Patient Comments: Endometrial Ablation - Patient Experience


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Comment from: Me, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I am one of the original test cases for this endometrial ablation procedure. I had incredibly heavy bleeding that couldn't be stopped despite medications, and was going to result in a hysterectomy, which was fine with me. I was in the hospital getting blood transfusions to get me healthy enough for the surgery when a doctor came into the room and suggested an experimental roller ball ablation alternative. I jumped at it. It worked magically. Zero problems in the thirty years since.

Comment from: Rissa , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation in August 2021. I chose in-office procedure so I didn't have to be put to sleep. It was uncomfortable but nothing that I needed to cry, just breathed through it. Fast forward a week and I had the worst smell I had ever smelled. I took Flagyl (metronidazole) for 14 days, it’s used for bacterial vaginosis (BV) infections, and used boric acid suppositories. My vagina smells better than it ever has. Highly recommend this procedure. If you suffer from smell try the boric acid suppositories, they work for BV.

Comment from: MomOf3, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I had a NovaSure endometrial ablation on 10/28/21. Once I got home I had severe cramping but after I woke up the next morning the pain was gone. I had yellow watery discharge for 3 months. I am now 4 months post procedure and I am getting a very light period, so light I can just wear a panty liner. No more ultra tampons or huge pad diapers. Best decision I ever made!

Comment from: April, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I had an endometrial ablation in April 2021 for my extremely heavy periods. I was iron and vitamin deficient. I woke up with mid-range cramping, and taking Motrin honestly helped with the pain, I didn't really need the prescription pain medicines. I had a very light period in May and June, then I haven't had any periods since then, and I'm writing this November 2021. What I do experience is monthly symptoms of my periods. I still get the period acne, the cramping, ovulation pain, but no actual blood flow. I'm 44.

Comment from: Tasha, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation done on 10/22/20. I woke up after the procedure in severe pain, was given something in my IV and the pain stopped. The next 3 or 4 days were heaven. I thought I finally got it right. On the 5th day the severe cramping started, to the point of needing prescription pain medicines plus OTC to subdue the pain. I’m still being told it’s fine, it happens, and I’ll be ok. However, it’s 12/4/20, and I am still experiencing mild cramps, and bleeding daily. I’ve worn a pad or pantyliner every day since.

Comment from: Lovely L, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I had my endometrial ablation in May 2019. I did experience heavier monthly cycles the first 2 months, then it reduced by 80 percent. I've always had very heavy cycles for at least 10 days, with cramps. I am so happy I had this procedure. By September 2019 my cycle was very minimal for 2-3 days with light premenstrual syndrome. What I did experience is approximately 10 lb. in weight gain and it's very hard to lose this weight. Now, September 2020 I've been skipping a cycle every other month. Not sure if I'm now perimenopausal.

Comment from: Mema7, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation done on 3/27/20. I’m four weeks out. I was put to sleep for my procedure and was in excruciating pain afterwards for an entire day. This pain was indescribable, worse than labor! My doctor said, in 1 in 50 procedures someone has pain. I don’t know, doesn’t feel right. No research I’d done before the procedure talked about this type of pain. I am still experiencing light brown/pink discharge. Today I’m feeling crampy, nauseous and bloated as if my period is coming. I hope not, but we’ll see.

Comment from: Lynda , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I had my endometrial ablation just about four weeks ago and so far no problems except right hand side cramping today, and also vomiting. Wondering whether to try see my doctor except that it is a bit hard with this COVID-19 stuff. Would recommend though.

Comment from: ADB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I had an endometrial ablation two months ago, January 2020. My next two periods were heavier than before the ablation. Before, I would have to replace an ultra-sized tampon every 2 to 3 hours. Now, it is every 90 minutes. I’m 125 lb. My doctor’s reaction was, “It happens. The next step is a hysterectomy.” Lovely. I lost a week of work and USD 2K on an ineffective procedure. My doctor shrugs and says my only recourse is another procedure; USD 4K out-of-pocket costs, and 8 weeks of missed work.


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Comment from: Tanya, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I had my endometrial ablation yesterday, and had lots of cramping last night. But no signs of any discharge like most have mentioned, only watery bloody discharge, not sure if this is normal.

Comment from: Queen shonda, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I had an endometrial ablation on October 28, 2019 so my first cycle was on 11/28/2019. It was really light then I didn't have another one till 02/5/2020 and it is heavy. I don't understand what is going on, very confused.

Comment from: Jo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation last Tuesday, 3/12/19, and it started off really well. Had mild discomfort for 3 hours after the procedure, and didn’t need any pain medicines. I had pink watery discharge for the first couple of days. Five days later I started having fresh blood and today, 8 days later I woke with bad period like pain on the left side and pain down my leg. Bleeding is not heavy, especially compared to my usual period but the pain is the same as my usual period. Hoping this will go away and I will be one of the lucky ones.

Comment from: Sallygirl12, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had my endometrial ablation on July 3, 2019. Since I had it, I have had nothing but bloody/brown discharge. Today, I not only have a full blown period, but it’s just as bad if not worse than before the procedure. I go for my follow up this week, so I’m hoping the doctor can give me some insight on this. I’m completely disappointed. I was really hoping for some relief.

Comment from: Faye, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I had a Minerva endometrial ablation on 1/12/2019. I was 37 at the time, and I also had D and C and hysteroscopy at the same time, my tubes were tied years before. Day of procedure I threw up all day, had mild pain treatable with Tylenol, and light bleeding. For a couple of months periods were all over the place but I also suffer from ovarian cyst and fibroids (never removed). My periods are a little better and symptoms are better, but I have a lot of back pain and leg pain. I would not have another, I expected better results.

Comment from: Yolanda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

Back in August 2013 I had an endometrial ablation. The reason I had it done was, I was bleeding really bad and I was dizzy when I bled. When the procedure was done I bled, cramped, and felt dizzy. Till today I have the symptoms like I’m having a period, now it is July 2019. I still feel a little discomfort, wonder if I am the only one having this issue.

Comment from: Lwiens, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I had the endometrial ablation done on June 25, 2019. I've had a light watery bloody discharge since the procedure. I've had cramps since I woke from the procedure. Hoping that the bloating and pain will subside soon. Really hoping that I made the right decision when electing to have the procedure done. I see my doctor for a follow up next week.

Comment from: Carrie9434, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had my endometrial ablation done 4/1/19. I also had a D and C, tubal ligation and a cyst removed off my left ovary. I had some spotting after. Then 2 weeks after, I had my normal period which was much lighter. Then, I didn’t have a period the following month. Now I am on my normal cycle again and I’ve been spotting for 9 days. I don’t know if this is normal. My doctor keeps insisting that it takes some time, it’s new. I know I have Endometriosis and will need a hysterectomy eventually! I just wish this would stop.

Comment from: JKnows, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I had endometrial ablation performed on 4/25/19. I have had two menstrual cycles since then and although I'm not going through tampons and pads every hour, the bleeding is still very heavy. I am very disappointed in the results. It is my hope that things will eventually improve but I am getting very discouraged. I have undergone multiple blood transfusions and iron infusion treatments and at my wits’ end. Most information regarding ablations only promote the success stories. Very unbalanced.

Comment from: jesska, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

Almost one year ago I had an endometrial ablation and I was doing great. No periods and no cramps; fantastic. Then about 6 months ago I started have this severe pain in my left lower abdomen. I have spent months in and out of specialists’ offices, back and forth to my obstetrician and the emergency room to find out that when my ablation was done my obstetrician burnt my cervix closed and for 6 months I have been having periods but not bleeding out, which caused a blood clot and old blood to build up in my uterus. I wonder if anyone else has had this experience.


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Comment from: brownej, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had endometrial ablation on April 8th and am a little frustrated. I was having super heavy periods lasting 10 days (doubled up on super plus tampons and wore Depend to bed). I had the procedure on day 10, and was totally pain-free after. I had light discharge for 3 weeks, then a heavy period that lasted 8 days. Then I had a week off, and then I started having crazy bad cramping and PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) symptoms and now I'm having a (lighter) period again. Hoping this gets better; it's depressing.

Comment from: Sarad80, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

My endometrial ablation was performed on 4/19/19. I had the watery discharge until one week post-operation (Friday, 4/26/19), and then started my period. It has been fairly light, but definitely a period. It also started 2 days before it should have. I wonder if anyone else had a period 1 week post-operation.

Comment from: Samantha, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I had an endometrial ablation, D and C, laparoscopy and a tubular ligation done on the 07/03/2019, which was recommended by my gynecologist due to excessive bleeding and painful periods. It is 2 days short of 3 weeks since it was done. I had severe pain within the first few hours of it being done. I bled for a few days but I have had no watery discharge at all. I am getting severe abdominal cramps on my right side for a few days now and am worried about this. Wonder if anybody else has had this experience.

Comment from: Happy with ablation, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I had my endometrial ablation in December 2018. The recovery was very easy. When I woke from anesthesia I was in a lot of pain - they gave me something in my IV and that was the last pain I had. I had very light periods the first 3 months, which I thought was a blessing after the awful periods I had dealt with for years. I'm at 6 weeks since my last period (I'm always right at 28 days). My breasts are sore like usual but not getting my period; not sure if I will get it anymore. You have to relearn your body after.

Comment from: Landi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had a NovaSure ablation on 2/22/19 to help with abnormal bleeding. The procedure went well and quickly. I stayed in bed for the weekend and returned to work that Monday. I took it easy at work, not too much walking or lifting. I experienced very mild cramping and watery spotting after the procedure, which continues. I'm amazed at how little pain I've felt. I have fibromyalgia and was concerned that I'd be sensitive to the pain but all is going well.

Comment from: Nicky42, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I had my endometrial ablation done on the 17/01/19. I have had mild discharge up to now, but just started with blood today. My period is due this week so think this may be it, just wondering if anyone just had the 1 period then stopped or if they just became lighter.

Comment from: Ritz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I had an endometrial ablation done on 12/17/18. Everything went well. I think I got my first period two weeks later and it was very light but I really got bad cramps which I never got before. A month later now I got my period again and it’s the worst I have ever had, from how heavy it is to clots to cramping. I am so upset, I was hoping this procedure would fix my period issue. The doctor did say my first true period after the procedure would be bad, so I hope next month I see a difference.

Comment from: Chris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I had an endometrial ablation 10/28/18, the best thing I ever did. My periods were so heavy and the blood clots were huge. Now my periods, if you want to call them that, are next to nothing. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing heavy periods and consider an endometrial ablation.

Comment from: KemTan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I had my endometrial ablation procedure done 12/06/18 and everything went well for the first 2 weeks. I woke up 3 days ago with the most horrible cramps, I thought I was in labor. I went to my gynecologist a d he told me I might need to consider a hysterectomy. I am so upset and regret doing it after all. My periods for the last 3 months were heavy to the point I needed transfusion and IV iron infusion.

Comment from: MyDrUsedMeFor$$, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I had an endometrial ablation procedure on 4/16 under general anesthesia. I woke to horrific pain. After a couple weeks, I could finally walk upright again. Bleeding started 10 days post-operation. I bled daily until emergency hysterectomy 6 months later. I needed pelvic reconstruction 6 months after that due to damage caused from the ablation. I also have other issues that I will permanently need to live with because of the ablation. Long story short: Do not have this procedure done! Run fast if your doctor even suggests it.

Comment from: Raquel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I had an endometrial ablation 2 years ago. It was great until I started my period again and now I get it every 2 or 3 weeks. The cramps are excruciating, I can only compare it to labor pain. It was only now that I started doing research. From what I've read 25 percent of ablations fail within the first 2 years and a lot of women complain of really debilitating cramps. The only solution is a hysterectomy. Wish I had done that from the beginning because I am constantly in pain from cramps!

Comment from: MsD, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I had an endometrial ablation on 10/26/18 and it was as they said first couple of days of pain, and watery blood discharge. In between I’ve had okay days, barely any spotting or pain. Although some days I have sudden onset of abdominal pain and cramping worse than in the beginning and I have a pretty high tolerance for pain. I’ve been experiencing left pelvic pain, back pain as well as the cramping and abdominal pain. The spotting or bleeding is enough to fill a panty liner and I’m post procedure 3 weeks.

Comment from: Chriscross, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I had the endometrial ablation done in February 2018. The recovery was horrendous, and I've gone up 2 sizes. By April 2018, things were looking up. No more periods. I used to have severe menstruation with heavy periods (super tampons and super towels didn't work) that lasted 9 to ten days, then again 3 weeks later. For the last 2 months I've been getting more fatigued and have been suffering hot flushes daily for over a year. Hormone levels are borderline and libido is nonexistent. Last few days I have pains like labor.

Comment from: Alice, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation way back in 2009, almost exactly 9 years ago. It is the best thing ever! I'm so happy I did it (I found this site looking up information for a friend who is thinking about it). I had very painful cramping and weird discharge post-surgery, and for a few cycles I had spotting. For the past 8 years or so I have had no bleeding. I exercise regularly (triathlon). I have a friend who had the surgery and had to stop exercising and her periods came back.

Comment from: Kaz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I had two endometrial ablation procedures. The first was unsuccessful due to access being a problem because I have a tilted womb. So there was concern of damage to other areas. The 2nd attempt was successful. After a couple of months I have no bleeding at all. I still have cramps and other PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms.

Comment from: NotAHappyCamper, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I had endometrial ablation done a few years ago. It relieved my cramps and heavy periods for a while at least. I would get a light period that lasted a few days once every 3 months. Now my period is back with a vengeance. It's like it came back and said, 'Hey, did you miss me?' It was wonderful while it lasted. So it's back to the doctor next week.

Comment from: P formetokno, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I underwent the NovaSure endometrial ablation under general anesthesia on 10/23/18. I felt some cramping for a few hours afterwards. I went to work the next day and haven’t had too much cramping at all. Bleeding and discharge have been light to medium but nothing like I experienced before. Now it is Sunday, 5 days post procedure and the cramps are unbearable. I have been taking the pain medicines round the clock since last night. I don’t understand how the pain is more intense now than it was following surgery.

Comment from: Mamaof4, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had extremely heavy bleeding, severe lower back pain and bloating with my periods for ten years. This last spring I had 2 full periods 2 months in a row, so endometrial ablation was suggested. I underwent the procedure on September 6th. It is now October 25th and I'm on my 2nd period. I started spotting on Sunday, it is now Thursday. I am full on bleeding and am having extreme cramps. I'm looking into repeat ablation.

Comment from: T, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

Endometrial ablation is the best thing since sliced bread. Ten years in and it changed my life. I was on a 28 day cycle with 15 to 20 days of menstruation. Always was anemic. Not a drop since. It also helped with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). My daughters have inherited my genes but still prior childbearing years. Feel horrible for them.

Comment from: Damiana879, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I underwent endometrial ablation in 2007 when I was 28. I had some light cramping at first, but it went away. I have had no periods since, but every once in a while some light spotting. Just recently I started to experience vaginal dryness on the outside (clitoral area) and extreme sensitivity to touch on vaginal areas and breasts.

Comment from: Ag, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I had the endometrial ablation performed a month ago. I had heavy periods which would last 2 weeks or longer. Since having the procedure, I have discharge which I was told was normal, and it'll stop in a month’s time. I have developed a urinary tract infection, given antibiotics yet still have spotting. I hope I did not make a poor choice and trading one situation for another.

Comment from: MelP, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I had endometrial ablation in 2013. I had been having a continuous period for almost two years. I was 42 at the time. I do not remember the pain after the procedure so it must not have been too bad. I have not had a period since and I have no premenstrual syndrome symptoms. It turned out to be a great decision for me.

Comment from: Dkay7209, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

My endometrial ablation was in 2014 and everything was great, absolutely no periods. Two years later I had mild pain occurring, like cramps. To double check the doctor tried do a D and C and a transvaginal ultrasound, but my cervix is too scarred, it had become completely stenotic and my endometriosis had returned with multiple cysts. Today with my new period, my uterus is unable to expel the blood, causing hematometra. Now my uterus swells and the pain travels like a stabbing pain with contractions. I am 30, and the scar tissue is too thick and too severe, so it will be hysterectomy perhaps.

Comment from: T, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I had terribly heavy periods for 5 years and finally decided to get NovaSure endometrial ablation. I read everything I could find online and almost called it off from being scared by some of the comments. I am very glad I went through with it. The procedure was easy. The pain afterwards was bad for 2 days. Then the first 3 months I had tiny periods. After that none at all. No other lasting effects. Perfect!

Comment from: JenH, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation in 2008, a year after giving birth to my last child and having my tubes tied. My cycles were super heavy and lasted upwards of 2 weeks, and I had moodiness, hard cramping, etc. My doctor recommended the ablation and it seemed the best choice, I was 36 and not ready to go the hysterectomy route. Now, 10 years later, my cycle comes and goes, generally have a period about every 3 months, and I get hard awful cramps, mood swings, worse than it was. Looking like it is time for the hysterectomy.

Comment from: Patient patient, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I had endometrial ablation at the age of 56 after failure to control excessive bleeding with hormones. Easy, fast, thorough, and no side effects. Six years later no further issues. I would do this again and highly recommend.

Comment from: Lindsay, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation and I’m only one month out. The evening after the surgery I was cooking my family dinner. Two days later I was working out. This was the best decision I have ever made and could not be happier. I had been ruled by heavy periods or “peek-a-boo” periods that would come and go for so many years. I have had no side effects and not even a drop of blood. It’s bliss.

Comment from: Kristy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

I just had an endometrial ablation, D and C, laparoscopic surgery and my tubes removed on Friday. It is now Monday night, almost Tuesday morning and I still have gas trapped in my chest. I still have a whole lot of pain and bleeding like period and I still feel nauseous. I was hoping it all would settle by work Monday. I am hoping it has a good outcome. I am 29 and have endometriosis so if this fails it is hysterectomy which is what I wanted in the first place.

Comment from: Ifonlynewthen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I had endometrial ablation about 10 years ago. I was under anesthesia because I had it at the same time as I had a laparoscopy. I had a light pink discharge for about two weeks and no real issues. Many of the stories I have read in the comments sound like many of you need to be treated for endometriosis. Good luck.

Comment from: Daisy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 27

I had been having post-menopausal bleeding for years and the physician I had been seeing at the time took me in the operating room (OR) three times and performed a D and C three times. This was unsuccessful. I switched doctors and my new gynecologist tried several things in his office including a few biopsies resulting in a negative reading for cancer. Eventually, he took me to the OR for a hysteroscopy, polypectomy and endometrial ablation. I’m glad I made the decision to leave the first gynecologist. The new one was terrific and the bleeding finally stopped.

Comment from: C. Alabama, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

In 2006 I had my endometrial ablation and it has worked perfectly. My bleeding stopped completely. It is now 2018 and I still have not had any menstrual bleeding. I had my second child in February 2006 and the bleeding and cramping after birth was non-stop, it was horrific. I was passing clots the size of eggs and this lasted until August 2006 when I was scheduled to have my tubes tied they also did my ablation. They decided this after trying medication and D and C to try and stop/control the bleeding but it didn't work. I have been so happy with my results.

Comment from: Happy in Texas, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

In July of 2013 I went and had a tubal ligation and after doing that we had discussed about the doctor also performing an endometrial ablation. I remember after surgery I was in a lot of pain and kept asking for more pain medicines. I do not remember the drive home or much of the 3 days following. I woke to eat and take pain medicines. It is now almost 5 years later and I have not had to wear a maxi or tampon since June of 2013. It was one of the best decisions I had ever made. I hope my period stays gone for good.

Comment from: Ladybug32, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

Everything went very well with mild cramping. My first period after endometrial ablation was light enough to use panty liner. I have been experiencing spotting every day since the procedure (2 months after) and my lower back hurts with stomach cramps and bleeding. I'm disappointed that my spotting got worse after the procedure. My back hurts all the time and I am still bloated. I hope it gets better before I request hysterectomy. I wish I hadn't got the procedure done. I feel more pain now than before!

Comment from: Kimber2629, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I underwent a total endometrial ablation in November 2007 due to excessive and heavy nonstop bleeding that made it impossible to keep iron and other vitamins in my body. Years went by, I felt great, although slowly started gaining weight. By 2017 I went from 110 lb. to 180 lb. I've had off and on spotting, specifically if I had intercourse I bleed every time. Now, May 2018, I'm experiencing severe stomach pains (worse than cramps), my thyroid shut down so I take hormones now to get that back running, and I feel a hysterectomy is going to be imminent. I've had a little pain off and on and can always tell when it's that time of month (mainly by my mood changes), but now I have severe bleeding, pain, and a feeling of something being wrong but can't quite figure it out. After all my research, I've come to the conclusion that my endometrial ablation is the cause of what's been going on and I just kept ignoring it until now, and I can't ignore it. It is too painful, and I have heavy bleeding and clotting, tiredness, mood changes, and depression.

Comment from: Chris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation done yesterday, Apr. 11. I am back at work Apr. 12, and feel fantastic. I had cramping on the day of procedure but woke up this morning and, aside from the spotting, feel perfect. Time will tell if the procedure will give me the results I am hoping for, but I'm in zero pain and feel normal 24 hours after procedure.

Comment from: KK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

Even after the endometrial ablation my periods came back within 3 weeks and just a bad as before I had the ablation. I hope this is because it has only been a month and a half since I had it. But it cost a lot of money to not help at all. I hate to sound like a Debbie Downer but I wish I had been told more honest stories. My doctor said I should never bleed again hopefully. I'd be happy with light periods but here I am with very bad cramping again and heavy bleeding. I'm hoping it gets better. But that’s my experience and I just had it done this year.

Comment from: Gigi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had fibroids and extremely heavy periods for over 5 years. I was bleeding all the time and it was starting to consume my life. I had an endometrial ablation and D and C done in November 2016 at age 48. The recovery was a few weeks, some spotting and cramping, but nothing compared to pre-surgery. I went 6 glorious months without a period and then it came back. It was 100 times lighter than before and only lasted 4 to 5 days. I would highly recommend this procedure, it gave me my life back.

Comment from: Laney, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I had endometrial ablation in February 2017. For me the procedure was very painful afterwards and it took 7 weeks for me to get back to normal. After the discharge eventually stopped I really started to feel the benefit of having the ablation. I haven't had a period since, and I feel great. I still have ovulation pain and premenstrual syndrome but it's very minimal compared to before. I would recommend ladies to consider this procedure as it has changed my life!

Comment from: DK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

Endometrial ablation changed my life! After bearing 3 children, I had periods that were so heavy and full of clots, I couldn't leave my house for a day or two. I also planned weekends away around my periods. It was very limiting and affected many aspects of my life including socializing, physical activity, travel and overall, my freedom to live to my life as I wanted to. I hesitated to take what I saw to be drastic measures but it got to the point where I felt like I needed to make a change. This procedure went seamlessly for me. After some mild cramps and light brown discharge (easily managed with just a panty shield) for approximately 8 days, my period stopped forever. I am free and making choices based on my desires and interests rather than on what time of the month it is! Truly liberating and highly recommended. Take your life back!

Comment from: Crystal D, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I had the endometrial ablation, and LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) on 4/19/2017 (last week Wednesday), and after the surgery everything seemed to be okay. I had a brown grainy, watery discharge for the first two days and then on day 3, I started seeing a bright pinkish red discharge. I am now knocking at a week’s door (tomorrow will be 1 week post-surgery) and I am now having a full period. This is very discouraging and I don't know what went wrong. I'm wondering if it is because I had two procedures at once. Oh my goodness, this is very frustrating.

Comment from: Pmd67, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I had endometrial ablation a year ago. I had spotting and discharge for 6 to 7 weeks, then no bleeding at all. I am still getting menopausal symptoms, i.e., headaches, weight gain on tummy, irritable moods, etc. I understand that I shouldn't believe that I cannot now get pregnant but I feel it highly unlikely after a year of no bleeding, I'm 50.

Comment from: Sassipantz, 35-44 (Patient) Published: March 24

Endometrial ablation was the best thing I have ever done. I used to have extremely heavy periods to the point I could barely leave my house. I actually had my period when my procedure was done and it was gone after leaving the office. I only had some light bleeding afterwards. The procedure was quick and painless for me. I did not need to take pain pills that the doctor gave me afterwards either. I had it done 5 years ago and no periods/bleeding since.

Comment from: cfreeman, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I had an endometrial ablation a year and a half ago. I have suffered with cramps for two weeks out of the month which are not as bad as a few days prior to the ablation but they last longer and are different. More of a low back constant pain for weeks. I would trade it back for bleeding.

Comment from: Merdi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

In 2010, I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure, due to heavy bleeding and no other methods worked. My doctor finally suggested the NovaSure procedure. It was very painful afterwards and I had watery bleeding for a few days. I continued to have light periods without any problems. For the last two months, I have symptoms of a cycle but no bleeding. I don't know if it is menopause or the NovaSure, but I am happy either way. This procedure is great!

Comment from: Lisa65, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I had an endometrial ablation in May 2016 for very long cycles that were heavy and with clots! After July I didn't have a period for 3 months, I was so happy, then November I started my period which was a week long. It was not bad but now from December 19 till now, January 15 I've been bleeding off and on for the past month. It is heavy and I just can't take it anymore so I'm calling my obstetrician/gynecologist in the morning to insist on a hysterectomy; even though I don't want to, it's my only choice! I'm 51 and I was hoping it would be slowing down because of my age!

Comment from: MimiMeow, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation done two days ago, November 28, 2016, so far so good. I have a little bit of bleeding, almost no discharge! The beginning of my period was right around the day of my surgery, and I am feeling bloated, moody, and have some pain in my uterus. I'm not sure if these are post-surgery side effects or my period. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Comment from: Peaches, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation done in May. I still bleed heavy on my 2nd day, the cramps are out of this world. It feels like contractions. I need the next procedure.

Comment from: Marie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I had a NovaSure endometrial ablation in 2010. Within 48 hours I was fighting for my life with sepsis due to internal injury. I had to undergo an emergency hysterectomy which I was begging for, but was told no to. I am now in a wheelchair and in chronic pain. I have severe abdominal adhesions and chronic pelvic pain. This operation ruined my life and that of my family.

Comment from: dboyd, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I had my endometrial ablation 8/12 in my doctor’s office. So far it has been wonderful. I feel fine. Back to work today. I stayed busy all weekend. I was given Percocet and Valium to take before I went into the office. I only took one of the Valium and I wish I hadn't taken that one. It had been 30 years since I was give my one and only other Valium and I remember I didn't like it then either. After one last pregnancy test (drew blood) and then an intramuscular shot of Toradol, I was given about an hour to rest and let the medicines take effect. I was very prepared and knew exactly what to expect. I have a high pain tolerance so I was fine throughout the procedure. I even got to see the inside of my uterus before and after, on the monitor. I was, however, surprised to feel the heat as much as I did. Still for me it was very bearable and the slight cramping stopped immediately. My blood pressure was less after than before the procedure! I rested that afternoon and evening, but still made myself dinner and felt fine. I took Tylenol just as a precaution before bed the first night. I did everything I would normally do this weekend, cooking and cleaning. I'm back to work today, Monday. I am having the expected watery pink to brownish discharge but that is light. I hope I keep doing well and never have another period! I am sorry that so many of you have had problems. I thought it might be helpful to have another good review out here.

Comment from: Kari, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had an endometrial ablation March 2016 for extremely heavy bleeding that I had for about two years (I'm 42). I also had a fibroid removed and a D and C. I was put under for the procedure and due to pain management woke up feeling great. For the next 4 or 5 weeks I had slight watery bloody discharge but no big deal, could wear a panty liner. About the time I would normally get my period I got cramps so bad I was doubled over and had to leave work. Advil wouldn't even take care of it and I can take a lot of pain but this was bad. I'm still having a monthly period, but now what I would call a normal flow, but still bad cramping, worse than before the ablation. I'm being told by my gynecologist that you have to give an ablation 6 to 9 months to see the full effect. I'm on month 4. I'm still holding out hope that it'll work but not holding my breath at this point. I, like others on here, am regretting doing it in the first place.

Comment from: Paula, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I had endometrial ablation on May 3rd, 2016. I had bad cramps and light bleeding for about 3 weeks. Then I had my regular period on June 19th, and it has been just as heavy as it was before I had the procedure, so I'm not sure if this helped me at all!

Comment from: Tjoyce2016, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I had my NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure almost 48 hours ago. After the procedure which I was told went well, I was fine until about an hour or two later. Then I dealt with very bad cramping so I would suggest you take pain medication if offered even if you don't use it. I did not and let me tell you Tylenol PM didn't even touch the cramps I was having. I also vomited more than a couple of times, but I think this was more from the pain than anything else. By the next morning, I was feeling much better. I still at this point haven't had any bleeding or discharge. I just wanted to mention the medication because if I had that, I'm sure it would have been a lot smoother of an evening.

Comment from: Jeepmama85, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I am 31, mother of 2. I had endometrial ablation done on 05/16/16, and today is 06/01/16. Afterwards upon waking up which was very hard because I really didn't want to open my eyes, they told me I had been given a lot of anesthesia, why I don't know. I had mild cramping which got worse. They gave me pain medicine prescription, I only took 1. The cramps and pressure were horrible, lasted almost 2 weeks. Ever since I still have discharge, first was brownish now it's white to clear and very liquid like, feels as though I'm bleeding. I had just finished my period two days prior to the procedure so haven't bled yet but spotting a tiny bit. I hope it works. I have had very heavy bleeding and very bad cramps ever since I first got my period and after I had my second child every time after my period I get bacterial vaginosis.

Comment from: Stacy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I had an endometrial ablation in February. I bled for a week after it, got my regular period two weeks later, and now I'm spotting every day. Think long and hard before doing this procedure. I wish I would have talked to more people, but I was desperate. I wanted to have a partial hysterectomy, but my doctor told me to have the ablation first. I've talked to more people who have had problems with the procedure than success.

Comment from: Equiracer4, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I had an endometrial ablation in 2007. I had a 10 year history of extreme bleeding/cramping and periods lasting 10 days. I was 46 at the time with 2 children. I was very anemic with no iron stores left. The procedure was done in outpatient surgery. I took a Motrin following the surgery. The cramping post operation was nothing like a normal period for me. I had scant spotting on/off for a few months but no more periods. Best thing I ever did.

Comment from: Shannon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation done on Thursday (4 days ago). Procedure went fine, they weren't sure if it would, due to my uterus being retroverted. I woke up with really bad cramping which continued through the night. Next day I had no cramping and very minimal watery discharge. Bleeding was very faint and only lasted for the first night. Feels good. I have headaches but apart from that so far so good. They removed a polyp also so I am waiting on results. Fingers crossed but so far so good.

Comment from: brashears, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I used the bathroom and my stools were watery and red. I saw blood.

Comment from: CanEastener, Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I had the endometrial ablation procedure done in February 2015. The reason for the ablation was to stop heavy bleeding that had started early September 2014 until the procedure. I had general anesthesia which left me light headed for weeks, with headaches. Only some light watery discharge for about two weeks and a foul odor. No bleeding since procedure which is great but there is still some odor, I figure this is normal. I still do have symptoms of having a period but without bleeding, usually bloating and sore heavy breasts. I'm fine with that as long as I don't bleed anymore. Sorry to hear some of you are going through such misery. Take care and all the best.

Comment from: Sallyp, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

I had a NovaSure endometrial ablation at the beginning of October under general anesthetic. I had very slight cramps on day one of the operation but mainly felt very tired for the next few days. I had watery reddish discharge for a couple of weeks and nothing since. Hoping my periods don't return and generally very pleased not to have to worry about constant heavy periods anymore. Pleased so far with the results.

Comment from: Missy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation in 2007. I have been without any periods since then; it was the best thing I ever did. However as of late I am experiencing lower back cramps and bloating. I am not sure what this means but I intend to go to my doctor this week.

Comment from: Ange, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 23

I had endometrial ablation 2 years ago but have been experiencing some pain in my lower abdomen and feel bloated since having this procedure done. I have been to the doctors and they have carried out some blood tests. I got a call today to ask me to go and have some more tests done next week as doctor was worried. Now I am worrying terribly, as I had this procedure done to stop the horrific bleeding which I was getting nearly every day for months. It was so bad I had to miss a terrible amount of time off work that in the end I had to leave.

Comment from: AGNP2015, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I had my endometrial ablation January of 2012. I elected to have this procedure done because of uterine fibroids which caused considerable pain and excessive bleeding. I was weak and had anemia so I proceeded with this process. I experienced mild cramping post procedure and took some ibuprofen. For a week or so I experienced clear vaginal discharge and that was it. No more menstrual cycles. Fortunately, my physician also performed a tubal ligation on me to prevent future pregnancy. No more problems since this procedure.

Comment from: mrstee9/23, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure on November 4 and was awake for the whole entire 90 second procedure. Other than the initial pain during the procedure I haven't experienced anything else. The pain stopped almost immediately after procedure was over, and there was some light bleeding the day of the procedure but none since. I haven't had to take any of the pain medications they prescribed me thus far. Only thing I have noticed is frequent urination, bloating like my abdomen is full of air and gas, and the urge to have a bowel movement (which I guess is also a good thing since I'm usually always constipated due to irritable bowel syndrome). I hope putting my body through this was worth it. We shall see, it's still too early in the process.

Comment from: tammerlynn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I had endometrial ablation procedure performed 9 days ago using NovaSure under general anesthesia. I had no pain and very minor intermittent cramping first day. There was no need for medicines. I had very light watery/bloody discharge first week, then clear. The only side effect I'm experiencing is stomach bloat, particularly after I eat. Could be the anesthesia is still working out of my system as I am petite. I will discuss with physician at post-operation checkup.

Comment from: Nandin, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 09

I had a NovaSure endometrial ablation on the 18th and I have been bleeding ever since. My doctor is so full of herself, patting herself on her back because it's 'the best one she's ever done!' that she doesn't care that I had cervicitis, a urinary tract infection and constant bleeding. I'm seeing a pain management doctor on Tuesday.

Comment from: tunatuna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I had endometrial ablation procedure done yesterday afternoon amongst other bits and pieces like a biopsy, which they carried out at the same time under general anesthesia. The after pain was described to me as being like a period pain. However, think more mid to end waves of the childbirth scale and you are getting there. It is absolutely excruciating. I have given birth 4 times, one without pain relief and believe me this is much worse! My stomach has swelled to at least three times its size. I have hardly bled at all since, just a light watery pink discharge. I was given no after care advice or pain relief on leaving the hospital. I asked about baths and they said they were fine, I have read elsewhere much that contradicts this including the actual leaflet. I realize it is still early days and not everyone will experience this.

Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had my endometrial ablation with general anesthesia at age 43. I had moderate cramps for approximately three days. After the first month I was immediately thankful for the surgery. I have no more heavy bleeding! The bleeding is so light I can use a panty liner. No side effects and it was the best decision I could have made!

Comment from: KRIS, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I had endometrial ablation/NovaSure procedure back in 2011 and so far I have no problems, no bleeding, and no spotting. Knock on wood. However my moods might be slightly different, bit more irritable. I am not sure if it is related to it. Maybe it is menopause. I am only 42.

Comment from: Anne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation on July 17th, I had cramping immediately after procedure but went home right away. The cramping only lasts right after procedure. It has been a couple weeks and so far no side effects other than a little watery discharge every so often. No bleeding and I am feeling great. If I did not know I had the procedure, I would never have known it was done. Worth it!

Comment from: Julia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I had a NovaSure endometrial ablation last August. I was very poorly within hours but it was a reaction. Since September 2014 I have had no bleeding or pain, however I have gone up 1 or 2 dress sizes. This does bother me but I would rather be slightly bigger than have excessive bleeding and being housebound.

Comment from: Corrina, Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I had endometrial ablation surgery about 5 years ago. It was the best decision I have ever made. I did have mild cramping and bleeding for about 5 days post-surgery but once healed I felt great! I would suffer so much during my menstrual cycle with heavy bleeding, cramping and pain that I would miss time at work every month. After this surgery my periods nearly stopped. I sometimes have mild spotting or nothing at all monthly now. This really changed my life for the better!

Comment from: Brelyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I had endometrial ablation two days ago. I was told I had five fibroids; four that were small and one very large one. Not sure of the size, but the larger one was able to be removed. I had no pain and minimal cramps if any, after surgery. Many large jelly like dark clots passed the first 20 hours after surgery without pain, especially when urinating or upon standing. I am having a sense of relief from months of swelling abdominal and bouts with edema. Nothing bad to report yet and thankful for a smooth recovery.

Comment from: sunugggles, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had an endometrial ablation a week ago! I went in on my full blown period and came out not needing anything but panty liner! That was great and I only had mild cramping, no discharge at all and no smell! The only thing I’m concerned about is the bloating; it could be from the pain medicines I took last week. I might just need to have a good bowel movement.

Comment from: Laureen119, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I underwent an endometrial ablation (thermal) in 2/15. I was having heavy bleeding that would last months at a time. I felt weak and horrible. I'm very conservative about medical intervention. I felt I had to do something to at least lessen the bleeding. I had polyps as well. Instead of doing 2 procedures (polypectomy and ablation later) I opted to have both done at the same time. It was done in the hospital under anesthesia. When I woke up I had pretty painful cramping. That lasted about 3 days. The pain medicines did help. I had a minimal clear discharge for about a week or so. It has been great ever since. I've had no discharge or period for 3 months. I hope not to have one again. I can go out without worrying about having an accident and bleeding through my clothes. As my doctor informed me I still have some hormonal PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms. She told me since this was not a hysterectomy that wouldn't change. Overall I'm very happy I had the ablation.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I had the Nova Sure endometrial ablation procedure in December 2013. I did develop an infection post procedure which caused a delay in recovery. But I can tell you last year was the best year of my life. No more heavy periods! But now, a year and a few months later I have developed what is called endometrial ablation syndrome. I am still not bleeding, but I am having horrific pain in my lower right side and pelvic area. I had many tests performed as the doctor thought I may have an appendicitis or ovarian cyst. But negative on both. At least I am not having the heavy bleeding, but the pain is excruciating.

Comment from: JenJean, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I had my endometrial ablation two days ago under general anesthesia. When I woke up in recovery it was to the worst pain I have ever experienced, worse than any C-section or passing kidney stones. After many hours of other medication and vomiting and my blood pressure dipping dangerously low, a pethidine injection finally helped the pain. I am now feeling fine, but really nervous after reading all the experiences of others. I really hope that I have done the right thing and will visit this page again in a few months to leave some progress.

Comment from: CJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I had my NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure on 3.6.15. Before this I bled so heavily I had to double up on protection for 7 days. On January 2014 I started bleeding and did not stop and my doctor had to prescribe pills for me to stop the bleeding. I decided I just couldn't take it anymore. So far I am happy that I have had the ablation. Today, 3.24.15, I go back for my follow-up. I plan to ask a lot more questions. Hopefully my experience will play itself out positively. Goodness knows enough is enough.

Comment from: Ms P, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I had my endometrial ablation with NovaSure done on the 3rd of June 2014. I have had no periods at all, which am happy about but suffer every month form painful breasts which my gynecologist said is either my ovulation or the time I was supposed to be on my period.

Comment from: dr220, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I had an endometrial ablation a year ago. The next day I was a little crampy, but felt pretty good overall. I did bleed moderately for about 2 weeks afterwards. It was mild for another week after that and haven't had a period since. I had it done after years of suffering with heavy periods and cramps due to fibroids and I wish I would have done it sooner.

Comment from: tjhd333, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I had the endometrial ablation surgery in October 2011, instead of partial hysterectomy. It was an outpatient surgery. Bad decision on all aspects. After surgery over I was left in awful pain. Slowly I seemed to get better but something was still wrong. I called the doctor and they kept putting me off till I insisted they do recheck. Well what do you know, staphylococcus infection! Well, after that cleared up, all I can say is everything seemed to go off kilter. I didn't have periods anymore but I was off hormonally, mentally and physically. After finally starting thyroid medications (because now your hormones aren't normal) and getting those adjusted properly, I am somewhat in a better place. It's been over 4 years!

Comment from: sonia12rmbr, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I had the endometrial ablation on Monday 11/17/14 and I was put all the way asleep for the procedure with no problems. When I woke up I was hurting really bad but I'm going on my 4th day since the surgery and I've had mild cramping and red watery discharge but nothing extreme. I went back to work on Wednesday and did well and today I was much better. I am hoping this works for me but if not I have other options. It's just that I wanted to try this first before I had a hysterectomy because I am only 32 and didn't want everything taken out at a young age. I will update everyone in a few months in regards to my endometrial ablation.