Technically, I’m not at six months until Sept. 7th, but if you count this way: March (1), April (2), May (3), June (4), July (5), August (6), this update becomes totally legit.
Here is your fair warning before we begin:
This post is about my very own reproductive organs and it is full of Too Much Personal Information. If you’re uncomfortable knowing really personal stuff about me, about lady parts, about sex, or about the way a woman’s body functions, then you should not read this post.
I had my NovaSure endometrial ablation on March 7th of this year. I hereby declare that I am ridiculously happy with the results and I wish I’d have known about this earlier. Here’s a brief breakdown of what has happened (or not happened) to my uterus and some other body parts since.
Non-existent. I had one day of very light spotting two months ago, accompanied with about ten minutes of barely-there cramping. Otherwise, nada. I don’t bleed. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this is; I have not been inconvenienced by my period since I had this done and it feels wonderful. I don’t worry about going on vacation, about going to houses with septic systems (because you can’t flush tampons or giant baby wipes you may or may not have used to clean up after yourself so that your host doesn’t worry about a potential crime scene in the bathroom), about what I can wear safely. I have already saved so much money not buying feminine hygiene products, it is amazing. Actually, I think it’s a miracle.
Unfortunately, the miracle has stayed confined to my womb. I admit that after my period stopped, I thought maybe the rest of my body would follow suit – I’d stop bloating, my breasts would never ache, the small of my back wouldn’t hurt, I wouldn’t break out, I wouldn’t cry randomly, I wouldn’t crave sugar and carbs. Wait, I don’t crave carbs. But then, it’s also summer and I usually don’t want carbs when it’s hot out so my non-craving probably has nothing to do with my ablation.
Yes, I still get bloated. But it’s not the same period pooch I used to have and it confines itself to my waist. My ankles don’t swell. My breasts don’t swell but they do become tender – oddly, they are tender more often and for longer than prior to the NovaSure. Maybe my boobs are having periods for my uterus? Pitch hitting, as it were? I don’t know. If it becomes a problem, I’ll call the doctor, but at this point, it’s just something I notice more often than I used to. It could also be peri-menopause, so…I don’t even want to think about that, thank you very much.
I still have a morning or afternoon of achey back syndrome and I still have sugar cravings. My skin turns into horrorland for a few days, full of nasty little pimples and dry skin. I still get a bit moody, snappish, or I might get a bit sad for a day or two. HOwever, none of this lasts more than a day, if that long. In fact, nothing is at the level it had been; I don’t turn into a horrible monster, crippled with pain, eating everything in my path and then swelling up like the Michelin Man and kicking puppies. All of my ailments are now mild and short-lived and for that, I am thankful.
Everything is back to normal. I think it took another month after my last update for my upper vagina and cervix to completely stop being tender. Now everything is back to how it was before the procedure and I don’t notice any difference; it’s all the same as it used to be. There’s been no change for Gabe, either. It’s not like he is sad at the lack of wombly cushioning or anything; he can’t tell it’s gone. If he hadn’t have been there to drive me home afterward, he’d never know it had happened. Well, except that I don’t balloon up, bleed out, and try to stab his face off every month. He has noticed that.
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Oddly, I didn’t suddenly drop a bunch of weight. You’d think with the uterine lining gone, I’d weigh less, but no. That didn’t happen. Yes, it’s true that I weighed maybe 5 – 7 extra pounds while healing, but those were all water weight pounds and don’t count because they weren’t there before the operation and they left with the bloat. It would have been fun to have healed up and fit back into my before-marriage clothing but…yeah, this procedure is not that powerful. Nothing else has really changed. I don’t feel any different except for the lack of blood and general PMSiness. Otherwise, I can’t tell that something happened to my uterus. It doesn’t ache, nothing is falling out of me anymore; it’s pretty much awesome. I’m just like I was before March 7th only I don’t have periods anymore.
Now, remember: I am not medically trained professional. This post reflects my opinion solely based on my own experience. Not all women respond the same way as I have to endometrial ablation and if you are considering this procedure, talk to your gynecologist first. Find out if this is the best choice for you. However, if you’d like to know more about my experience, please feel free to leave questions in the comments section; there’s nothing you can ask about my ablation and the after effects that will make me uncomfortable or embarrassed. And you might have a question that other women have been afraid to ask so speak up!