Complete hysterectomy, anyone had one?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My mom had one, including removal of the cervix, related to cancer. She did not take hormones afterwards. What would you like to know?

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

My MIL had it done pretty young (in her 40s.)  She doesn’t take hormones.  She says it was the best thing she ever did.  I have heard that from other women who had the procedure young after years of reproductive issues and pain.  The biggest issue is that it throws you right into menopause but she swears that menopause is better than the years of discomfort she had.

Given your history, it sounds like a hysterectomy will imrpove your life by freeing you from a lot of pain and discomfort you have suffered over the years.  The only big caveat that you might want to consider is that since you are both older, it may be difficult to get approved by an adoption agency.  I would probably have a meeting with one or two adoption agencies ASAP prior to getting the hysterectomy done just so you can get an idea of the approval process and costs/fees.  I just wouldn’t close that door without knowing as much as possible about all of your options.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My mom had one in her early 40s due to a multitude of benign tumors. She is on a hormone patch which they are trying to step down now (she’s 53) to mimic menopause. What specifically did you want to know about the procedure?

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

My sister’s had one, due to the same problem as you. They were able to keep one of her ovaries/tubes to stop the hormones from going nuts and prevent early mental-pause. You might want to suggest or ask, your doctor about keeping one side or both, if  possible and just remove the uterus.  Good luck. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

My FMIL had one very young (like 24), right after FI was born. Apparently he tried to take it out with him. : 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I had a hysteroectomy one year ago and had everything removed but kept my ovaries.  Ended up having emergency surgery to remove a ovarian torsion last september leaving me with one ovary.  Just had that one removed two weeks ago because of horrifically painful endo cysts.  In hindsight, I wish I had just had them removed in the hystero instead of having two additional surgeries.  I’m on a estrogen patch right now but my doc says she wants to stop them at the end of the month to try to kill all the endo (which is caused by estrogen production) so we’ll see if I can handle the early menopause.  The patch seems to be helping right now but I seem to be getting some hot flashes every now and again (maybe it’s pyschological?). 

My recovery from the hystero was fairly routine.  Just get lots of rest and take care of yourself.  Don’t push it.  It’s a fairly traumatic procedure for your body so it takes time to recover.  I was back at work 3 weeks post op.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My mom had a hysterectomy after it was discovered she was/had a uterine prolapse when she was 48ish. They just took her uterus, as she didn’t want to enter menopause any earlier than she would have to, so she was still cranky during her time of the month for the next year or so. I didn’t even realize that they had left her ovaries until I made some comment about her being bitchy to my dad one day, and he told me.

You should discuss hormones and whatnot with your doctor, but from what I understand, if you don’t take hormones, you’ll enter menopause earlier than you may have otherwise.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Oh and not having a period ever is AMAZING!!!!!:) 🙂 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Irish2014:  My SO’s ex wife had one and from what he’s told me, she had a lot of health problems stemming from it. I wouldn’t do it unless it really is a last resort.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My mother had one at 27 after giving birth to me and things never going back right.  I have always heard her speak very positively about it- not having a period etc!

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