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I was due to have this last summer due to very heavy horrible periods. I stupidly chickened out and will now have to go through the whole thing again but am determined to go through with it this time as I have tried all else and the next option is a hysterectomy which I would like to avoid.
I had one in May last year. It was done under GA and the the procedure itself was an absolute breeze. I had some cramping (milder than my usual period pains) immediately when I came round but they'd stopped by the time I was allowed home. I had no after effects for a week, at which point I had some bleeding which very quickly tailed off into (TMI) some light, pinkish tinged discharge. That carried on for three weeks in total then stopped.
Unfortunately I'm one of the unlucky ones for whom it hasn't worked very well. It has had some effect, but I still have a good day or so of very heavy flow, large clots and flooding so I'll be having another one done this year. I'm reasonably hopeful as my mum went through exactly the same, the first one didn't work so well but the second one did the trick.
I'm so glad I had it done. It is frustrating that it didn't work straight away but the statistics are definitely on my side for ablation number two. I've also been offered the option of a hysterectomy should I decide I want to go down that route. Like you though I'd rather avoid it if possible.
I have had this under local, and no pains, they drug you heavily before as well. The consultant had to ask me to stop making him laugh as he had to concentrate. It has worked well for me, I occasionally spot but only for a couple of days and it's not even worthy of a panty liner. Best thing I ever got done.
I had this done about five years ago (by the method involving electric current). It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. After a couple of weeks' bleeding (a bit unpleasant as the blood smelt burnt) I've had no bleeding whatsoever except a slight smear once or twice a year. I couldn't recommend it highly enough. All the best.
I had it done under general anaesthetic at the same time as a ovarian cyst removal. It's hard for me to separate the afterpains/recovery of the 2 procedures but I do know that I have had no bleeding for 1.5yrs and I feel 100% better for it! I've got my energy and my life back. I would really recommend it.