Tamara Mannelly

Don't burn your uterus to stop your heavy periods! Read why you should not undergo endometrial ablation. Treat your hormonal imbalance naturally!
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Recently, I have been hearing so many women talk about a procedure that is ‘changing their lives.'  This procedure is apparently becoming very common but, honestly, it seems so very odd to me.  Every time I hear about one more person having it done, I feel more compelled to share my thoughts about it.  

I think this procedure is just one more glaring example of our medical system's insistence on treating symptoms without treating the cause…one more BANDAID.   

WARNING:  

Warning! We are about to talk about periods, blood, clotting, accidents and all kinds of premenopausal period goodness. Enter at your own risk!

Before we continue, I must warn you!!!  This post will be about PERIODS: clotting, heavy flow, tampons, etc.  If that bothers you or is TMI, feel free to read some of the other great articles on Oh Lardy, like this comprehensive article on the benefits of bone broth, My September Stitch Fix Review or our natural cough remedy!!!  🙂

Now that you have been warned, let's forge ahead!!

Endometrial Ablation

What is the procedure I am talking about?  The procedure is called Endometrial Ablation and it is generally performed to lessen or stop a heavy period.

According to The Mayo Clinic, during endometrial ablation, the endometrial lining of the uterus is destroyed with the goal of reducing the flow of the period and in some women, stops the period completely.   

Endometrial ablation treats excessive menstrual blood loss, which may be indicated by:

  • Unusually heavy periods most months.  
  • Enough blood loss to soak through a pad or tampon every hour on the heaviest days.  
  • Anemia from excessive blood loss –The Mayo Clinic

The opposing walls of the myometrium collapse onto each other, and the damaged tissue contracts and develops into a scar.   Any endometrium remaining after the ablation is trapped beneath the scar, preventing further bleeding. –Medscape

There are a variety of ways to perform this procedure (extreme cold, free flowing hot liquid, microwave, etc) but the gist is that the uterine lining is destroyed, scarred forever.  It usually succeeds in lessening the flow of your period or stopping it completely. 

Um…What?!  A Permanently Scarred Uterus?

I first heard about this months ago at a dinner party.  I overheard a woman talking about a friend of a friend who had this procedure done.  Normally, when I am part of conversations about health and wellness that I don't fully agree with (which, honestly, is more often than not), I either zone out, smile and nod or walk away and find another conversation to be a part of.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions and what they think is best for themselves and their families.  Getting into debates isn't generally appropriate in most circumstances.  

However, when this person mentioned ablation, it was the first I had ever heard about it.  I basically spit out my wine and said ‘That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.'...OUT LOUD.  It was one of those moments where you think you said something in your mind but, nope, you didn't and you can almost see the words in a talk bubble floating in the air.  Oops! 🙂 

I let it go at that thinking maybe this person had some sort of extreme circumstance, some rare experience that required ablation to be performed.  None of my business.  

Over the past few months, I keep hearing about more and more women who are having this procedure done (or considering it) to try to lessen or stop their periods.   Most seem to be in their late 30s early 40s, but some have been in their early to mid 30s.  One woman told me her doctor pushes it on every woman who is done having children as a way to get rid of the ‘inconvenient period', and the inconveniently heavy period that seems to come along in one's late 30s.  I thought she was joking….Sadly, she wasn't.  

Normal or Bizarre?

Does this not sound bizarre to anyone else?  Destroying the lining of your uterus to stop your period?

From what I have read, and from what my doctor tells me, as you age, your hormones change and your period does too.  

Hey, I have been there! Over the past few years, I have most definitely experienced changes that were inconvenient and, frankly, just plain gross.  

In my later 30s, my period got crazy heavy, full of clots.  It was gross and sometimes had the potential to be embarrassing.  Would I have liked it to stop?  Of course.  Who wants to go through tampons every 45 minutes or have an accident on your pants?  No one.  

At my annual gynecological exams, my doctor always asks me about my period, the nature of the flow, the changes.  He has never once mentioned ablation as an option.  In fact, I recently mentioned to him about this procedure becoming common and let me just say he had nothing positive to say about that.  

For me, he suggested I read a book on premenopause and encouraged healthy diet and natural progesterone cream, if needed.  For me, using the natural progesterone changed my life.  It balanced everything out! And, while I still get my period (as I should because that is NORMAL!), it isn't the crazy heavy, clotty nightmare of the past couple of years.  He is continuing to help me fine tune the CAUSE of the changes in my period, not treating the symptom with a giant bandaid.

Now for full disclosure, I am not a doctor.  I am certainly not commanding people to get or not get ablation nor am I prescribing an alternative.  I am just sharing my thoughts on the matter and giving some testimonies and articles that have been helpful to me and other friends in the wellness field.  

I am very uncomfortable with the massive pushing of this permanent procedure on women and strongly believe there will be repercussions from this in the long term.

Endometrial ablation is deemed safe and effective by the FDA. But let's be honest…a label of ‘safe' by the FDA really isn't a gold standard guarantee.  EVERY drug that has been taken off the market and/or labeled as dangerous was at one point deemed ‘safe' by the FDA (Vioxx, DES, Accutane, Darvocet, Meridia, to name a few, see below for resources).  

Are there complications from endometrial ablation?  I am honestly not sure.  But a cursory look at PubMed showed some interesting studies:  Long term complications, effects of undiagnosed deep adenomyosis, risk factors of pain and possible hysterectomy,  and difficulties in performing a biopsy (i.e. hard to diagnose endometrial cancer, the most common uterine cancer).  

Hmmm…

Why Treat the Symptom NOT the Cause?

This prodcure seems to me to be one more example of our medical system treating a symptom and not getting to the root of the issue…the actual cause of the heavy periods.  From what I understand, periods get heavy and clotty for a variety of reasons, usually hormonal in nature.  If the uterine lining is destroyed, the periods are gone (or lightened) but did the reason for the heavy periods get addressed?  Of course not.  

I think there have to be repercussions down the road from this procedure.  The body is always striving toward balance and this procedure doesn't seem to be helping in that matter.  I know it is deemed ‘safe' now but I am really curious to see what happens in 20 years.

This procedure seems incredibly short sighted.  Not getting at the root of the changes that occur during premenopause, or that may be going on at other times in a woman's life for a variety of reasons. 

Two Books That Changed My Premenopausal Life

I have read two books that have completely opened my eyes to what goes on during premenopause and how to help your body change naturally…no uterus burning required.  The first is the one recommended by my doctor that I mentioned above.  Both of these books have changed my life!   

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life from Thirty to Fifty
by Dr. John R. Lee

“Are you a woman between 35 and 50 experiencing PMS, migraine headaches, sudden weight gain, fatigue, irritability, tender or lumpy breasts, memory loss, fibroids, or cold hands and feet? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of premenopause. Even if you're a decade or more away from menopause, your hormones may already be out of balance, usually caused by an excess of estrogen and a deficiency of progesterone, say the authors of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause.

John Lee, M.D., is a well-known advocate of the benefits of natural progesterone and the author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. The authors recommend natural progesterone cream to balance your hormones, eliminate premenopausal symptoms, and make you feel better. They also discuss the dangers of xenohormones–substances not found in nature that have hormonal effects–frequently found in pesticides, solvents, plastics, and hormone-treated meat.

The book presents common symptoms of premenopause with suggested natural treatments (progesterone cream, diet, vitamins, and herbs) and substances to avoid, plus additional chapters on diet and exercise. Many case studies help to bring the information into perspective. If you are premenopausal (or close to someone who is), this is a valuable resource.”  (learn more here)

The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive
by Dr. Sara Gottfried

ALL TOO OFTEN WOMEN ARE TOLD that feeling moody, asexual, tapped out, dried up, stressed out, and sleep deprived is just a part of being female. Or they’re led to believe that the answer can be found only at the bottom of a bottle of prescription pills. Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard-educated physician and nationally recognized, board-certified gynecologist, refuses to accept that being a woman means feeling overwhelmed or that popping pills is the new normal.

In The Hormone Cure, she shares the unique hormone-balancing program that she has used to help thousands of women reclaim wellness, verve, and optimal health.  The Hormone Cure is a groundbreaking book that demonstrates how balancing your hormones can cure underlying health issues and result in restored sleep, greater energy, improved mood, easy weight loss, increased productivity, and many more benefits. Dr. Sara Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure will transform your life. (learn more here)

It makes me sad to hear about so many women going through hormonal changes and being told that it is okay and totally normal to permanently scar the lining of the uterus to lessen/stop a heavy period.  I am very curious to see where the overuse of this procedure will land us in 10-20 years (and my suspicion is it will not end well).  

What are your thoughts?  Would you undergo endometrial ablation?  Have you already undergone the procedure?  If so, are you happy and comfortable with the results?  Would love to hear more…both pro and con about the procedure!!

More Reading:

Make Your Period More Pleasant by Mary Vance, NC

Hormone Balancing: Is It Possible to Achieve Normally? by Homemade Mommy

Top Tips for Hormone Balance by Mary Vance, NC

Estrogen Dominance: The Hormonal Imbalance That Causes Edema, Weight Gain, Infertility, Low Thyroid, Varicose Veins and More! by Butter Nutrition

4 Tips to Balance Your  Hormones Right Now by Mary Vance, NC

1o Steps to Kissing PMS and Hormonal Imbalance Goodbye For Good by Butter Nutrition

10 Ways to Balance Hormones Naturally by Don't Mess With Mama

Why I Stopped Using Tampons and Pads by Food Renegade

Saving the Menopausal Woman with Homeopathy by Homeopathy Works

 

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Don't burn your uterus to stop your heavy periods! Read why you should not undergo endometrial ablation. Treat your hormonal imbalance naturally!

 

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103 Comments on “Why You Should Not Turn to Endometrial Ablation to Deal With Heavy Periods”

  1. i am one of those women that had an endometrial ablation. I was in my early 40’s and my periods were extremely heavy. I wasn’t able to leave the house for a day and a half because I bleed so heavily. I was exhausted during these few days each month.

    I admit, my diet wasn’t the greatest then and maybe it would have made a differnce if it was optimal. However, I do not regret having the ablation done. No more periods, no more PMS. I was given back my life and couple years later I hot menopause.

    Would i recommend it?? Yes and I have. My sister had it done and it only lessened her periods which helped her greatly. My best friend had an ablation and her periods are a thing of the past also.

    If you’re done having babies and eating a clean diet doesn’t help, I would highly recommend and endometrial ablation.

    1. I had mine done in October and its been a nightmare.
      I was good for 5 weeks and now I’m bleeding every 10-15 days for a week.
      I am very unhappy and my doctor who is board certified and known in my area is just making excuses why it didn’t work- now I might have to do it all over again and my insurance will not cover all of it. So over 2400.00 out of pocket and problem still exists.
      DO MORE research before you agree!!!!!!

      1. I had this procedure done on April 8, 2017. I am one that doesn’t take medications or try to put a bandage on something. I want to get to the source. I fell into the pool of people who have been convinced by the doctor, staff and women who said this would be the best thing I would ever do for myself. NO MORE PERIODS, is what they all said. I am 50 years old and have struggled with my period for 8 years. I have to admit, I was desperate to have some relief. I had a cycle every 21 days and bled for 10 days. That didn’t leave me very much time in between cycles. The bleeding was extremely heavy and painful. My cycle would prevent me from outdoor activities as well as my daily life activities became more difficult. I bled through the largest tampons every 30 minutes for 3 days. Trying to get a good night’s rest during this time was impossible! To say the least I became desperate. When my doctor recommended the novasure ablation and how highly he spoke of the procedure is chose to have it done. I believe it was NOT a good choice. Never did the doctor once mention that the procedure could fail! Mine did! Adenomyosis is what he said is the POSSIBILITY of why mine FAILED. Again not a reasonable explanation of the failed ablation. The recovery has not been fun. I continue to bleed, have pain and severe bloating. I regret doing this procedure and pray that I will not have further complications from having it done. I am still left with very difficult menstrual cycles and no satisfactory explanation of why this procedure failed. I am very

  2. Wow! This was certainly one of those articles that needed to be written and you wrote it well! I love how you respect the choices of others, yet bring awareness.
    As a mom who has made some big mistakes, I have not heard of this before. As as Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, we have a business of helping Children (and sometimes Moms) find their best health. So from my perspective, I am concerned for the woman and the potential loss of ability to have children. (Emotionally, we all know how women can change their minds!)

    I have not had the pain of bleeding, but certainly have had other pains. So this part warrants sympathy. But the answer lies in discovering better health, not eliminating organs or functions of our organs IMHO. Generations of women have gone through this and survived without this burning, so that encourages me. The body is always communicating throughout our stages of life; telling us that we need something (minerals, water, vitamins).

    Since I deal with children, this also concerns me with the affects on the body. Since menstruals flush out and clean our cervix; prematurely stopping this could really disable the body from correcting and/or completing a transitional change!

    There was a time where people removed tonsils because they kept getting inflamed and it caused children to get sick. This seems very similar. Now many “grown up kids” are missing their “first line of defense” against pathogens because of a misunderstood “inconvenience”.

    Hopefully more women will be encouraged to support the transition with diet, natural progesterone, and other lifestyle changes (detoxing chemicals). Thanks for the great article.
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  3. 4 years ago, at age 50, I had had enough. 25 years of bleeding for 20 days per month 7-8 of them the tampon and pad per hour scenario. I went to a new Gyno. For the 25 years I was told “that is what happens after you have babies”. I went to the new doctor with every intention of getting the ablation procedure. I begged for it. She calmly said she would do what I asked her to do, but some things can just not be undone later. She asked for the opportunity to treat me and get the problem solved because guess what… It WAS NOT normal!!! We decided on the IUD because a side effect of it that it can lessen or stop periods. It stopped mine. I never had a period again! I realize the IUD can have its own issues, but it totally worked for me. I recently had it removed and still have no periods. It is very liberating! Check out all your options. I’m glad I did.

  4. I read this and I just had to comment… I know nothing about endometrial ablation, but I am passionate about healthcare (and writing, as one would have it), and this article is really, really terrible.

    The title is: “Why you should not have endometrial ablation.” The article does not give any valid reason to not have the procedure. This is fear mongering in its shining moment. The reason you give not to have a procedure is completely flawed logic; don’t have a procedure because some drugs were taken off the market after being found ineffective?? Don’t have a procedure because the description of what it is scares me??

    No physician was consulted. No credible resource to describe the procedure. No information on what an alternative might be for someone who is suffering. No acknowledgement of the excrutiating pain some women experience from endomentriosis. No research at all.

    This type of information is dangerous to spread to the public. Impressionable people who are suffering and in pain may stumble across this article and be too scared to even consider a treatment that may truly benefit them.

    There is no problem with sharing thoughtful, well researched and considered alternative perspectives on healthcare. That is necessary. Reacting emotionally to a description of a procedure and then writing an article telling people not to get that procedure (yes, it says in the article you’re not instructing them, but the title literally says people should not have this procedure) is unethical.

    1. Thank you for commenting. I am sorry you do not like the article. We are all entitled to our opinions and that is what this article is…My opinion. The drugs I referenced were taken off the market not because they were ineffective but they turned out to be extremely dangerous. My point for mentioning those examples was that the FDA labels things safe and effective (which is a good thing) but, to me, that isn’t a ‘gold standard’ as there are times when something ‘safe and effective’ turns out to be anything but…and sadly it is after it causes harm to many people. It doesn’t mean that happens all the time BUT I always hear ‘but the FDA says it is safe’ and to me that doesn’t mean very much.

      The description of the procedure doesn’t ‘scare’ me. Rather the idea of this procedure currently being pushed on women regularly (not only in extreme circumstances) is very short sighted (in my opinion) and is not getting to the CAUSE of the problem in the first place. Our health care system is full of bandaids and this procedure seems to be one more of them. This procedure has been around for awhile but it seems that more recently it is being recommended to women who do not fit the ‘extreme’ symptoms.

      I absolutely give information on alternatives as far as books and other articles. The reasons for heavy bleeding/period changes are numerous and there are several resources to read about in that regard. My intention is to give people something to think about, an alternative viewpoint, my opinion.

      Thanks again for commenting.

  5. I had an ablasion last year and yes, it was life-changing! The person who commented above, calling it an “inconvenience” has clearly not experienced the debilitating periods that some women, myself included, have to suffer through each month. I knew going in that it was not a fix, but it didn’t involve medication, and all the side effects that go along with that, and promised considerable relief. I knew it was a Band-aid, but I had been miserable for so long and couldn’t continue living that way anymore. I essentially checked out for days every month- pain, exhaustion from losing so much blood, not being able to go too far from a bathroom, and the mega-doses of ibuprofen. My doctors tried various birth-control pills, an IUD, antidepressants…. I couldn’t deal with all the side effects, especially with limited benefit.

    My periods are not completely gone now. I still have cramps and the “inconvenience” but I can now function through it. I only regret not doing it years ago!

    Unfortunately, as you said, our healthcare system doesn’t care about finding and treating the cause. I had already tried that and I gave up.

  6. I had it done two years ago. It was the best, and I believe, the only thing that would have worked for me. Honestly it has made enormous change in my quality of life. No more pms, no more almost bleeding to death, no more being run down after periods that lasted weeks. I have no regrets.

  7. I had this procedure done over 11 years ago, because I didn’t know any better and wanted to fix the problem. I was having terrible hair loss and thought that it was causing me to lose hair because of the loss of iron from the abnormal flow. I don’t even remember if the ablation worked, because I continued to lose hair and was so worried over that that I demanded a hysterectomy! Talk about bandaids…

    I had the hysterectomy, and upon going in, my doctor found I had endometriosis. The original plan was to leave my ovaries in place, but it was so bad that they had to take one. Fast forward to me learning more about diet and lifestyle, and in 2009, I went gluten free after reading an article about a woman who reversed her hair loss. Also while learning about gluten, I found that it was highly linked to endometriosis and I thought, “Hey, I had that!”… just another thing to convince me that gluten could be the cause of my problem. So many things cleared up and were better from going GF, but my hair loss did not stop. I stayed GF, not because it was fun or easy, but because I felt SO much better!

    Not until I did a candida cleanse and changed my diet to a clean eating/paleo/primal lifestyle in 2012 did I realize how many mistakes I had made in the past… and yes, I had my tonsils removed in 2011 because I didn’t know any better. Since I experienced feeling great from cleaning up my diet, I have been passionate about diet/lifestyle and am so disheartened about what is offered as “food” nowadays. Full of pesticides and GMOs, we are as sick as ever. Many don’t even realize the difference that diet makes. I feel that if I had changed what I ate back in 2001/20002, I would’ve not only enjoyed the benefits of a more normal period, I would’ve been so much healthier overall. I’ve seen family members enjoy pregnancy after years of infertility, weight loss, healthy blood pressure, as well as people coming off of medications (statins included), and the list goes on and on– from simply eating clean. Food can either feed disease, or it can be our medicine. Don’t fully rely on the FDA (not our friend) or a bottle of pills to fix problems. The power is in your hands to make the change for good.

    I felt I had to share this to show others that there are alternatives like this article talks about. Don’t feel judged or get defensive, it doesn’t matter to me how YOU feel. Truly consider what is being shared and why it’s being shared… to lovingly help others, not to make them feel worse.

    1. Can you tell me what you basically ate by changing your diet? I had an ablation done and low and behold… the following month, I am experiencing the same period as I did before the ablation.

      1. I also had this done in my early 40’s due to my heavy periods causing anemia and the inconvenience of the flooding was terrible. I admit after having it done, I was not a lucky one and still had my periods, not as heavy though but still somewhat heavy. Now I am 47 and am having super heavy periods again and clotting. Along with this I have extreme fatigue and lightheadedness and headaches during. I do use a bioidentical progesterone cream but that seems to do nothing to slow this down. I am looking forward to seeing my gyn next week for some help. The ablation did not really work for me unfortunately so not really worth it. It was much more painful afterwards that I thought it would be post op.

  8. This is great! I have a question though…when your doctor suggested reading the book about pre-menopause, were your hormones out of balance in your bloodwork? I’m only asking because I have every single one of these symptoms. I will be 30 in a couple weeks, I can’t lose weight anymore to save my life, I get terrible headaches, PMS, incredibly inconvenient periods that last for a minimum of 2 weeks, with a couple of “can’t leave the house days”. My doctor said “welcome to 30, that’s what happens” umm…no it doesn’t lol. My blood work came back “perfect”, everything in the normal range. I am paleo, I work out often…so I’m over here with some ridiculous answer from my military provided doctor (who I can’t change) like a sitting duck…it really is the #1 cause of my stress for the past year. I need a miracle I think since my doctor clearly can’t help me, and I don’t move back to the states until 2016. Yikes.

    1. My doctor recommends saliva testing for hormones. I read the book first, then came back and did the testing. Yes, they were a bit out of whack. 🙂 You can also do saliva testing yourself through a variety of labs online. But I am not sure if that works given you are out of the country?

    2. Did they also check your thyroid, and not JUST TSH (which actually only tests your pituitary glands ability to stimulate your thyroid)? To get an adequate view into thyroid function you have to get the following in addition to TSH:
      -Free T4
      -Free T3 (the actual active form your body can use)
      -Total T3
      -TPO and Thyroglobulin antibodies (to check for Hashimoto’s, the most common cause of hypothyroidism)
      -Optionally, Reverse T3 (insurance may not cover this one)

      I have Hashimoto’s but ironically I never tested positive for TPO or Thyroglobulin antibodies. And my completely personal opinion, because I did test positive for it, is to request an ANA Screen, which according to my Rheumatologist was caused by my Hashimoto’s.

      I am one of the 20% of patients who found Hashimoto’s through fine needle aspiration of my thyroid nodules, which is apparently the “gold standard” for diagnosis. I’m pretty sure it is my Hashimoto’s causing my hormone issues.

      I wish you luck, don’t give up looking!

  9. So you heard someone talking at a party and then did a little internet research and talked to ONE doctor about what she thinks? Wow, impressive reporting.

    I am one of those people who had an ablation. And I am one of those people that will say it was life changing. My doctor didn’t push it on me, and I waited to do it until I had exhausted all my options.

    The idea that eating well and supplements is a cure for everything has got to stop. Yes, I follow a healthy diet, see a holistic doctor, take supplements as she recommends but this done get rid of polyps growing out of control. Or several of the other reasons why this procedure can be used or help women get their life back.

  10. I had one and it worked great for a few months. after that though the periods came back even heavier. The end result was a hysterectomy. During the biopsy after my hysterectomy they found cancer in my uterus. If the ablation had worked the cancer would have gone undetected. The doctor said the cancer was causing the uncontrollable bleeding. The ablation is a very useful tool; however, make sure the underlying cause of bleeding is not cancer related.

  11. Thank you for your article. After having a fibroid removed when I turned 50, it grew back and I begin to bleed 6 months later. I bled for 4 months straight! No sex, no intimacy with my husband, no exercise because it was just too painful. I gained 10 pounds. My doctor recommended the procedure after trying so many other things. I was scared! Did a lot of research, talked with my primary care physician and decided to go ahead. Fast forward 7 months. No bleeding, sex is good, I have begun running and have lost 15 pounds. I still ovulate as I get menstrual cramps every month, but no bleeding. I eat organically, exercise regularly and feel great! Your point about 10 to 15 years from now is well taken, but my life has completely changed, not to mention my marriage – thanks to the ablation.

  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. It is very timely for me, as last week I had a very embarrassing “red invasion” at work in front of two men at my desk. I’m talking puddle at my feet!

    Subsequently, I went to see my GYN who performed a biopsy (came back negative, thank God!) and gave me an RX for low dose BC to treat the symptoms. I have yet to start taking the BC because I’m not keen on the idea of increased cardiovascular issues, among others, that go along with it.

    As a result I was considering this as an option. I will be getting the books now, for sure.

  13. I am one of those women who suffered for 2 yrs of uncontrollable periods. I basically had it continuously. I was at my wits end. They tried everything until they recommended this procedure. I was so excited to finally get an end to my misery. In the end, the instrument malfunctioned and I almost died. They burned through my uterous and my colon. All of the bile from my colon went into my body literally poisoning me from the inside. I almost died. They had to go back in and give me a hysterectomy. They couldn’t go through my c-section scar so now I have a huge ugly scar from top to bottom on my stomach. I almost ended up with a colostomy bag for the rest of my life due to the damage on my colon and rectum. My scar now is so painful almost 3 years later and I still have to wear dresses because the zipper and seam on the pants still hurt. I would think twice about doing this procedure. Good Luck!

    1. I’m so glad to stumble upon this website! My doctor told me I need to think about getting an ablation done or a hysterectomy due to heavy and prolonged periods. I did a search on ablation because I need to make a decision. Nevertheless, after reading this, I decided not to have it done. April, I heard about the side effects of ablation, but it wasn’t until I came upon your reply and the others, that I was able to decide what to do. I am sorry that you and other ladies had to go through all that. 🙁 I will continue doing research to see what natural remedies I can find. Hopefully, I won’t have to do the procedure.

  14. Hello,
    I too had the procedure after my daughter was born at 42. My periods were horrific- heavy, accidents, 7 FULL days, and then after two weeks, 7 FULL DAYS AGAIN. I was exhausted. Anemic. I felt very unattractive, and always bloated. My baby was 18 months old and I saw no return to the sexy woman I had been.

    I opted for the surgery and it has been a blessing, but not without complications.
    I have had some unexplained abdominal pain on occasion, but no periods. My hormones are on a roller coaster, but, probably the same as it would be at 49 if I had not had the surgery. My main issue with the hormones is that since I have no result (i.e. period) from the pms, it throws me for a loop because I don’t know why I’m moody and irritable.
    I have started taking an antidepressant and it helps.

    I agree with you that 10 – 15 years down the road anything could happen, however, I have my life back. I feel sexy. I have lost weight and I feel like me again. It’s worth the unknown future to have a normal today. But isn’t everything unknown. Cancer, heart attacks, strokes, etc. We don’t know what malady we will have to deal with at 70 or 80 years old.

    My girls have a normal, happy Mommy. My husband has a sexy and responsive wife.

    I get annual exams and I am healthy. So, I am thankful for the procedure. As with any medical procedure, there are side effects and people react differently.

    my two cents……

  15. A moment locked in my memory forever is waking up after getting my ablation. I did not do the laser ablation, my doctor felt the scolding hot water method would work better for me. He took a type of balloon and blew it up so every part of my uterus was touching it. Then he ran scolding hot water through it for 7 1/2 minutes. I have never felt pain like that in my entire life. I woke up screaming in pain. It took them an extra 2 hours to finally get my pain under control after this procedure. It felt like my insides were on fire. I still to this day tear up when I talk about it, and will never recommend this particular procedure to anyone.
    I suffered from heavy periods with blood clots my entire life. My periods were so painful and heavy I could not leave my house. I can remember just going and sitting on the toilet and just bleeding. I could hardly get out of bed at times and on those days I just folded multiple towels in half and layed them underneath me in case I bled through my pad. Which was inevitable. No point in tampons, I would bleed through them within minutes, my husband being a paramedic would give me an IV at times just to give me fluids because I could barely eat or drink during these 10 days.
    Now, the ablation did work. It slowed my periods down and I was actually able to leave the house and do normal things while I was on my period but I still had this horrible pain in my uterus area that wouldn’t go away, so after a year of dealing with this pain I went back to my doctor. He thought it could be endometriosis and recommended birth control. I made him give me a hormone test which came back normal. So I refused the birth control because when I take birth control I become a ragging b*tch. I felt my husband and 2 little boys did not deserve to have deal with me like that. So, the plan was to go in and look to see if there was endometriosis, if there was the plan was to do a hysterectomy. My doctor found no endometriosis but he chose to do the hysterectomy anyway because he said he found something in my uterus. The biopsy came back as normal uteran tissue. So now, I’ve had an ablation and a hysterectomy and I’m only 30 years old. All I want is for this pain I’m still having to go away. Its in my pelvic region and is still there after the hysterectomy.
    I go back to my doctor and tell him I’m still having this pelvic pain and now its painful to have intercourse. He basically told me I was crazy. But, reluctantly sends me to a bladder specialist which everything came back normal and then that doctor sent me to a pelvic pain specialist. This new doctor diagnosed me with vulvar vestibulitis. Which is basically nerve pain in the vagina. He sends me to a physical therapist who figures out after her exam that my pelvic bones are broken, and that I probably broke them delivering my first child who is 10 years old now. She readjuste my pelvic bones and after the 12 weeks of therapy the pelvic pain I had felt for so long was finally gone. I’m still dealing with the nerve pain. In September, my doctor wanted to do yet another surgery. The surgery is removing a U shaped pocket of nerves just inside the vagina. Which I refused. I got online and researched my diagnosis more and found a more holistic approach. So far, my symptoms have stayed at bay. The book that I feel has saved my life is ” Heal Pelvic Pain” by Amy Stein M.P.T.
    My advice to other women would be – I know how hard it is to live with on going pain. The option of an ablation is your choice! Do not let doctors scare you into a procedure you are not sure you want. Do your own research! And Your doctor does not know everything. My doctor looked me in the eye and told me there’s no way a holistic approach will work on my nerve pain and it is!! I hope my story has helped in some way.

  16. I find it sad that women jump all over other women for questioning gynecological practices…yes, this is a blog post not a scientific article. The author made that very clear. Honestly., I wish that people would stop IGNORING diet as the cause of most disease and believing every word their doctor (most often a man who has no regard for their body), a person who profits from procedures and surgeries, who is part of big medicine and big pharma, is giving better advice. Do you ask the doctor to show studies to prove every recommendation? Do you ask hi,m to wait while you call other doctors for their opinions? You are holding a blogger to a higher standard than your MD. ANY invasive medical procedure affects your body … If it turns out you have autoimmune disease, like I have, any procedure causes a lot of inflammation in your body. I am living with 3 autoimmune disorders, feeling great on an anti-inflammatory diet, under the care of an M.D. who believes in nutrition for healing and I am healthy and happy instead of taking methotrexate, cancer drug which is what the mainstream doctors said I had to do to fight this debilitating disease. In my mid 40s, destroying my e
    Immune system with chemo drugs, I doubt I could have lived a long. Healthy, happy life. Now I hope to. Balance your body, don’t fry it. It’s not your enemy.

  17. After having this procedure done, I personally wouldn’t recommend it, but others I know didn’t have the experience or the results that I had either. I suffered from extremely heavy periods, clotting and cramping that had continued to increase after my last child was born. I was having periods that would last in excess of 7 days, literally flooding and would stop for a week and start again. My Gynecologist first told me about this procedure after they did an ultrasound and biopsy to determine if there were any abnormalities (cancer, polyps, etc.). I was told that it was a safe, quick, simple, and painless procedure that would either completely eliminate my periods, or at least make them more manageable. At this point in my life I was looking for something…anything that would help.

    When the procedure was discussed, I was told that I could have the procedure at the hospital and be put to sleep, or I could more conveniently be allowed to have the procedure in the office which would be substantially cheaper (it wasn’t cheap either way, but it was at least $2,000 cheaper by doing it in the office). I had insurance which covered some of the procedure, but money was a factor so I opted to have it done in her office.

    I was given prescriptions that I was to fill and bring with me on the day of the procedure. I should have asked more questions regarding pain management, etc., but I just trusted that they knew what they were doing and that all would be well. I arrived at the office and upon being taken into a holding room, I was instructed to take the one Valium that I have been prescribed and brought with me. I was told that this would help me to relax. When I was taken into the actual room where the procedure was to be done, they spoke to me and explained every thing they were doing. I was told that they were numbing my cervix so I thought, “ok, well that will help the pain.” I was completely humiliated as there were numerous people in the procedure room as I was at this point told that I was the first patient to actually have this procedure done in office and they were training, etc. To make matters worse, because it was the first procedure they had to have a representative from the company that made the ablation equipment in the room as well. I am an extremely modest person due to my religious convictions so having a male in the room who was not my husband was extremely uncomfortable for me. I was told that he would stay in an area where he could not actually see the procedure, but who knows. I mean I was not thinking clearly as the Valium had already taken affect.

    When they inserted the wand I was told that I would feel slight pressure as the liquid was filling the balloon (not really sure what it is or what it is called, but for lack of better words this is what I am calling it). I did feel quite uncomfortable, but it wasn’t any worse than my heavy cramping so I thought I could handle it. They then explained that the liquid would be heated and that it would have to remain in my uterus for almost 8 minutes. As they began to heat the liquid it was apparent that I in no shape or form had been given any type of pain medication. I literally could feel my insides burning away…it was so bad in fact that I started screaming and they asked me if they needed to stop the procedure. It was at this point that I was told I had to feel like that for the 8 minutes. I truly didn’t think I was going to be able to do it, but pressed through, literally crying and praying until at last it was over…..

    I was placed in a recovery room and upon being released I was told I could take the other pill they had prescribed as I was leaving. I realized then that it was in fact a pain pill. Not sure why I wasn’t allowed to have some type of pain management during the procedure itself, but I personally think they didn’t know what they were doing. The pain was absolutely excruciating and I told myself that I should have paid the extra money to have it done in the hospital where they would have put me to sleep. No one should have had to go through that kind of pain with no pain medication.

    Me recovery was horrific. I was not back up on my feet the next day like they said I would be. I bled heavily for well over a week before I called the doctor who told me that it could be normal. After another week, I called back and they said to give it more time. After another week, the bleeding did finally stop. I was still having periods, yet more manageable through the first year. Then they slowly faded off and I wasn’t having them at all any more. It as during this time that I made some very drastic changes in my lifestyle as far as diet. I have been eating a dairy free, whole foods diet as a vegetarian for almost two years now and I am a daily organic juicer. This lifestyle change has healed many chronic illnesses and side effects that I had been dealing with for years. I believe that a proper diet can heal the body…..like I said, I have been on this journey for almost two years now and guess what….my periods are returning at age 42, well I will be 43 in a few weeks. The best part about that is that I am happy about it because it proves that you can heal your body from the inside out. If I would have truly known and understood what I was doing to my body, I would have never done it in the first place. I have been completely traditional medication free from two years as well.

  18. I too, believe this article is extremely irresponsible. It’s extremely hypocritical to speak about doctors “pushing” the procedure on women, when you’re clearly “pushing” your opinion, without any factual research, about a procedure you yourself have not even had. While you claim that you are not ‘scared’ by the procedure, you are in fact using flames to spell out the word BURN, and asking if someone is willing to undergo being “burned” to rid themselves of what are real medical issues. How is that without intention to ‘scare’ them out of considering the procedure? That is clearly intimidation.

    The procedure DOES NOT make it impossible to diagnose any future issues, although it may indeed make it more difficult. So, that simply means having the procedure includes accepting that and being more diligent about regular check ups.

    I am 37 years old and have had 10 pregnancies with 3 live births. My history with multiple pregnancies and multiple losses has caused me, over the last 2 years, to hemmorhage very seriously, unpredictably, for days, and sometimes even weeks, causing me to be hospitalized four times. It is indeed hormonal, but there is nothing NORMAL about what’s happening to me. It’s not simply inconvenient, these cycles have changed my entire life. I eat very well, and take vitamins. I do not smoke, drink or do drugs. I am 5’3″, 115 pounds. I have a medical condition that will not allow me to take progesterone, or any other synthetic hormones, to help with flow or frequency. But even if I could, why wouldn’t I elect to have a more permanent procedure instead of introducing more synthetic hormones, with all of their side effects, into my body, every single month, until I hit menopause?! That is what sounds more ridiculous in my opinion!

    My GYN has not pushed this procedure on me, I inquired about it after doing some real RESEARCH, and he did a fantastic job of telling me all of the pros and the cons and letting me ultimately make the decision that was best for me. I have decided against the ablation, only because of the slight chance that my bleeding may not stop, and have elected to have a hysterectomy instead.

    It is okay to scar your uterine lining. Why does that make you sad? No one sees your scarred uterine lining, and you don’t need your uterine lining anymore if this procedure is appropriate for you. I’m not going to have a memorial service for my uterus once they remove it.

    As far as your concern about where this procedure will be in 10-20 years, the answer, had you done your homework, is that it will still be around and will continue to evolve. This procedure has been performed since the 1970’s! It has just continued to develop into different techniques and marketed under different brands based on that respective company’s technology.

    1. Great, thought out response especially coming from someone who opted out of the procedure. Being someone who works in the OR I can say that this (ablation) isn’t something new.

      I recently had this procedure done (after exhausting other methods) because I had endometrial polyps that have caused anemia. I eat healthy, take supplements, exercise, and live a healthy lifestyle. I have endometriosis and healthy eating isn’t going to change that. Creating fear for a reader who may be considering this option is just irresponsible. Giving an opinion with no scientific basis and titling the article as fact is mind boggling.

  19. My OBGYN never ordered a THYROID blood test. He went straight to balloon ablation (that failed) then he ordered (3) shots of LUPRON, spaced (3) weeks apart. This was for the ZAG LASER procedure he was going to “try” next.
    I found an article caleld MEDICAL MISHAPS, and dropped it on his desk.
    Turns out, I have Hashimotos thyroiditis, so NONE of that was going to help me.
    Now I have ASHERMANS syndrome, and I cannot get a pap smear anymore.

    My uterus is like “cobwebs” I am told. The Lupron over-shrunk my uterus, so they ended up, waking me up and canceling the ZAG LASER.
    None of that is related to Hashimotos, and none of what he did is going to regenerate my uterus back to its healthy state.
    I left his office and to this very day, that jerk still brags that thyroid does not overlap into the OBGYN world.
    Be careful before you do this. It is painful afterwards and your uterus can be so damaged, you ill end up in surgery getting a D/C.
    My OBGYN told me, “if you have even one drop of blood, I am giving you a hysterectomy.
    She has no way of testing me for uterine cancer because of the ablation and those stupid shots, that are for CANCER patients.
    He acts like what he did is standard, and its not.
    PLEASE GET YOUR THYROID CHECKED, IF you have heavy periods.

  20. i had this procedure done about 8 years ago. i have never regretted having it done. i wish i had seen a doctor before suffering with aweful periods for about 10 years. i found a new doctor and my life change for the better. no periods, no pads, no accidents. would do it again!

  21. I found this article interesting and think you raised a very valid point – we need to address the cause, not the symptoms. With that said, I’m scheduled for a procedure similar to ablation. It’s called resection and involves cutting out the inside layer instead of burning it, and is supposed to be more effective for people in their early 30s. In my case, we know the cause and because of a medical condition, this is my best option. I really hope it’s effective and gives me the results I’m hoping for.
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  22. I had uterine ablation done 4 months ago. I was 49. I finally decided to do it after 10+ years of extremely painful periods with egg sized clots. I could feel them coming and would have to run to the ladies room ASAP or risk it running down my leg. I would have to use super tampons along with those giant overnight pads. I would piggy back so much Tylenol and Advil just to make it through my work days my stomach would hurt for days after.
    I had the ablation and haven’t had a period since. And very little pain when I ovulate, more of a nuisance than anything else. So it seemed like a godsend.

    But, and I didn’t make the connection until just recently, I’ve been experiencing chronic debilitating migraines on a regular basis. Befor the ablation I would have them twice a month. Once during ovulation and on the third day of my period. Now they run from a couple of days to several weeks in length. I would say that about 80% of my days have migraines.
    I’m not sure if the ablation caused this problem but my assumption is it did.

    I can’t see the neurologist for another two months. The doctor just wants to cover up the migraines with 4 different drugs. Including putting me on an antidepressant. Not interested.
    I had to fight to get authorization to see a specialist to find the underlying problem.

    I was led to this site while searching to find out if other people have had this reaction and it seems so. Has anyone else experienced problems with migraines after ablation?

  23. Hi there

    Interesting article and interesting comments.

    I am 51, and have for a long time, suffered very heavy periods with massive clots, the size of a baby’s fist … if not larger, and cannot leave the house for 2 or 3 days a month due to my periods.

    I have had the Mirena coil fitted, as I spoke to several girlfriends who have had it fitted and it stopped their periods completely, but alas it has not worked for me. I know one lady who has had the abalation procedure, it worked for her.

    I asked my GP and she referred me to my specialist, but after the specialist told me what could go wrong I started to think on it and do a bit of research. It some cases, the procedure works for a while, then the womb lining grows back and the periods come back with a vengeance. I really do not want to undergo a general anesthetic and have my womb mucked about with, if there is no guarantee it is going to work. So, for me, this article was an interesting read and widened my options. If possible, I would like to do a more natural approach to dealing with this.

    On the other hand, my periods to play havoc with my life quality and one period lasted 39 days!!!

    Thanks for the info, it is an eye opener… I don’t really want to interfere with my body if I can help it.

    Now I know that there maybe other alternatives to help through this heavy period and feeling blur stage.

  24. I just had this done so I don’t what the end results will be but I know that my dr did a biopsy twice before doing this procedure. I tried changing my diet to a clean diet and grew all the veggies I ate and that didn’t help out much. I didn’t have as many clots but the period was still very heavy. I am in my late 40s and I have 5 children so we are done with having children. My dr and I tried everything we could think of before doing this. I do believe that everything must be tried before doing this procedure. Research, research, research and talk to your doctor a lot.

  25. I had an ablation. They punctured my Uterus and cut into a major blood vessel. I almost died. They had to do an emergency hysterectomy. I had to have a blood transfusion and stay in the hospital a week. It was horrible. I have a large scar running top to bottom of my stomach and have never felt as good as I used to and it has been years. I say a big NO to this.

  26. I wish I would have come across this blog before I had this procedure. I have several friends who achieved success with this and swore I would “wish I’d done it sooner”. I pondered this for 6 years for the fear of “burning” my insides. I finally got the nerve to have a consultation. I did do some homework prior and learned it was advised to have a biopsy first, which was never brought up by the dr. I had to ask for it. The tests all came back normal so I had the procedure done under sedation. I woke up in excruciating pain and sent home after 3 additional pain injections in my I.V. and a muscle relaxer. If just one woman reads this and changes her mind, I will feel like I made a contribution to someone seeking knowledge.

    This procedure failed for me. I bleed from the time I left straight into what I had hoped to be a much lighter period. I initially felt some relief and was looking forward to a normal 7-10 days a month. One month later I had the worse period of my life. So, not only did it fail, it’s like a running faucet for at least 2 1/2 days.

    I had no history with this Dr., I was referred to him and told he was the “best” GYN around. At my follow up, he said give it 5 months, if it doesn’t get better we will schedule you for a hysterectomy. REALLY??? At 42, that really wasn’t an option for me yet. I still have No reason why it failed and my Dr. said she had two because the first wasn’t successful. WHY not mention that to me before referring me out? She was one of the main reason why I decided to go ahead with it.

    After having very heavy periods since they started at 12, four daughters, years of suffering from exhaustion and fainting spells from anemia, I was looking forward to the freedom of a life that doesn’t revolve around ridiculous heavy menses. Now I am left with the possibilities and unforeseen complications of the future.

    I can’t help but wonder what the Real statistics of successes, failures, pros and cons are? Why wasn’t I given all the info? Why there were No mentions of possible failure? I could have been more proactive with more information.

  27. I had the novasure ablation done on April 10. I had been fighting my dr for over a year because I had a bad feeling about this procedure. However my heavy periods were 20 days in length almost every month and I became severely anemic. They told me I had to do something and I thought this would be a better option than hysterectomy. I felt very little during the procedure. Two days after I began having heavy cramping and discharge. They said this is normal. One week after I woke up in the middle of the night with 104.6 fever and convulsions. I went to the ER and was admitted to the hospital for sepsis as a result of a staph infection in my uterus. I had to take 7 different antibiotics to cure the infection. On top of all this, the procedure failed for me. I still have 5-7 day periods every 2 weeks. Not worth it. If you are considering this procedure I advise you to think very hard on it. They tout it as a miracle cure but in my case it certainly was not.

  28. My period is not just an “inconvenience”. My periods last for MONTHS at a time. This is caused by uterine lining, so fixing that through ablation fixes the problem itself, not just a symptom.

  29. I had an ablation done August 2015 due to extreme blood clotting, painful cramps, bloating and heavy periods.

    My doctor found at least a dozen polyps. She said that I may not have my period again. Yiipppee!

    September 2015. Got my period and it is basically almost the same before but maybe a little lighter? Still crampy and bled through my tampon while I was sleeping last night.

    Is there something else that could be going on? Apparently, my hormones are out of wack… what else could be the problem? Quite possibly this issue I am having is not the main problem but a consequence of something else that is going on??

  30. I had to have an ablation. I had bled for 53 days non stop and had hit a point where I had to receive transfusions. I am so sad now it hurts me I want a child and now I want one. But the question is can my body support. 3 days is what is required I am only 2.

  31. I had 1st ablation in 2005 at age 35 after lifelong heavy periods. Went very well, no post opp pain, had it done in hosp with general anesth & proper pain med. No post opp pain, discharge, bleeding, nothing. Very liberating and was finally a relief to chronic anemia and I used to bleed solid 7-9 heavy flow days/month and never left the house despite being active. Was told most women would need repeated in approx 5 years. At around 4 yrs, began having light periods which were managable, but had that sense of dread if heavy menses returned. Fast forward to this past year where at age 45 had sudden periods stop for 3-4 months this year and then have one bizarre period, only to lather, rinse, repeat. By September, I began hemorraging out like I’ve never done in my life. Passing 7-8inch long, 2-3 inch wide blood clots 3-4 times daily and this lasted for 2 straight months! Had blood transfusion before for ruptured cyst in my history so they began doing blood counts as I hover above another blood transfusion. My gyn insisted I have another ablation and then added D&C and hysterscopy as well and did in day surgery setting with IV sedation & local pain meds. Except, day before surgery, my hormones jerked the bloody hemorrage to a screeching halt in full. I had surgery and procedures done only to be told that during it my doctor changed over to general anesth despite the known fact I was high risk anesth patient and was never to be put under in full unless life/death situation. Had strangest post opp. Violently ill and pain from recovery from anesth. I could feel internal uterus pain and cervix was hurting fully 10 days out. I had every color discharge which was bizarre and began a new fun hobby of bladder incontinence post opp. Day before my 2 wks post opp appt, I awoke in middle of night to the worst pain in my life of back cramps that felt like a tight corset of pain and pressure and that overtook my back, upper/lower abs to point I tried to not vomit, couldn’t even swallow water and the cramping/labor type pain caused large painful burping non stop for hours. Pain responded to no pain med. Took shower and all of sudden, this healthy, not ill women had fecal incontinence in the shower! If it weren’t enough, I began bleeding, not spotting…..full out bleeding and now passing clots. I’m back where I was not even 2 weeks post opp. Dr making excuses such as maybe I have UTI (I don’t) to explain bladder incontinence. Dr stumped on heavy flow/clots to return and is pulling the “watchful waiting” nonsense. RN I spoke with gave solid answers that my pelvic floor muscles were blatantly exhausted from hemorraging for over 2 months straight and so after a surgery, made sense I would have bladder incontience and yes, even fecal incontence. I’m unable to do progesterone or IUD as they will give me blood clots as I have rare clotting disorder, yet my Dr. even pushes those. So, I can speak from both ends to the spectrum of having an excellent experience and there is value to the procedure and the worst experience that is currently ongoing. I had 2 biopsies done and were normal so my Dr tosses off the phrase “It’s hormones”….Yeah, so what are we going to do to address before I die from blood loss? No one seems to have the answer. Hysterectomy isn’t option either again due to blood clots. It’s a bizarre procedure in concept and 2nd round I’m stumped how my body did the normal healing discharges and post opp processes only to have it shot to heck in less than 2 weeks out. Before, I’d recommend it without hesitation, but now please educate yourself in full and seek all options since the Dr’s won’t do it for you. I don’t know the maker of my 1st ablation but my 2nd was Novasure.

  32. I came across your blog doing research AFTER I had my ablation done. There are side effects I’m just reading about now that I wish I had seen before I made the decision to have the procedure done. I think I may be one of the lucky ones, in that I haven’t experienced any side effects, although it still would have been good to have all the personal stories to consider before going in for surgery. The glossy little NovaSure pamphlet of course doesn’t mention any of this.

    I also noticed that you are very gracious to your readers who have commented about their awful experiences, but haven’t validated anyone who’s taken the time to write in and share her story about a successful procedure. That leaves me in a little bit of a weird spot because I am thankful for your giving a voice to the dangers, but at the same time feeling, hmm, almost in the wrong because I am actually very grateful I had it done. I could have died without the procedure, or would have had to opt for a much more invasive hysterectomy, which I didn’t want at all.

    I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 5 years ago, and it’s been a hellish ride ever since. And I had the cancer (unbeknownst to me or anyone!) all the while I was pregnant a year earlier. My periods got so bad, and by that I’m not talking about being inconvenient or messy or just unpleasant. I mean, I lost so much blood every month, I required at first infusions of iron to combat the anemia, and when that wasn’t enough, I needed transfusions of blood every other month. With the increasing blood loss, I couldn’t keep my thyroid levels even. Anyone who’s on a thyroid replacement hormone can tell you how fickle the dosages can be–the meds are so sensitive, they are measured in micrograms, so even a tiny drop or raise in levels can have extreme effects. And my parathyroid was damaged during my thyroidectomy, so I’m not just taking iron supplements, I’ll have to take calcium supplements for the rest of my life. Currently I’m taking 6 grams (that’s 6,000 mg, or 12 TUMS tablets) daily, spaced every hour, because I can’t keep and regulate calcium in my body.

    It was my endocrinologist who sent me to the gyn to have my periods evaluated. Not even my gynecologist realized (or cared?) how the periods were affecting my blood chemistry. The first thing we tried was the pill. I had been on the pill a decade ago before I first got pregnant, and never had an issue with it. It helped regulate my periods, which up to then had been irregular, every few months, never knowing when they’d hit, or how long they’d last. But I hadn’t been on hormonal birth control since having been treated for cancer.

    The hormones from my recent trial of birth control pill made me suicidal. In all my life, I’d never experienced such thoughts. Ever. It was beyond scary. Everyone close to me, my family, my friends, all have said it was like I was a completely different person. One month of hormonal birth control, and that was it. I was done. The gyn tried to talk me into an IUD (um, hello? Still hormones!). When I met back with my endo, she was furious. You don’t put a patient like me, with such fickle and hard-to-manage thyroid levels on any kind of hormones! (I had a cat at the time who was on thyroid medicines, which had to be administered transdermally by applying a paste to the inside of his ears, and I wasn’t even allowed to give him those treatments, not even wearing gloves.)

    So anyway, long story not much shorter, the ablation has meant the difference between barely surviving and thriving for me. I did try several alternatives before going this route. I wasn’t looking for an end to periods, or even an end to the monthly headaches and intense doubling-over-with-pain cramping. I just needed some way to stop the massive blood loss, which was slowly killing me. Because of my complicated background with the cancer and trying to manage thyroid hormones, I may be in the minority that does not see another option. Hysterectomy was most definitely not an option for me. I don’t believe in removing a body part unless it’s killing you. I honestly don’t know what I would have done if the ablation weren’t available. It’s without a doubt a last resort, and not something to be considered lightly, but it is still an option. If you are aware of something else that could have been offered as an alternative, that information could have been so helpful to me, or any other woman who is currently dealing with such extreme blood loss to the point of transfusions.

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  34. No, I don’t believe in burning or removing any part of my body unless totally necessary and for me the ablation was a life saver… You speak of changing the pad or tampon hourly ? Try changing BOTH every 30 minutes for two – three days… (Worse after a flight) … Feeling anemic and having low energy is no way to live… So at 45 years of age I had it done and have not looked back. Only get a light period now, very civilized. I come from a long line of women who’ve had hysterectomies ( in their 40’s ) and ultimately even my naturopath recommended it over the mirena. I do think about repercussions but you can only live one day at a time and I’m sure my body will tell me if I will eventually need a hysterectomy. I’m hoping menopause will hit and that will be the end of it !

    I saw it as a preventative measure for the hysterectomy, which was where I was heading, It worked – 2 years later and I can’t believe how I barely need to purchase pads anymore and a packet lasts for ages !!

  35. Sorry but do you think anyone would burn or remove anything unless absolutely necessary ?! My heavy periods affected my life for way longer than they needed to and changing pad AND tampon hourly !? Pfft that would have been a dream.

    It got to the point where my Doctor AND Naturopath recommended the ablation and the naturopath recommended it over the mirena too!

    I come from a long line of women who have had hysterectomies in my family, so for me it was a preventative … A bit more aggressive than a currette and it worked ! I wish I’d had it done sooner.

    I don’t even take panadol if I can help it – so burning my uterus, as you put it, was not an easy decision … But it has improved my life 100%

    I would have bathed daily in natural progesterone, if it worked !!!

    1. Thank you so much for commenting! Sadly I know many women who turn to this procedure when it isn’t ‘absolutely necessary’ and not as a ‘last resort’. It is my opinion that in most cases (not all, of course), this procedure completely ignores getting to the root of the problem and is simply a bandaid. I am glad it worked for you and wish you continued health and wellness!!

  36. Dear Tamara,
    Obviously, it takes a good deal of consideration when you have to choose between the different treatment modalities in an attempt to reduce heavy periods.
    I am not an endometrial ablation pusher, but I find that certain important pieces of information are missing in the above.
    Firstly; in the US, it is not unusual for women to have an ablation without a proper examination of their womb, sometimes not even an ultrasound scan prior til the ablation. Thus, women with fibroids, polyps, malformations of the uterus etc are given a treatment, they never should have had.
    In my surgery, women are having an ultrasound scan and a microhysteroscopy during the initial workup. Women with large fibroids or fibroids in or in the vincinity of the cavity of the womb are not offered an ablation. Women with heavy periods should undergo a thorough investigation like any other patient. Endometrial ablation does not justify cutting corners.
    Secondly, in my clinic endometrial ablation is not offered to women younger than forty years; I also do fertility work and over the years I have seen numerous women WHO find a new partner in their late 30’s and want to become pregnant. The risk of a regrowth of the mucosal lining and hence a return of the bleedings is too big if you perform an ablation 20 yeras before the woman enters menopuase. Women younger than 40 are offered a Mirena or a POP.
    Thirdly, endometrial ablation can – and should – be performed in an efficient local anaesthesia without any conscious sedation. A majority of (Danish) women do not like the loss of control they experience during general anaesthesia or under heavy conscious sedation. But equally important, the local anesthesia provides a much better relief from the painful uterine cramping in the first six hours after the ablation than the general anaesthesia does.
    Some of the companies are promoting their devices as “so simple any monkey can do it” – and consequently any monkey does it.
    Endometrial ablation is a surgical intervention and should be offered with the same professional advice and caution as any other surgical procedure.
    Over the past 15 years, I have performed hundreds of endometrial ablations along the lines illustrated above and I have only had 2 – two – women who had to have a hysterectomy because they could not accept the slight spotting which is a common result of the ablation and generally not considered a failure.
    Kind regards
    Henrik Skensved MD MA
    Consultant gynaecologist
    Hillerod, Denmark

  37. I had an ablation done 8 mths ago!! I had my daughter last March & had the procedure done last Aug. It was done BC my bleeding got heavier. It has always been heavy & nothing else was working..my Dr tried a few things before the surgery & I opted for it BC he said it was easier & less recovery than a hysterectomy! I had my tubes tied, cut & burned after my daughter bc me & my hubby was done having kids! He was 39 & I was 37 so I had no problem doing the tubes!! But I wanted to have the ablation BC I hate my periods & wish I never had them. He did tell me they would either slow down or stop & ever since the surgery, its been on the money of when I’m supposed to start & stop & they have been MUCH lighter!! Until this mth & it has stopped, which I have called him about! Not really worried bout not having one, (just wanted to make sure it normal after so long for it to just stop). But I have no regrets having the ablation done.. I have felt so much better since!! When I have my periods, I don’t feel as sluggish or achy(bc my periods were EXTREMELY heavy). I’ve never felt better & don’t regret a thing!! I recommend it for older women whose periods are heavy & are done having kids but don’t wanna take all their “womanly” stuff out!! Best thing I’ve ever done!!

  38. I had an ablation done over 8 years ago due to extremely heavy periods and giant blood clots over the course of 6 months. I was done having children (at age 37 after 4 kids) and I was checked for pre-cancerous cells via ultrasound and biopsy prior to the procedure. After careful thought and realizing my quality of life was greatly impacted – spent 3 weeks out of the month in the bathroom tending to all the bleeding – I decided to go ahead with the ablation. I have had no negative side effects since. I see my GYN annually for a checkup and they are monitoring me carefully knowing I had the procedure.

    Everyone needs to do their research and get many opinions if need be. Ultimately you know yourself the best and have to decide what is the best for you. Thank you for this article.

  39. I had this done 8 years ago at age 35 after bleeding heavy from my first period at 11 years of age. At 35 years I was bleeding for 30 days and a weeks break from bleeding. There was no way I could continue to exist with this cycle. I was crying in pain for around 3 hours after op and now have very tender breasts the week before my period. It has been life changing as I would bleed through towels onto car seat get out to go shopping would realise the mess I was in turn car around and go home. I was confined to the house sometimes for a week at a time when the clots were coming the pain was so bad I could cry. This was the best thing for me but sadly my periods are getting heavier again and pain and clots returning but I will have it done again if they get much worse so in my opinion it is worth it. Hope this helps if you are considering this op.

  40. Just my two cents….I did have a uterine ablation about 16 years ago and I have no regrets what’s so ever. I was given options of having an ID with progesterone. No thanks…I didn’t want to add more hormones to lighten my periods. I knew I was done having children and jumped at the option of the ablation. My periods were so heavy and I would bleed through tampons every 30 minutes and a pad on the worst days. The last straw was when my husband and I traveled to Montreal to see the Rolling Stones. We were about to get off the bus and I started my period…had nothing with me. While I run the back of the bus to wad up TP in my underwear my husband searched for a conveniencertain store. Every time I stood during the concert I would feel the rush of blood. Made my appointment the next day. Life is good!

  41. I am 36 and had an ablation done 3 days ago after having a heavy period for 9 months straight. I am prone to clots and cannot be put on hormonal birth control as a result. I am now severely anemic and will require a blood transfusion. my options were an endometrial ablation or a hysterectomy. Given my age, I chose the ablation. So yes I did choose to burn my uterus and happy I did.

    While I find this post interesting and respect your opinion, there are more considerations than just hormones. Some circumstances require this action and this post did not take into account other issues that may occur in making this decision and I find that disappointing.

  42. Not all the drugs you mentioned were taken off the market. ( for example ) Accutane is still available in generic , it is just more closely monitored. And yes I do agree with the previous writer that you might want to do a little more research and maybe suggest options for your readers to explore. Personally I have fibroids, non stop bleeding ( months on end ), extreme cramping and clots, I have three choices, Medication, ablation or hysterectomy. I have tried medication for six months with no help, so I see ablation as my next choice. I realize that it may not stop my symptoms but I have extreme anemia and would prefer not to get blood transfusions. I consider hysterectomy as my last option. I’m getting an ablation next week, I’ll let you know how it goes.

  43. I am 29 and had mine done 3 years ago now I am gaining weight and I can’t seem to lose it. I had mine because I had 2 c-sections and I ended up with endometriosis my doctor tried a D&C on me first that just made things worse then I had my ablation in someways I wish I wouldn’t have but in someways I’m glad that I did but if I could go back I would never have done it. I didn’t want anymore kids anyways Ihad a tubal done with my second c-section but I had mine done because sex hurt the bleed was twice a month and the cramps I was in a ball for a week before mine and now it is the weight I will as skinny before now I have gained over 50lbs and I have been tested for diabetes and my thyroids and all that came back clean

  44. I had an ablation in September of 2014 and right after the procedure I was very sick and nautious with vomiting. After a few hours and alot of pain meds I floated home to recovery. It definitely helped the heaviness but after a while my periods became a little heavier but nothing like before. One day I was home and began cramping really badly . I ended up in the ER and found out that my scar tissue was causing the pain and that it was only going to get worse. Now I have to get a hysterectomy leaving only my ovaries. Happy no more periods ever but I kind of feel like the gyn knew this would happen and set himself up for another pay day ! My surgery is in August I keep you posted.

  45. I am only 26 and I am opting for ablation. I am using the genesys hta system. We tried progesterone, but it completely killed my libido and vave me some intolerable side effects. Very heavy periods are common in my family, as is early menopause (think late 30s). We are doing this as a second option before hysterectomy. I agree that many women go into it as a first treatment plan, but for some of us, other options have not worked out.

    1. Good luck with your procedure! And yes, I agree, sometimes you have to do what you need to do. But, oftentimes people use this as a first treatment plan! I wish you the best and thank you for sharing your story!

  46. Hi. I had an ablation 8 years ago (at age 34) due to heavy periods and constant anaemia even with supplements. After trying many naturopaths for herbs and diet, accupuncture and exercise etc. it became my last option even though I’m pretty ‘wholistic’. I do not believe drs should be recommending this procedure as often as they do. There are side effects that weren’t discussed 8 years ago and if I knew about them I wouldn’t have had the procedure. Some of these include some weight gain (without changes in lifestyle), BV or bad vaginal odour off and on throughout the month (not present previously) and this is now noted as being experienced by other women who have had the procedure and another is the (unconscious) psychological stress of not having a physical sign of blood each cycle to let us know we are not pregnant. The BV really gets me down and I’m pretty sad about the whole thing really since it’s irreversible. I was pretty desperate but the outcome hasn’t been great.
    Anyway, just an experience for women to consider if looking into the procedure.

  47. I am having an ablation tomorrow
    Because my hemoglobin has dropped
    From 13-8 in three weeks. I read this article and started panicking. Thank you for writing this.

  48. If you call your period an “inconvenience,” then whatever you’ve been experiencing is not what many of us experience. I thought the same thing, that women were complaining of something they should be capable of managing, UNTIL it happened to me.

    Bleeding half of every month, missing work, not being able to walk your children a block to the bus stop before there is a “problem,” and having to decline going places or making plans around getting your period, year after year, is not an… inconvenience.

    I dealt with 7 years of tests and treatments before deciding on an ablation… which was offered, and not pushed. I live healthy, eat healthy, exercise most days of the week, etc. Hormones are normal. Creams didn’t work. Medications made the problem bearable, but not any shorter.

    Yeah, I read and tried the natural cures. They don’t work for everyone, because sometimes really horrible periods are not an “imbalance,” but what happens as we get older and our bodies just don’t work as well as they used to.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But for the many women who have walked in my shoes… and there are LOTS of us…your horror of a burned and scarred uterus is nothing compared to the trauma and horror of watching yourself bleed like you’re dying every single month.

    That’s the real horror for the person who experiences it, not your outrage at someone making a decision for themselves that you don’t agree with.

    So I’ll do what I think I need to for me, and not be horrified at others making decisions that are different from my own. You try to do the same, `k?

  49. I’m supposed to schedule one today…because I cant have hormones because I have a blood clotting condition called
    mthfactor but now I’m afraid to do it. also afraid of weight gain. the doctors nurse explained that it doesn’t effect weight gain or weight loss…now I don’t know what I should do it or not. all the things ive read so far scare me a little.

  50. Had endometrial abulation in December 2016 at age 43 , I had horrible debilitating migraines, 9 days of heavy periods every 21 days and anemia so bad had 2 blood transfusions!

    Well I guess it worked for the most part,, I rarely get a headache and no more periods. If you ask me if I would do it again I would have to say NO! I have gained almost 30lbs I am now always bloated (not only a few days a month) all the weight gain has caused depression and the antidepressant caused more weight gain!

    Yes I have
    -no periods
    -no migraines
    -no longer anemic for the first time since I was 12

    It was NOT worth it!
    I now have cramps that I never had before!! No sex drive (my poor husband) I am constantly bloated and I can’t eat without feeling full even with tiny portions!!! The sad thing is I’m sure I would have hit menopause in a few years anyway.

    I am only 5’2″ so 30 pounds on me is literally 10 sizes!! Went from a size 4 to 14!!!!!!!!! In 6 months . I have been to my primary doctors , gastrointestinal specialist and they have run every test out there everything comes back normal.

    I wish I did my research before I had the procedure done. I only started looking stuff up after and now it’s too late can’t take it back and DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU IT DOES NOT EFFECT YOUR WEIGHT.

  51. I thought this was a poorly written article.. . Just the name shows how biased you are and yet you’ve given no proof other than your own opinion.

    You don’t seem to understand not being able to leave your house, work or enjoy time with your children each month due to heavy bleeding, pain and exhaustion.

    I am 32 and just had this procedure recently. I have 4 children, have had a tubal ligation and have had 10-14 day periods with the first 2-3 days so heavy I am house bound since I first got my cycle.

    Should this procedure be offered to every woman just so they don’t have a period, probably not. Should women just suck it up and deal with it when their period greatly interferes with their life, NO!! They should look into their options and make the best choice for them!

    This article actually reminded me of an anti-abortion article… trying to tell other women what to do with their bodies based on nothing other than the authors opinion. I for one think it’s great that there are options and that I can choose what’s best for me.

    Don’t like the thought of an ablation, don’t get one, but don’t hate on those who do.

  52. We could be twins! I also had done two years ago and still had normal period until March this year. Now on day 20 of bleeding. Where are you at today?

  53. For those who have had the procedure, has anyone had weight gain? I see other forums where people complain of terrible weight gain but there is no known connection and doctors indicate it is not a side effect. Is there anyone who has not had weight gain from it?

  54. I have never left a response to any online article I’ve ever read. I am compelled to respond to this one because I am a huge supporter of a natural approach to health and wellness, I exercise, eat a healthy organic diet, strive to live a balanced life – and I had an endometrial ablation. I read Dr. Lee’s book – along with several others on the subject – and I tried moderating my periods with natural progesterone that was prescribed by a doctor of functional medicine, and it did absolutely nothing to help. I worked with my doctor tweaking hormones for years all the while suffering from periods that were so painful and heavy that I couldn’t leave the house for a few days each month. It was way beyond just inconvenient or gross. It interfered with my quality of life in a profound way. I decided I didn’t want to live that way anymore, so I eventually sought the help of my (traditionally trained) gynecologist who in no way pushed the procedure on me. It was certainly a more conservative approach than a hysterectomy.

    I disagree with your assumption that women who opt for this procedure are somehow going against the natural way of things. Is using an antibiotic for an infection going against the natural way? Endometrial ablation is a treatment that I’m sure most people make after considerable contemplation, and both the title of your article and the content suggest that it is something of a failure to choose to have this procedure.

    We all have a right to our opinions, but asserting that an opinion that differs from yours is “ridiculous” is short sighted.

  55. I don’t think that I have ever commented on an article before, but I found this article downright offensive. You are not a doctor and to give “opinions” without any evidence to support what you “believe” is just ridiculous. Nothing is 100% safe and for all you know the hormone creams will one day be considered unsafe. I just had this procedure yesterday. Had cramping for a couple of hours and am just tired today. I don’t even know if it’ll work yet, but regardless it was worth it to me. I have tried everything natural I can think of. I’ve tried various birth controls. I eat healthy and exercise. I’ve tried vitamins and herbal supplements. My periods have been negatively impacting my life and my mood for several years, because they are so heavy. Actually the heavy periods are in and of themselves unhealthy and can adversely affect your health because of the heavy blood loss. It’s also insulting to think that women who choose ablation haven’t thought of trying to figure out the cause of their heavy bleeding. Of course I have!!! I’ve had terrible periods since I was 10 years old and have dealt with this for 30 years. The bleeding since I had my last child has just been awful. So while I appreciate that everyone is entitled to their “opinion” it is shocking to me that a grown woman doesn’t see the validity in backing up opinions with facts and evidence. I am a teacher and teach my fourth graders to do that in their opinion writing. This article is unnecessary and could keep many women from having a valuable procedure that would improve their quality of life.
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  56. This article is very truthful. Any woman who thinks this procedure is good has not YET suffered the wrath of endometrial ablation. I know and I will shout it from the hilltops! Don’t ever get endometrial ablation. I was a NovaSure Victim and I admin a facebook group NovaSure Fact You Should Know! We provide women with information that they never, never heard from the doctor and isn’t in the brochure.

    Many doctors give out different information. There is no standard. In fact, endometrial ablation is being used for issues what it has not been approved for.

    When I attempted to get answers from Hologic the manufacturer of NovaSure, I was referred to my doctor. But all doctors give different answers! The problem lies in the FDA and the pockets they have open from pharmaceutical companies.

    Before you consider this procedure, learn as much as you can.
    If you like you may join this group for more information. (NovaSure Facts You Should Know!)
    Or if you would like to share your experience with others, please feel free to join.
    There is a petition, Health Med Reports, etc to fill out so that you are counted!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/264368540364822/

  57. I HAD THE NOVASURE 4/26/2017 AND IT DID NOT WORK FOR ME AS WELL I’M GETTING THE HYSTERECTOMY AT THE END OF 8/2017

  58. I am 37, a mom to 3 and a business owner. I also am a wife who enjoys time with my husband. I have wanted an ablation since my 7 year old son was born. Since I started menustrating, my periods are 7-14 days. During the first 5 days, I would wear night pads and super plus tampons and change them every 2-3 hours and still leak. As a professional, this doesn’t work. I tried everything from diet to exercise (I run half marathons) to hormones and inserting hormone rings. At some point, my doc said yes. I am 6 months in. No regrets. I can honestly say my period no longer controls my life, ruins my vacations or my sister in law’s chairs at Christmas. This procedure was a less invasive option than a hysterectomy. I have a 2-3 day light period now and feel free.

  59. Hi. I’m in my mid forties and started having heavy periods this year. I have a very rare immune deficiency and have had chronic anemia for years. I’m getting IV iron treatments now because low hemoglobin and ferritin have kept me bed ridden. Thankfully I am getting some strength now. My gynaecologist and I tried using the Mirena IUD first and it is working, however, the hormones are making me sick (I have lost 20 pounds) and I have pain in my hip. I am having the endometrial ablation in six to eight weeks (this is Canada,lol). The surgeon suggested this procedure first and if it’s not effective he agrees that a hysterectomy is the next step. He also encouraged me to go online and look up more information on the procedure and he wrote down information on the instruments he will be using. I could go online and write an hysterical article about how awful the IUD is and encourage women not to use it after my experience. But that’s just it. It’s my experience. I am not impressed with the scare tactics employed in this article. You could be responsible for scaring some women off of a procedure that they really need. Chronic to severe anemia can require IV iron infusions or blood transfusions. Your actions are irresponsible.

  60. Hi I’m get the Nova ablation this Friday and this is literally freaking me out .. until I’m feeling anxiety I bleed so bad I’m in depends two pads super tampon and at Night I have to sleep on Chuck pads .I’m tired of iron infusion Every 3 months. My doctor has a 5⭐ rating I’m almost about to cancel due to these comments .. My period is getting life threaten I’m totally confuse now ladies

  61. I am 48 and am considering ablation, after trying the homeopathic route. It has not stopped the heavy clotting periods I get from time to time, which are crazy debilitating.
    So, I’ll say I’m glad you wrote this article so I can hear so many opinions and experiences on the subject to try to make an informed decision.
    I don’t think natural remedies can fix everything, but believe it’s always best to try that route first and to try to determine the cause not just put a bandaid on the symptoms. Life is unpredictable and ultimately quality of life is an important factor in this decision.

    I would like to ask if there are opinions on which method of ablation is best — there seem to be many (burning, freezing, or radio frequencies)
    Also wondering if there is typically any effect on sex drive or vaginal dryness after the procedure….

    Since I have tried bio-identical hormone therapy and progesterone cream with no luck, my options seem to be 1 – live with the misery for several weeks at a time with really heavy clotting (this does not seem healthy either) 2 – an IUD or low dose Birth Control, with risks of clotting or breast cancer 3 – hysterectomy 4 – endometrial ablation.
    Ablation seems the lesser of all these evils for me right now.

    Would love to hear about what type of ablation was done for those who have had success – As well as any after effects on sex —

    Thanks!!

  62. Yes another person who thinks they know it all . Have you ever considered that some of us have tried other less invasive options and this is our last option before a hysterectomy. Lady, you have NO idea how bad it can get with periods. My periods would laugh in the face of your diet change option haha. What a joke !

    1. I have had very heavy periods my whole life. I have gone to the emergency room a few times for clots the size of golf balls coming out every 15 minutes for hours. I have worn 2 tampons and a pad at the same time. I have had numerous procedures to no avail. Finally at 43 to better my daily life I had an ablation. It was the best thing I have ever done. I have never had an issue in the three years since. I still get my period but it is much lighter and lasts only 4 days as opposed to 7. Maybe finding a good doctor is the key I am in NJ and have access to the best doctors. I was not ready for a hysterectomy and prefer to go though menopause the way it was meant to be. I would recommend this to anyone who suffers the way I did. It never affected my sex drive. I am a bit drier but the are ways around that.

  63. The above comment was meant as a reply to Mandy’s comment.

    But since I’m here, to the person who wrote is judgemental article, I’ve got a few things to say.
    Has your period ever stopped you from living your life? Stopped you from going on paid non refundable planned holidays? Stopping you from holding down a job? I didn’t think so. You have got NO clue what some of us unlucky ones have to deal with on an almost daily basis, not just your typical 3-5 days in a month.
    People like us have tried all other options and this is my last option before I will be getting a hysterectomy. So come on I dare you, reply with what option you think I should have gone with to help with my periods, and I’ll tell you a little story about your so called alternative solution.
    You do not have to stay at home because of your periods. You have not used a pack of 48 heavy duty tampons in a day and a half. you do not have to take your own nappy bag with you when you are brave enough to venture outside your house complete with several changes of clothes, plastic bags, wet wipes, towels, basically everything apart from the kitchen sink. You do not have to stand everywhere because the idea of sitting down could be terrifying and embarrising. You do not have to sleep on the bathroom floor on a plastic sheet. Your bathroom or any other bathroom you use does not change into the chainsaw massacre reenactment. Which would require you to also pack cleaning products in your nappy bag
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  64. This is a continuation from my above comment.

    So do some research on how bad some of us have it and why we would burn our uteruses without a second thought. Your described periods sounds like a wonderful dream to me. You have not lived in my reality so keep your opinions to yourself. You are not allowed to have an opinion on things you know nothing about.
    I’m having my ablation done in a few days and I can’t wait for my life to finally start!
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  66. I had it done 2 months ago and I basically didn’t have a choice. Either that or a full hysterectomy. I have had grade 4 endometriosis for the last 20 year and have had to have a laparoscopy every 3 years. My body was riddled with it. Getting my period every 2 weeks last for 7 to 10 days and bleeding major heavily. That amount of scar tissue I have due to all the all the laparoscopies is ridiculous. My question is does it affect your hormones? She I be on hormone replacement medication?

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