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RE: Endometrial Ablation

My gyn suggested I have the Novasure endometrial ablation procedure to help with menstrual difficulties. I would like to hear from anyone else who may have had this procedure or knows of this procedure. I have researched online and found both positive reviews and negative reviews. I know it is my decision to make, but I always like to hear different opinions.
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Hi everyone!
Thank you all so much for your responses. The procedure went well. Not much pain at all, just some cramps the first day and a little sore for the next few days. I am having my first period since the procedure now and so far it is very light and almost done!
Thanks again for all of your help!
M.

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I'm just seeing this now, so sorry for the belated response. I'm glad to hear you went ahead with the ablation. I don't think you will regret it.

I had it done about 4 years ago, and haven't had any bleeding since. It is so nice not to have to worry about it! My periods were so heavy before, and I wasn't able to go on the pill due to a previous blood clot. I went from misery to not even having to think about it. I do have some emotional variations and breast tenderness at the time of my period, but that's the only way I know I'm having a period.

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I had the endrometrial abaltion about 2 yrs ago. I have always had mestrual problems. I had cyst on my overies and had endromestreosis. The first year was wonderful. I would only spot about every 3 month, now in the past 4 month I have had the cramping for about 2 days and 2 days of somewhat heavy bleeding. It's just like being on a regular monthly cycle again. I know that everything works different on each individual, but to me there is no difference now.

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I had it after the birth of my third child 3 three years ago. I had extensive bleeding and pain every month and fibroids. Its been fantastic, I'd say it has changed my life. I no longer have a cycle which is great and all the problems with the plumbing are gone without the challenges of a hysterectomy. Its good to get opinions, I thought the video the ob-gyn showed me was too "happy" and didn't cover all the details.

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I had this done in August of last year. I was having heavy periods and my doctor suggested it. As i had been disgnosed as being anemic, and all other tests came back a negative for iron loss, this was an option that I was willing to give a try. My sister had had the same procedure months before and was singing it's praises. I felt confident it would be a safe procedure and i totally trust my gyn. I had no period for 4 months, then when it came back, i wasn't, and still am not sure, i can call it a period. it usually lasts 1-2 days and a panty liner is all i need to get me through the cycle. Another great deal for me is that I don't bleed as profusely as before and more times than not, it is only light pink in color, hence my hesitation in calling it a period. If you trust your gyn and you feel comfortable, i would go for it. It is one of the best things i have ever done for myself.

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I had this procedure about 5 years ago and sadly, I'm one of the ones who healed from it. My periods are pretty close to the way they were before the procedure. It seems the further away I get from the ablation, the more my cycles are the way they were when I was a teenager (before birth control pills). I don't take the Pill because my husband had a vasectomy, but I tell you, I'm getting tempted. They can't do another ablation, so my options are to get back on the pill or remove the uterus. :(

On a positive note, the procedure went very smoothly. I had some pretty serious cramping so you have to make sure the hospital staff stays on top of your pain. The worse part was when they held off on pain med because they didn't want to depress my breathing. Once I got over that hurdle, things went pretty much according to plan. I don't recall being "down" for very long. I have three kids, so I doubt I was in bed for more than a day or two.

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Thank you so much for posting this!! I'm having the novasure technique done next week and the responses have been very reassuring. My doc said it was either this or partial hysterectomy. I'm trying this first. Good luck with yours!

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I had this procedure and it was the best thing for me. I was on my way to the wonderful thought of hysterectomy and recovery. I was not ready for the time off of work, recovery, and the thought of my husband and kids running the show so shortly after I had knee reconstruction. You need to understand that you must be done with babies. My pain and crazy periods have stopped. I also fell in the lucky % that no longer have periods! This worked for me. I am not saying that I still won't need the other later on, but it worked. You will need about 2-3 days of down time due to the gas and the drainage after. Good Luck!

Kimberly

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I know someone who had an endometrial abalation to help with her endometriosis. Years ago she had a laproscopy to laser off excess tissue that did help for a while.

She looked at the risks/benefits, and since she was done having kids and didn't want to risk screwing up her hormones with a hysterectomy she decided an ablation was the way to go.

However she ended up with an infection after the procedure. She knew there was a risk of infection but didn't think it would happen to her. She became very ill a couple days post-op and wound up in the hospital. Fortunately she responded very well to IV antibiotics, and hasn't had any problems since.

With hindsight she does wish she had chosen a doc who had more experience doing ablations.

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Hi M.,

I had my ablation done 5(?) years ago. It was the greatest thing I ever did. I had many problems and I was a bit leery about having it done, but went ahead with it. I was willing to do anything to get my 'problem' taken care of. What they do is put you under and laser out the lining of the uterus. Very short procedure. It was day surgery, not much pain. I never had any problems afterwards, and from what I've read some (like me) never have a period again. Your dr should have some info on this, that's where I got mine. If you have any other questions, you can email me at ____@____.com put mamasource in the subject so I don't delete it.

T.

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I had this done almost a year ago. I had to respond and tell you it has been great! I recommend having it done awake if your doctor does it in his/her office. It doesn't hurt any more than cramps. And for only a few seconds. I highly recommend this! H. l.

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Hi M.,
Be sure your uterus is not too enlarged for the procedure. I went in last November to have it done and when I woke up the doctor told me he couldn't do it because my uterus was too enlarged by a half a centimeter. While he was in there he removed a pollup. Needless to say, I was really upset because I went through all that and came out with nothing. Not to mention the copay. Now, I am scheduled to have a partial hystorectomy in May. I tried to get the doctor to to that first, but he said this would fix my problem (menstrual problems). Now, I have to pay another copay, get "poked" again, miss work again....etc. The only way to find out is to get your uterus measured. That is not a nice procedure either, but at least they can do that in the doctors office. Hope this helps!

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I had one done about 3 years ago...didn't really solve all of my problems even though mine were nowhere as severe as others here...fibroids mostly. I was done having children so we decided to do it. There was not much down time afterwards and I had no complications.

About a year later I ended up having a vaginal hysterectomy, where they don't have to cut you open for the surgery. It's all done through the vagina and the stitches are internal...no scars to be seen! And the downtime was nothing again. I was home on Friday and in church Sunday.

Good luck with your decision and I hope you get the peace you need from whatever choice you make!

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I had this procedure done and it has really helped with the amount of discharge. The thing it didn't fix was the irregularity and the length of the period but my gyn put me on birth control after the procedure and that fixed those problems. I only wish I could have had it done before kids. It is worth it. I did have menstrual migranes due to withdrawal from the hormones in the birth control pills but there is a patch to get rid of those so if you do end up going this route be sure and talk to your gyn about every symptom no matter how trivial it seems. My life is so much easier now.

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I have a personal friend that has had this proceedure. She is no longer able to have children. It basically burns off the inner lining of your uterus so that you no longer build up enough blood stores on your uterine wall. After about 4-6 months, your periods will pretty much disappear and that's it.

It has only been about 3 months for my friend, and now her periods are only 1 day long. Even if she and her husband fertilized an egg together, it would never implant due to insuficient blood supply for the egg. Her only option now is surrogacy.

So, if you are done having children of your own and this is something you want to do, go for it. I would love to not have periods anymore!

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I was suffering from what seemed to be constant heavy bleeding (I would bleed for 10 - 14 days, off a week or so, then bleed again). I had a history of "woman problems" over the years with 2 prior surgeries for tumors and one emergency c-section. My doctor gave me a choice of the ablation or the old fashion hysterectomy. I chose the former and have never been happier. It was less invasive, there was less down time (I'm a 44 year old married mom with a 6 and 3 yr. olds), less expense, and since I still wanted to keep my remaining ovary I felt there was a potential benefit for ovarian cancer detection.

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I have never heard of this till now. I recieved Depo-provera injections for 12 years to avoid a hysterectomy. When I turned 50, I learned I was in menopause, and got my last shot that day. The injetions took their toll over the yaers. Hair falling out and not growing, among other side affects. Now I just learned the lining of my uterus is very thin. Don't know if the long term use of Depo's i the cause. Nice to find out there is other options open for suffering endometriosis patients. Congratulations on your speedy recovery!
C.

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I had the procedure done 2 years ago and I love it. I don't get a period anymore. I was getting a period every 2 weeks. It made me frustrated and weak. Now I have more energy to do things with my daughter. I even coached her volleyball team last summer. I feel great. And my babygirl loves having her mommy back to play with. Good luck.

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I hope that you are able to get some relief soon.
I know that there is an Ob/Gyn clinic in Edina where a friend of mine had a procedure called Her Option. This was a freezing procedure to the uterus. It was done right in their office and she did not even have to go to the hospital or get put to sleep. I couldn't believe when she called me the next day from work. Modern technology is AMAZING!

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HI M., MY NAME IS R. AND I HAVE BEEN HAVING A LOT OF DIFFICULTIES WITH MY PERIODS. cAN YOU LET ME KNOW WHAT EXACTLY YOU HAD DONE. THANKS Email Add. ____@____.com

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I know I am late and am not sure if you have already done this but you should get a book by Dr. Christiane Northrup entitled Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. I believe that any great doctor should be delving into the emotional, psychological as well as physical reason's for dis-ease in the body. There are many low and no cost things you can do to stamp out menstrual pain and problems beginning with breath work and diet. if you eat dairy products that is a huge contributing factor as is meat.

If you are interested in any more specific information from me I can be reached at ____@____.com to you,

J.

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Good Afternoon,
I had Novasure a few years back. The reason for the procedure was to help minimize heavy periods and really bad cramps. The procedure went well and no bad side effects. However, I eventually had a complete hysterectomy due to the procedure not helping with the cramping. I did stop the heavy bleeding after a few months of light spotting.
Good luck to you.

L.
Fulshear

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Be sure your uterus isn't enlarged. If it is the proceedure will not work. I was about to get the same proceedure done when a vaginal ultra sound showed that my uterus was too big. Also my uteran lining was so thick that it wouldn't have been effective. I opted for a hysterectomy. I have never regretted it, but that is a total personal choice. My friend had the ablation and it helped her heavy peroids, but they did not stop for her.

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I'm just seeing this now, so sorry for the belated response. I'm glad to hear you went ahead with the ablation. I don't think you will regret it.

I had it done about 4 years ago, and haven't had any bleeding since. It is so nice not to have to worry about it! My periods were so heavy before, and I wasn't able to go on the pill due to a previous blood clot. I went from misery to not even having to think about it. I do have some emotional variations and breast tenderness at the time of my period, but that's the only way I know I'm having a period.

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I had one last year due to menstrual problems. Recovery was fast. I had some cramping for about 1-2 weeks. I had no periods for months but in the last few months I have had just minimal (not enough to buy pads again)periods. It is nothing like it was before. I may go in to the dr just to make sure everything is still alright. The dr did say that sometimes the lining grows back. As long as the problems don't come back, I'm ok with that. But overall it was a simple procedure with little side effects for me. I went back to work the next day, AMA, of course. But I didn't really want to use days unless I really had to. It worked out, I moved slow and careful and much of my time is spent at my desk.
If I had to do it again I would. I feel so much better and have my energy back.

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HI, I had that procedure done in February 2006 and I must say I am very PLEASED!! My cycle was awful before that. I never knew exactly when it would start and if it did it went for days. I felt like I needed to buy stock in Tampons. Now I have about 1-2 days of a heavy flow and the other days are moderate to light. For me, it was great and I was back at work the next day.

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I had it done 3 years ago. Wonderful helped me tremedously. No complications very short procedure. I am nearng Menopause so my Dr suggested it instead of Hysterectomy.. I highly recomend it.

A. H

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I just now saw your posting, but it could not have come at a better time for me. Reading all the responses has helped me with the dicision to go forward with this procedure. I have very, very heavy periods, am anemic, no endometiosis or enlarged uterus. Just periods that last 3-6 weeks at a time without meds. My husband has been very supportive of anything I decide to do, but is now saying "get the plumbing fixed". I am 50, mother of 3 grown boys, and obviously not looking to have more children. Thanks again for asking the question. It helped me a lot.

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I never had female problems til last august and until late november when I had my ablation done I bleed very heavy sometimes (rather many times a day I caught the flow in my hand while at work) initally the dr told me this was normal EXCUSE me it is not normal I finally found a dr that didn't think it was normal. I did go into her office telling her that if I needed a hysterecomy I really wanted to be dead instead. (I was only partially right. I just used that statement to show her how much I didn't want that done) what she discovered I had was what I would say was a bad case of acne on the walls of my uterus. so she ended up doing a glorified D & C and just did the ablation as as added bonus (like the commercials on TV that advertise just doing this to stop the flow) I was told that I would be in the operating room for an hour to 3 hours maybe- I was out of surgery and ready to go home in an hour. and 2 hours later I still had no pain and if it was not for the fact I could not stay awake I would have been able to go to work the next day--- now that bothered me but the doctor did point out that I did not sleep well for 4 months and my body was taking advantage that I had the asthesia in me and letting me sleep and as long as I was able to wake up on demand I was not to worry.
and it is has been since nov 30th and since about a week after wards I have yet to have a period -- I was about to give away my feminine products that I have on hand til I read everyone's post saying I might need to use them sometimes.
I have not have cramps during my periods since I was a teenager and before babies. so maybe that is why I did not have cramp recouping from this procedure.

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I had this procedure done in May 2007. What a difference!! There was minial discomfort, and a quick recovery time. My periods did not stop completely but they were much, much lighter. I am very satisfied. Good Luck!

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Hi M.! I saw your latest response where you decided to have the procedure. I go to a clinical nutritionist who was able to help a woman who had endometriosis so bad that her doctor recommended she have a hysterectomy. Dr. Smith (clinical nutritionist) asked her to ask the doctor to give her 3 months to put her on nutritional therapy so she did. After 3 months the endometriosis was gone and she had nice pink healthy tissue. Her regular doctor wanted to do the hysterectomy anyway "just to be sure." Thankfully she said no and went on to have two healthy children! So if you at least want to talk to Dr. Smith before making your final decision her number is ###-###-####. She is one of a very few in this country who can do what she does so at least just talk to her first. Her website is www.advancedclinicalnutrition.com. She has patients all over the country and even a few international. At least find out the approximate cost before having any kind of invasive procedure. Dr. Smith says your body is never the same after having ANY kind of surgery. Right now she's helping me avoid a root canal and my friend is avoiding knee surgery because of her therapies. Good luck! CALL HER!

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I had an endometrial ablation 2 1/2 years ago and I am so happy that I did. I don't know what kind it was but the doctor said they passed the instument though the cervix and then it opened up like a spiderweb and destoyed the endometium. I was under general anesthesia. I have had very light periods ever since. The fequency and the duration are the same as before but I only have to use panty liners. I had extremely heavy periods and had to stay home for a day or two each period. My activities were pretty restricted so this procedure really changed my life. I wish I had had it sooner.

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Hi M.,
I work for a gyn who does it and has had great success. You are in good hands with whoever does your surgery.

L. W

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So glad all went well M.. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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I didn't see this posting until today. You've probably had the procedure. However, I wanted to add another option for anyone else who reads this. I was having heavy periods that were very frequent and was severely anemic. My doctor discussed ablation with me but told me that there was a good chance it wouldn't work for me. He gave me the additional option of a Mirena IUD since I wasn't ready for the recovery time required with a hysterectomy. I'm 39 and we knew we didn't want more children, so that wasn't an issue for us. However, the Mirena delivers a small amount of progesterone into the uterus and works for 5 years. I had it inserted last May and thought at first that I had made a bad decision as I spotted for about 4 1/2 months on a regular basis. However, by about 6 months, things evened out and I just had a light period which only required a panty liner. A year into it, things are even lighter. I've been very pleased with my decision as it's solved my problem. It was uncomfortable during insertion and I cramped for about 24 hours, but after that it was great!

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Hi M., I was having horrible mensteral cycles where I was pretty much hemmoraging for 10 days. I couldn't even stand up without a flood at my feet. I had a hydro ablasion in 2004 with no difficulty. It has been such a blessing. I have not had any bleeding since then. There was no pain after the procedure. I was just groggy from the anesthsia so go for it. It will change your life.

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I work for the company (Novasure) and can tell you it has changed peoples lives. It's a minor surgery. Good luck. Happy Menstrasting!

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Wow, I just saw this and it's perfect timing! I am scheduled to have a cryo (freezing) ablation in July. My doc did an ultrasound first to make sure I didn't have any polyps, that my uterus was not too large and that the uterine lining was thin. He also took a biopsy just to be sure. Everything turned out completely normal so now I'm scheduled for the ablation. I'm excited and nervous. He did say there is about a 10% failure rate which is quite high but it's better to try this first before going for the partial hysterectomy since it's less invasive.

So glad to hear it went well for you M.!!

T.
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I have 2 friends that have had it done and I am currently in the process of having it done. Both friends had it done on Friday and were back on track Monday. They can say nothing bad about it. You just have to be sure you are done adding to your family.

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I had this procedure done about 4 years ago and it was the best thing tht ever happened to me. I was having periods that lasted 7-12 days and I bled profusely the entire time. I was passing clots like I was having a miscarriage. One I had this prodecure, I didn't have a period for nearly a year and when I did, it lasts maybe three days, and is so light that I nearly dont have to wear protection. I had very little pain after the procedure and would do it again in a heartbeat! Good luck!!!

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Does anyone know if this procedure is available to those of us working on US military Installations overseas? Will they do it at the base hospital?

Thanks

S.

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M.,

I, too, just saw your request for the first time. I had this proceedure done about 15 years ago and am thankful every day that I did! I was hemoraging for 10 days at a time, stopping for 2 or 3 and starting all over again. My doc said (back then) that in 10% of the cases, the mensus stopped completely following the ablasion, 85% reulted in monthly, light spotting, and 5% had no change. I was lucky enough to fall in the 10% group!

The proceedure was not painful and I was completely healed in about 2 months -- that's when all residual spotting stopped FOREVER!

I wish you the best of luck and will keep you in my thoughts.

E.

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hi M.,
i have had the Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Ablation which was done in 2003.... I have had no problems with the procedure and in fact it was the best decision since at the time my insurance would not pay for a hysterectomy due to my age.,..granted i still PMS now and again but i have had no problems and i dont have the monthly visitor anymore and havent since 2003.... good luck with your decision

A.

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M.,
I just had this procedure done in January. For me it turned out to be an absolute miricle!! Since I has this done, now my cycles are almost non exhistant. I was menstrating so much that the loss of blood was causing me to pass out, and the cramps alone would have me in a fetus position that I could not get up from. I also had other problems todo with my menstrual. The main thing that you need to decide for yourself if there is any possible chance you might want another child. Even if it's the slightest chance that you might want to, then I would hold off. But you also need to think about your health and which would be best for your body so that you can stay as healthy as possible for your children.

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I'm so glad things are going well for you after the procedure. I did want to mentione an option I didn't see in the other responses. It may be something to think about it a few years if the problems return. Or someone else in your situation might think about it as an option.

I had similar monthly woes (intense cramps, heavy flow, diarrhea, etc.). Birth control pills helped somewhat, but starting a new BC pack would make me nauseous for a day or two. About 15 years ago, my gyn suggested I NOT take the placebo pills. So now I take the BC pills every day of the month and I don't have a period, or the problems that go with it.

I guess more women are doing this now because they even make the pill packs without the placebos. It works perfectly for me and has been a life changer. I had been taking my pills daily for about three years when we decided to get pregnant. It took us about four months of trying, so no problems there. After our son's birth, I went back on the pill every day and haven't stopped for 12 years.

Some doctors might say to let your body have a "break" and have a period a few times a year, but I've had other doctors say that's not necessary. That's more for an individual woman's state of mind, if she needs to see that the plumbing still works. After all my horrific monthlies, I don't ever feel the need to have a period. :-)

My doc told me I could continue to take my pills daily until menopause (I'm 43). It's been a simple solution for me. I take Loestrin. Something to think about...

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I had it a year ago. It worked out great. No problems at all. Good luck!

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Hello M.,

I had an endometrial ablation about 6 years ago. It was wonderful for about four years. I then ended up with post-ablation syndrome. Now keep in mind, this is extremely rare. My gyn told me that less than 10% of cases get this so it's not common at all. In fact, my best friend had an ablation at the same time and she is still doing very well. My post-ablation problems led me to a partial hysterectomy. And that's turned out great!

While the ablation worked, it was indeed wonderful. It controlled the bleeding to the point that I no longer knew when my periods happened. I had zero bleeding the whole time.

So yes! While it's a personal decision, you should know there are risks like in anything else. I would do it again in a heart beat. Oh, and it does act as birth control though, of course, there's a small chance you could get pregnant (3% or less).

Check out this site: www.hystersisters.com. While it's dedicated to hysterectomies, there is a whole forum for alternatives like ablations.

Good luck!

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I know this respons is late but I had this procedure done in late September and I am very pleased and happy with the results. My period lasts only two days, if can call it a period and I don't get all the side effects. I am positive that you will be happy with the results.

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Having an endometrial ablation was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My periods were extremely heavy and lasted about two weeks. I am a teacher and it is hard enough to find someone to cover my class just to make a quick run to the restroom. Finding someone to relieve me every hour was impossible. There were times when I just couldn't wait and had to walk out. I always kept spare clothes locked in my closet, just in case. I realized I needed to see the doctor when I couldn't push a grocery cart without getting dizzy and weak. My doctor explained my options and we decided together that this was the best way to go. I was 34 and had already had a tubal ligation two years before. It was outpatient surgery and I was home in bed before I knew it. There was some cramping. Similar to early labor pains. I took some Advil and slept it off. I woke up at dinner time and still felt pain but it was more like menstrual cramps at this point. The next morning I felt nothing and took my girls shopping for new school clothes and supplies. I still have periods, but they last only about 3 days and never require anything more than a panty liner. Good luck.

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I had the endrometrial abaltion about 2 yrs ago. I have always had mestrual problems. I had cyst on my overies and had endromestreosis. The first year was wonderful. I would only spot about every 3 month, now in the past 4 month I have had the cramping for about 2 days and 2 days of somewhat heavy bleeding. It's just like being on a regular monthly cycle again. I know that everything works different on each individual, but to me there is no difference now.

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I know this is late, but I too, had this procedure done 4 years ago. It was the best thing I could have ever done! I hardly have any bleeding, if any at all. It MIGHT last 2 days. I too have a boy and girl, and had my tubes tied after the birth of my 4 year old. The heavy bleeding had to stop! I was soaking numerous pads a day! Now, I barely bleed, and when I do, I barely have to have protection.

Good Luck!

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I am going through the same thing. I was told the problem will come back and that it is only temporary. I am going to try some other options. I actually switched to a new doctor that deals with womens needs not just baby delivering. You might want to consider that. She has really given me some new options, and is really taking the time to listen and find out what is going on. Novasure is just a bandaid. Get a second opinon.

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I had the novasure endometrial ablation, and it was the best decision I have ever made. I have not had a period since. It really makes life so much easier!! Less PMS, also.
The actual procedure was sort of painful despite drugs, and I did have nausea for about 24 hours afterward. It was so worth it, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Good Luck.

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I just had this procedure done a few months ago, along with a DNC, LAPOROSCOPY, HYSTEROSCOPY, ABLATION AND TUBAL LIGATION. I am no better. In some ways I am worse. I recommend being absolutely sure that is your issue before you consent to the procedure. They are still having trouble determining my cause. I had some endometriosis, but slight along with my colon slightly out of place. I am in constant pain of some degree everyday now. I too have two children, a boy and a girl. I had csections with both. Did you have a csection with either?

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Wow! All the responses! I tried googling this last month and didn't come up with very much. I had mine done on the 21st of May so I'm still in the recovery stage. My two week appointment is later this afternoon. We'll find out what that was that was sent off to pathology.
I had never heard of it before May 9th when my GYN suggested that I would be a good candidate. I've got 4 children and not interested in adding to the family.
I would bleed for 10-15 days at a time, have about 7-10 days between and then do it all over again. Tried several different pills to correct it. Had all the blood tests done. Had ultrasounds done and they couldn't find the cause.
During the hysteroscopy he said most of the interior walls were smooth as they should be, but there was a really bumpy part that he D&C'd. He thinks it is embedded placental tissue from my last delivery... in Jan. 2007. I'll find out this afternoon.
Still have cramping and spotting "weeping" as they call it. Hopeing that stops soon and I can just go on with life. I have a really good feeling about it though.
Thanks for everyone sharing your experiences!

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I had it after the birth of my third child 3 three years ago. I had extensive bleeding and pain every month and fibroids. Its been fantastic, I'd say it has changed my life. I no longer have a cycle which is great and all the problems with the plumbing are gone without the challenges of a hysterectomy. Its good to get opinions, I thought the video the ob-gyn showed me was too "happy" and didn't cover all the details.

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If this doesn't help please look into natural products i have a great woman to call or find someone more local. In 1997 i was told to have a hysterectomy, I had a smaller then normal size uterus plus it was bicornate and i had 3rd stage enodmetriosis I was told i would never get pregnant and if i did i wouldn't ever carry 1 baby to term. I couldnt bring myself to have the hysterectomy and in 2001 i read where endometriosis could eat through your organs so i went to a natural health woman in OHIO and started on herbs in march or April of "01" and that november i was surprised to find out i was pregnant with twins They turn 6 this July and when i delivered them they my endo was completely gone.
Good luck and if you need any more information let me know

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Hi Meridith, I have researched the procedure for myself; have a friend who had it (loved it); but I always resisted because while I have had trouble all my life with heavy and irregular menstruals, I had a (female) biopsy cause nerve damage 16 years ago; and refuse any other medical interventions because the pain has never gone away....so, I have lived with it. However; I urge you to research bio identical hormones; you won't hear that from your gyn because they honestly have too much to do to become proficient in that knowledge; plus it isn't the mainstream, pharmecuetical choice. Go to this website: www.project-aware.org to read about other women like yourself; other options. Increased use of NATURAL progegsterone is sometimes all you need to control excessive bleeding....but then I am not the professional. I'm not sure where you live; but there are health care practitioners who help with this. You can also go to a People's Pharmacy and ask as well. Good Luck!!

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M.,
I'm 46 years old and I had this done May of 2007. Wow,how good life is! Doctor did not want to do a hysterotomy because she felt like this was just me starting the early memopause. Would recommend to anyone! So far, I no longer have periods. I have one son who is 20 years old. I've had HEAVY periods ( first two days, and last 3 days are lighter) for the past 15 years and finally, my gyno suggested this procedure. Periods were so heavy I had to change a maxi pad w/ tampon every 1-2 hours. Lots of clots. YUK! Insurance did cover, and I had this done at Presby Dallas, where I delivered my son. I feel great. Good luck to all who have this done.

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I had one done about 2 1/2 years ago. I have a great doctor who made sure I knew that it may not be a permanent solution, however at the time I was only 28 and he wanted to avoid a hysterectomy due to my age. I have spotting if anything now (no actual periods). I do still cramp at what would be my period time and ovulation time, but that it due to other complications I have. I just found out that if my recurring symptoms don't ease up, I will have to have a total hysterectomy in about 6 months. I don't regret having the ablation either way. I healed VERY quickly and felt better almost instantaneously. It cured 80% of the problems I have with my body and it has helped me to try to postpone having a major surgery until I am a little older. If you have any other questions, I would be glad to try to help.

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you may end up having a hystro. I started having that done and since my periods, and endometris (however you spell it) was so bad, plus I had foliciles on my overies they gave me a hystro. It was the best thing that happened to me. I have 3 children and I didnt plan on having any more. My stomach pain was so bad that it kept me from living life, it took them 10 years to see that I had a problem being sent to doctor after doctor. I have tried the natural ways and none of them worked for me. Your doctor is doing what is needed since with all the other treatments didnt work for you. Good luck and hope you have a fast recovery.

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If you want to be preventive to protect yourself from future hormonal related challenges, you can try an herbal product named Female Balance. This product is great for any female issue that you can think of. It has helped many, many women with ALL hormonal related issues. Check it out at my website www.symmetrydirect.com/dhendon . I have personally been taking it for about 10 years and I feel great! It is effective and delivers noticable results!

Please feel free to call me if I can be of any more help.

Victorious Living to you!
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