Tell me the good the bad and the ugly about having a hysterectomy

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Posted 11/16/2012 by kokomo in General Scrappin'
 

kokomo
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Posted: 11/16/2012 3:33:12 PM
It is suggested I have one because my uterus is prolapsed I am
I am thinking they might as well take my ovaries too since I am 5
What are your thoughts and experiences?

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Posted: 11/16/2012 5:35:27 PM
Well, I suppose you meant to post this on NSBR, but the good is the obvious reason - no periods. The bad, for me, was the little pooch above the bikini line scar. The other temporarily bad thing is it does take a few weeks to really recover from this.

I had mine quite some time ago before this technique I've heard of called DaVinci hysterectomy, where the incision is smaller. But I had a fibroid tumor, so I am not sure if a prolapsed uterus would allow a smaller cut. I could not have kids, so I don't know if the loss of the "baby's first home" is bad or ugly.

I also don't know about taking the ovaries. I was 35 when I had my hysterectomy, so they only took one. I vowed to go into menopause not knowing when the other ovary shut down, but I think I'm about at that time now, 15 years later. Hot flashes have been abundant this year, so the other good is that whenever you're supposed to have thode, you won't!

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Posted: 11/16/2012 6:30:10 PM
I had one via laparoscopy 8 weeks ago. Uterus, ovaries, all gone. Best....decision......ever. felt fastastic almost from day one. No complications. Back to work after 6 days although my doc said minimum two weeks. No more fibroids or cysts or heavy periods.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:04:23 PM
I too have a prolapsed uterus. At age 24 I had surgery to find out what was causing me pain. My gyno was thinking there was a cyst. After finding the prolapsed uterus, told me I needed a partial hysterectomy. Only having one child and wanting more I was very upset by this news. My gyno said it was up to me so I chose NOT to have surgery. I am 30 and I have 3 kids now and still no hysterectomy! I put up with pain but until I know for sure I don't want any more kids or the choice gets taken away, I will wait. Just about all the women in my family had hysterectomies at early ages. And when they don't take their hormones they are just about impossible to be around! Lol! I'm afraid of loosing my ovaries. I already take thyroid hormones.
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Posted: 11/18/2012 2:36:55 AM
It's important to know all the facts, not just what one doctor says will/won't happen to you afterwards and to learn what other options you have.

I had a partial at age 37 and although I don't miss the monthly cramps, etc., it had a negative effect on other aspects of my life and body.

I kept my ovaries because they were fine, but have had some cysts that ruptured since. Not fun! I recommend keeping your ovaries if you can, but not if ovarian cancer runs in your family.

Again, get the facts from several medical professionals (not just surgeons), and don't rely solely on other women who have had one. Everyone is different and most of us have had different experiences after the fact. Know what all the risks and possible side effects are before saying yes.

I am in peri menopause, but it's hard for the doctor to tell when it started because I don't have the ceasing of my cycle to tell us.

If I was not in debilitating pain (which turned out to be from a different cause), I would never have had the procedure done at such a young age. There have been some negative side effects as a result.

Good luck to you in making an informed decision.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:39:23 AM
The good: pretty panties every day -- no periods, no pads, none of the early surprises.

The bad: instant menopause(at 35). I've been on a hormone patch for about 10 years and it keeps me hormonally balanced.

All in all, it was the best thing that happened to me. I was miserable -- diseased ovaries, hormonally imbalanced and crazed 2 weeks of the month.

Now I'm in such a better place. I don't regret it for a moment.

Good luck to you.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:58:19 AM
the good...no more black pants every day of your life. No periods, no pain, etc. I went in on a Friday and was out on Sunday. The surgery was done vaginally so there is no incision/scar. Felt fine after a few days and FANTASTIC after a few weeks (like you never knew how "normal" people are supposed to feel since you had nothing to compare it to) My doctor also left one ovary so that I would still ovulate and enter menopause naturally. This may not be an option for you so like an earlier poster said, talk it over carefully and thoroughly with your doctor as each individual is different.
the bad...nothing! Of course if you are young and want children (or more children) you may want to consider adoption as a way to build a family in the future. I have one birth child and four adopted.
HTH, but do talk it over seriously with your doctor and good luck.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:20:29 AM

I recommend keeping your ovaries if you can, but not if ovarian cancer runs in your family.


Great advice. A woman produces a small amount of estrogen from her ovaries for the rest of her life and not having at least one can affect your quality of life.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:45:16 PM
The ugly....well the weight gain that is impossible to get rid of, the hot flashes, the still numb portion of my abdomen, the ugly scar. Other than that the rest is good.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:22:24 PM
i had one 3 1/2 years ago.. due to fibroids and extremly heavy periods.. was the best thing i ever did!! no more bleeding to death ( at least it seemed that way!) and i missed a couple days a month due to that.. i had a complete one, have a 10 in. scar, but would do again in a heartbeat.. i was almost 50 at the time..i do still take estrogen, they recommended i take it for 5 year. so 2more years, and i have done great on it.
good luck
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