Thursday, July 10, 2008

Endometrial Ablation

Yep, this is what I'm facing.. any of you ever experience this? I have been having *issues* (to put it delicately) for awhile now... and since Brian and I are finished with fertility treatments, we have decided that I most likely will never be pregnant again.

But, really, it's ok. We both know that we are blessed beyond what we could hope or imagine. Unbelievably blessed. To know the hand of God... you look at our 2 precious children, and know that nothing short of miracles occurred to result in these two. He has been so good to us!!!

And I'm 38. Yep, 38.. and given some difficulties I've had this past year.. I think another pregnancy would put me over the edge emotionally.. Well, not the pregnancy itself... but the PPD, which we know, it gets worse each time (or so we're told)... A risk I'm not willing to take, knowing how it could all end up this time. (If it gets worse... wow... can't even imagine WORSE, so we won't go there!)

All of this to say, I have a surgery scheduled for Friday, August 1st. At 12 noon EST. I'm happy about it... at least happy and hopeful that the said surgery will help my current medical condition.

Making the possibility of me never being pregnant again... making it *final*... wow, it feels a little ... emotional! Even though I know it's the right next step.

Thanks for reading, if you've made it this far!! Have a happy day!!! :)

PS: for those of you who don't want to google it, here's what it is:

Endometrial ablation is a method to destroy the lining of the uterus in order to stop or drastically decrease bleeding. This may be accomplished by putting a hot balloon placed in the endometrial cavity to burn the lining, or by a procedure to burn or cut out the endometrium with other instruments. About 50-75% of patients may stop having periods after endometrial ablation, at least initially, and 20-30% of patients note an acceptable decrease in the amount of bleeding. Unfortunately, 10% of patients see no improvement in their symptoms. Endometrial ablation should only be considered by women who don’t want to have more children, and who have had a biopsy to make sure that endometrial hyperplasia and cancer are not the causes of the bleeding.


Karianne said...

I couldn't even imagine handling anything more than a normal period. Putting up with what you have been dealing with would have lead me with fire on my heels to have the surgery. I'm so glad that there is treatment!
And yep, PPD is a huge fear for me this time. I'm taking those meds asap!! No breastfeeding for this one.

PiesBonitos said...

I didn't realize that the issues were still persisting. Sending hugs and prayers out to you. Hope the surgery is smooth and successful.

Jaymee said...

I had one a year and a half ago. After dealing with horrible bleeding issues for 19 years it was the only choice left. It was the best decision I have made for myself medically. My doctor also tired my tubes, because it is still possible to get pregnant, just no where for the embryo to implant, so you can imagine the difficulty.
My husband and I do not have children and are turning to surrogacy to create our family.
I hope that all goes well for you. It is hard to give up, but your quality of life will be so much better.