Notes from the Labyrinth
Unobtainium and Dragons' Bones
seeking data from people with uteruses (uteri?) 
29th-Jan-2012 09:17 am
shalott
Dear Internets,

Please tell me about your experiences with endometrial ablation. My gynecologist has suggested it as a possible way to deal with my menstrual cramps (still awful--we're at 800 mg ibuprofen, and that still only downgrades from OW to ow (with spikes of OW). She says her experience has been that it is quite successful. My acupuncturist, on the other hand, said immediately, "Oh, that never works." Her experience has been that women who get ablations almost always end up getting hysterectomies.

Because I'm on a lot of different drugs currently, and it looks like that's going to be a long term thing, I'm reluctant to go back on the Pill (also, there's the endless uterine drama of trying to find the one that works, but doesn't give me horrific side effects, and then there's the long-term effects of the Pill itself, and, and, and ...), but I'm a little skeeved by the whole idea of ablation, and there's also the fact that as a woman who started menstruating before the age of twelve, who has never been and never intends to be pregnant, and thus also has never lactated, I hit several of the risk factors for endometrial cancer--which ablation makes much more difficult to detect.

Basically, I don't like any of the options I can see, and I think I need more data. All comments, from the anecdotal to the clinical, will be gratefully welcomed.

And, as an apology for a very self-centered and overly share-y post, let me point out that "Blue Lace Agate" is available as a podcast at Lightspeed, as are many other fine stories, including one by mrissa. (I would link, but Lightspeed's site is currently down.)
Comments 
30th-Jan-2012 04:54 am (UTC)

My aunt had a uterine ablation, but wound up having a hysterectomy because of reasons unrelated to the ablation.

A friend of mine looked into it but her insurance doesn't cover it, she's going to look into it again in a year because she doesn't want to deal with the hormonal affects of a hysterectomy.

A friend of the family had an ablation (and an ovary removal) a while ago and has been fine since then.

4 years ago, I would have been interested in getting one (endo and pcos) but unlike every other person in this thread, apparently, I'm a lucky freak who had a kid and then had WAY less cramps and a lighter flow after. I'm still getting used to that. I still bleed more heavily than most people, but it's no longer a shark attack in my pants every 5 weeks.
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