Patient Comments: Endometrial Ablation - Complications


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Comment from: Beanshow, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had an endometrial ablation 6 weeks ago after several years of very, very heavy periods. After the procedure I had constant spotting for a fortnight, then a period that was almost as heavy, and then bright red blood for a solid week. Since then, I’ve had constant spotting and now, just three weeks after that and five weeks since the procedure, another period. The doctor is not worried. I wish I was her! I wonder if anyone else has this.

Comment from: Sammy 1963, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I was having heavy periods with large blood clots. My doctor told me an endometrial ablation would be great for me since I was 49 at the time and had had my children. Well, it worked great. I went in with my period and left without one and never had it again, until today. I'm now 58, almost 10 years later, and had brown discharge and mild cramps. I had my biopsy cancer screening 8 months ago and all was good, so I am not concerned about that. I am really concerned about the feeling I am going to get my period back.

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

I had the Minerva endometrial ablation done April 2019. Almost 2 years now, I had each month one day of tar-like periods, and still cramps. A few months ago I started getting massive hot flashes, got tested and wasn’t pre-menopausal. The hot flashes were brutal and nonstop for months. Now they have stopped and so has my one day tar period, but doctor says I didn’t go through menopause. I am still having bad cramps and my breasts hurt like crazy! Wonder if anyone else has experienced this.

Comment from: Ashmamanadeau, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I had an endometrial ablation done September 2018 after a C-section birth with tubal ligation a few months back, in May 2018. My periods were really heavy and painful after having the tubal ligation done so we did the ablation. All was normal, I had one period, and then nothing from August 19 on. But I still have pain, now I have brown spotting almost 2 years later, and was diagnosed with adenomyosis.

Comment from: Suzie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I had an endometrial ablation done 2 months ago. It has done nothing for my period and now I always need to wear a pad because I'm having a lot of breakthrough bleeding. Wonder if this is normal.

Comment from: Searching for clues, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I had an endometrial ablation done in 2015 and have had such painful sex that it's causing a problem in my relationship. I am not sure this is normal.

Comment from: Not pleased, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I had endometrial ablation done the first time in 12/95. It worked for 22 years, no period, and never experienced cramping. In 06/17 I started having brown blood and cramps. Panic set in not knowing what was happening. I would have one day of spotting. Go a couple months or weeks, and it would return. I went to my doctor and he sent me to a gynecologist. He did the procedure in 06/18. I had a little spotting, then months nothing, just horrible cramps. Now 09/19, cramps are unbearable and period is back, still brown.

Comment from: Jenn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had the Minerva endometrial ablation done 8 weeks ago today. I had the procedure in the office and it was a very painful 1 minute 45 seconds of my life. After the procedure wasn’t so bad. An hour after I got home I was in excruciating pain for 4 hours nonstop. I had watery discharge a lot for about 4 weeks, the first period was brown discharge, not a lot, and second period heavier still dark brown. I waited 6 weeks for sex. Ladies let your body heal before sex. My doctor said none for 4 weeks, I waited 6, and no pain at all!

Comment from: WhyMe, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I had an endometrial ablation on February 12th. I had pinkish discharge for 2 weeks and for a week now I’ve had really heavy bleeding (clots), weakness, headaches, fatigue, and mild cramps. This has been the most depressing time of my life, I’m not sure how much longer I can take this.

Comment from: Melinda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I had my endometrial ablation done in January of 2014. For 5 months I had a clear liquid instead of a cycle but started to have somewhat light periods at month 6. Now I have a sticky brown discharge for 4 to 5 days and pelvic pain before and after my cycle. I am not sure this is normal.


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Comment from: Tjade1111, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I had a NovaSure endometrial ablation with D and C and right tubal. I also had an intrauterine device (IUD) in for almost 2 years prior. Immediately following the procedure I had light spotting that led to watery pink discharge which I was told is normal. Two weeks post operation I began to have heavy bright red bleeding and cramping. I have been on Noestrogen for 5 full days and still bleeding. I was understanding this was common. Next step is a D and C.

Comment from: Seriously, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I was told that 75 percent of the women who have endometrial ablation do not have any periods and very few have spotting type periods after. This made me want to get the procedure because I was bleeding at least 55 percent of the month very heavily. I was told that I could not get a hysterectomy because I was too young and insurance makes them try this procedure first. Well, I am on 3 weeks and 3 days post ablation. I am not sure if I started my period or if it is normal. I was used to the clear, yellowish reddish stuff, now it is blood.

Comment from: Claired0205, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had a NovaSure endometrial ablation, hysteroscopy and polyp removal just over 2 weeks ago for bleeding and didn't have any pain. Since the operation though I am in constant pain, with cramps and sharp pains all over my lower stomach. I had no bleeding or discharge after the procedure either. I had a scan and all looked well, I have no idea why I am in pain now and wasn't before the procedure.

Comment from: HS, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had endometrial ablation done on 8/16/18 due to fibroids and heavy menstrual periods with severe cramping. The doctor said I should have very light to no bleeding after the ablation. On 9/26/18 my cycle started and it was still very heavy and I had severe cramping once again. On 9/28/18 I went to the emergency room for a prolapsed fibroid. I had to get another endometrial ablation done once again. Ever since my second ablation when I have sexual intercourse it is painful. Thinking of getting the partial hysterectomy done.

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

I received the endometrial ablation in 2014, I was 26 years old. I had four surgical procedures so I was tired. At first I didn't regret my decision, four years period free, but life had other plans. My endometrium has grown back completely, with multiple cysts, my cervix is completely stenotic, so my present periods are staying in my uterus completely causing hematometra, and the pain is pretty intense. Needing a full hysterectomy at 30 after five surgeries, I feel is so unexplainable in a slightly sad manner; this is a rare situation.

Comment from: Ladybug, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

My endometrial ablation was on May 31 and I still get my monthly period. Not as heavy and no cramping, but still bleeding. It is not a guarantee. Chances are you might have to do it again or have a hysterectomy.

Comment from: AtomicBlond303 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I would say to those of you who like me have been left with pain and constant cramping after endometrial ablation to go back to your doctor. I was told the pain was actually due to nerve damage and have now after many years found a pill that works (gabapentin) for neuropathic pain. It’s definitely helped and I actually feel almost normal again.

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

I had the endometrial ablation done in March 2018. I had my period the next week and it did not stop for 3 weeks after that. I had sex and it was very painful. I'm on my period again and have been for 8 days with 1.5 boxes of tampons. I have no clotting, just heavy bleeding and the pain now in my lower back radiates to the front of both ovaries; the pain is worse now than it was before. I bleed the same, the only thing it did for me was reduce the size of the blood clots and I don’t have to wear a pad along with the tampon. For some women it helps, for me it did not. I would advise a partial hysterectomy before having ablation done if your periods were as bad as mine were/are.

Comment from: CH, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I had the endometrial abation procedure done 3 weeks ago. I do have spotting and wear a light pad every day. I am assuming this will go away after a while. About 2.5 weeks after, I had sex for the first time and it was painful, I never ever had painful sex before this. The next day I woke up with extreme pain (down there) and super painful when urinating. I assume I have an infection somewhere. I called the doctor's office and he is giving me 2 prescriptions Bactrim and Pyridium. I have to call office in 2 days if the medications don't work. I hope it does. I do look forward to not having heavy periods, I am almost 55 and do look forward to resuming my sex life.


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Comment from: TJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I have been on my period for 9 weeks, heavy and clotting, and had the endometrial ablation (hysteroscopy) on Monday 6/13. The first couple of times to the bathroom, there was some blood, however the remainder of the day and Tuesday there was nothing at all. Such a relief. However, I started back to work on Wednesday and began having my period again. Much lighter than the previous 9 weeks, but still disappointing as I am still counting the days that I have been on my period and am very frustrated! I have not really had any cramping.

Comment from: patty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation done in July 2015. I have had no periods since procedure but all other side effects are ruining my life, depression, panic attacks, back, abdominal and leg pain, and tired all time. I think in my opinion this procedure has brought the menopause on too quick. I wish I'd never had this procedure done.

Comment from: Fallonea, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I had the endometrial ablation procedure done in June 2002 at the age 46. It took a couple months to shed the rest of the lining (blood) and time to recover. However, I've never had any additional issues and it was the best thing I've ever done.

Comment from: 40 club, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I had the endometrial ablation done on 11-13-15. After the procedure I was in a lot of pain. Once I got home was told to take four 200 mg Motrin every 4 hours for pain as needed. The pain eventually went away that night, then 2 days later the watery discharge started. First week of December I started having a lot of cramping, I didn't know if it was normal or not. I was really bloated and still am, I feel like I put on 10 pounds. I have had some light spotting which doctor told me might happen but now I got a lot of hurting in the lower part of back and bottom of stomach. I don't know if this was a good idea or not.

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

I had my endometrial ablation done almost a year ago and had no problems till today, I woke with heavy bleeding and terrible cramps. I don't know what's going on. I guess I have to go back to the doctor.

Comment from: so depressed, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I had an endometrial ablation in 2014. I've had painful cramps and a daily discharge that is awful. I have gained 15 lb. and very depressed.

Comment from: My H, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I am 38 years old and four and a half years ago, 2/2011, I had endometrial ablation done to help my severely heavy and severely cramping periods. Recovery was fine, month or two of leaking and I felt a bit menopausal for the next 9 months or so. But my periods were gone (minus the premenstrual syndrome and 'feeling like a period' without the cramps or bleeding). It was great for four years! And then I started cramping mildly once a month this March. It increased to twice a month in June and since early September, I have felt like I am having a period every week! No bleeding but heavy cramps, super emotional and diarrhea for a few days. I have seen my primary care doctor and had an ultrasound done that showed nothing. I have two children, 16 and 12, and had no pain medicines during delivery but this is like labor for weeks now! I have an appointment with my gynecologist who did the procedure in a couple weeks but everything I have read and how I feel, I will probably have a partial hysterectomy done. It was great for 4 years but now it's not worth the pain. If you are under 40 it can result in this, or sometimes not. I think it's case by case and I can't say it isn't worth trying before deciding to have a hysterectomy but now I believe that is my next choice. Happy for the 4 years of no bleeding or massive cramps but it looks like what I wanted years ago (hysterectomy) is what's going to happen. Good luck to those who have had it done but pay attention to your body and listen to it! Not a bad choice for all but it can end up this way.

Comment from: Wish I didn't do it, Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I had endometrial ablation done in 2012. It worked to the point that I have less pain, bleeding is not as heavy and I'm not as badly anemic. However I am left with a continual discharge that's anywhere from clear to blood in color. Shortly after I began getting flu like symptoms about 2 weeks after my menstruation as I continued to wear panty shields. As of this year whether or not I wear panty shields I still get flu like symptoms. The last 3 years have been tough and now I am scheduled for a hysterectomy.

Comment from: Shirley, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had an endometrial ablation 13 weeks ago and am still bleeding with watery issue. The doctor admitted she was overly aggressive and has me on birth control pills to stop the issue. I've been on those for 3 weeks with a lessening of symptoms but that's all. I'm 63, haven't had a period in over 20 years, but for the last 3 months have had to wear sanitary pads, and panty liners to take care of my issue.

Comment from: Terry's Sister, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 29

My sister had an endometrial ablation surgery, it created scar tissue. Because of this it blocked a lot. She got sick, very sick. This is when they tried to do biopsy but could not get into her cervix because of the scar tissue. She went in to have a hysterectomy and they opened and closed her. She had stage 4 uterine cancer. This should not have happened, she had irregular periods for 3 years before the ablation surgery. In January her Pap was normal and March stage 4!

Comment from: Brenda, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I had a hysteroscopic thermal ablation (HTA) on 9/12/14 and I was fine until about 2 hours after the procedure. I was at home and I began to experience pain in my lower abdomen unlike I have ever felt in my life. Within about a half an hour I was on the floor rocking and crying with pain I can only describe as an 11 in a scale from 1-10. My husband immediately took me to the hospital and CT scan found nothing wrong, but thank goodness almost as soon as I got there they immediately gave me the first of what eventually became 4 doses of Dilantin (a very strong painkiller). The strange thing is though, by the next morning I was almost pain free and everything has been fine since then (just light spotting). Time will tell if the procedure is a success but all I can say was that in my case the post procedure pain was unbearable, so bad that I actually vomited 5 or 6 times from the pain and thought I was going to pass out. Afterwards two physicians told me that my experience with the HTA procedure was not normal and that they had only seen such severe pain on a couple of other occasions.

Comment from: justrrrs, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I had the endometrial ablation procedure in December 2012. Everything seemed to be fine. No more bleeding but my nightmare began a few years later in December 2014. I suddenly started experiencing a burning sensation on my lower belly. A week or so later I was in the emergency room (ER) because the pain was unbearable. Mind you, I take pain medications for my neck but the medicines did not help for the type of pain that I was experiencing. I left the ER with no answers. A few weeks later I woke up to a drenched bed. It was blood! I ran to the bathroom to literally push out a huge blood clot (plum sized). I continued to bleed heavily for a few days (nonstop). Long story short, I've had an MRI, pelvic exam/ultrasounds, and colonoscopy/endoscopy. All turned out fine but as of today which is July 30, 2014 (almost 8 months) I'm still in excruciating pain! It's unbearable and debilitating! I feel like I'm losing my mind since doctors can't find a reason for the pain! Other than irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which I know for a fact isn't so, since the nurse told me after my colonoscopy that they will usually diagnose you with IBS when nothing else is found. I wonder if anyone else is experiencing this type of pain post ablation!

Comment from: NOT HAPPY, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I had endometrial ablation done May 23, 2014. I have been bleeding since. It’s now June 23. I have had heavy bleeding, labor pain, and cramps. I have called and seen the doctor 3 times since. My last visit was 1 one week ago. I had an infection. If I had known it would have been this way, I would not have done this.

Comment from: Cantwaitobeasize8, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had an endometrial ablation back in 2010, little pain, little bleeding afterwards. It was pure paradise for 4 years. Now all of a sudden I got a very light period (with the horrific cramps I used to get - 2 days in bed) for 21 days, then it stopped for 6 days and now I am in day 3 of a full blown period. I do not want a hysterectomy. I talked to my original doctor who told me to document for a few months, then we can discuss options.

Comment from: Hasberly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I had endometrial ablation done in December. I had clear fluid discharge for several weeks after the procedure. I have still had my period every month since but it is not the same as it was before. It is much lighter and less days than before. The blood though has changed. When I first start my period the blood is bright red but it quickly changes into a dark brown, also gritty discharge. I’m not sure if this is normal. I have also have had somewhat of a sour foul smell no matter how often I wash!

Comment from: Suzy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I had an endometrial ablation 15 days ago and very little spotting. Tonight I passed a small clot that was pink and white. Wonder if I should be concerned.

Comment from: Crazy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I am 4 weeks to the day post endometrial ablation and D and C. I am still having spotting.

Comment from: MamaK579, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had endometrial ablation performed 9 days ago. Immediate post-surgery period was fine. No blood, just constant watery discharge. Yuck. The back pain is constant though. I hope it goes away soon.

Comment from: Happy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation in 2008. I experienced some discharge for a few weeks following the procedure, which I was told was normal. It is now 2018, ten years later. I have not had any bleeding since my procedure, no bloating, or PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Before NovaSure I was wearing night pads during the day, tripling them with a towel on my bed at night. I was on prescription iron, and had gastrointestinal problems during my period, and pelvic pain. I don't have any of these symptoms any longer. I feel great and now that I am in my mid 40s I also realize I have to eat well and exercise regularly in order to prevent side effects of menopause. Having an ablation does not prevent menopause ladies.

Comment from: chrissy11, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

After 6 weeks after my endometrial ablation, I am healed. No more leakage, I had sex and it wasn't painful! I also would have gotten my period 3 days ago in the real world, but have nothing! Yeah, I think the healing time is about 6 to 8 weeks. Give it time. My doctor said 2 to 4 weeks, take the extra month.

Comment from: sweetcharity79, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I had the ablation done at the end of January 2014, it has been 2 full months and I am still bleeding. I hear one has to give it at least 3 months and it doesn"t work for everyone with heavy bleeding. It doesn"t seem to have worked for me. The bleeding stopped for about 8 days, after what I thought was a cycle; just to start another period that hasn"t stopped as of yet. Cramping and bleeding is a little less than before the procedure, but increasingly getting worse each day. I have heard so many success stories, I don"t think I am one that this procedure helps. I hope this information helps someone.

Comment from: Bappi2015, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I had my endometrial ablation on 25/2/15, this was 9 days ago. Now I have next to no cramps or bloating. Bleeding stopped about 3 days ago but watery discharge is still present. I went back to work 4 days ago. First 2 to 4 days were full of cramping and bloating. After the procedure I would have liked morphine but was given tramadol and paracetamol. So far so good.