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Quick, But Informed Decision Needed About Keeping Ovaries Quick, But Informed Decision Needed About Keeping Ovaries

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Unread 04-14-2002, 04:20 AM
Quick, But Informed Decision Needed About Keeping Ovaries

Hi Cindy

It's your body and your decision. If you're not 100% sure that this is what you want to do, cancel the surgery. It's better to cancel now than regret it later. That's not to say that with your next round of flooding and clots you won't also have regrets.

I am not familiar with the two books or the author you mention. You say you trust your DR, yet you are letting an author who appears to be anti hyst cause you to question your DR's judgement. What is her (the author's) qualifications? Does she have your best interests at heart, like your DR should, or is she interested in selling books and winning converts to her view?

I am on Estrace 1mg/day. I didn't have a baseline for my hormones. My system was so out of whack by the time I needed surgery (my periods were irregular from day one, the last couple of years I was on provera to try to control the bleeding caused by the fibroids) that it would have been meaningless. I am almost 10 weeks post and have had no problems with hot flashes, insomnia, or emotions. My DH has remarked how even tempered I have become (I was the wicked witch with PMS). Yes, every person is different and each person's reaction to HRT is different.

Estrogen does seem to cause fibroids to grow, but little is know about what actually causes them. There is no guarantee that menopause will shrink them.

From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
"Uterine fibroids are benign growths that occur quite often in women. About one in four or five women over the age of 35 has them. Firboids may cause no symptoms and require no treatment. If you have uterine fibroids or have had them in the past, you should be checked by your doctor on a regular basis. Getting regular checkups and being alert to warning signs will help you be aware of changes that may require treatment".

Signs and symptoms that may signal the need for treatment
* Heavy or painful menstrual periods
* Bleeding between periods
* Uncertainty whether the growth is a fibroid or another type of tumor, such as an ovarian tumor.
* Rapid increase in growth of the fibroid
* Infertility
* Pelvic pain

Treatment may include myomectomy, hysterectomy, or drug therapy.

Have you also checked out the board Hysterectomy Options and Alternatives? The ladies there may be able to help with with your quest.

Good luck with your journey
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Unread 04-19-2002, 05:03 PM
update - pls send kind healing thoughts my way

Sisters, I'm afraid. I was scheduled for a TVH today and it was canceled because I had a bad case of influenza. I called my DR today (I canceled on Monday) to tell her that I think I have a cervical infection or something because I was discharging copious amounts of relatively clear (plasma?) fluid, but occasionally I had some icky discharge that was yellow & blood tinged. She said she should culture me. So I went in this afternoon. I have a prolapsed fibroid (it was submucosal) and it grew its way through my uterine wall and pushed through to be hanging (it wasn't pendunculated before!) in my vagina. It's about 5 cm. Plus I have others in my uterus. Unless they try to escape, too. YUCH! She said it's dead and decaying and full of infection (and judging by the odor in her office, I know she's right about that). So now I'm scheduled (residual cough and all) for a TVH tomorrow mornning. She was worried that I could development a more systemic infection.

Does anyone have any reassuring words for me? I'm afraid that I'm going to die. I know that it's a common fear, and all, but I am still afraid.

Please say a little prayer for me. Thank you.

TVH scheduled for 8:00 CST on 4/20/02
Unread 04-19-2002, 06:09 PM
I said a prayer for You


I just said a prayer for you. Just remember one thing, no matter where you are or who you are with. God knows what you are thinking, you don't have to do anything fancy, He can read your mind and it certainly makes His day when you tell Him that you Love Him. I know that that brings me comfort!!! I am not trying to be preachy, I felt extremely compelled to tell you this, because you will need to be as relaxed as you possibly can be. May God Bless you and Comfort you, In Jesus Name! Amen.
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Unread 04-19-2002, 07:20 PM
Quick, But Informed Decision Needed About Keeping Ovaries


Thank you. I was born again June 23, 2001 & believe me I related to everything you said. Thank you for your prayer and kind words. God Bless you, too.


Unread 04-19-2002, 10:59 PM
Quick, But Informed Decision Needed About Keeping Ovaries


What a beautiful post Tilos sent you. I, too, have said a prayer for you. I have prayed for you to have confidence and peace of mind as you enter surgery, for the skillful hands of your doctors, that the infection will be controlled, and that you have a restful recovery.

Will be thinking of you tomorrow. Take care

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