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How long did you wait and what made you decide? How long did you wait and what made you decide?

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Unread 12-17-2005, 08:15 PM
How long did you wait and what made you decide?

I waited about 17 years after hyst. was first recommended for heavy menstral bleeding. Two D&C's did not help. I got a second opinion from a teaching hospital and they said that I had other avenues of relief yet to try. I decided I could live with the problems I had. I was still in my childbearing years and wasn't ready to say I was through having children. I now have a large growing fibroid (biopsy revealed it was benign) and very heavy, clot-filled periods. I've had a bout with anemia but it is now under control. My periods are interfering with my life and are becoming closer together. I am entering menopause and I no longer see the point to keeping my disfunctioning uterus. So, it is time.
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Unread 12-17-2005, 08:40 PM
How long did you wait and what made you decide?

I was told I had Cervical Cancer so I had no choice...get it all and get it out FAST! Thats what they did and thank God they got every bit of it! I am 32 and was done with children with my tubes burned and why not. I feel it was the best hing fo me. I still have overies so we may have to watch them but as of now things are going good and I am recovering well!
Best wishes and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Unread 12-18-2005, 10:27 AM
A No Brainer for Me

For me, it was a matter of finding the right doctor. My periods have ruled my life since I was a teenager. I have had to plan my life around them and I have been fed up with it for years. I have been begging for relief from this misery for a long time, but wasn't able to find a doctor who took it seriously enough to think a hysterectomy was warranted. Most wanted to try hormone treatments, but because I have a family history of breast cancer and my own problems with depression and bipolar disorder and migraines, I wanted to stay away from hormonal treatments. D & C's didn't work in the long term. I've been ready, and now the time has come. I can't wait for the freedom!
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Unread 12-18-2005, 10:55 AM
How long did you wait and what made you decide?

Unlike most on this site, I did not really have any pain or symptoms of my ever growing melon-size fibroid. Just bad period pain for 24 hrs prior. No major bledding or anything else, but after I saw part of it on the sonogram (it was too big to get a good look), I wanted it out. The thought of something that large growing inside me without me being really aware of it was scary. My dr. discovered fibroid on 10/18 and surgery was 11/17. I'm glad I didn't wait because it turned out to be much bigger and more involved than either one of us expected. If I had waited I can't imagine how bad it would have been to get it out.

Everyone of of us has to make our own decisions about surgery (which I took very seriously) and with your dr and your family, you'll make the right decision for you.

Good luck.
Unread 12-18-2005, 11:15 AM
How long did you wait and what made you decide?

I was told 20 years ago that I should have a hysterectomy. Then about 10 years ago, when I was 48, I was told since menopause was just around the corner, maybe I should tough it out a little longer, that after menopause the fibroids would shrink. Well, I'm 58 and menopause hasn't arrived yet, but the fibroids and the symptoms just keep getting worse. Finally, my gyn doc (the one who kept trying to talk me out of it) and I decided enough is enough. I was scheduled for a TAH Dec 13 but it has been postponed because of an abnormal EKG. But I am determined to go thru with it and to get my life back. My only regret is that I wasted so much of my life already. Good luck to you in making your decision.
Unread 12-18-2005, 11:33 AM
How long did you wait and what made you decide?

I guess my symptoms started about 2years after the birth of my dd in 1999. My periods started getting heavier. I thought I could live with it. Then over the last two years my periods became even heavier with large clots and happening every 2 1/2 weeks. I hated going to work because I was scared I would soil my linen when I would stand up from a sit down job. Grrr! My periods were taking over my life. I didn't want to go any where for the first week of my period. My kids were always asking why I didn't want to swim, etc....It was horrible. I was scared to have the surgery but, I am so happy now that I had this surgery. I can have fun again. It took me two years to decide to have my TAH. Any way, I am much happier person now.

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