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Like seriously! Pre surgery I was an avid blood donor. Now I'm constantly on the verge of needing a transfusion. I take around 90mg Iron. I cant take birth control because of liver problems. I was thinking uterine ablation or something to help lighten it. Any advice?

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Could you do an IUD? I'm normally not an advocate, but in your situation if you can't take BC pills, I would recommend something to regulate your hormones and cycles.

Have you met with your gyno since surgery to discuss your increased flow?

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@frust8

What's up girl? Why are you confused by the OP and thread?

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The confusion,messed it all. Its like putting in your money for gumballs and getting instead gravel. You're left standing and wonder--- What am I going to do with THIS?

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3 hours ago, Real California April said:

Like seriously! Pre surgery I was an avid blood donor. Now I'm constantly on the verge of needing a transfusion. I take around 90mg Iron. I cant take birth control because of liver problems. I was thinking uterine ablation or something to help lighten it. Any advice?

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I was a heavy bleeder for years (long before WLS). I would advise you if you are considering having children then DO NOT get an ablation. If you become pregnant after an ablation there could be fatal complications following. Have you spoken with your GYN and have you had an ultrasound for uterine fibroids? For me, my PCP wanted me to have a transfusion and I adamantly against it as we didn't know the cause of my excessive bleeding. It turned out my uterus was full of fibroids the first time 14, the largest size of a canteloupe. The second time I had 7, myself personally, I had decided I would not be having children so I went through with an ablation including permanent birth control Essure. It was the best decision of my life as my periods went from a HEAVY 8-days to a spotting max 3-days. The procedure was done in 2010 and I have zero regrets. But again, if you are planning to have children or more children, this should not be an option at all.

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Could you do an IUD? I'm normally not an advocate, but in your situation if you can't take BC pills, I would recommend something to regulate your hormones and cycles.
Have you met with your gyno since surgery to discuss your increased flow?
I can't do anything with hormones my oncologist says and the copper IUD doesn't help with periods [emoji17]

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I was a heavy bleeder for years (long before WLS). I would advise you if you are considering having children then DO NOT get an ablation. If you become pregnant after an ablation there could be fatal complications following. Have you spoken with your GYN and have you had an ultrasound for uterine fibroids? For me, my PCP wanted me to have a transfusion and I adamantly against it as we didn't know the cause of my excessive bleeding. It turned out my uterus was full of fibroids the first time 14, the largest size of a canteloupe. The second time I had 7, myself personally, I had decided I would not be having children so I went through with an ablation including permanent birth control Essure. It was the best decision of my life as my periods went from a HEAVY 8-days to a spotting max 3-days. The procedure was done in 2010 and I have zero regrets. But again, if you are planning to have children or more children, this should not be an option at all.
I heard of some problems with Essure. My husband got a vasectomy instead but I'd get it if it meant I could be free from anemia

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2 minutes ago, Real California April said:

I can't do anything with hormones my oncologist says and the copper IUD doesn't help with periods

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Just now, Real California April said:

I haven't had an increase in flow. It's my normal flow and I'm struggling with Iron.

I don't want any more kids. In fact my husband had a vasectomy. I hated being pregnant with a passion lol.

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I see, I didn't know that about the IUD. Also, I apologize, I misunderstood your first post, I thought your flow increased since surgery.

I ended up going to see a blood specialist about my Iron levels, because my bariatric team wasn't equipped to help me level out my iron. That would be my next suggestion.

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I thought the 8-days heavy was "normal" too - I could never donate blood like I wanted to because my Iron was so short.

I would definitely talk to your GYN and discuss all your options. I do know that if the fibroids get worse (they've returned) - my next option is hysterectomy. I'm not ready to go there yet. I'm hoping I can talk him into 1 more ablation before that route. But I'm also hoping that the weight loss will decrease the amount of estrogen my body produces to eliminate fibroids

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3 minutes ago, Real California April said:

I heard of some problems with Essure. My husband got a vasectomy instead but I'd get it if it meant I could be free from anemia

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I've heard some problems with Essure in the last year, but like I said, I had the ablation (Novasure) and Essure at the same time 8 years ago. I've had zero complications since. - Your body will still produce eggs and hormones, but the two procedures have saved my life.

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Have you talked to your OB/GYN? Now that I can’t take birth control pills ( due to blood clots in my lungs ) my doctor is going to prescribe a non hormonal pill that will cut my flow and period time in half. I will have to get the name for you when I pick up my script.

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I had novasure ablation and a tubal. Pre bypass was either extremely light or non existent. Since surgery is like I never had it! My surgeon said that while my pcos symptoms are getting back under control they could be like this

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This is my second period since surgery and I’m HURTING! First probably not so much since i was in pain killers. I never had cramps or heavy flow this early on in period (day 1). What do you all use for pain? This liquid Tylenol is not helping and is this normal after surgery?

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I see, I didn't know that about the IUD. Also, I apologize, I misunderstood your first post, I thought your flow increased since surgery.
I ended up going to see a blood specialist about my Iron levels, because my bariatric team wasn't equipped to help me level out my iron. That would be my next suggestion.

Did you just ask for a blood specialist or were you referred? Sometimes requesting a specialist is a nightmare through my medical group ugh

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