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Unread 11-13-2004, 07:18 PM
Take em or leave em ?

Hey everyone!

I've been experiencing extrememly heavy bleeding for about 6 months now. I'm considering a hyster and don't know if i should leave the ovaries or have him take everything. My mom had the same thing when she was 36 and they took everything. However a lot has changed in the past 20 years so not sure what to do. I'm not all that jazzed about taking a pill everyday (my youngest is proof of how well i remembered to do that! Also I'm afraid that my gyno won't do one because of my age (29). I'm done having kids and I'm not afraid of the pain since i've had 2 c-sections. Any way have an appt. on the 16th to discuss everything so any info i can arm myself with before would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Sorry to ramble on.
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Unread 11-13-2004, 07:29 PM
Take em or leave em ?

If your ovaries are healthy as are you, there's very little reason to take them out. Your body will do a much better job of giving you your proper levels of hormones. I'm sure your doctor will talk to you about that at your appointment. After all, it's your uterus that's the problem, not your ovaries. Hormones protect your body in so many ways, including your heart and bones (as we all know), but also your skin, bladder, vagina, sex drive and sense of well being.

If you've only had the heavy bleeding for 6 months, has your doctor offered you any alternative treatments and does she know what's causing the bleeding? The first step would be a hysteroscopy or a D&C, perhaps an ablation if you're done having kids. A hyster is a last-resort procedure for most of us, and there have been many great new treatments that have come along since your mother's hyster.

You've come to the right place, feel free to ask questions and browse around. The ladies here are very knowledgable.

Take care.
Unread 11-13-2004, 07:54 PM
Take em or leave em ?

Hi aussietrainer,

to Hyster Sisters!! juniper has already given you some very good advice - a hysterectomy is major surgery, and isn't something that should ever be done unless and until you have tried all other alternatives that are viable for you, in your particular circumstances.

I've moved your post over here, to the Hysterectomy Options and Alternatives Forum, where you'll meet members who are researching ways to solve their medical problems without having to resort to a hyst.

I'd like to encourage you to do all the reading you can in the HS Resource Library. You'll find information about many alternative methods, and I hope that one of them will be right for you.

Unless you need to have a hysterectomy for a life-threatening reason, please take your time and look into all other possibilities first.

I hope you'll continue to read and to post any questions that you may have - we'll do our best to help.

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Unread 11-16-2004, 06:26 PM
I love my Gyno!!!

hey everyone! Just wanted to give you an update.....

got back from the doc today. we discussed all the issues, my age, should leave ovaries, pain, type and when or if should do.

Decided to do a couple months of bc pills since due to work, holidays, and a trip to WA to meet my bro when gets back from Iraq the soonest i'd be able to do it was Feb. Which bythen will have "tried" the pills and will have turned 30 so insures more likely to cooperate since have tried other options. i know i'm weird but cannot wait till Feb i'm so sick of this whole business and have only been putting up with the heavy stuff for about 6 months. I will have to have a abdom due to scar tissue from 2 previous c-section but not a big issue to me. Tried to talk him into a mini tummy tuck since down there anyways ! he said will see. I think i'm going to leave the overies not really interesed in menopause at 30. Does anyone know if you can guage severeity of meno syptoms by how your mom did?

any advise would be appreciated!


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