So I have had "period problems" since I was 14 years old. My first trip to the doc to complain was at 14 and they thought it was my thyroid which didn't resolve even though my levels have been normal since I had 1/2 removed at age 15. I was told that it may be difficult for me to get pregnant because of my tilted uterus at times, plus just the lingering period problems I have had. However, I did have an unplanned pregnancy at age 22 and at first was having triplets but ended up with twins! (the 3rd sac didn't develop the fetus) I think that being pregnant and nursing was the best treatment for my period problems. Yet a couple years after I was back to heavy long passing lots of clots types of periods and I didn't want to have more kids. Every year I have taken a new birth control pill to try to control it but it only was temporary. Finally option was IUD or ablasion(sp?). However, I hear that after the IUD your uterine lining should be thin anyways and the risk of causing holes and internal bleeding increased as well as it was not a guarentee. My doc said that perhaps it would lighten my periods but not stop the length of bleeding time which was up to 14 days every month with spotting in between. My kids are now almost 12 years old and although I am not married I felt that having more kids physically seems that it would just be too much on my body. In addition to my problems my decision also was related to the facts my Grandmother died of uterine cancer in her 50s and my mother on the other side of my gene pool now has hormone receptive breast cancer. I was ready for a hysterectomy!
Finally finding the doctor that would listen and willing to give me a hysterectomy at a young age was God send. He was very thorough. Although ultra sound was normal he did biopsies on cervix and uterus. I had an abnormal pap and the colposcopy showed very mild abnormalities but nothing pre cancerous etc. So he thought about TLH at first but changed to LSH the day of (of course with possiblity of everything else if he went in and seen anything to be concerned about). I was scared as anybody is with major surgery. I have young girls at home to take care of and I'm single mom 24/7 and I had feelings that maybe I was being selfish taking the risk with surgery but I knew that if I got it done I had more potential to be more of a mom to them than I have been laying around cramping and bleeding many days of the month!
Surgery fell on my 35th birthday! One I will never forget! hehe When I woke up from surgery and it was only laproscopic with 3 incisions... only one hurt. The pain meds in the recovery room made me very nauseous and they had a hard time getting me dressed to get me out the door while I dry heaved and sweat like crazy. However, once I got out the door in the fresh air I felt good. The first couple days were rough because the pain meds gave me weird insomnia and I had to go potty soo much because I was drinking tons of water and the first 24 hrs I had cervix spasms because I did keep that (it felt like a baby kicking my bladder). The one thing I didn't realize and we joke about all the time is that I had no idea wiping myself would be such a challenge! haha You really do use your ab muscles for everything - even just moving your legs around in the bed! My emotions have taken a little beating as my hormones balance from the changes (I did keep my ovaries). However, a healthy cry over a chick flick kind of movie isn't too bad is it?
I'm feeling good ten days post op and there are no regrets. Recovery takes more patience mentally than the physical work I think. I will get my pathology results on Monday but I am positive things will be better from here on out!
Good luck to all you and your recoveries!!
P.S. This site has been fun to read and it feels good to reach out and give advice where I can as well.