 24/7. At the time I had just turned 40 and definately wasn't having anymore children. I spoke with my GYN and after tracking things for 30 days, we opted to have a partial hysterectomy. I still have my ovaries...so no hormone replacement drugs. I know that some will think that going directly to surgery is a little extreme, but after YEARS of going back and forth with my periods being irregular and the fact that my hormones were already whacked out...(I would know that I was being a b****, but couldn't help myself) this was the best course of action for me. My youngest daughter was 11 at the time.

Just another avenue for thought!! Good luck with whatever you decide to do and Have a Happy New Year

Hi L.,
So sorry to hear of your troubles. I hope you find resolution soon!

I had a D&C in 2006 due to abnormal menstuation. I had endometrial polyps that caused me to menstruate often and heavily. The doctor reported that one of the polyps "was the size of my fist". Just before the procedure I menstruated for three weeks in a row. After the procedure my periods were great, every 28 days to the day and normal. The pain and the flow reduced greatly. The procedure was minor as I experienced mild cramping the next day.

My friend had an ablation for her uterine fibroids. She also had much success with it. She researched her options well and selected the ablation. It was effective for her as her periods became normal again too. Her recovery was longer then a D&C but her situation called for it. The D&C would not have helped her as her situation was concerning.

I hope this helps. Good luck with your decision and Happy New Year.

Funny you should be writting about this. I am having the NovaSure done on the 16th. I've very excited. My Dr recommended this for me and we never discused the other options that you mentioned. I did look into those for my own piece of mind, and I like the NovaSure the best. This Feb will be 2 yrs that I've been hemoraging (sp ck). It's been ugly. I just switched to this Dr and he advised that I've bled to much for to long. I've also been on meds because I'm VERY annimic (don't know why - haha). So, hopefully my body will get itself back in order soon. He also promised that I'll have more energy since I'll be keeping my blood instead of "bleeding to death". To me, this is as exciting as my husband and my 2 kids. I've just had a very rough 2 yrs and I can't take it any more. I wish you the best of luck in your decision and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hi L.,
So sorry you're having this problem. Have you tried taking a natural product? and How old are you? I too had irregular painful periods & was regulated in a few months feeling great! I would like to talk to you a bit more about this before you have such a procedure done.

Hi L.,

I have had abnormal bleeding forever it seems - my doctor
1st did a vaginal ultrasound to make sure their were no polyps or fibroids then he did a D&C less invasive this controlled my bleeding for a few years – Only the 1st & 2nd days were bad –
Then I hit 47 and it started again this time we tried a very low progesterone pill only- this worked a little but not enough. I just had another D&C to see if it would help and to make sure everything was clean. The one thing my doctor said to me about the endometrial ablation that it works for most women. But cannot always detect any abnormal cells growing once you have the procedure. Premenopausal and have had a mastectomy 4 years ago so I decided to let nature run its course.
And buy stock in overnight pads.

Good Luck – Just get as much information as you can and make the best decision for you.

I used to work for a company that made a medical device for endometrial ablation. It's my understanding that it is a fairly quick and safe procedure. Simply, they put a balloon-like instrument inside you and fill it with very hot water. It takes like 8 minutes. You might experience cramping for a few days afterwards, but going forward your periods are either very light or non-existent. It is only for women who do not plan on having any more children.

I hope this helps...

Hi L., I have been experiencing the same thing for the past three months. My doctor recommended novasure. I have not decided what to do. I to have two young children and am a working mom outside of the home. When this happens, it really disrupts my day. I hope someone who has had the same procedure responds soon. Thanks for putting this out there. J

I had endometrial ablation about a year and a half ago after suffering with heavy periods and anemia for 10 years. I have 3 teenage daughters and knew I was done with having kids. The procedure was painless and I was home the same day. I rested for a few days although I felt fine. Since then I have had only minimal spotting recently. For a year I had nothing. It has been wonderful and I wish I had done it sooner. I know everyone is different but for me it was sooo worth it.
The best to you in making this decision.

Hi L.,
I too, have had very irregular & heavy periods. My OBGYN suggested that I look into the same treatments including the MIRENA IUD --I finally opted for the Mirena. I'm very glad I did, my periods are very light, no cramps. Forgot to mention that I also non-menopausal & my husband & I are not planning any more children. I feel great about this option.
Good Luck making your decision.

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