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Unread 01-29-2008, 03:56 PM
Question - Too Young? (children mentioned) Too Young? (children mentioned)

I will be 22 in March. I have decided to have a hysterectomy after my doctor suggested it. I have endometreosis and its growing all over my nerves in my uteris. I have 2 kids and don't want anymore.
Do you think that 22 is to young to have one done? Whats the youngest age of you heard of this being done?
And also, how do you feel after you have one done? Is it any different. I have heard people getting depressed and not "feeling like a woman anymore". JW. Thanks .
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Unread 01-29-2008, 06:57 PM
Too Young? (children mentioned)



I am very sorry that you are needing to consider a hysterectomy at such a young age. Unfortunatley, there are several of us on the site who have had our hysterectomies in our 20's. I believe the youngest I remember was 17. I was 25 when I had my hysterectomy, retaining both of my ovaries, and I also had two children.

Our DNA makes us women, not our uterus or our ovaries. But some women feel very much as if there feminity is wrapped up in their uterus and/or ovaries. These women can find it very difficult, emotionally, to have a hysterctomy with and without an oophorectomy.

Others of us do not identify ourselves as much by our uterus and/or ovaries and we are not affected the same way. However, some women go into surgery emotionally okay and then find that during recovery the emotions are overwhelming regarding how they feel as a woman. As we cannot see into the future, there is no way to predict for sure how you will feel after surgery so I can't promise you that will not be affect emotionally. I can tell you that not having a uterus has not affected how I personally feel as a woman.

Six years after my hysterectomy I did experience grief over not being able to have more children. That blindsided me out of the blue! Emotions can be a tricky thing, throw in some hormones or take out some hormones, and we can find we feel things we never dreamed we would feel!

A hysterectomy is a major, irreversible surgery and it can affect us in many ways: physically, emotionally, and mentally. It is not a decision to be made lightly and all the pros and cons for you should be considered. As I suggested on another of your threads, consulting with an endometriosis specialist could be very valuable for you. You may even be able to avoid a hysterectomy and/or more endometriosis could be removed during surgery resulting in less chance of a recurrence.

A second opinion before any major surgery is wise as well. This can confirm you are doing the right thing or open up other avenues of treatment.

I wish you all the best for whatever you decide is right for you!
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Unread 01-29-2008, 08:23 PM
Too Young? (children mentioned)

Thank you so much for your reply. It really made me think. I was just wanting this done thinking it would cure it and I have heard that a hysterectomy doesn't always do so, but I guess I just kept pushing that out of the picture. I just have been in so much pain and doing treatments, that I know surgery is the only thing that would cure it. The doctor that did my Lap. did not remove any of the endo that he found. I don't know why and neither do the doctors I have now. THere is no endo specialist around where I live. I think the closes one is Chattonoga TN. So I am just going to go with the Presacrol Neuectomy. I didn't feel to good about that surgery at first. Everything I found on it did not explain awhole lot. But then I found out about this website and found out a lot on it. Thank you!

Oh yeah. I did the Lupron shots and was MISERABLE!!! and gained 30 pounds in one month and did not like how I felt. So after a hysterectomy some people feel how they felt when they were on LUpron? I don't remember If i saw that in another post or not.
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Unread 01-29-2008, 08:30 PM
Too Young? (children mentioned)

You're welcome!
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So after a hysterectomy some people feel how they felt when they were on LUpron?
I have read that some feel similar, some feel better, and some feel worse! There is really no way to know ahead of time how you will feel! Of course, if you retained your ovaries, as I did, then you would not experience surgical menopause -- if the ovaries keep working. You would need to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable doctor to see if an oophorectomy or no is best for you!

Best wishes for the PSN! I hope it helps!
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Unread 01-29-2008, 09:05 PM
Too Young? (children mentioned)

JW:

I'm sorry you find yourself at such a decision at this point in your life. Just my opinion, I think it would be worth it for your peace of mind to travel to see the endo specialist, just to hear all your options.

Whatever you decide, we're here to support you!
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Unread 01-29-2008, 09:11 PM
Too Young? (children mentioned)

Yeah, but this doctor I am seeing now deals alot with endo, but is not a specialist. He is probaly the next best thing to a specialist. I have seen a couple different doctors and they all pretty much said the same thing. I did the Lupron and my body just didn't accept it and it seems to have made everything worse. And I have done hormones and that doesn't work. I think if the first doctor would have removed what he found, I would be doing better.IDk. But thank you for your advise and support
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Unread 02-06-2008, 12:39 AM
Too Young? (children mentioned)

evil princass-

when you took lupron shots, did they give you add back therapy with ERT? My doc. said that is a better way to tell how you will do in surgical menopause. I took Lupron before and let me tell you it was awful! I was in my early 20's and I was severely depressed and didn't sleep for months. I did not have add back therapy, though.

Not sure if this helps but feel free to ask my questions if you think it will help.

Tera
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Unread 02-06-2008, 08:36 AM
Too Young? (children mentioned)

Tera
No I didn't have anything but hormones. My doctor wasn't a good doctor and told me to take the shots or nothing, so I took the shot and didn't like it at went to a second doctor that gave me hormones. Another reason why I didn't like the shot was bc my insurance didn't cover it and they were 900 dollars per shot.
I have made my surgery appointment for feb.18th for the PN! I am so nervous and excited.
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