Back in 2014 I had a procedure called Endometrial Ablation, which is where most of the womb lining is destroyed. The surgical procedure is done for women who suffer from heavy periods. This is my story of why I had it done and how things are now.
This wasn’t a decision that I had taken lightly, because it meant at the age of nearly 26 I would have to be sterilised at the same time. Now although I already had 2 beautiful daughters and 2 wonderful step-sons the thought of no more babies was quite daunting, however I was 90% sure that I didn’t want anymore children.
So let’s go back to when the problems really began. I was just about to turn 12 when my first period came, I even remember the date because it came on Christmas Day, yes that’s right my present from Mother Nature (bitch) I didn’t suffer too much in my teenage years with heavy periods, just more them being irregular, so I went to the doctor and was prescribed the pill. This worked wonders all the way through until I was in my early twenties and had my first daughter.
After having my eldest, things just seemed to get worse, in the sense that my periods became so irregular again that I could have a 3 day period, be off for 6 days and back on for 10 days. I literally had no idea when it would come or for how long. This is where the heaviness set in too. I would use super sanitary products and within an hour I would have to change. By this point I had gone into the contraceptive implant as I no longer felt the pill was right for me.
I remember one summer going for an afternoon drink at the pub with my dad and a couple of his friends from work and wearing white linen trousers ad if was really hot. What a massive mistake that was, unfortunately Mother Nature decided to pay me an unexpected visit. The utter embarrassment of my dad having to tell me was awful.
I preserved with the problem in the hope that after my body had settled back to normal after the pregnancy, but before I knew it I was 24 and having second daughter. I had the coil fitted after my daughter was born but I was still having problems. I think at the worst I was on my period for a total of 41 days!! I really couldn’t carry on like it anymore, it was ruining my life. I had to always carry spare underwear, sanitary products, I couldn’t wear dresses or linen trousers in the summer and mine and my husbands sex life was affected hugely. I went to the doctors and after explaining everything and lengthy discussions I was put on the list.
As with any medical procedure there are pros and cons to it. This procedure is done as a day case, which for me was brilliant as it meant little time away from my family. It also is more effective than medicines, which is exactly what I wanted. The cons weren’t any concern to me that much, as you can’t have it done if you suffer from Endometriosis, or large fibroids, neither condition I suffered. Like I previously said, you have to be sterilised so if you want children, this isn’t the treatment for you. The biggest downside is that sometimes the ablation doesn’t make any difference to women suffering.
For me though I am glad to say 2 years down the line, I have regular ‘mini’ periods. When I say mini I mean they last minimal days and they are easier to manage. The only downside is they are more painful, but I would much rather that then go back to the way they were.