Friday, June 07, 2013

Endometrial Ablation: One Year Later

One year ago today I had an endometrial ablation. I wrote about it shortly after I had the operation, mostly in hopes that it would put more information out in to the world about how endometrial ablations affect runners. I have gotten a few hits on my blog from people who have searched for the topic, so there is some interest.

To re-cap a bit, an endometrial ablation destroys the lining of the uterus (there are a few different ways to do this) in women who, well, have a bum uterus. A bum uterus does things like hurts a lot and bleeds a lot and just overall acts like a big jerk. It sucks. I had been affected for a long time by menorrhagia and when enough was enough, and nothing else was working to help, I finally went in for surgery.

The surgery was kind of a big deal. I wouldn't ever recommend it lightly to anyone. You are under anesthesia, you are in an operating room. The procedure is (usually) pretty straight forward. Mine wasn't, but I don't really need to get in to the gory details of that here. In the end, I came out okay, and one year later, am doing great. 

The best you can could hope for is that an endometrial ablation completely stops you from having periods. That's what my surgery did for me. Not all women have this happen to them, I think the stats are about half of the surgeries end up stopping periods. If your periods don't stop completely, they should become much lighter. The one huge drawback is that ablations can "wear off". Your uterine lining can eventually grow back and then, depending on the kind of ablation you got, you might not be able to get another one and will be back to square one, albeit with one less option. My doctor told me that my next step would be a hysterectomy. I will be waiting anxiously to find out how this will go in the years to come, but right now I am a happy camper. 

As you could probably guess, not having a period every month is pretty awesome for a runner. I don't have to deal with it, ever. Going from having it be a huge pain to having it be nothing at all is such a relief. 

I AM NOT A DOCTOR, but if you have found this blog post because you are considering an endometrial ablation, please feel free to contact me and ask me any questions you might have. I will do my best to answer them! 

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