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MadMarchMasterchef

I found some other topics on this but none that seemed to match my circumstances. 

Im 43, always had heavy periods, the combined pill helped.  After my 3rd kid my periods have come back extra heavy but Im no longer allowed the combined pill due to age and other factors (migraines and slightly overweight - working on that last one )   As far as I know I don't have fibroids or endo or anything but heavy periods is hereditary - mum had a hysterectomy for it. 

I have had bad side effects with both mirena and depo shot in the past.  Im not keen to try again or try the implant.  I know I will get pushed to mirena but I will not have another and run the risk of doctor refusing to take it out. 

The complicating factor is DH cant have a vasectomy for medical reason so I gather I would need tubes removed if I had an ablation?   

Im curious to hear from anyone who had tubes removed and an ablation how it went afterward or any advice.  Thanks. 

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Bono25

I had my tubes removed and an ablation at the end of May. I didn't have the heavy bleeding like you, so it will likely be different for you. I had light bleeding for about three weeks after. It looked alot like when your waters break, light pink. Four weeks after I had really bad pain, like cramps but felt different, but I haven't had that again. I recovered really well from the surgery. Two small incisions on my side and a slightly bigger one in my belly button. The only real ongoing pain has been from where they had to cut through the muscle layer and I had pulling on the stitch when I had a poo passing by it 😊

It was interesting actually. I got some beautiful photos of my insides, and the dr noted that I had some inflamed vessels, so had a touch of endo, but no where near the pain that others had. 

I hope that helps. Happy to answer any more questions you have. The best advice I got from here was to get degas tablets for after to help get rid of the gas they fill your tummy with. 

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qak

Will an ablation definitely solve the heavy bleeding?

After an onset of heavy bleeding at about age 47 , even though I had a Mirena, I was found to have a fibroid - not even very big.

 I had a hysterectomy last September - robotic laparoscopic - and the recovery process was far easier than I've heard of before. No painkillers were needed after the day of surgery, and I was walking around the hospital the next day (as I had to stay two nights as per protocol).

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Mrs Claus

I’d go straight to hysterectomy.

i didn’t have tubes tied but had the ablation. My bleeding is lighter but I still get the pain.

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a letter to Elise.

I’d want to get it investigated before deciding what to do.  
 

i had a laparoscopy, hysteroscopy  and d&c a few weeks ago, to investigate and treat my awful periods. They’ve always been very heavy, like all of the women in my maternal side of the family. I’m 44, and they’ve been getting progressively worse (Heavier and very painful), so I booked in to get it checked out. To my specialists surprise, I had stage 4 endo. I managed to have three without Fertility assistance, so it was quite unexpected. Nothing had shown up in scans. 
 

the plan was for her to go in, have a look and then decide what needed to be done. We discussed potential options beforehand. In the end she removed the endo while in there, and put a mirena in. If this doesn’t work, I’ll get a hysterectomy. 
 

the first couple of weeks were pretty unpleasant, and I’ve just had my first period, which was bad, but not as bad as usual. Apparently it will take a few months to see how much improvement I will get. 

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Chicken Pie
40 minutes ago, Mrs Claus said:

I’d go straight to hysterectomy.

i didn’t have tubes tied but had the ablation. My bleeding is lighter but I still get the pain.

this is what i did and best decision i have ever made im 38

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Apple14

I had this Feb 19. Very similar to you. 39, heavy bleeding, can’t take pill as allergic to something in and severe side affects (whole body rashes, vomiting the works),pain with periods. I am also iron deficient and despite iron infusions, would basically bleed out every 3 weeks. I tried depo, no good. Merina fell out. 
I already had 1 tube removed when I was 26, so surgeon took remaining tube when he did the ablation.

Straight after surgery I had slight spotting for a day and then nothing for nearly a year.  Recovery was super easy and quick. A week of taking it a little easier, but I have 6 kids (blended) and found it fine.


I now get spotting/bleeding 1 day every couple of months and that’s it. 
Best decision to get it done. No regrets. 
Good luck.
 

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MadMarchMasterchef

Regarding hysterectomy,   I was under the (maybe false) impression that it caused issues with bone density so it was best to avoid until you were a bit older?   I may be mistaken there but I thought that's what my mum was told.   I have only seen GP at this point and had a referral to gyno who I haven't seen yet but I was reading up the info on mater etc and trying to get an idea of what might be best.  I am really, really not wanting another mirena.  I stuck it out 8 months waiting for it to get batter and it just got worse. 

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Jenflea

these days there's vitamin D and calcium supps for your bones though, and HRT if needed. 

My SiL had a hysterectomy recently and she's only on oestrogen to make sure her bones are good. 

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MadMarchMasterchef
10 hours ago, Jenflea said:

these days there's vitamin D and calcium supps for your bones though, and HRT if needed. 

My SiL had a hysterectomy recently and she's only on oestrogen to make sure her bones are good. 

Thanks, that's good to know!     I think I need to see a professional to get some further advice from here. 

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raejt

You need to find out why you  have heavy bleeding.  I had adenomyosis and having the ablation made things worse. Had a hysterectomy 6 months later. If they leave the  ovaries you don't have the hormonal issues.  

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