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Unread 08-15-2008, 07:32 PM
Considering hyst, but scared

Okay, I've had some history with moderate dysplasia and semi-heavy periods. But for the past 7 years my periods have gotten really heavy. Thank goodness I haven't had the pain a lot of others on the board have mentioned. I just get less sleep during that week and spend my days running to the bathroom every 1 1/2 - 2 hours to keep things in check. To top it off I'm exhausted for the weeks approaching and during my period. The doctors I've seen have said it's mild anemia. I'm anemic enough that I was turned away at the last blood drive for low iron.

So, I took the plunge and had ablation (NovaSure) done last October. I was so hopeful! But here it is, almost a year later, and my periods are just as bad and now last at least 2 days longer than before. Plus, it seems to show up when it wants to when I used to be very regular. It was a complete failure and I wish I hadn't gone through the discomfort for nothing.

I saw a new dr today and she said she wants to try a new medication that's taken only during the 3 super heavy days, even though she doubts it'll help. She also doesn't think an IUD will do me any good if NovaSure didn't work. So, I'm left with the option of a hyst. But that really scares me! I'm done having kids and have had a tubal, so it's not a fertility issue. Plus, she would leave my ovaries, so I'm not worried about hormone therapy.

I'm scared of recovery. I HATE coming out of sedation. And the gas they bloat you up with is really painful to get rid of. I guess I'm left wondering if it's worth it...? Right now, it's not "that time of the month", so it's really easy to talk myself out of it. But I know that my energy will plummet in a few more days and it'll hit me again and I'll be sitting here wishing they would just take the darn thing out.

So, for those sisters who've had a hyst in order to deal with really heavy bleeding...your 2 , was it worth it to you?
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Unread 08-15-2008, 07:58 PM
Considering hyst, but scared

Dear Sister,

I have had a partial hysto. 2 years ago. It was the best thing that I've ever done for myself. I had heavy periods as well and severe back and rib pain. Turns out i had 4 and 5 cm tumors. Now I am having a full hyst. on Aug 18th . The tumors are back and have taken over my ovaries.

I'm not sure how old you are, but I was 39 when I had my partial. I am now 42. I wish I would have had a FULL hysto. 2 years ago. Now I have to go back on the table. But like I said, the benefits are great. And as far as HRT, I'm not really worried about it. Plus I can suppliment with herbal.

Think about your quality of life versus being not happy and unconfortalbe. Weigh your options. And don't be scared to take risks
Unread 08-15-2008, 09:02 PM
Considering hyst, but scared

I had fibroids, heavy periods and pain, but had the hysterectomy because I also developed prolapse. Think of your worse times and keep them in mind. I found that exercise helped me with facing my hysterectomy. It helped my resolve in deciding it was a very good thing to do. I am very happy with the results.

Best wished to you - Joanne
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Unread 08-15-2008, 09:42 PM
Considering hyst, but scared


I went through an ablation in March, which didn't work.Then had TAH, kept ovaries, on July 9. After the ablation, the lady in red seemed to come back with a vengeance. I had missed two days a month from work because I got to the point where I had to be in the bathroom every half hour. I either had to do something about the situation or risk losing my job because of excessive absences (doesn't matter that I had 30 days sick time saved up).

I'm just now on my 6th week of post-op and I'm feeling rather well. The first week was the roughest but after that you feel better, for the most part, each day. I definitely don't regret my decision! If you decide to have the surgery, just think about no more periods....EVER!!!

Good luck in making your decision.
Unread 08-15-2008, 10:07 PM
Considering hyst, but scared

Well Wrldtravlr I think you came to the right place to find your answers. I hope you get some great feedback. I am having my LSH this Monday and super duper excited!! I have lived a life of bleeding and sick and tired of the mess, cramps and back aches!! GOOD RIDDENS ALWAYS OVERNIGHT PADS and SUPER PLUS TAMPONS!!!

I will take a day coming out of sedation anyday!! Hang in there and make a wise decision.. Talk to your Dr. about different kinds of hysto's... Recovery is "supposed" to be a lot milder with laparoscopic or Da Vinici Hysto.
Unread 08-16-2008, 06:05 PM
Considering hyst, but scared

Thanks so much for the support! I'm pretty darn sure I'll do it, just nervous. I took my canoe out today and had some quite time to not think for awhile. While I "wasn't" thinking, it occured to me that I would love to be out on the lake anytime I want. No period again...ever...would be SOOO nice!

I also talked to my mom & my grandma who have both had it done. Mom had a full, grandma a partial. Both were THRILLED with the results. As my mom said, she didn't know how bad she felt until she felt good.

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