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    Endometrial Ablation

    I've been considering this for a while now and am now ready to make a doctors appointment and talk it through with my doctor. Another doc has recommended it to me before and I have talked about it to my gynie in the past.

    No horror stories please - don't want to be put off!


    What I'd like to know is once you've seen the doc about it, what happens, do you get referrred and roughly how long is the wait before op?
    Are there any other medications or anything you need to take?
    Also how long was recovery?
    Anything else that is helpful to know would be gratefully received!

    I've not taken any iron for over a month now and am feeling really grotty.


    Thanks ladies!
    RoseyPosey.xxx

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    Re: Endometrial Ablation

    I can't help with the actual procedure, but a family member had this done recently and it has made a world of difference. She even looks healthier, probably because she's not permanently anaemic. Fingers crossed it does the same for you.

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    Dynamic Damsel
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    Yes I had it done. After the docs I was referred to the gyne who talked it through etc and booked me in as a day case. As I can not take the pill I had to have an injection to put me into the fake menopause about a month before hand. I went in and had the procedure, along with a sterilisation as they like you to have a permanent form of contraception as your body can not hold onto a pregnancy after the procedure due to the lining of the womb not being able to become thick enough afterwards.
    I was in and out of the hospital in about 6 to 8 hours, just came home and slept for about 2 days. Think I was up and about properly about a week later.
    Worked brilliantly for me until other issues took over meaning I needed an hysterectomy quite some time later.

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    Violet - thanks hon, yes my reflexologists sister had it done and she says that she lools much younger, thicker hair etc.

    Katz, this is what puzzles me, I'm sure some people have it done without being put into fake menopause/having injections? This is what I need to ask them. Were your other issues related? (sorry if thats too personal).

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    Doesn't give a *!* Damsel DillyDally
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    Rosey, you could PM Bettie May? She had it done. I know she took hormones to go into the faux menopause. I must admit, that bit majorly puts me off, as I am evil if I have to take artificial hormones, plus they tend to make me very, very depressed. I think you have to though, because the endometrium needs to be 'thinned' before the op. Have you seen this? Or did you just want personal experiences?
    Dilly xx

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    Re: Endometrial Ablation

    HI Dilly
    Yes the hormones definitely worry me too, I don't like the thought of taking anything like that. I had a scan not that long ago and I know my womb lining isn't that thick, so not sure whether they'd do that or not. Thing is, I guess you'd only feel like shit for a couple of months, you don't ahve to carry on taking them? I guess I could live with it, if I knew it was over after the op.

    Your link was good, the damage to womb and bowel does concern me a bit too!

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    Dynamic Damsel
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    Re: Endometrial Ablation

    I was told that I had to either go onto the pill so that the womb lining was as thin as possible at the time of the op or have the injection. To be fair, the hormonal rage that I used to get was much reduced with the injection than I expected (I'm worse than a bear with a sore head on the pill), plus it was only the once rather than having to remember it daily (they used prostap).
    My other issues were to do with my overies twisting, cysts and an abnormal growth which was just unlucky for me and not so much to do with the original reason for the EA.

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    I didn't have all that kerfuffle with hormones. They inserted something under the skin of my stomach. Kind of like a hard pill which I guess dissolves into your blood stream? They did that about 6 weeks before the procedure and the only effect from this was awful hot flushes. It was winter and I had the heating off and slept naked with no covers as it was so bad!

    I was sterilised at the same time so guess my recovery was longer because of that. I think if I'd just had ablation I'd have felt better but I was out completely for the operation... wheras normally you'd just have a local anaesthetic. I was still home in time for tea even with both procedures.

    I'm two years on now and my periods last 2/3 days. No bright red blood, just darkish flow that you'd normally get on the last day of your period and very light. In fact I usually get away with just a thin liner or even a tissue and never use towels or tampons anymore. I'm still regular though, I know the best case scenario is a period every 3 months but I think I was so heavy with mega hormones that wasn't ever going to happen for me.

    I do know the lining of my womb was about 10mm before the procedure, not sure if this has a bearing on how successful the operation is but the purpose of the hormone treatment a month/six weeks before is to get the lining as thin as possible I believe.

    ETA - once I'd seen the doctor I think my procedure was a couple of months afterwards, maybe less. I know it wasn't long. I did have to persuade her about the sterilisation at the same time but it made total sense really as you can't carry a baby to full term with a thin womb lining.

    I didn't have any follow up appointments to see how I was getting on. My stitches from the sterilisation were supposed to dissolve so guess they didn't book me in again. (They didn't dissolve but just pulled tight so I ended up cutting them out myself and think I left half of it in my stomach but that's another rant!).

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    Re: Endometrial Ablation

    Quote Originally Posted by Roseyposey View Post
    Violet - thanks hon, yes my reflexologists sister had it done and she says that she lools much younger, thicker hair etc.

    Katz, this is what puzzles me, I'm sure some people have it done without being put into fake menopause/having injections? This is what I need to ask them. Were your other issues related? (sorry if thats too personal).
    Ha ha... my hair is much thinner! But I think that's due to another illness and anti biotics and not related to this! Not sure I've noticed any changes to my appearance to be honest other than I'm obviously not looking wiped out with knackeredness/anaemia once a month!

    I guess if your womb lining is already thinnish you wouldn't need the hormones... or may need less depending on how thick it is? I know mine was abnomally thick and I had a biopsy to check for uterine cancer first because that is a sign.

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    Thanks Bettie, I would probably opt for sterilisation at the same time. I wasn't aware though that this required extra stitches! Think I'd better go and see a doc and talk this all through.....

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    Doesn't give a *!* Damsel DillyDally
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    BM, I was told it was a general anaethestic for an ablation?

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    mmmmm. Just back from docs. I hate how they can make you feel so stupid. She looked at me like i was totally bonkers opting for surgery over a coil. I know I'm not the only one to feel like that though, my neighbour is a nurse on a surgical ward and she said she'd have ablation over a mirena any day. She's referred me to a gynie to have a conversation with them, but said they will encourage me to have a mirena first. Well if I end up doing it and get even worse acne and mood swings and even more bleeding, I will not be happy.

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    Oh and I've just read that its not be used in patients who have cervical inflammation (which I do) or cervix with abnormal cells (which I keep swinging in and out of), so why on earth did the GP recommend?

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    Dynamic Damsel
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    Re: Endometrial Ablation

    I had similar, just explained to the gyne doc that hormones severely affected me adversely and so I would prefer to just go for the EA. They were fine about it.
    Good luck

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    Katz,

    I'm hoping I get the gynie that has done my previous surgery and that she understands why I want EA. I might get my DH to come with me so I have a bit of back up. I also got really bad headaches on the pill last time I was on it so I may lay that on too.

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    I had the same. They kept saying I had to try the coil first. I refused and kept insisting on the ablation. You do have to push.

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    Thanks, its good to know other people have had the same struggle.

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    Had my hospital appt yesterday. Really nice Dr, I didn't have to persuade her at all for the ablation, she was happy with it after hearing my side of things. She did give me an internal that I wasn't expecting just to check for fybroids. She said it made be a difficult procedure as my cervix is scarred and this can make it more likely to puncture the outside of the womb - however its not a problem if this happens, it just mends itself and they wouldn't go forward with the op if it happened. Apparently sterilisation is much more risky, so I decided not to have that as well.

    Then last night I googled (I know, I know ) and then ate lots of
    I came across some American forum of pages and pages of people saying how ablation had been awful, they'd had constant pain since and wouldn't recommend it. I had an awful night, felt panicky, worrying about the risks. I feel better now I'm up and I have a very busy day today. I'm also PMT which I think is making this all 10 times worse. And i have a funeral on Friday that's on my mind.

    I feel so nervous about it all, and my hormones feel out of whack.

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    Doughty Damsel Mrs Moss
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    Re: Endometrial Ablation

    Roseyposey. You don't have to rush into a decision - you can take your time to decide and say no at any stage. Give yourself a little time to consider everything. I'm sure that the internet holds horror stories for any procedure but there will also be plenty of people who breezed through without problems.

    I'm sure Damsels who've had the procedure will be along with reassurance but in the meantime take care.

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    Thanks Mrs Moss. I just talked to my Dad about it (I never talk about myself to him, so now feeling incredibly guilty and selfish as his life is positively Sh*T at the moment) - and he was saying that I should ask the specialist what they would do in my situation.

    I'm totally with you on the horror stories thing, although she did make me aware that these things can happen and that I must under no circumstances get pregnant.

    I'm really busy at the moment with work and house stuff and parents being ill and funerals, so I'm going to give myself a few weeks to see how I feel and consider any alternatives.

    Thanks for your message though, I don't talk to my local lasses about this as its a bit personal and my DH has had enough I think!

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