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Unread 12-31-2007, 06:02 PM
why so many hysterectomies?

I took the pill for only about a year, and that was 20 years ago. I had a TAH/BSO because of a bunch of fibroids, pre-cancerous cells and endometriosis.

I think Tansie is right....not to mention that now we have the internet to talk about all these things and compare stories. There wasn't an outlet to talk about it years ago. Plus you are just extra aware of anyone in your similar situation.
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Unread 12-31-2007, 06:59 PM
why so many hysterectomies?

I can maybe be able to say that the pill did have something to do with mine.

When I was 15 I had my first child and went on the pill right after which led to break through bleeding with my periods.
I was given a new dose of the pill which worked but it was a very high dosage and I was on that for 8 yrs.

The time came to want another child I went off the pill and had a lot of problems with my periods and when I finally did get pregnant I miscarried.
After all of that my periods were extremely heavy with clots and pain that was like natural child labor.

I know my experience was not good after stopping the pill so I can see how it had a factor in my periods.

I agree some might be because we notice it more since we are going through this surgery but still so many women are going through it.
It would be interesting to see the stats.
Unread 12-31-2007, 08:46 PM
why so many hysterectomies?

Here is another point of view, one that until very recently I would not have thought would have come from me..... could it be, maybe, that the medical professionals have come to the conclusion, that we may know what's best for ourselves? I had to fight, argue, beg and plead for 6 yrs to get my hyster done, because of multiple monthly periods, very heavy bleeding w/clots of unnatural size, pain, and mood swings so bad my DH threatened to buy a tranquilizer gun. I feel very lucky to have found a Dr. that belived my very quality of life was at stake. Just another thought.......

Mary Kay
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Unread 12-31-2007, 09:17 PM
why so many hysterectomies?

Mine was due to pregnancy- (Placental site nodules/tumor) I did take the pill but think in my case, it was not because I took the pill. Infact, you can't have PST if you have never been pregnant. So I guess the pill would help avoid this particular diagnosis.
Unread 12-31-2007, 09:40 PM
why so many hysterectomies?

I've wondered this very same thing myself. I work in an office of 9 women. 2 of us have had hysters, 5 others are headed in that direction and are now working on non-hyster options. The remaining 2 are in their 20's (the rest of us are 40's - 50's). Fibroids are the culprits for 5 of us.

One thing we have in common are tubal ligations (5 of us) and birth control pills (2 of us).

Seems awfully coincidental.
Unread 12-31-2007, 10:12 PM
why so many hysterectomies?

I didnt take the pill till my symptoms started. but was on it or other hormones for 6 years . i do think there has to be some negative effect to long term use drs say no but its stoping the body from doing what it is naturaly supose to do just my two cents lol
Unread 12-31-2007, 10:32 PM
why so many hysterectomies?

Originally Posted by Guinee

One thing we have in common are tubal ligations (5 of us) and birth control pills (2 of us).

Seems awfully coincidental.
I had a tubal done back in 97' geesh one really has to wonder. Really I mean how much could our bodies take before it fights back, gives out or however you wanna look at it.

I also had depression and up and down moods like crazy but what man would be happy either. Bleeding all the time very heavy clots of blood coming out when you least expect it, sore breasts, swelling, cravings, body changes, and over all feeling like crap.

I had to use a tampon,pad,wear a depends and take so much midol my stomach hurt.

I feel Blessed at this point.
Unread 01-01-2008, 07:05 AM
why so many hysterectomies?

I had a tubal ligation in "97 after taken the pill for 20 yrs., I had hyster. due to fibroids endo. and cyst on ovaries, heavy bleeding TAH/BSO. It maybe too that we down put up with conditions that past generations did. We are of the if don't work get rid of it generation.
But from what I understand fibroids are due to excess estrogen why are our bodies over producing that hormone. what is the common trigger for that?
Many of you are right I wouldn't know about all the hysters. without this site.
Unread 01-01-2008, 07:59 AM
why so many hysterectomies?

I've wondered about fibroids and hormones. Until July of '07, I didn't even know I had fibroids and frankly, I'm still trying to figure out how I got to where I am today. Everything seems to have happened so fast with my body. I realize all of the symptoms were probably there for a long time, but didn't know anything was wrong until uncontrollable heavy bleeding started.

Looking back over the past year, I know that I've had a lot of stress. I've wondered if that could play a role in hormone production, as well as, food. After I found out I had fibroids, I eliminated dairy products from my diet, decreased amounts of coffee, caffeinated products, and tried to eat only meats that were labeled "hormone free". I felt better with those changes, but the fibroids were already there, so no improvement with the heavy bleeding.

I took progesterone to control the bleeding, and I felt unexplainably good while I was taking it. My overall mood improved, in fact, it was better than it had been in years; the stress and anxiety level I usually experienced was remarkably decreased. When I stopped taking the progesterone though, everything seemed to revert back.

These are just my thoughts and experiences. Who knows what the culprit(s) could be. Maybe someone will be able to connect all the dots one day...'cause, I surely would like to know and be able to understand it all!
Unread 01-01-2008, 08:03 AM
why so many hysterectomies?

There do seem to be a lot of hysterectomies going on these days, but it could be that there's no/not much of an increase and we're just hearing about them more because of mass media and the Internet. As for a lawsuit, even if there appeared to be something of a connection I doubt that you could ever make a case for it. The drug companies have mega-staffs of lawyers and they keep cases on the court dockets for years because it's cheaper than settling. Bad publicity sometimes forces them to come to trial, but most of the time they keep filing delay and other motions until the suers give up for lack of funds or a desire to continue.
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