my sister had a thermal ablation done about a year and a half ago, with excellent results. i too had horrendously heavy periods, such that i had to be in the ladies room every 30-40 minutes, or i would flood.
i went to see my ob/gyn, and he suggested that i try the mirena iud before proceeding to surgery. the mirena contains progesterone (levonorgestrel) and was inserted during an office visit. i had one or two very light periods in the first few months after i had it inserted, and since then none. i have not had a single side effect or problem with it. had it not worked, i would have tried the ablation next, because i could no longer live with the bleeding, was becoming anemic--and, at 38, was not ready to consider hysterectomy.
he suggested that i leave it in for five years or until i start to see a return of unmanageable bleeding, at which time he'd recommend inserting a new one. best of all, because i was prescribed it for dub and not for birth control (had my tubes tied after my last baby), my hmo covered it--i only had to pay my office visit copay!
Quote from ruby vee
it has been suggested to me by my gyn that this may be the answer to my 12 day periods that often involve ruination of outfits, the bathroom rug, the upholstery in my front seat, (once) or a fabric chair in a nice restaurant (the same day). i know very little about it -- what do any of you know?