Patient Comments: Endometrial Ablation - Side Effects

Question:Did you experience any side effects from your endometrial ablation?

Comment from: bbrannon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I am 49 years old and was having very heavy periods. My doctor suggested the endometrial ablation since I wasn't ready for a hysterectomy. I had the procedure done May of 2016 and since then I constantly bleed which affects my daily life. Out of the 30 or 31 days a month I was bleeding or spotting about 15 to 20 days. I went back to the doctor a few months ago and have been placed on birth control to try to control the bleeding but for the last 7 weeks I have not stopped bleeding. I have another doctor's appointment next week to discuss removing the fibroids that I have or polyps that I may have that maybe causing my problems. I'm thinking that I probably should go ahead and have the hysterectomy. I don't want to keep having surgeries that are not going to help my problem. If I knew then what I know now I would have never had the endometrial ablation done. Waste of money and it made mine worse but it may work for other people.

Comment from: Neha, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I am a 45 years old. I had my endometrial ablation done 6 days ago at the hospital with general anesthesia. I didn't feel any pain during the procedure and even after it. No cramps and no bleeding at all. This is my 6th day and I am still wondering if I really had it done; which is great. Only discomfort I had was constipation for two days due to anesthesia. I am having a very little discharge but don't even have to wear a pad. Some of these positive reviews helped me to get it done, that's why I am writing this review for those of you who are worried. I feel great so far. Good luck ladies!

Comment from: CMichele, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

My co-worker and I both underwent the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure a little more than 5 years ago and it has been one of the best things I've ever done. Procedure was quick, recovery was a breeze. I had it done on a Friday and was back to work on Monday. I've had no cramping, no periods, no spotting, no headaches, no bloating. It makes me wonder with all the bad reviews if some of these doctors performed the procedure correctly. My co-worker also has had no side effects and we went to different gynecologists. I hope the women who have been afflicted with side effects are soon relieved from them.

Comment from: momof2boys, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I had an endometrial ablation, D and C, and tubal all done at the same time about 10 days ago. I had no pain and never took the pain medicines. I had clear discharge then my period started this morning. I really hope they eventually go away since my periods were never super heavy to begin with. I'm 36 and have 2 kids. I was told that having the tubal and ablation done at the same time was a smart decision. So far so good!

Comment from: cmas17, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I had the Minerva endometrial ablation done yesterday. Though the numbing was extremely uncomfortable, it didn't take that long (a few minutes). The procedure itself again, while I cramped pretty good, only lasted 2 minutes. I lay down when I got home for a few hours and woke up with pretty bad menstrual-like cramps. I took one of the Vicodin pills they prescribed and it kicked in after about 20 minutes and I was able to fall back asleep. I slept through the night and woke up feeling fine this morning. No cramps. I didn't have any bleeding either, just a minimal watery and slightly pink discharge (not even enough to warrant a pad). I'm due to get my period in a couple of weeks and am hoping that I will be one of the lucky ones who never gets her period again (I know about 7 people who have had ablations and none of them has ever bled again). So far, so good!

Comment from: edwlewis, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I recently had the endometrial ablation on July 27, 2017. So far no issues or complications. However, many of these comments are scaring me. I am looking for information regarding weight gain. I am only 4 ft. 11 inches and I cannot afford to gain 50 lb.

Comment from: Not what I hoped for, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I had the endometrial ablation done and multiple fibroids removed in December 2016. The procedure went well and recovery was quick (I went on a trip to Europe two days after surgery), but unfortunately the fibroids grew back in no time. My first period in January was already 4 heavy days and it got worse and more and more painful every month since. I'm back to 13 day periods. The gynecologist is now (6 months after surgery) recommending hysterectomy.

Comment from: nickeyp1980, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I had my endometrial ablation done June 1st, and am scheduled for my 2 week post follow up on June 15th. The day of the procedure was awful afterwards. I lay in bed for two days and had to take Norco for the pain. I'm still experiencing heavy cramping, watery pink discharge, dryness down there, burning, bloating and I'm tired come the afternoon. I will be discussing these things with my doctor this week, and I'm hoping after a few more weeks I go back to normal. I also feel like I have my period this week.


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