Hi Lovelies and Happy Hump Day. So, if you know me I’m not one to get personal on the blog. But, today I want to talk about something that has changed my life. It took me several years and many discussions with my doctor and husband to make this decision and I just can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner. In October I finally made the decision to get Endometrial Ablation and tubal ligation (cutting of the fallopian tubes).
Now, I have to state the obvious I am not a doctor, this is in no way intended as medical advice, please speak to your doctor and make a decision that is best for your body. Finally, everyones body is different so if you do have this procedure your results may not be the same. Ok, now that all that fun stuff is over, I will share my story.
The Back Story
So, for the last two to three years I have had the most insane periods. Like can’t leave the bathroom for four hours. I would get horrible migraines, the cramping and bleeding was unbearable. My doctor recommended this procedure when we made the decision to no longer have children. We put it off for two years hoping things would get better. It didn’t. We finally made the decision to follow through with it. So, here is the process.
I had to have an ultrasound to check for cysts and measure the cyst that I already had. Then I had to have a biopsy of the tissue inside my uterus. Once all of that was cleared I was ready to go. The procedure included a small incision in my belly button and that was it.
Now I handle pain very well, so my doctor told me I would be fine to go back to work within a few days. The surgery scheduler seemed not convinced and warned me I should not plan on being back up that quickly. Boy, was she wrong. I had my surgery on Thursday, took my girls to school on Friday, went to three parties on Saturday and taught a hot yoga class on Monday.
The incision you see above is from the tubal ligation. The endometrial ablation is inserted down below. The full recovery time is two weeks off and then you can return to your regular exercise and routine. The recovery was easy. The first few days there is quite a bit of swelling, but I was able to return to some what normal activities. However, I do not recommend bouncing back into a hot yoga class. It made my glue come out a little earlier than it should have. It required me to wear a large band-aid over my belly button to insure it didn’t get aggravated by my pants or risk any infection.
My doctor warned me that I may have a period or two, but I didn’t have one. The best part all of my symptoms are gone. I have no more migraines, no cramps, nothing, I actually feel normal. I don’t have to worry about being around a bathroom. It’s the best gift.
This is something that you have to really make sure you are ready for. Once these two procedures are done you should not be able to get pregnant. Now, we all know there are those times when a miracle happens but endometrial ablation will cause a future pregnancy to be high risk. So, that is why we took two years to make the decision. We wanted to be 100% sure we were done having babies.
Suggestions Before You Take The Jump
- Talk to your doctor
- Be 100% sure you are done having children
- Find out your doctors experience and success rate on the endometrial ablation and tubal ligation
- If you are not confident get a second opinion, third opinion etc, until you find someone that you are comfortable with
- Think about it and think about it some more. It took me two years to finally make the choice. Maybe this isn’t what is best for your family, do the research on the products etc.