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Unread 04-29-2002, 06:08 AM
Hysterectomy or not to Hysterectomy?

Hello ladies,
Well, here's my problem/concern. I'm 48 years old and i'm still on my period from March 25th. I've gone to the doctor and put me on some hormone called Agestyn that's supposed to stop/slow down the bleeding. Well, it hasn't happened yet. I did stop for about 4 days then all of a sudden I'm bleeding again. I take this Agestyn once a day but I don't see any improvement. I'm supposed to take this for 45 days then go back to the doc for another biopsy. At the end of this time he should know more whether I will require a hysterectomy or not. This has been very frustrating for me and for my husband. I'm so tired of having to wear a pad. The doctor won't let me use tampons. I cramp alot so I take Motrin for that. Can anyone relate to this or give me some idea of what's going on with me and what I should expect. He also said I had simple Hyperplasia and that I shouldn't worry too much about that. That's easier said than done. Please let me know if there's hope for me.
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Unread 04-29-2002, 09:52 AM
Hysterectomy or not to Hysterectomy?

Hi, Deb Gardner,

I suffered from extremely heavy periods, which lasted for months at a time. I wore overnight pads all day every day, and still couldn't leave the house, because I soaked through the pads so quickly. I had to visit the ER for blood transfusions several times. This problem got worse every year.

My doctors prescribed Provera, and when that didn't help, they prescribed Aygestin. These are basically the same drug, and neither one helped me at all. When minor surgical treatments didn't help either, I begged for a hysterectomy.

I understand how frustrating it can be, when you try a drug and it doesn't seem to be helping.

It's important to remember that hysterectomy is major surgery, which requires six to eight weeks for initial recovery. Complete recovery from a hysterectomy takes six months to a year. Some women suffer complications. Hysterectomy is irreversible. For all of those reasons, I regard hysterectomy as a last resort, to be considered only if other options have been tried and failed.

To learn about other options, both medical and surgical, please visit the Hysterectomy Options and Alternatives forum.

If you don't feel that you want to continue the trial with Aygestin, please call your doctor and let him/her know that it's not helping.

I'd advise any woman who's considering a hysterectomy to get at least two medical opinions before making a decision. You're worth it.

Good luck with your decision.

Best wishes,

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