Hysterectomy VS Ablation

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@als1214:  I had an ablation in May of 2009. I count it as one of the best decisions I ever made. I’m 35 now, and haven’t had a period since the surgery. Every now and again I will have some minor cramping and during blue moons I get really light spotting. 

I got the ablation because they wouldn’t give me a hysterectomy. At the time, they said I was to young and that there was no medical reason for it. 

I won’t lie. my ablation was rough. It hurt, a lot, for 3-4 days. I bled until about July. I will say that talking to other people, that my experience is NOT typical.  I just had a friend have it last year, she only bled for about a week. I think my bleeding stemmed from moving and stress and other things. Plus, I bled a lot during my periods, so meh. 

Sex is fantastic. No worries of pregnancy, and up until this last year or so, I was actually a tad dry, so it wasn’t quite so messy either. 

I would actually advocate for the ablation over the hysterectomy at this point, because you keep all the organs and you don’t have to worry about replacing hormones until you go through menopause naturally. However, hysterectomy does cut out the risk of certain cancers, so it’s a valid option as well.


Post # 5
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@als1214:  My mom had the ablation done and now she’s considering having a hysterectomy (10 years after the ablation.)  When she had it done initially it made her periods lighter but over time they have become heavier and more painful.

The thing to ask about getting a hysterectomy is whether you want to keep or have them also remove your ovaries.  Ask your doctor about the pros and cons of both options based on your medical history and age.

My mom is going through intermittant menopause so she is leaning towards having her ovaries removed as well because she thinks it will make her hot flashes stop.  Removing your ovaries puts you immediately into menopause because you are no longer producing estrogen through your ovaries.  There are risks and benefits to it that you need to discuss with your doctor.

Post # 6
1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@als1214:  I had 2-3 days of ‘OMG can I cut out my female organs myself’ cramping, followed by 7 days of heavy bleeding (like, I would be anemic during my period) 

I would define my cramps as an 8-9 level pain, but I also had major thigh cramping, migranes and mood swings. Since the ablation, all of that has decreased significantly ..if not disappeared completely. I haven’t had any significant cramping since I stopped bleeding, my thigh cramps disappeared, my migranes and mood swings are far more managable. Overall, my PMS is better, although I still have bad months here and there. 

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