Sterilised but offered a coil to stop heavy bleeding...

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Hi, I've been to see a gynae, and after explaining my 10+ years of heavy bleeding (blood clots) which floor me, he suggested a coil.  I have been sterilised (which I have found on researching that this caused all the heavy bleeding that I never had previous to being sterilised, which has resulted from post tubal ligation, something I never knew about till recently and lots of women are actually being ignored, their excuse is my thyroid, but I told him, that I never bled like this previous to being sterilised and he just huffed and shoved it to one side, what does he know!)  My point with the coil is, why would I need that if I have been sterilised?  They say it's to help with the blood flow, but I don't want to be going back and being prodded again to look for this coil.  I find it quite traumatising just having a smear test (due to previous rough handling) and really do not want to have this done.  He is also going to do a hysteroscopy, something else I am dreading as it is only for exploring to see if anything else is happening.  Fine, I understand that, but does anyone know if I am 'knocked out' for this procedure (as I hope I am) because I really do not want to go through with this for 10 to 30 mins without any anesthetic.  Sorry it's a long winded request.  I really appreciate any feedback on past experiences of this.

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    Hi Tracy, through my experience, I had one exploritary hysteroscopy lasting about 15 mins. and then one to remove some polyps, lasting about 40mins which was unsuccessful as they were too big. Both Procedures I was awake for and then had a further two hysteroscopy resections under anesthetic removing fibroids, both lasting about 3 hours each operation (glad I was sleeping) which I recovered really well from.  A coil was suggested to me also, there is a hormone in it that reduces bleeding but I didn't want it, for the same reason as you. Good luck with the path you choose, Regards Sarah
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      Thanks for your reply Sarah, really appreciate it, you sound like you went through hell to get where you are now, I'm glad you're ok.  I am thinking of having an hysterectomy as I feel it's the only way forward for me, (I'm fed up of the periods), and have 2 lovely children with no intention for more (I'm 49 now).  I just don't know what to do at the moment.
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    I was sterilised about 15 years ago, and heard the same thing about heavier bleeding, which I did experience but put this down to having 3 children and family history my maternal grandmother was heavy, however, manageable.

    I had a hysteroscopy and was put to sleep,  I also tried a coil and 2 days short of a month it expelled with a huge clot, I questioned why I needed a coil also being sterilised, but it is more about the estrogen relaese I believe.  I had previously prior to being sterilised had a coil one of the old copper ones, and ended up having to have this surgically removed, so I had experienced a bad time and was not keen to repeat.  However, you try anything when it impacts so much on your life.

    You must be a saint to cope for 10 years, mine has been 2-3 years, good luck with your decision.

     

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      Thanks for your reply Valerie, I just thought it was normal to put up with it, and that it was a way of life (being a woman), until I heard a lot of bad experiences with sterilisation, I might as well have had an hysterectomy to save all this happening, but I don't know if it would have been a good idea - I'm looking into all my options.  The hysterectomy always appealed to me just because I hated the smear tests, (I'm such a wimp, but hardly surprising when you have to have instruments shoved up you roughly - ouch!)  Hope you are ok and have managed to sort yours out? 
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