I am 55, have been having very heavy/flooding periods for 8 years and am now being offered an endometrial ablation. Should I go ahead with the operation or wait for menopause? Am scared stiff of the operation but cant bear the continuing saga of flooding, anaemia, being down and feeling tired. I also have several tender breast lumps (have had 2 removed) - will the ablation affect these? Help please!
Last edited by Ineed advice; 08-28-2006 at 11:19 AM.
I have 2 friends that had the ablation. One it worked great, never had another period, the other didn't have a period for several months, then started right back in again with a very heavy flow. I guess you have to decide how bad it is for you. If your periods are really causing your quality of life to decrease, maybe you should consider the surgery. I am on the pill for the same reason, heavy non-stop periods. I will go off this fall, then I am sure the bad periods will return. I guess I will see how bad it gets again, I may think about having the ablation too. I don't think having the ablation will change anything with your breast problems. That is probably due to hormone changes, like everything else during this time of our lives! Good luck, Ann
I am going to be 50 next month. I have always had very heavy periods, but they had gotten much worse over the last several years. Even though peri-menopause had started in my early 40's, my doc suggested I go ahead with an endometrium ablation because my quality of life and health was suffering.
I had the ablation 1 1/2 years ago, and it was the best thing I ever did. Now, a few junior tampons and a couple panti liners takes care of my entire period. At this time, I have missed 3 of my last 4 periods, so my "change" is coming on hot and heavy. I have been feeling like an explosion of hormones these past months due to peri-menopause, but the ablation was one of the best decisions I ever made.