Cryoablation for heavy periods?

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Cryoablation for heavy periods?

PassionQT PassionQT
So, I had my Implanon removed today. The whole point of trying to find a birth control wasn't so that I wouldn't get pregnant (hubby had Vasectomy a few years back), rather it was to reduce my menstrual flow or stop it. Well, the hormones make me ill, so today the LNP suggested cryoablation, so long as I am done having children. From what I understand, they freeze your lining until it dies, then it sheds out as you "defrost" over a few weeks. Periods are supposed to then be substantially lighter or non-existent, naturally, with no drugs and no effect on ovulation, sex drive, etc.. I have to get an ultrasound next week to make sure I don't have anything else going on. I need something! Every time I have a period, I just pass blobs of tissue and it's so painful.

Has anyone had this procedure done?
07/14/2010
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Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I had the same issues and did something similar. I had NovaSure, which is an electical "burning" rather than a freezing.

It worked wonders. WONDERS. NO period since and I had it done in November 2008.

I'm assuming it's pretty much the same only freezing will probably result in less... um... foul burned drainage the first month. TMI, I know, but true.
07/14/2010
Blinker Blinker
My therapist had this done and she loved the results. Her periods were hella heavy and icky and she suffers from PCOS.
07/14/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
Thanks for the input. I also called my mother-in-law last night who is an OB/GYN nurse and she said I should go for it if it's that bad.

At this point, I need a wonderful miracle too!
07/15/2010
buzzvibe buzzvibe
Two of my friends had the NovaSure procedure done, and both of them swear by it. Neither one had any sort of complications, and they love not having their monthly Aunt Flow visit. I'm still considering it.
07/15/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
UPDATE:

Well I had my surgery yesterday (aug 13th) and holy crap, this feels worse than recovering from a vaginal delivery! My entire midsection is so tight and crampy.

Here's what they did: D&C, tubal ligation, hysteroscopy, ablation, and he also found endometriosis,so he went around cleaning that up. I have pictures too, 3 pages worth. Blah, not pretty, but interesting.

The entire procedure took about 90mn. Hubby was getting worried, especially when my dr. came out after surgery and told him to come in to a private room to talk, while all the other drs. were just chatting with other families in the waiting room. Dr. told him about the endometriosis and that there's a 50% chance it could come back, at which point we may have to consider a hysterectomy, but for now we are going to see if this worked.

Anyhow, I think it's time for more percocet.
08/14/2010
NightNight NightNight
Wait. Wait. What is this? I can never have a period again and not worry about getting pregnant without the side effects of hormonal contraceptives?

Are there some sort of strict qualifications for this? My periods aren't necessarily "heavy" but they can be extremely unpleasant in other ways (sudden fever and dizzyness, vomiting, diarrhea, knock-you-on-the-floor cramps, fainting or possibly seizures-- not sure which). I suspect my occassional worst-scenario symptoms wouldn't be cured by a non-hormonal method but this still sounds awesomely liberating.
08/14/2010
NightNight NightNight
Oof I just read something that said you should still use a reliable birth control method after having this procedure. Don't think I'm interested anymore
08/14/2010
Blinker Blinker
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Originally posted by PassionQT
UPDATE:

Well I had my surgery yesterday (aug 13th) and holy crap, this feels worse than recovering from a vaginal delivery! My entire midsection is so tight and crampy.

Here's what they did: D&C, tubal ligation, hysteroscopy, ...
Glad it went well, hun! Sorry about the endometriosis. I know that's a pain in the ass. I love when my surgeon has pictures, but I'm a weirdo.

Get some rest and recover quickly, and have fun with that Percocet
08/14/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
Quote:
Originally posted by Blinker
Glad it went well, hun! Sorry about the endometriosis. I know that's a pain in the ass. I love when my surgeon has pictures, but I'm a weirdo.

Get some rest and recover quickly, and have fun with that Percocet
Thanks! Now I'm just constipated, which is causing more pain. Ugh. this sucks. I want to play with toys!!!! Waaahhhhh...
08/15/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
Quote:
Originally posted by NightNight
Oof I just read something that said you should still use a reliable birth control method after having this procedure. Don't think I'm interested anymore
Yeah, because ablation kills or weakens the endometrial lining, if you were to get pregnant you would be high risk and pregnancy may not be sustainable. I've had 3 kids though and am 100% done with having babies, so sterilization was a good choice at the time.
08/15/2010
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