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By August 1, 2012 - 4:11am

I had the cryoablation procedure done over a year ago and still dealing with heavy periods and CONSTANT spotting. I am so disappointed. I have to wear a pad EVERY DAY now. Most of the time it's just spotting but some times it's so heavy I can't leave the house. And there is no schedule. It may be days or weeks in between the heavy bleeding. Fortunately the heavy periods don’t last more than a day or 2. My doctor started me on the depo shot 6 months ago and still no changes except that I gained over 15 pounds! I don't know if I will go back for my 3rd shot in 2 weeks. I've all kinds of biopsies and such...nothing wrong. Is a hysterectomy my only option at this point?
Other than the irregular periods I am in excellent health. I have no idea what causes the spotting/heavy bleeding. After the cryoablation I thought the heavy periods would be done. Especially after taking the depo injections for 6 months. I am open to any procedure/medication and am grasping at straws. I am 48 and do not plan to have any more children. I have been to 3 ob/gyns in the last 2 years and none have been able to help me. I guess I was just hopeful that someone may have had a similar situation and found something successful.

By September 27, 2012 - 5:04am

It’s disappointing that my pharmacist knows more than my doctors. Especially since one is on the board of woman’s health at a major area hospital. Ironically what prompted my research of the misoprostol was a crime show on TV. One of the detectives referred to the drug as an “abortion drug”. It’s sad that Hollywood knows more about meds than doctors.
As far as my stance on my “financial and insurance considerations" my health concerns trump all.

September 27, 2012 - 5:04am
By HERWriter Guide September 23, 2012 - 12:38pm

Hi Tired

Thanks for writing back. Wow - that none of these doctors looked into side effects of these medications! However, my own thing is to always ask a pharmacist these questions as I feel they are FAR better qualified in this area than regular doctors who simply read the list of side effects from a medical book that any of us can buy. Pharmacists are far better trained in contraindications and side effects.

It's up to you to decide if you feel you can continue to trust your doctors and to remain with them. You also have to take financial and insurance considerations into account. Where do you stand on that front?



September 23, 2012 - 12:38pm
By September 17, 2012 - 5:13am

Hi Susan, Thank you for responding. I did post on the other thread and was interested in learning that others were not so successful with the procedure as well.
However after reviewing my health log I determined my biggest problem was a medication I was taking for my stomach. Misopostrol. I started it in Oct of 2010. By November by periods were out of control. Prior to that I was doing well on a BC pill. Actually able to "skip periods" with it as well. When I went to my gyno in Jan 2011 he suggested the cryo since I had heavy bleeding in the past. I went to a doctor in my network and he suggested a hysterectomy. I didn't want to go that route at the age of 47. I found another gyno in network willing to do the cryo.
As you can see from my initial post those results weren't positive. I made the connection to the misopostrol this summer and have stopped taking the medication. All bleeding stopped within a month and I have not had any spotting or bleeding since.
How come 3 gynos and a primary care doctor (who ordered the referrals) never picked up on the drug I was taking? I always list any meds when I go to the doctor. I am very apprehensive to go back to any of these doctors.
Your thoughts.....Thank you.

September 17, 2012 - 5:13am
By HERWriter Guide August 8, 2012 - 11:47am

Hi Tired

Thanks for your post and I'm so sorry to read that this procedure just hasn't worked for you.

Have you seen our busy cryoablation thread in the general forums? If not, take a look at the thread here and see if it help you: http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/has-anyone-had-her-option-cryo-abl...

Please let us know!


August 8, 2012 - 11:47am

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