I had been going to a Mid-Life Specialist for my perimenopause issues, but she would not handle any issues that needed potential surgery. I went back to my normal GYN when those issues arose.
I had some serious prolapse issues, and was just sick of the entirety of my ongoing other female issues. My surgical menopause is much better than what I had to deal with all these years. I feel like a freed woman!
Yes and no. When my GP suggested we wait and see if the tumor shrunk with normal menopause, I requested to be sent to a gynecolgist. He walked in, discussed the results of the CAT scan that detected the tumor, the size of it ( at that point it was "large" after surgery it was "I have never seen on so huge") and he only gave me the option of keeping my overies or removing them during the hysterectomy. Short and simple.
i did get a second opinion and it was basically the same as the first. but, i have to say that it did make me feel a little better knowing that more than one specialist agreed. i had a total davinci hysterectomy. i'm at six weeks today and so glad i had it done. with all the pain i was in i wish i had it done alot sooner. still have swelly belly though i sure hope it goes away soon lol. good luck all and a speedy recovery to you.
Due to my age (26), it was mandatory for me to get a second GYN to sign off on a hysterectomy. It didn't make much difference as I am medically knowledgeable and had already decided a hysterectomy was the best option. Also my GP had warned me that the surgery was inevitable, so to me, the point was moot. It was more, what kind of hysterectomy? Not if I will have a hysterectomy. My surgery is in two weeks and I can't be happier. Wish it was tomorrow!
The only second opinion I got was from my mother, and she told me to do it.
Now, five weeks, post-op, I'm glad I went thru with it. My lower back doesn't hurt anymore and it used to hurt all the time. No more frightening prolonged bleeding and risk of future problems has been greatly reduced.
I not only got a second opinion, but went through four doctors before settling with the fifth one that I felt comfortable with. The doctors prior to this one were rushing for full hysterectomy with removing cervix and overies. I call this total snorfleing. The fifth one went through all treatment options, explain what treatment options may or may not provide relief and monitored the fibroid growth. I was determined to be the first female to go through a natural menopause. I will go through a menopause since I have my ovaries, so I will still be the first, as all the females 35 and older in my family (aunts, cousins, etc) had full femal organ removal (or snorfleing as I call it).
Any way, after treatment options and monitoring, and finally experiencing a blood transfusion, iron transfusion, and tiered of being tired, I told my doctor I wa ready. I had laproscopic supracervical. Recovered in two weeks (no lie, went back to work in two weeks), but followed instructions to the letter. My recover is an exception, as I refused the vicodin and took ibroprofen when can't tolerate the pain (have high tolerance).
I got a second opinion because the 1st MD didn't want to do hysterectomy. She wanted me to try bc pills first to try and regulate and slow my bleeding down from large fibroids. All they did was make it worse. I knew what needed done for me. I had done so much research and felt like I knew more than my doctor. She was not aggressive enough for me.
I am the same way, I went to my original doctor for 8 years, begging him every yearly to do one. Each visit, it was, " no, wait, here's some bc pills"
The last visit, his pill, yaz, gave me a ten-week period! I had it. I was done, new doc!!
This time, SHE, yes I believe him being male, did NOT help, took me seriously! she still did not wan to rush it. She did monitor a new fibroid, and did a lap in february, where severe adeno was discovered. At post-op, she asked if we want to try other routes, but took me seriously when I chose hyster.
I went months looking for answers and options, hoping to avoid a TAH. Tried apple cider vinegar, unsulphered blackstrap molasses, healthy juicing, going organic, bought tons of books about options other than TAH for a fast growing fibroid.
6 months after diagnosis, and 3 months after prognosis that it was growing very quickly, I had my TAH, and couldn't believe the pressure on my bladder and other organs I felt prior to surgery, and the relief afterwards.
All opinions pointed to the same thing - TAH, and I am now almost 3 weeks post-op and am very happy I had the surgery. I'm getting my energy level back from being severely anemic, and my brain isn't feeling so fuzzy anymore, and I don't have to look for the nearest restroom wherever I go from the pressure of the 3+ pound fibroid.