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Old 04-09-2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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Question I had a question about endometrial ablation.

I had a question about endometrial ablation. My plan is to stay on the BCP for perhaps a year to allow the anemia to correct itself (with iron supplementation). But I really don't see it as a long-term solution. I am intrigued by your very positive experience with ablation.

Here's one of my trademarked "elementary school" questions. Does ablation just correct the symptom of heavy bleeding? Or does it help correct the cause of the problem, which I believe in my case is too much estrogen? I confess I don't really know how estrogen dominance works to cause heavy periods. Or maybe it's the other way around, and the bleeding creates estrogen dominance. I really don't want to have a procedure that corrects the bleeding but still have all the estrogen storming around in my system. I had read that there are many disease linkages to too much estrogen, including cancer. And frankly, I didn't like my personality when I had the estrogen dominance problem. (I was angry and impatient alot.) The BCP does help balance the estrogen since it contains progesterone, and that is probably why the pill works so well to lesson my monthly "hemorrhaging".

I feel like I am thinking clearly for the first time in months since being on BCP and iron supplements. It's really been quite profound. I feel like I want to sort out my future options because I would like to continue to feel this way for a long time to come. If it means being on BCP until menopause (I'm 47 now), well, I suppose I will have to. But it would be nice to do this without chemistry.

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Re: I had a question about endometrial ablation.

No, endometrial ablation does not correct hormone imbalances. What it does it burn off the endometrial lining that gets to thick over time (whether you have a hormonal imbalance or not). Just 10 years ago, they accomplished this with the old D&C procedure, which was not permanent. The ablation will burn out the endometrial lining and it should stay gone.

Are you sure you are estrogen dominant? Did you have some sort of test?

I'm not sure if hormones cause the endometrial lining to thicken or that it "just happens" in some people. My mom had this issue and, as far as I know, she had the usual perimenopausal stuff going on. I have not had this issue at all, yet have the usual perimenopausal stuff going on.

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Re: I had a question about endometrial ablation.L

ChickieLou--From what I understand the ovaries are still producing normal amounts of hormones. It is the lining cells that cause the bleeding, and once removed the bleeding is lessened based upon the amount of lining cells removed. That is why some women have no periods after the procedure and others experience lighter ones.

So, the procedure doesn't change the production of hormones at all as Christine stated. I ~think~ it is the hormones that cause the build up of the lining within the uterus, but I don't know that for sure. I have heard that estrogen dominance causes a thick endometrial lining.

I would say that ablation does correct the symptoms, but not the cause because that is related to hormones, I think. Hope we have helped you a little. When you find the for sure answers, let us know. FLFLOWERGIRL

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Re: I had a question about endometrial ablation.

Yes, FLFLOWERGIRL it is very helpful! Thank you!

To answer your question Christine: no, I don't think estrogen was ever mentioned, except that they did every heinous test on me under the sun and the cause of my bleeding was deemed to be hormonal (not caused by fibroids, polyps, cancer, etc.) So, it's my (perhaps wrong) assumption that it's too much estrogen floating around that causes the thick lining. From what I have read, which is dangerous I know, estrogen doesn't really become dominant, but rather progesterone is so diminished that estrogen goes overboard. What I don't really buy into is the theory that environmental hazards contribute to it. It seems to be a function of peri-menopause. (I swear, I am so sick of that word!)

Is there a test? (swallows hard) Does it hurt?

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Old 04-09-2008, 08:16 PM   #5
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Re: I had a question about endometrial ablation.

Does the abelation procedure hurt? What was the recovery like? I have to decide today or tomorrow to go on bc pill or not. I'm so "out of it" and anxious all the time I'm not sure if I want to try bc pills, I'm afraid they will make me worse, I guess they may make me feel better, who knows. (I'm struggling trying to figure out if I'm in a depression, have an anxiety disorder, hormone problems or just its just all related to the low iron.)

 
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Re: I had a question about endometrial ablation.

sfish2257--It was my first time that I have ever had a "procedure" and it wasn't bad at all. For me though, I can't take pain meds because of my stomach, so I took nothing. You really need a little something. At the end of the day I took 2 advil and went back to sleep. When I woke up the minor discomfort (mild pain that reminded me of mild back labor) was completely gone. They say that's how it happens about 8 hours of discomfort and then it just goes away all at once. Mine was longer like double the time but not too bad at all. And very much worth it. I also had bad heart palpitations that whole day because of my anemia and the drugs they put into your system, but I slept through most of it. I had never been put to sleep before and was a little scared about it. I was given meds ahead of time in the IV for nausea because I was already ill. I was not sick at all afterwards which was nice. The doc told me on the way in that I was a high risk (thanks!) because I was anemic 10.9, nauseated and hiatal hernia. I didn't care I was excited to have it done because I thought that was the ~whole~ answer to my anemia, and I'm finding out it wasn't.

For about a week I had mild spotting and after that follows a clear discharge for a while everyone is different with these two things that I mentioned. Mine didn't last for long and was not bad at all.

You can also go on the Womens' Health Board and use the search box for EA and see what others have to say about it. Not everyone is happy like me. I know two other people that had this done. One is happy like me, and the other is just okay with her results, but she has already had 2 D & C's. They want to repeat the ablation, which will probably work this time they think. Some people have problems (like bleeeding), that an ablation will not fix. FLFLOWERGIRL

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