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    Default Talk to me about "getting fixed".

    I am taking zero chances. I would like to have a hysterectomy but I've heard about a procedure called 'Ablation' where the uterine lining is essentially destroyed. You no longer have a viable surface for eggs to attach and therefore, are rendered infertile.

    In addition to this procedure, I would like to ensure my chances of getting pregnant are nil - I am looking to have my tubes tied/clamped.

    For those wondering - why not just have hubby get the snip? He is. I have been blessed with the gift of ridiculous fertility and as such we want to ensure our chances are 1 in a million. We are done-done-done having children.

    So if you've had either of these procedures done, please tell me what your experience has been. Within my family there have been side effects such as more frequent periods so I am wondering if this is an experience everyone has had?

    Thank you.


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    I am booked for an ablation later this month.

    I am told by my ob/gyn that this totally destroys the lining (if done properly) and there is no way for an egg to implant. There is also not supposed to be any more periods - like ever, and as that's the reason I'm having it done - I certainly hope that's true.

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    Interesting, I never heard of this ablation thing before!

    I am glad you're not trusting just a tubal. My mom had two kids after hers, and no scar tissue visible in scans, they have no idea how it happened
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    I'm looking forward to no longer having periods. That's a definite bonus. I'm hoping it will do good things for my anemia too, since that's been a hassle especially over the last few years. My haematologist thinks it may help too, for obvious reasons. I wasn't supposed to get pregnant again so soon after my daughter as we were still struggling with my levels. My haematologist said it would probably be in my best interest to do more than just a tubal because there is a percentage of pregnancies that still occur and he worries I'll be one of them since babies seem to like my uterus.

    Honestly, if I could just give my uterus to someone who had been trying unsuccessfully for some time, I totally would. In fact I know exactly who I would give it to. I'm not healthy enough to keep getting pregnant.


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    I found this site helpful when I required a hysterectomy for medical reasons. Hysterectomy - HysterSisters

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    No periods? Is this an elective surgery or does there need to be an underlying condition?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol View Post
    No periods? Is this an elective surgery or does there need to be an underlying condition?
    I have chosen to do this to attempt to help with my fibroids which cause a lot of cramping and very heavy bleeding.
    I don't think that they do this without some type of underlying issue, but it's worth asking about if your interested.
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    I had an ablation done with IUD insertion done back in October. I have not had a period since but you can still have them. I think their is about a 20% you can still have one. It is a blind procedure so there is no guarantee that they will get everything. Also, your lining will grow back. My GYN said depending on your age it can last only about 5 years. It depends on how young you are. I had the IUD put in because it slows the growth of the lining coming back. I didn't want the IUD but in the end I am glad I did. I have had no issues. I did this because of having really heavy periods since having my children, not to avoid getting pregnant. My dh was sniped after our dd was born. Don't get an ablation done just hoping for it to stop you from getting pregnant because it won't work forever and as their is no guarantee you won't have a period anymore. It was an easy surgery and a quick recovery. I felt crampy and yucky for a couple of days then I was fine. I took a week off of work. For me the hardest part was getting the anesthesia out of my system. That took a couple of weeks before the headaches and fatigue went away.
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    I've never heard of ablation being performed for birth control - IMO it's just as unreliable as a tubal. As said before, it's a blind procedure, and results vary. It's often used as part of treatment for fibroids, or for women who experience super-heavy periods...but as a form of birth control, well, I'm skeptical.

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    Hmm...I do have super heavy periods since my last child.. and nasty cramps and irregular. I've never talked to my doctor before but maybe this is a viable solution. Sorry for the hyjack, I just never heard of an ablation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShannonRN View Post
    I've never heard of ablation being performed for birth control - IMO it's just as unreliable as a tubal. As said before, it's a blind procedure, and results vary. It's often used as part of treatment for fibroids, or for women who experience super-heavy periods...but as a form of birth control, well, I'm skeptical.
    The procedure is not "for birth control" - it was suggested as an alternative to a hysterectomy as I'm quite young and they don't want to completely remove my uterus as well as being a warranted procedure due to my anemia and extremely heavy periods. As previously stated - I would also be having my tubes tied and my husband is getting a vasectomy.

    Thanks for info all.


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