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Unread 06-15-2008, 12:21 PM
dr. wants to do hyst. soon

i am 39 i had my tubes tied 4 yrs ago, (so i'm through having children.) i was diagnoised with endometrios, i complained recently to my family doctor about heavy periods, plus i am having an iron defiency, so she sent me for an ultra-sound, in which they found something on my left ovary, then i had to get a ct scan. my family doctor sent me to an ob/gyn with all the test results i have a dermoid cyst on my left ovary. the endotrios is worse and i have several uterine fibroids. the doctor recommends a hysterectomy with both ovaries removed. he said i should consider myself lucky for the 2 children i have, because the way things look i shouldn't have 1. all the things ive read in different forums don't give me the impression that it is a good experience. weight gain, lack of sex drive, hot flashes, mood swings. my periods may be alittle on the painful side but i know what to expect every month. if i get the hysteredtomy it's like a toss up. does anyone have anything positive to say about the surgery???
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Unread 06-15-2008, 03:23 PM
dr. wants to do hyst. soon

For me the surgery was a very good experience. I had little pain and a good recovery. I feel MUCH better than I did before surgery.

My surgery was for a different reason than yours. I had pain and pressure every day before surgery.

I also kept my ovaries, though they are running a bit low of hormones at my age of 51. For myself loosing the uterus I wasn't planning to use was OK, loosing my ovaries wouldn't be because I did not want, and/or maybe couldn't, take hormones because of previous breast cancer. I understand where you are coming from because the symptoms you listed are the lack of hormone/aging/menopausal symptoms. Though it may have made sense to remove my ovaries and potentially lessen my chance of furute brast cancer, I wanted to keep them.

You could talk to your Dr about keeping the right ovary. I am do not know much about endometriosis, but have read some conflicting things about whether lack of estrogen helps, though the usual thing seems to be to remove the ovaries and thus estrogen.

Find a Dr you like and trust and have a better discussion. Make a list of all your questions, question options. You can always schedule surgery, you can't un-do it. If you are not ready wait.

Best of luck - Joanne
Unread 06-15-2008, 03:32 PM
dr. wants to do hyst. soon

Hi Siouxq,
First of all, I'm sorry that you are going through this.
Have you thought of getting a second opinion? It may be helpful to you to see what alternatives there are for you.
I had a LAVH/BSO in Feb. I have really been doing ok with it.
I haven't had a lot of the problems that I too saw when I was doing my research prior to my procedure.
I don't miss the painful, heavy periods. I love being able to wear white pants and not having to worry about ruining furniture, bed sheets, clothes etc. Also, my anemia has been resolved.
I have chosen to go with HRT, and that has been a little challenging, but I have changed Drs, and so far so good.
Everyone is different, and recovery is as individual as you are.
I also realized that because I had a hysterectomy my world didn't end, my marriage is still in tact and I haven't turned into an old hag in 4 months.
I have been visited by the 7 dwarfs of menopause, but I haven't come up against anything so far that I haven't been able to deal with.
Good luck, whatever you decide to do, and take your time making your decision. Make sure that all of your questions have been answered and you are comfortable with your decision.
There are a lot of wonderful women on this site that have been very helpful and supportive. You have found a great place to get the information and support needed.

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Unread 06-15-2008, 04:17 PM
dr. wants to do hyst. soon

have you gotten a second opinion? since you describe your periods as a little on the painful side, maybe there might be an alternative you might be able to have. maybe seeing an endo specialist would be a good idea...and also discuss with the dr if theres a possibility you can keep one ovary for hormones. do lots of research and just try to make the best decision you can for yourself. good luck.
Unread 06-15-2008, 04:52 PM
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i haven't got a 2nd opinion as of yet.and i'm researching for info. and researching myself, weighing the pros and cons.i'm already on anti depressants to help me with my mood swings and head aches and nausea do to in case that isn't enough i also have migrane meds and nausea pills. but all this stems from endometrios not to mention i hate taking iron pills for the iron defiency. my periods, seem to get worse with age. plus ive also notice during intercourse i experience some pain. not every position, and the positions that do cause the pain we just don't do. and i'm (and my husband ) are satisfied with our sex life. i have maybe 12- 15 years left of menstration what if it gets worse.? that scares me. i thought i would be upset with losing what makes me a woman, (a young woman at that) but honestly, i have no plans to have children.(i have 2) so it's not that i need the equipment. Im honestly more scared of the after effects, mood swings night sweats, lack of sex drive, and what ever else is involved with early menopause, how long will it take to find the right hrt for me. things like that i'm really scared of. what kind of strain is it going to put on my family while we get this all figured out. sorry if this is long. but it helps to get this out.
Unread 06-21-2008, 09:30 PM
dr. wants to do hyst. soon

I'm very early in my recovery but I wouldn't go back and change my mind for anything. My dr used the daVinci robot and my recovery has been smooth as can be.

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