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Unread 08-25-2001, 07:32 PM
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I am 30 years old and the mother of two young children.. I had a pelvic exam last week and was told that my uterus/cervix has now fallen down into the vaginal wall.. As the exam went along he said and I felt him moving it back and forth. He told me he could fix it by either taking it out or sewing me back for more support. He also gave me the choice of taking the pill and hoping that the pill can control some of my pain that I am always feeling whether it is around my period time or not. I have many other symptoms as well.. My husband wants me to try the pill therapy before I consider any surgery, but the pain is getting to the point of not handling it well. I was put on Sarafem to control mood swings during the time of my periods. My questions are to anyone who has had the surgery should I go ahead and make the choice to get it over with and how safe is it for a young women? I believe my ovaries and tubes are still ok, I am not quite sure because I have had no ultrasound yet. (I just found out what was wrong). I always wondered why I felt something wanting to fall out of me. (not meant to be graphic) I am also curious about my hormones if I was to have a total hyst.? Would I have to be put on hormone therapy drugs for the rest of my life because of my age? Alot to think about when it comes to your body. But also good to think about feeling good again and enjoying what you once liked to do only it being pain free!!! thanks for listening...... db
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Unread 08-25-2001, 07:45 PM
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Dear db,

Welcome to HysterSisters Here is a website that addresses prolapse (fallen uterus): http://pages.prodigy.com/prolapse.html/

I was also a prolapse victim (at age 42). I got 3 different medical opinions, and my options were: 1) wear a pessary to hold the uterus up; 2) have abdominal surgery to resuspend the surgery; 3) have a vaginal hyst, removing only the uterus & cervix; 4) do nothing.

If your ovaries are healthy & you have no family history of ovarian cancer, you should consider keeping the ovaries. They contribute to your general well-being, putting out good stuff for your eyes, skin, heart, bones etc. even after menopause.

This is major surgery, and it would be in your best interests to get 2 or 3 medical opinions. My doc #2 had much more cutting & pasting in mind than doc #3 (my eventual surgeon).

Get smart about your symptoms & your options, and make the best choice for YOU.

Sending huge cyberhugs
Unread 08-27-2001, 08:46 AM
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I agree with Twyla, and urge you to get a second opinion, and to research all our options. This is MAJOR surgery, and there are no "do-over's".

If you do decide that they hysterectomy is your best option, I would definitely look into keeping your ovaries. I had a hysterectomy a year ago, and because mine were healthy, I was able to keep them. I was VERY glad, because I was only 28, and didn't really want to have to take hormones yet!

This is YOUR body, and YOUR decision, so please take the time to discuss all options with your doctor, get a second opinion, and make the best decision for you.

Good luck, and keep us posted!

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