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Hi, I'm new to this forum malarkey but thought I would give it a go to see if I could get any advice. I am currently 4 weeks post op after having an anterior and posterior repair for a prolapsed bladder. I also had endometrial ablation and a uterine biopsy. I am 46. To be honest I haven't really had much help with recovery, although hubby does all he can but has health problems himself. My youngest child is 18 months and I have not been able to rest properly. I know I have overdone things but was wondering if my niggles were normal. Firstly, do you still get your period at the same time? I was menstruating 4 weeks ago when they operated but am now bleeding fresh red blood, instead of the brown that I have been getting since the op. Is this normal? Could it just be my period? Also, I have no obvious signs of infection,no temperature or anything but I am aware of an odour. I don't think it is really offensive, at least I hope not..lol..but think I am just being paranoid as it is probably just a blood smell..sorry to be so blunt. Could any of you that have had similar ops offer any advice please? Thankyou in advance.xxx

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    Hello tracy. Surgery, particularly pelvic floor does cause your menstrual cycle to get out of sync but you've had an endometrial ablation so did they give you any advice about what to expect after that? The lining of your uterus will have been destroyed so it may not be a period. You aren't being paranoid, it's only natural to worry, everyone does even those of us who've worked in gynaecology.
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      Hi Matron, thanks for your prompt reply. I wasn't really given much information when I was discharged, other than I needed to rest, no lifting etc. I did say it was easier said than done with a toddler, as well as 5 older children and 7 grandchildren...lol..the consultants advice was that if I lifted my son, the operation would have been a waste of time sad The staff did not give me any discharge info, regarding the endometrial ablation, although thinking on it, I think I may have been given a leaflet back in November when I had my pre-op..I will have to see if I can find it. Thankyou for your help. I may book an appointment with my GP if I am still concerned.x

       

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      Your consultant is absolutely right about lifting but I'm sure you're being cautious. Regarding the bleeding, I think it would be a good idea to see your GP because the whole idea of endometrial ablation is to stop your menstrual cycle or stop your periods from being heavy.
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      I think that's wise tracey. I know the whole idea of endometrial ablation is to stop the bleeding. I presume you must have been suffering from heavy periods. That was the reason for my hysterectomy in 1990 before they performed endometrial ablation. At least now you don't have to go through major surgery.....a repair is enough to contend with.
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    Hi Tracey, I dont know much about the operative side. I will say my body was doing all kinds of weird things when I was starting to go into Menapause.  I thought something serious was wrong with me. I bled on and off. Sometimes very heavy only weeks after a period.Later Id bleed on and off and the skip my period for a few months.  Perhaps this is a sign that the body is going through changes, hence the thinning of the uterine walls. Wish I knew to do Pelvic floor excercises before everything started dropping. 

    Hope this helps in case its not medical. 

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      She asked if was normal to bleed out of cycle. So I thought it would be good to know that other women have bled heavily out of cycle when they are in the starting phases of Menapause. Could be medical or it could be absolutely natural. Just think its good for women to share these things. No one shared it with me. So I worried a lot.  : ) BTW you are awesome with helping women medically. 
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      Tracey has had an endometrial ablation so it's not normal to bleed following that procedure.
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      I think i probably didn't make myself clear roxigirl..I meant was it normal after surgery to have a period at the same time it would have been due...I had the endometrial ablation because my cycle pre op was 5 days normal period, 5 days heavy...Judging by matron's reply though, i'm thinking the bleeding may be due to overdoing things or maybe infection...but thankyou anyway..will go docs tomorrow to see what he says.xx
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      Best wishes for a full recovery. Keep us posted. Im very interested in the operative stories. Holding off myself. Take care. wink
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      BTW, my sister in law was having the same issues and had surgery. Shes doing pretty good just not resting enough either. I told her about this forum but I dont think shes following it. Best wishes to you. 
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