I have alluded to some health issues over the past 6 months. These issues are not new ones and I have been treated for them for years but it was getting to the point that I had to take the next step in treatment. Things weren't getting better. One of those problems is my monthly cycle. I have always had very bad cramping, heavy flow and long duration. This has lead to other problems as well such as tiredness, fatigue, easy bruising, headaches, moodiness, etc. After years of dealing and watching things get progressively worse and having my doctor suggest I take surgical measures, I have decided to do just that. The first week of September I go in for a quick out-patient procedure, a uterine ablation.
In simplest terms during a uterine ablation the lining of the uterus is burned or cauterized. Within a month or so a scar will begin to form and this should lessen or completely stop the period. Pretty exciting stuff. Though the procedure itself is simple and the recovery is supposed to be super fast and easy, the prep is not. To prepare for the ablation I have to get three Lupron shots. They are putting me into premature menopause. This will thin out the lining of the uterus prematurely making the burning procedure quicker and more effective.
I'm fine with the thining, I'm not fine with the other affects. I thought I was tired and moody and bled too much before. Now I've got all that and hot flashes! I just keep reminding myself that it's all in the pursuit of better health. A year from now--heck, 6 months from now--I should feel like a whole new woman! I have spoken with several other women who had the procedure and they were very positive and reassuring and all said, "I knew I was tired and not myself before the surgery but now that I am better I realize just how bad it really was."
This is a conservative alternative to hysterectomy but it still has some very serious long term risks and side effects. This is not a procedure that anyone should do just to get rid of their periods. For instance, I will not ever (in this life) be able to have more babies. Though we decided years ago that I shouldn't have more children--a story for a different TMI post-- it is a whole different realm of emotions to confront the fact that I will not and can not have more children.