Patient Comments: Endometrial Ablation - Side Effects


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Comment from: kjsmom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation on 11.2.17. I have gained 5 lb. and have not stopped bleeding since. Today is 1.8.18. Previously I had the Mirena and bled for 6 straight months with the IUD (intrauterine device). I have a follow-up appointment scheduled this week with the doctor to discuss the next steps and address the bleeding. I feel miserable. Absolutely miserable. On a side note, I had the procedure completed in the office. I felt some pain at the end to the point of nausea and almost fainted. Once the procedure was over, the pain subsided to cramps only. I took some pain medicines and slept the rest of the day. I would not elect to have the procedure in office again and would advise against it. My tolerance for pain is pretty decent.

Comment from: midwestgal73, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I'm 44, physically active, and a healthy female. I had a D and C with NovaSure endometrial ablation under general anesthesia due to heavy periods. I was knocked out for about 1.5 hours. Upon waking I had lower abdomen pain I considered to be a 4 to 5 on a 1-10 scale. The nurse gave me 1 hydrocodone about 2.5 hours after the procedure. Upon standing and moving the pain started to go away and I required no further pain medicines. I had one incident of blood/spotting on my pad shortly after the procedure (I think on my way home). I'm on day 2. No blood, no discharge at all really. No pain. No discomfort. All in all the procedure went well. Hopefully my periods are reduced to normal levels. I do take 4000 IU vitamin D3 and B-complex daily. Vitamin D3 reduces spotting between periods. I highly recommend general anesthesia. I was really nervous about it, never having done it before, but I'm so glad my doctor used that method.

Comment from: Virginia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

It is Monday, and I had the endometrial ablation done last Wednesday (5 days ago). I was expecting to have an epidural or some kind of anesthesia, and I was only given some local anesthesia in the area, which resulted in me feeling the whole procedure. The pain was unbearable. I almost passed out from the pain and the cramps during the 1.15 minute procedure. Immediately after, I felt nauseous and I was given a shot to minimize the symptom (it did not help). I threw up for hours after the procedure, along with having the cramps. Cramp pain went away after 9 hours of the procedure. Today, after 5 days, my body still feels funny. I do not have strength, I feel very weak. I am a school counselor, and I am at work, but have no energy. I am spotting, which is normal, almost no cramps. My problem is that I have no energy. This is not me.

Comment from: michele , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I had an endometrial ablation done on 20th July 2017. Since then I have put on 20 lb. in weight, and feel all bloated, and not myself. The past 10 days I have had pain down my left leg and into my left groin> I had bleeding 21 days after the operation but nothing in the past 10 weeks.

Comment from: Karen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I had endometrial ablation done yesterday, I was not given any sedation at all and was advised to take pain killers an hour before. This was a very painful experience and was so poorly afterwards with really bad cramps. If anybody is going to go through this procedure I advise to go through a general anesthetic or make sure you have some sedation. The doctor said I didn't need it and I wouldn't like anyone to go through this pain as I did.

Comment from: JodiDVM, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I had an endometrial ablation in March and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had it done in the office under light sedation and it was uneventful. There was no pain during the procedure and the postoperative pain was minimal. Don't be dissuaded by negative reviews you might read, discuss your concerns with your obstetrician and keep your mind open. It resolved all my issues with chronic bleeding and I haven't had a period since. I am so pleased I decided to have this procedure done!

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: 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.

Comment from: Nannyfor3, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I will be two weeks post an endometrial ablation tomorrow. The recovery was a lot worse than I was expecting. I had it done on a Friday, under anesthesia. I was there about 2 hours. I had issues with the anesthesia. I was in a lot of pain after the procedure (I have endometriosis so I'm used to lots of pain). I had a lot of pain and pressure for about 6 hours after the procedure with some light bleeding that lasted two days. I am still experiencing being really tired by the late afternoon. I believe I got my period one week after the procedure and it was light but still very painful! I had to end up taking a whole week off from work because though the pain wasn't that bad I found I was getting dizzy often. I still have a pink watery sometimes blood streaked discharge and some minor cramping and occasional pain.

Comment from: Happy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I had endometrial ablation done a year ago and a small fibroid removed as well. I have had no problems, it was a blessing for me! I am 49, pre-menopausal, and am very sexually active. Even more so now.

Comment from: Kelloggs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation in April 2015. I had the procedure done in their office. I did not go under, just had local anesthesia. It did not hurt me at all, just felt a little pressure (I have extremely high tolerance for pain). I was given pain killers for home. I only took 2 out of the bottle. Right after the procedure was done they gave me a pad for any bleeding I may have. I had one spot of blood when I got home. I have had no pain since the procedure and I have not had any signs of my period since before I had it done. It was the best thing I could have had done. I started menopause at the age of 42 and it started with really bad hot flashes and getting my period twice a month, a full week of heavy bleeding (I used to only have 3 days and always light). By the time I was 44 I was having my period 3 full weeks of every month. I am glad I have done this procedure and that it was a success for me.

Comment from: SwtBrnSugah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation on 2/23/2014. I took painkillers prior to procedure and one after. I did not feel pain, just a slight soreness. I had a light watery discharge for 2 days and then nothing. I have not had a menstrual period since. I think the key was I had the procedure done shortly after my period.

Comment from: melissa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I had endometrial ablation done on January 10th. I have been bleeding nonstop since. I was told it was normal, now that my period has come it has gotten worse and is still heavy with clots. All my life I have had bad periods, I'd pass golf ball size clots the whole time and it would be super heavy. I am worried that I have had a period for 10 days and was bleeding before I actually started.

Comment from: Sharona, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation done over 10 years ago and it's the best thing I ever did. I had heavy, clotted bleeding and severe pain every month. My cramps were so bad that I would curl up in a ball on my bed and cry. I surely didn't want to go shopping or out with friends. I came across a brochure for NovaSure in another doctor's office. I took it to my obstetrician/gynecologist and asked if she could perform it on me. It was a simple 15 minute procedure that she was able to do in her office. I had a few days of watery discharge and a very light period that month. I had a lighter period the next month and then it stopped altogether. It was great!

Comment from: Stillwaiting, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I had a NovaSure endometrial ablation in December 2016. The first 6 hours after were the most excruciating cramps I have ever had. They sent me home with ibuprofen and it did nothing. At one point I lay on the bathroom floor in a cold sweat, shaking and ready to pass out for over an hour. After about 6 hours the pain finally subsided but it took me another 3 days to get my strength back. I've had the watery discharge ever since and 2 heavy periods. As far as I can tell, the procedure did not do much for me. I'm hoping a little time will change that.

Comment from: Stillinpian, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I had the endometrial ablation procedure done last April and I am experiencing weight gain and cramping as if I feel I need to have my period. I am bloated and have sharp pains at times. I am waiting to see my doctor to have a hysterectomy. Although this procedure was done on my sister 9 years ago without any issues it was not good for me.

Comment from: NotCumming, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I thank everyone for sharing. I had an endometrial ablation on November 22nd of 2016. I am feeling well, and still have a period although lighter and more manageable. My issue is that sexually I am numb post operation. I had no issue reaching 5 or 6 times great climaxes every single time, my husband had it down to a science. Now they are light little flutters that barely count, and they take some work to achieve. Also I asked my doctor and he stated that this was psychological which I think is bologna. I was sick with heavy periods, menorrhagia for 10 years. I would not have done this surgery had I known this was a side effect. I am strongly evaluating seeking legal counsel

Comment from: MelissaMommyto5, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I'm 6 days post endometrial ablation and had a super-fab recovery thus far. I took pain medication immediately upon dismissal from the hospital and again 6 hours later just anticipating waves of uncontrollable pain, but it never came (yay for catching a break finally). Thus far the watery discharge is the primary side effect and it isn't problematic levels, I'd take it any day over bleeding clots the size of pinkie fingers. I was very discouraged pre-operation about the number of unsuccessful cases I had read about, but I'm hopeful that this less-invasive procedure can prevent the need for a hysterectomy at 41. Good luck everyone!

Comment from: Lea, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I had endometrial ablation done 3 weeks ago. I had slight cramping when I woke but that's about it. I bled for about 3 days then had the discharge. About 10 days later I started bleeding again and it hasn't stopped. I'm hoping it will stop soon as I'm feeling very lethargic so I've had to start taking iron tablets.

Comment from: Michelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I'm on day 12 after NovaSure endometrial ablation. I thought things were going well though I did contact my doctor on day eight to say the discharge was so foul smelling. He wasn't concerned. Last three days have been awful. I have pain and bloating. Discharge seems worst in the night, I'm having to get up two to three times to change pads. I was hoping I could get back to work but just don't know at the moment. C-section was easier than this.

Comment from: kellykel1124, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I had the endometrial ablation a little over a year ago and I have worse periods than I had before. I have bleeding all month long and only a few days with no blood at all. This is awful. I went back to my doctor who said that all of my lining did not get removed from the ablation and that is why I am having the bleeding all month long.

Comment from: rscarrett, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure 3 years ago and haven't bled since. I have limited symptoms of having a period also. I had a thyroid issue and am 42 and am pre-menopausal but other than that have had no issues.

Comment from: Katthebrat18fl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had the Hydro ThermAblator System done August 31st, 2016 so I am only 23 days post-operation. I was diagnosed as pre-menopausal and was taken off birth control to see if that would rectify it (I just turned 33 and have 2 kids both delivered through C-section). It did not help and so I had a tubal just in case (due to health problems I do not want more kids) but that started to cause painful periods and heavy bleeding whereas before I had normal flow, and every 28 days. A hysterectomy would take me out of work for at least 2 weeks. So I went with the endometrial ablation as they stated it would only be a day or so out. Well, I woke after the procedure and the pain was killing me (and I'm not a wimp, I'm tattooed all over)! I had Percocet, fentanyl, Valium, tramadol, and a shot, while I was still sleeping, of Motrin directly to the uterus. I don't know if it is because I am a redhead and they say we are more pain intolerant but I am glad that is over with! And it was only my left side, not the right side at all. I went home with a prescription for more Percocet and slept the rest of the day. I had Percocet as directed for 2 days after that and then the pain finally receded. Then the discharge started. First they said that I would have just a watery discharge, which was correct, but now it has morphed into an orangey-yellow sometimes pink tinged substance. Basically the healing process. My mother had the same thing done when she was my age (for same reasons, apparently it is hereditary for us) and stated hers lasted 6 to 8 weeks long. So right now it might last a couple months, but I am so happy that when I was due for my period this month I did not have one. It was more pink-tinged but no actual blood. I still had the cramps associated with menstrual times but nothing like before. I am hoping that this nasty thing goes away and finishes healing soon and that I can continue to be period free.

Comment from: HappyJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

This is week 3 following endometrial ablation procedure. I am still having very light bleeding. It seems the bloated feeling is a little better. I had a tubal, D and C, and ablation at the same time. The doctor had told me that I could return to work a few days following the procedure. Well, that was wishful thinking! The first 3 days, I was sore and tired, but didn't hurt too bad. Day 4 to 8, I had the worst pain in my left side. It was excruciating. The doctor said it was probably gas from the laparoscopy. Anyway, it has been a little slower at feeling good than I expected. I think the doctors need to be more honest about post-surgery recovery. It is better to be prepared. I will continue to post recovery over the next few weeks.

Comment from: MIchelleb, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I had the endometrial ablation procedure done on 8/2/16. I had my period at the time. They did it in my obstetrician/gynecologist's office. They gave me a few prescriptions (Xanax, Percocet, and a shot to the buttocks). Procedure was quick, not too painful, and same as a Pap smear test. I went in at 1ish and came home by 3. I slept until the next day. I woke up fine, no pain and no period. Today is day 2 and I still feel good.

Comment from: Tammy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure done in January 2009 and it took away my moisture. I've never needed any help before and now I have to use K-Y jelly during intercourse.

Comment from: Mills, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had an endometrial ablation on the 3/3/2016. I am 31 and after 18 years off horrible heavy periods with just 3 days a month with no bleeding I feel the healthiest I have ever been. I understand that it doesn't cure my polycystic ovarian syndrome but since this procedure I haven't had any pain, etc. Best thing ever. The only downfall is that I have never had children but glad I am now healthy.

Comment from: Menopausalmom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation in July 2015. I was told I would bleed post operation for maybe 3 weeks. It lasted 10 weeks. The post operation bloating was beyond horrible. After 10 weeks of post operation bleeding, I still got my period every 26 days in October, November, and December but bleeding was significantly less than I was used to. I'm 52, so I considered this a success until I can reach menopause. In January and February 2016 I had minimal spotting for my period and I thought it is finally going away! Then, I got cramps and a regular period in March. I just got my period this month (April 2016) and was brought to tears by the cramps last night. I refuse to get on a scale, but have definitely gained weight in my stomach since the procedure, as I've had to buy new pants. If we didn't have a high insurance deductible, I would be insisting on a hysterectomy. Crazy that I still have to deal with bleeding and debilitating cramps at 52 years old.

Comment from: Everydaygirly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation done yesterday morning (day 2 of period) in the hospital along with hysteroscopy. I was out for about an hour. I woke up from the procedure with mild cramping and was immediately given a Percocet along with a prescription for Percocet which helped pretty quickly. I had blood spotting rest of the day (stark contrast to heavy bleeding and clots that I went in with) and continued to take Percocet every 4 hours, and rested most the day. Today I feel great! I have two more days before I go to work though, so am continuing to rest but I won't need any more Percocet unless things change. I am 34 years old with one child, hope the heavy bleeding and premenstrual syndrome have gone for good!

Comment from: Chesirkity, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I have rheumatoid arthritis and a ganglion cyst on my finger. I had it drained, only to have it return within 4 weeks. It is very sensitive to touch and the doctor suggested seeing a surgeon to remove it.

Comment from: Beverly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

No side effects. The best decision for me. I had the endometrial ablation in January of 2015. It has been over a year now and the ablation to me was very successful. I had very heavy periods that went for ten days. Now they are light and are only three days. I was told I was a good candidate for this procedure because of my age. I was 49 at the time of surgery. I still have my hormones! My doctor told me to keep my hormones as long as I can.

Comment from: Beth M, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation done 09/2012. I had cramping and a brownish discharge for about 10 days, then nothing. I enjoyed life for 9 months, no bleeding, bloating, or cramping. Then all of a sudden the severe labor like pain started. It lasted a week the first time, and nothing touched it. I stayed in bed with a heating pad and lived on pain medications. Since then it repeats every 28 to 30 days and lasts a week to ten days. Although ablation did work to minimize bleeding, if I had known how much pain it would cause, I never would have done it. I have an appointment with my obstetrician/gynecologist, where I intend to beg for a hysterectomy.

Comment from: Belrib, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I had my uterine ablation done on the 3rd of December 2015. I woke up with no pain and no medicines required post procedure. I had watery brown discharge for 6 weeks after. I have had 2 periods since the 6 weeks discharge and what a difference. Wow. I used to have clots and a very heavy period that lasted 7 days. I would soak a pad every hour on days 2, 3 and 4. Now I only need a panty liner and night time is a massive relief. Waking up to no mess is wonderful. I tried the pill, the Mirena and finally tranexamic acid before finally doing this.

Comment from: Lawmom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I am almost 2 years out from NovaSure endometrial ablation. I have had erratic periods, though not heavy bleeding. For the last 4 months, I have had bleeding every other week lasting 7 or more days (I will go almost 24 hours no bleeding, then it starts up again). No cramps like I had before ablation, but I do seem to have bloating, indigestion, and weight gain. This is miserable. I am only 40, and before ablation had very heavy periods, lasting several days with severe cramping.

Comment from: sabby, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I am 24 years old with 1 child and had the NovaSure endometrial ablation on June 18th, 2015. I also had a tubal ligation, D and C, hysteroscopy and polyp removal done as well. My primary reason was for adenomyosis and the chronic bleeding due to that. The pain wasn't bad at all. Just some soreness and cramps here and there. I didn't need my pain medications and was back to work in 3 days. I had very little spotting for a few days then nothing after that. Never had the discharge. I am nearly 7 months post operation, no period, no pain and I love it! Sex drive is great, no fear of pregnancy, and no more bleeding for months; glad I made this choice!

Comment from: Lynz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I had my endometrial ablation done 12/17/15. I came home with slight cramping and slept most of the day. My doctor checked in on me the next day and I honestly asked him if he did the procedure. I felt 100 percent normal the next day. I did have minimal watery discharge for a week and still get an occasional discharge now. My doctor said it was normal and takes a few weeks for the lining to dissolve. I am interested to see how this affects my heavy periods caused by fibroids.

Comment from: wolf, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I had the endometrial ablation on 12-30-15. I am swollen in stomach and have a sharp pain in the left side. If I eat I really swell. I am stuck wearing pajama pants.

Comment from: Kate, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I had an endometrial ablation in August 2015. I woke up to pain that progressively got worse. They gave me some Percocet, which did nothing, and got home, took 2 extra strength Advil, which worked their magic. By the next day, I felt fine, a little weak. For about 2 weeks, I had a weird looking discharge, but that's normal. It's now end of November 2015, I haven't had a period since and I feel great! No regrets. The only thing I'm wondering about is if it affects your sex drive. Mine feels like it's gotten really low, which is sad, because, no periods!

Comment from: findingpeace, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation done on Friday, October 30, 2015. The worst part of the whole procedure was the fasting! The procedure (I also had hysteroscopy) went well, the results of the hysteroscopy were benign and recovery was a breeze. I took one Percocet and then took ibuprofen for 2 days. I continue to have very light watery discharge, but it hasn't even been a week. I was back to work on Monday and have had no cramping or other side effects. Given my previous history of heavy cramping and torrential bleeding, this seems to be the best thing I could have done! I did have the procedure done on the first day of my menses, just happened, did not schedule it to be so, and still no bleeding issues.

Comment from: Cinders50, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had my endometrial ablation in March this year (I'm 50). All ok straight after, no period and no cramping. By July I had started having such horrific pain I can't tell you, like established labor. All I can do is lie in bed in a fetal position with a hot water bottle and loads of pain killers which don't touch it, only make me feel sick and sleepy. This can last 3 days or more, I have had to miss work so many times or been sent home. I only get spotting, not full periods, but I wish I'd never had it done, give me the heavy bleeding and less pain anytime, at least I can function in a normal way! Pain is like nothing I've experienced apart from giving birth. I am going to go back to the doctors (again) to beg for a hysterectomy.

Comment from: 8IsEnough4Me, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had an endometrial ablation done under anesthesia at the hospital on September 28, 2015. I woke in excruciating pain and felt like I was in labor and about to deliver. I was nauseous and dry heaving. The nurse gave me two doses totaling 100 cc of some kind of pain medicine via IV, but then resorted to two doses of morphine via IV, but neither gave me any relief. Finally, after about an hour, she called my doctor, who ordered 10 mg Norco. It wasn't until about 20 minutes after taking the Norco, which I broke in half for faster absorbency, that I started to feel a slight reduction in pain. I was nauseous and in pain for the first week. I had pink, watery discharge for the first 24 hours, then nothing for several days. Suddenly, a clear, watery discharge came abundantly and on day 13 (today) it is still abundant. I am looking forward to seeing how well this procedure reduces or eliminates pain and bleeding during my cycles. I am 44 years old and have eight children, so according to the statistics, I have a 16 percent to 30 percent chance of requiring a second ablation or other procedure, ugh! I hope I never have to have it done again; I'd rather give birth!

Comment from: DawnG, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I had endometrial ablation done in April of 2009. The pain afterward was awful, but I went home, and slept most of the day, and have not had one problem since! I have not had any spotting, or bleeding since that day. No bloating, pain or anything. It has been the best thing that I have done yet! Now if I can only get through menopause, and stop these hot flashes!

Comment from: patient, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I've had the NovaSure endometrial ablation done in 01/2012 and I have not had any problems so far and I have not had a period since. I am sorry you all have had such bad experiences with this.

Comment from: missymoo5, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I had the endometrial ablation 1 week ago. I was awake through the 10 minutes, but given Valium through an IV. I had severe cramping for about 6 hours after, but then it stopped and I've had no pain since. No bleeding, just the watery discharge which is very light. I am due to have my period in the next few days, not sure if it will happen or not. So far, so good!

Comment from: MissChief, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I had endometrial ablation in 2011 and thought it was wonderful, for about 4 years. But suddenly I have started having the most painful periods that I could imagine. I had 2 kids without any pain medicines, and would rather do that than have another period, they are that painful. I have also experienced pain between periods. I don't know if this has anything to do with the ablation, I have been to numerous doctors and they can't seem to find anything, but will probably have to undergo a hysterectomy in the near future.

Comment from: Felicia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I had an endometrial ablation done back in 2007 and it went very well! The procedure was done in the office on a Friday and I was back to work on Monday! This was the best thing I have ever done for myself, and I am so very glad I did it. Now and then I have what seems like a period but it is very mild, just a little pain like cramps and very mild spotting. And it only happens about 2 or 3 times a year, and has only happened once so far this year. It is not for everyone, and I was told that in some cases it does have to be done again after a few years, but I have been very fortunate that the entire experience has been great and I am very happy that I did it!

Comment from: Shaz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I had endometrial ablation done last October and have suffered with back and groin pain since. I have had physiotherapy and now having pain management epidural injection. Maybe I have a tear in my hip ligament.

Comment from: PhoenixChan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had an endometrial ablation 3 days ago. The pain the first day was horrific. I would have rather been in labor. That night and the second day I was constantly feeling sick to my stomach and vomiting. It is going on day 3 and I am still feeling like I need to vomit.

Comment from: smacd, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I had the endometrial ablation procedure done in 2007, had no side effects aside from cramping for the first two days (ibuprofen helped that). I went from 1 week long heavy periods every two weeks to essentially nothing after the surgery. I was too young for a hysterectomy at the time so this is the option I took. They did say I may have to repeat the surgery in 5 years. It is 2015 (8 years after) and I'm just starting to get back my periods but they only last a couple of days. If I go back to heavy every two weeks before I reach menopause I will consider doing the surgery again over a hysterectomy.

Comment from: Jodaline, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I underwent endometrial ablation this morning (May 26, 2015) due to heavy periods and large fibroids. I was put under and the procedure lasted about 30 minutes. I had minor bleeding and absolutely no cramping at all, just a little tightness when bending over or stretching to reach something. So far so good. After reading all of these reviews, I was a bit hesitant on going through with this mainly because the majority of these reviews were negative. But I'm happy to say that all is good so far for the first 15 hours.

Comment from: Gaining weight, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I have menstrual symptoms that occur without bleeding, post ablation. I had my endometrial ablation 5 months ago and continue to feel fatigued and experience cramping and other symptoms. To make matters much, much worse I have gained 15 pounds. I have always eaten healthy foods and continue to exercise regularly. Not only have I not lost any weight, I continue to gain. I am 44 years old and have never been overweight; I am very discouraged and depressed.

Comment from: Yvonne, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation done 12/13, I had constant bleeding and pain until 2/14. I was on lots of different antibiotics, eventually eased of, but then in 4/14 I started with lots of loin pain and vomiting but still no bleeding. In 5/14 I was admitted to hospital with what was thought to be severe kidney infection, bladder retention, catheterized, and sent home with lots of follow up appointments. No cause found but yet pain is still there. In 6/14 periods was back, two a month, first heavy and painful, and second light but even more painful. Pain at time of period was so intense I could not walk properly dress or undress myself. Now this was getting ridiculous, anyway urologist discharged me. I couldn't find the cause, though I have seen a number of different doctors. My recent appointment was with kidney doctor, to be told this pain could be from cysts on uterus due to ablation. This was noted in May 2014 and it took a kidney doctor on 7/04/15 to tell me this. I have an appointment with gynecologist 04/23 and my kidney doctor is sending this information to them. I'm really hoping this and the fact my periods have returned can be dealt with effectively with these, as all this pain for that ablation is not really worth it.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I had a Nova Sure endometrial ablation done two weeks ago. The surgery was easy just some cramps for 4 hours afterwards. Not too bad because the doctor gave me a pain block that lasted four hours. The problem started with my first period afterwards. The premenstrual syndrome was horrible. I was never before in so much pain before a period. It scared me. It made me wonder if I made the worst mistake ever having this done. You don't bleed but you feel all the same feelings of a period but worse and way longer. I was throbbing in pain. Nothing like it before.

Comment from: Megan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I had endometrial ablation in December 2014. Straight after the operation I felt great, had no pain, and barely any bleeding. This carried on throughout the month of January. However, my period returned in February, not as bad as before, but my goodness the pelvic pain is almost unbearable. I am now off work as I can't function properly. I have begged my doctor to try and hurry up hysterectomy as I really have had enough. I had every type of painkiller, the back pain is agony. I wish I had just gone for the hysterectomy.

Comment from: Leighann, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I had the endometrial ablation done a month ago and have had a cycle. It was light with no cramps and normal hormonal stuff. The thing that concerns me is that I gained weight fast and I can't shake the fatigue I have felt since the surgery.

Comment from: Bappi2015, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I had endometrial ablation 9 days ago on 25/2/15. The first 2 days were full of cramping and feeling bloated, then the next 5 days I had some cramps during the day and the last 2 days I have had minimal cramps. I have used paracetamol every day but will discontinue unless I have pain. Bleeding stopped about day 7 but watery discharge is still present. I am feeling a lot better now and have been at work for 4 days. Do your homework before you have this done.

Comment from: Brendajj, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I had an endometrial ablation done in December of 2010, and apart from some mild cramps for a few days after, I am great. No more heavy, unmanageable periods or dreading that 'time.' Very, very happy!

Comment from: Cams1gril, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I had an endometrial ablation On October 29, 2014. I never had cramps before in my life I can say I thought I was in labor with these cramps. The odor was a smelly burnt smell and lasted for months. I have had some sort of discharge since the procedure. I had really heavy bleeding during the 3rd month (30 days nonstop) which caused me more anemia. I am now scheduled for a full hysterectomy. Not everyone is the same, but if I really thought about what this procedure was (burning the inside of your uterus) I would have thought twice. I just wanted to avoid the inevitable. If I had to go down this path again I would have skipped the extra 3 months of misery from this procedure and used that time to recover from the hysterectomy that I tried to avoid. Don't torture yourself from this procedure, just have the hysterectomy.

Comment from: Piglit1967, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I had an endometrial ablation on the 27/06/14 after needing 2 blood transfusions. I had high hopes that my long very heavy periods would be a thing of the past, but no such luck. The first couple of months I just spotted, then they were back worse than before and I haven't been able to go without some sort of pad ever since. I have also been severely anemic ever since, so in just over 3 weeks I am having a hysterectomy. I am hoping that this will be the end of years of problems. I hope that it has worked out better for the majority, but I have read a lot of negative stories so wouldn't like to bet on it.

Comment from: ricoswife, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I had my endometrial ablation (EA) just a little over a year ago. Am I crazy or am I the only one suffering from the clear discharge and horrific smell! I have tried all kinds of home treatments. They work for a while and it is back again 3 to 7 days later. My doctor just prescribed antibiotics but I'm not convinced this is going to work. I found another forum full of women like me so I was wondering if any of you have experienced it. Most of us did not start experiencing this until about 4 months or later following our procedures. If you have and know of a cure, please post.

Comment from: scared as he**, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I had the endometrial ablation done in 2009, and I never stopped having a period. My menses was lighter with cramping some months, for the first year. After that the cramping got worse, periods irregular and sometimes dark from backed up blood. I called my gynecologist and he says, oh well, it didn't work for you. Now it is 2014 and my new gynecologist suggests possible hysterectomy.

Comment from: bculbers, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I had the endometrial ablation procedure done February 2014 and have had no problems. I'm 47 and had had very, very heavy bleeding each month for the past 3 to 5 years. My periods were always regular (every 28 days without fail) and never painful, but the heavy bleeding was just a major inconvenience. Over the last 3 to 4 years, the periods had gone from every 28 days to every 21 days. My younger sister had an ablation 2 years ago and said it was the best thing she ever did, but she had always had irregular and painful periods her whole life. I spoke to my gynecologist and she said I was an ideal candidate for the procedure. I've never had a C-section, or had tumors/cysts, or any monthly pain, or any problems like that. I almost felt a bit guilty for wanting the procedure since it was only for 'convenience' to stop heavy bleeding. It has been 10 months and I never have had any side effects from the procedure. I had very slight pain (similar to what you'd feel if you did one too many sit ups) for a day after the procedure, but I returned to work 2 days after the procedure. I have to walk 1 mile to and from work, so I took the 2nd day off just to be on the safe side. I never felt any pain. I wore panty liners for about 2 weeks just in case I had any discharge, but even the discharge was extremely light. It was a very light pink stain. I read some reviews that said there was a strange odor, but I had no strange odor and barely noticeable discharge. About 3 to 4 weeks after the procedure, I had a very light period that lasted 1 to 2 days. Some people would probably call it 'spotting' and not a real period, it was that light. Since then, I had not had any periods. No pain. No bleeding. No spotting. This procedure was perfect for me and I'm extremely glad that I had it done. I just wish I had it done years sooner.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I had an endometrial ablation done on November 14th, 2014. This was done with general anesthesia. I was put to sleep and a cervical block was given. When I woke up I was really crampy but held off on pain medicine until I was home, you will need it after the cervical block is no longer effective. My back hurt really badly and my doctor told me that it is the uterus contracting; that lasted about a week. For the next three weeks I had cramping on and off. There is a recovery time with any surgery, mine was hysteroscopy, D and C and ablation. I think this is important as they look for other issues as well. A polyp was found and removed. The great news is my first period after surgery was light and there was very little cramping, no tiredness, and it was so much better than before surgery. I in fact felt like I should have done this years ago as my periods obviously were way beyond anything normal. I lived with really bad periods for way to long. I am so glad I did this!

Comment from: petesc327, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

I had an endometrial ablation in May 2014. I went to see this new doctor because I had been having heavy, soaking periods for almost 3 years. She immediately suggested the ablation and Essure. She was very passive the whole time she explained it to me, never once stressing the potential side effects. I had mine done while under 'twilight' sedation. I woke up in the worst pain of my entire life. I could barely walk. She gave me a heavy duty pain medicine in the form of a suppository and a prescription for pain pills. She told me to get my prescription filled, take it as soon as possible and go home and lie down. We made it halfway home, with me writhing in pain in the front seat, before I started vomiting. I couldn't stop. We got home, and I attempted to eat some saltines so I would have something on my stomach to take my pain medicines with. I couldn't keep anything down. I was sweating, and cold at the same time. My legs were so weak and I couldn't even stand. I was in so much pain. I tried to lie down and couldn't. I felt like someone had literally ripped my insides out. I used the pain suppository and it didn't do anything. It didn't even touch the pain. I went through this agony for 5 hours. I eventually started to lose consciousness and my husband called the ambulance. They got me to the hospital where my heart rate was 40 and my blood pressure was 190/135. They immediately started working me up. Eventually they came and gave me some medicine that stopped the pain. I felt human again! After that, I bled for maybe 7 or 8 days and then it stopped. The next month, I started spotting again, and then July, August and September no bleeding at all. I thought it was wonderful. I started spotting in October and continued spotting every day through November. Every time I would call my doctor with any kind of side effect, she would say, 'that can happen'. Now, December 5, 2014 I am on my 20th day straight of bleeding. It started out as a moderately heavy period and now has eased off to a light period. I am changing doctors, because I want to know what is going on. If you are considering an ablation, please do your research.

Comment from: Jodi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I am post operation 3 days from the NovaSure endometrial ablation, and tubal ligation. I did out patient with IV sedation. Surgery went well. Recovery to me is from the medication from sedation. There is a very slight discharge today and no pain. There is some cramping after procedure, nothing worse than my menstrual cramps. My period is due. 1 week from now, we will see what it brings. So far everything is just as expected.

Comment from: Avu, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I had endometrial ablation in December 2013. It was not under general anesthesia, but mild sedation, which made it tolerable. I am almost a year out. I am having extremely light periods about every 25 to 28 days, which last no more than 2 days. I feel terrible after reading about all problems others I having. The only thing I have noticed is more abdominal bloating and some weight gain.

Comment from: ake770, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I had a uterine ablation over 2 years ago. The results for me have been great. I had heavy periods my whole life and they got significantly worse after my 40th birthday. I was at the point that I would not leave my house on the 2nd day of period. I have not had a period since the procedure. I do have some mood swings and minor PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms but life has been much easier since the procedure.

Comment from: Tracey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation in November 2013. For about 5 hours after the procedure, I had abdominal pain (2 doses of 800 mg ibuprofen took care of that). For about 2 weeks I had some light spotting. Now, almost a year later, I have had nothing; no spotting, no periods, and no cramps. Prior to NovaSure, I had terrible cramps, terrible, heavy periods, I was always making sure there was a rest room anywhere I went. I would do it again in an instant! The only thing I would do differently is take ibuprofen as soon as I could after the procedure. It has made a huge difference in my life!

Comment from: sarasbears, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had my endometrial ablation on Monday, September 22nd 2014 at 10 am. I woke up to cramps/nausea. I went to bed and woke up Tuesday, felt great all day and then started to get a headache around 9 pm. I took Tylenol and went to bed and woke at 3 am on Wednesday with pounding headache. All day I had a fever on and off then chills, where my hands felt frozen, a massive headache, nausea, and horrible lower back pain. I waited till my husband got home and we were instructed to go to urgent care where they sent me to the emergency room. They took blood, urine and did a CT scan. My white blood cells were a tad high, but everything else was ok. Every day since, I have had a headache/migraine. I wake up and my head doesnt feel right, and by the end of the day I can't get off the couch. I have never had headaches before this!

Comment from: lsnyder, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had the endometrial ablation done 2 years ago and had no problems. Almost 2 years to the day I started having periods again. The first one was extremely painful and heavy. For the past few months the cramps are there as before, but the flow is not as heavy. I'm going to see my gynecologist in a few days.

Comment from: Cathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I had an endometrial ablation three months ago. I have since had a minimal amount of cramping but no period yet. This was my objective; I was tired of bleeding over a prolonged period of time. Lately I have felt bloated and have gained weight easily. There are so many variables at play here in my body that it's hard to attribute those problems directly to the ablation. I'll see how my condition goes with time.

Comment from: Lulu, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had endometrial ablation in January 2014. I had shorter, lighter periods the 2 months following. By the third month I was no longer having a period at all. With the hormone changes following the procedure came moodiness, but otherwise everything went well and I love the results.

Comment from: AngelWife26, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I am currently 42 years old. I had my endometrial ablation done in February 2007. After enduring extreme cramps since I was 17 and requiring narcotic pain medications due to the cramping, the ablation was the best thing for me. Since the recovery, I've had occasional spotting (2 or 3 times a year). I've not had a full cycle since. Now I'm in the peri-menopause phase and will likely never have a cycle again. This truly was the best decision I could have made.

Comment from: Stacie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had the endometrial ablation years ago and just had to have my uterus removed because of it. Apparently I was not informed of the long-term effects of the procedure. What happens is, every month your uterus still thinks it has to build up fluid and it gets trapped. I was in severe pain for a long time until they figured it out. Please research this and rethink this decision.

Comment from: happy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation on 31st January. I have not had a single spot or any sign of bleeding since that day. So, that is 6 months period free. No cramps nothing. I have just put two and two together though and put some abdominal weight gain down to this procedure which is a big disappointment. It is like pre-period bloating.

Comment from: Prettygirlkim, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I had the NovaSure procedure done July 10th. I woke up with minimal cramping but hours later was in hell, the cramps were severe and the Norco they gave me wasn't working. I called the doctor's office and they told me to take another one but by that time I was vomiting because I had already fasted for the procedure and 2 Norcos and an ibuprofen 800 was too hard on my stomach. Later that day the pain started to ease up and I could take a nap. Here I am 7 days post endometrial ablation with light spotting, light cramping and a discharge with a slight odor. I am hoping the spotting stops soon but I will get back to you after my next doctor appointment at 2 weeks post ablation!

Comment from: Divama4, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had my endometrial ablation outpatient procedure done June 30, 2014. After I awoke I was extremely nauseous, but no pain, very light bleeding or discharge. I'm still having a light watery bleeding/discharge. A couple of days ago (Saturday) I had a day of heavier bleeding like I was on my period along with a couple of big sized clots. I've been experiencing bad headaches recently too. I really dislike this terrible smell, I can't shower enough. I'll be glad when that's gone! Today Wednesday, I awoke at 4 am to heavy bleeding, thank goodness I wear a pad daily. When I went to urinate I passed a very large clot; a clot the size of 2 eggs. I'm calling my doctor. I sure hope this procedure stops my cycles totally or at least makes it very light and only a few days. I'm tired of periods but afraid to have a hysterectomy.

Comment from: annie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation; it lasted 6 months and I was a happy camper but now my period and cramping came back with a vengeance. I am looking into having a hysterectomy, here we go again! But definitely go through with the ablation, it just doesn't work on some people, but I know a lot of people that are very pleased with the results.

Comment from: Fortwengle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I had the endometrial ablation (freezing) done in 2009. I was told this would cure my heavy menstrual cycles and my embarrassing accidents that occurred. I'm googling this because I was curious if people had the same side effects I am experiencing. At first it was like the best thing that I had ever done. No periods, and it was all great. Then one day the cramps crept up, back pain, headaches, and small amounts of bleeding. Now I feel like I'm on my cycle 3 weeks of the month and I feel like my body is trying to shed the blood. It never appears in my underwear, but does either drop into toilet or is on my toilet paper usually with discharge. I have a smell to that I don't like. Wonder what I should do.

Comment from: Scubagirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

Great procedure so far. I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation done (boiling) 3 weeks ago under general anesthesia. I am 46 years old, and have had 3 kids. For the month prior to the procedure my doctor had me take megestrol 40 mg twice a day to make sure my uterine lining was as thin as possible prior to the procedure so I would get the best results. After the procedure I had pretty bad cramping and discharge for about 4 hours. After that the cramping and the discharge stopped. I had some big cramps the following morning for a few hours and they went away quickly. The last 3 weeks I have had extremely minimal, non-smelly discharge (just a few drops a day). Last week I was due for my period, I had a few drops of red blood one morning and that was it. Prior to the procedure my periods were very regular, every 28 days and lasted 5 days. The first two days were so heavy I could barely leave the house and had to double up on tampons and pads changing them every hour. It was pretty disgusting and miserable. Keep in mind most people who write in the forums are unhappy with the procedure. Very few happy patients will take the time to write. I have 6 friends that have had this procedure done over the last 3 to 4 years. Every one of them is very happy with the results and not one of them has had a period since the procedure. I too am hoping for no periods in the future, but even a much lighter period will be better than what I had prior to the procedure.

Comment from: dendan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I am so sorry endometrial ablation has not worked for some of you. I had mine done about 5 years ago and have had no problems at all. Before I had it done I was having to change tampons every hour to save myself from leak-through due to heavy bleeding. I no longer have periods, which I'm thankful for. I'm 40 and don't want any more children anyway. I would advise people to do it if they asked me. I guess the results are different for everyone, perhaps it may also depend on the doctor.

Comment from: Lissa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I had NovaSure done on June 20, and although the pain went away overnight, I have been suffering from some kind of infection since. I have had fevers ranging from 99 to 102 every day (9 days now), fatigue, nausea, and some mild headaches. The discharge is tannish (never saw any real blood) and smelly. I hope it gets better.

Comment from: Maighread, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I had an endometrial ablation in 2001. It solved the problem of heavy bleeding. I was put under for the procedure and had no side effects from that. I woke up in some pain from the gas, but that went away in a couple hours. It was an easy recovery which took about four days. I slept a lot and had no real problems except the antibiotics they gave me gave me really bad gas! My periods used to last nine days and I went through a pad every hour. After the ablation they were three days and I used a mini-pad per day. It was easy!

Comment from: Greengiant, 35-44 (Patient) Published: June 19

I had my endometrial ablation done on March 4, 2014. I had the procedure done with no anesthesia as I don't like feeling queasy. I had very bad periods in the past and now they are very light. The procedure has changed my life dramatically. I have noticed some changes though. Yellow, brownish discharge, but nothing I can't live with.

Comment from: Linda, Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I had an endometrial ablation 15 months ago. Before you have this procedure, make sure that your doctor does an ultrasound to rule out adenomyosis (bleeding tissue outside of the uterus). After the ablation, I bled every single day for six months. And I still got an incredibly heavy period; chicken cutlet sized clots (sorry). So forceful that the blood came out while I was swimming in the ocean! The pain was excruciating. I went back to the doctor, he did ultrasound, and discovered that I had adenomyosis (different from endometriosis) and I would need a hysterectomy. Blood was now still flowing, but could not get out due to scar tissue formed as a result of the ablation. My stomach is huge, I'm in constant pain, and terrified of having a hysterectomy. I'm miserable and feel like a ticking time bomb (will my uterus just explode one day like Sigourney Weaver's in Alien). I could go on and on, but won't. Just make sure you rule out that you're not one of the unfortunate souls who have this other (very obnoxious) condition. Best wishes to all.

Comment from: LaLa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had NovaSure done on May 20th. The recovery period was relatively simple; minor cramping that went away overnight. However, since the surgery I've experienced headaches, lower back aches, a mild pain on my upper left arm, nausea and stomach aches, and a light pink, smelly, watery discharge. And on day 13, all of sudden I had a mild case of diarrhea and a urinary tract infection which resulted in frequent bathroom visits. Thank goodness I had some Azo pills handy. I'm hoping that I made the right decision but based on what I've read so far, I'm uncertain.

Comment from: Nikki, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had my endometrial ablation surgery yesterday via spinal block and local anesthetic. I am spotting today, and having slight back ache from spinal block entry, but overall feeling very well indeed. I am hoping this helps my periods as my womb lining was 17 mm thick and should be between 4 and 7 mm.

Comment from: jlc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I had the endometrial ablation procedure a little over 2 weeks ago. I would suggest to anyone considering not going under general anesthesia for the procedure to reconsider. I could only tolerate 5 of the required 8 minutes of the procedure. I felt like my insides were being expanded at a very quick rate and were going to explode. I also felt very nauseated during the procedure. The procedure appears to be successful at this time, but I had a tremendous amount of edema. I wasn"t able to wear my watch or rings the first week and have gone up a full size in clothing from the waist down. Keeping my fingers crossed that the results will have been worth it.

Comment from: Marie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I am a 45 year old female. I had an endometrial ablation in May of 2013. Everything went well until three months ago. I have been having the worst menstrual cramps like no other. My periods are light but this month I am having a period twice. Very concerned. My pain is so bad, that I cannot function. Mentally the pain has drained me.

Comment from: DeeB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had endometrial ablation done yesterday and had some mild cramping and nausea last night. All I took was 12.5 mg of Phenergan for the nausea and 600 mg of Motrin for the cramps, although my doctor also sent me home with a prescription for Vicodin. By late in the evening I was perfectly fine. I"ve had a tiny bit of cramps a couple times today but nothing to even blink at. Discharge has been very light so far but was told it may increase somewhat for the next couple weeks and that it can last up to 6 weeks, though that is rare.

Comment from: jnjaunich, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I"ve had horrible, heavy periods throughout my life, and they kept getting worse after having my children. I had an endometrial ablation done almost 2 years ago. The first year after the procedure went great. I had very light, 3 day periods every 4 to 6 weeks. Now this year I"m experiencing spotting and periods that last almost 2 weeks, with a break of up to 20 days between periods (if I"m lucky). Lately my periods have been 14 days apart and my PMS got worse. I thought this procedure was going to help with the issues I was having with heavy bleeding and irregularity, but it"s proving to be a failure. I"m preparing to get a hysterectomy in the near future. Ladies, do your research and talk with your doctors before considering this option. It"s clearly not for everyone, and can be a waste of your time/money depending on the problems you experience. If you know you"re done having children and have problems with heavy, irregular periods you may want to consider just having a hysterectomy. I deeply regret having the ablation done.

Comment from: sbunting, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had an endometrial ablation a week ago and I feel great. I didn"t have any pain except for a few mild cramps which didn"t faze me since my monthly cramps were awful. The best thing I have ever decided to do. I woke up from surgery wondering if they really did the procedure and was released a half hour after I woke up. I only had to take Advil that evening and was out shopping the next day. I was a bit tired from the general anesthesia but feel great.

Comment from: Sweetie20002, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had my uterine endometrial ablation done on the 17th of April. I woke up from general anesthesia with the worst cramps of my life. It took different types of pain relievers to help me through the pain. I was released later that day from outpatient surgery. I slept the entire next day. I only had spotting for the first 2 days. Now I have noticed that I am basically having a light nonstop period continuously since. Today is now the 27th. I have not stopped bleeding and the pain is almost unbearable. I hope this will subside soon. I am having regrettable thoughts about this surgery.

Comment from: Fagino, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I had an endometrial ablation yesterday to treat pre-menopausal perpetual bleeding. When I woke up in recovery I thought I was going to lose my mind, the cramping was so bad! It took a few hours and lots of medication before I felt better. I got sent home with some with tramadol (which I"ve never had before) but it"s very effective. It has certainly helped me through some very strong cramps. Hoping to be better and off them tomorrow. Bleeding is down to spotting and I am hopefully that this procedure will be successful. Thus far I am glad I did the procedure.

Comment from: Mckit2u, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation (due to heavy menstrual bleeding) back in May 2013. I have a high tolerance to pain medications and was given 4 different pain killers that did nothing for me. The doctor stated she was pulling fibroids and polyps out my uterus before the procedure, which I could feel everything. I then underwent the 90 second procedure in which I felt everything she was doing to me, as tears were rolling down my face. It was the worst feeling ever. I was in pain for several days after the procedure. I was never called back in for a follow up appointment following the procedure. Now, here I am almost a year later, my periods are getting lighter to the point of nothing and darker in color, but the pain I am experiencing is beyond anything I can really explain. I am literally in a fetal position with pain. Nothing OTC will help alleviate the pain. I am now sure after doing some research I have post ablation syndrome or even hematometra. This would explain the pain I have each month in my pelvic area.

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