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I've suffered from long, heavy menstrual bleeding off and on through the years, and finally at age 40 it's become too much. My problem: 4 large fibroids (the largest is 17 cm).
My doc reluctantly tried an ablation on 4/1, but the numerous fibroids made ablation impossible. She couldn't do the ablation.
I don't have kids, and the thought of a hysterectomy has always made me sad and disappointed. But once my doc expressed doubt that I'd even be able to conceive due to my fibroids and mishapen uterus (let alone carry a child to term), the sadness lifted. I've accepted that biological children weren't in the cards for me, which has lifted a weight off my shoulders!
I just wanted to thank all of you for sharing your stories, which has helped me to come to terms with my decision. My surgery is scheduled for 7/1, and hopefully I'll be able to share my positive surgery experince with you all.
I miscarried at 39 due to a fibroid that grew and took the blood supply from the baby. The fibroid shrunk afterwards, but grew during my pregnancy. I was offered myomectomy by one OBGYN but the experience was so not to be desired again by me that I opted out of the surgery. Also, I didn't know anything about such things back then and was not aware of support groups like this site.
Have you considered myomectomy? I read some accounts where some have had successful pregnancies afterwards. Just a thought if you haven't already considered.
In either case, I (and I'm sure the rest here) wish you the best outcome.
I have had a myomectomy in the past, and sure enough the fibroids have come back with a vengeance. I have conceded the battle and decided for the hysterectomy. I'm really ready to be done with the struggle, rather than trying to strategically remove fibroids.
I have had a couple of opinions, and the consensus is that hysterectomy is my best option, especially based on the size and number of my fibroids. Wish me luck, and thanks for your comments!
Uterno, I know just how you feel. I had fibroids removed and they grew back (several 10cm in size). Could not do the abl. because "good contact" was not possible because of the location and size of them. I do not have any children either, but I am OK with that. We can always adopt.
I had my hysterectomy on 4-27-10, and I do not regret it at all. I feel so much better and you will too. Hugs to you!!
My reality is a bit different but I can certainly sympathize. I went through the mourning period back in my 30s...even without my fibroid issues that I have now.
I have worked, with proper protective equipment, in chemical laboratories from my early 20's to my mid 30's. I handled some of the nastiest carcinogens, ontogens, and teratogens being used in business today. I had told myself if I was not away from this stuff by my late 20's...I was not going to have children. Had I gotten out in time, I would have tried having a child in my mid 30's, but it did not happen.
I was married for a time, but that relationship also fell apart in my late 20's and there has been nothing promising for quite some time. I did my mourning then, so when it came up that all my reproductive health issues can be solved in one move, I know this is the right decision for me.
There is nothing saying that I cannot adopt and I am an adopted child. However, the wait for an infant is 4 to 6 years...I need to make a decision if this is the path for me pretty soon. Due to my job (it is in IT), I am still putting intermittent long hours that would not be conducive to being a single parent.
Take care, Uterno, things will work out for the best!