I just turned 46 years old, and I have been menstruating heavily for 9 weeks. I went to a doctor when it was 3 weeks. He did a uterine biopsy and said there was nothing wrong with me. He suggested that I do an ablation. However, I have read that the ablation is only 60% effective. When I mentioned that, he said, "Yes, that is true, but you will go from using 4 over night pads a day to about 2." Is it wrong for me to want this silliness to end? I am also bloated near my uterus, and I have severe cramping there on and off. I just want some relief. I tried taking Dong Quai (I am getting desperate), but as I am a heavy bleeder, I discontinued its use. I bleed and clot severely. In fact, during my biopsy, the doctor was pulling and pulling and said, "Why isn't this coming out?" Then he said, "Oh. There is a giant clot in the way." He had to remove the clot before he could continue with the biopsy. It was a horrific experience that provided no relief. He put me on birth control, but to no avail. My period keeps on coming. I am open to and desperate for suggestions.
At least with medications, you can always stop or change them when you have side effects or they aren't effective. Not the case with procedures - you're stuck with any side effects and some can have permanent side effects. Here's a lengthy discussion (166 replies) about ablation - http://forums.webmd.com/3/gynecology-exchange/forum/12649/164#164
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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