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Unread 06-05-2002, 05:52 PM
prolapsed uterus

well this is the first time I have ever posted on any kind of internet message board, so be gentle.
I am 24 and have always had problem periods. i started when i was 9 and they have always been very heavy, birth control pills at 15 helped a good bit until i had my first child at 19 then the bc pills didn't help too much, but then i had my second child 3 yrs later, after that they didn't help I was having periods every other week and i was also taking prescription meds to help with the bleeding. I finally talked my doc into doing a d&c that helped but i have just found out from a new Dr. that i have a prolapsed uterus, that is about 1 1/2 inches from coming out.(gross) she told me i need to have a hys. for me to just let her know when i am ready or when things start bothering me. well i have a high tolerance for pain but should I hurt? i feel uncomfortable trying to set my own hyst. according to pain. shouldn't she be doing tests for tumors and stuff? My mother and her family have always had cancers of some sort. i am afraid that someone will miss something if it is left up to me.
i need some advice. please!

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Unread 06-05-2002, 07:21 PM
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You did great posting! I'm so glad you found us...this is a wonderful place for information, support and hugs!!

Prolapse is a very common condition...there are several great sites about it. Try doing a search using our search engine (little purple button at the top right of each page) and you'll find many threads discussing it. Also check out our Pull Down menus on the home page.

Surgery is not the only option for prolapse, so please get at least a second opinion, if not a third or fourth! And also check out our forum Hysterectomy Alternatives & Options to see what others with prolapse are thinking.

You do need to get more information and research your condition, to be sure you are making the right decision for YOU. Take your time and do your homework. We'll all be here to help you every step of the way!!!

Unread 06-05-2002, 08:28 PM
prolapsed uterus

Hi Leslie,

Welcome to Hystersisters.

One site that has helpful information on prolapses is found here:

I agree with Karen, please seek out another opinion before deciding to have surgery. My doctor and I discussed several other ways that my prolapse might be fixed before we talked about surgery.

Please keep on reading and asking questions.


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Unread 06-05-2002, 09:38 PM
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thank you for your help. I thought that the hysterectomy was going to be a good idea because of the problems I have had in the past but, now I will start looking more into what I can do to hold off for a little while or atleast until my 2 year old son is more manageable. I forgot to post that I also had my tubes tied after the birth of my son. I didn't want anymore children.

thank yall,
Unread 06-05-2002, 10:09 PM
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Hi Leslie, I'm glad to see you are going to get another opinion and look at other options. I am much older, 45, and just had a hyst in February for a very severe prolapse. In my case things were "sticking out of me" . It was very uncomfortable. I really didn't have any choice because things were so far gone. I also had a cystocele and rectocele which required other repairs (this can often happen with a severe prolapse). You are very young to have to go through this surgery and, more to the point, surgical menopause. I was already there when it happened so for me it was a no brainer, but if you still have 1 1/2 inches to work with, you might have other options for dealing with the prolapse to either postpone the surgery until you are older or maybe even avoid it altogether. Again, especially since you don't want any more children, the surgery isn't the big deal, it's the surgical menopause that follows. For some sisters it's very straightforward; just slap on an estrogen patch and they're good to go. Others struggle for a long time to achieve hormonal "balance". You have the opportunity to avoid this or postpone it until you're more ready. If you explore all your options and then decide to go ahead with the surgery, it will be an informed decision and you will feel much better about going through with it than if you rush into it now. And you're right, it would be very difficult to manage a two year old during your recovery from the surgery. It's been done, but if you have a choice, you're better off waiting until your kids can help take care of YOU. Whatever you decide, good luck, and don't forget you can always get support here when you need it!
Unread 06-05-2002, 10:44 PM
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Hi Leslie. I agree that you should seek out alternative treatments. A hysterectomy is major surgery and should only be used as a last resort at any age, in my opinion. I also have a 2-year-old child, and it's not going to be a picnic trying to recover with the little whirlwind running around, but I'm at the point where I don't have any other alternatives. Good luck to you sister. I hope you find the treatment that's right for you. Big hugs...
Unread 06-06-2002, 12:05 AM
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I think we all can relate to your concerns. I am 31 years old and have children from a previous marriage. I remarried a man 6 years my junior. He has no children of his own. We celebrated our 1 year anniversary in March and I was diagnosed with uterine prolapse in April.

My pain and bleeding had gotten to the point that I could not function at work or at home. I was so worried about my new husband losing out on having a child of his own that I put my health on the back burner.

You will know when the time is right for you. Explore all your options and make an educated decision. As stated in a previous posting, there are alternatives to the hysterectomy. It's just up to you and your doctor to determine what is best for you.

I am 2 and 1/2 weeks post op and other than some hormonal fluctuations (which I had pre-op), I am ready to take on the world. I knew that I was sick, but didn't realize how sick this condition had made me. Like I said, you know you own body better than anyone. Do some readings on your options and you'll know when the time and choice are right.

Lots of hugs...
Unread 06-06-2002, 01:26 AM
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Hi hon - i too have prolapse, just diagnosed in april. I am set to have a hyster on 6.18.02

doc also thinks i may have adenomyosis and tipped uterus, onto my bowels specifically. My symptoms are cramping all month long, normal length periods but fluctuates greatly between heavy blood and clots... Also i am terribly constipated, so much so i can't even pass gas, despite taking metamucil and colace for the past 3 months...

ALso, i always had heavy periods but only painful for 1 day. After kids it has become intolerable... My boys are only one and two and i can't hardly get around to care for them, i live on my heating pad.

I basically decided, even tho my uterus may not be 'diseased' it is causing me great discomfort that i do not want to live one more minute with. I too will be having no more children and i just want the resolution with the best results.

The decision is totally yours.

i wish u good luck and godspeed in finding the right answer for U!

take care
Unread 06-07-2002, 08:29 AM
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Thank all of you for your advice.

I have been looking and asking around for a good Dr. to give me a second opinion.
I am just hoping that if I don't have the hyst. that whatever is done that I will feel more energy and not any discomfort. Just the past few days I have been very constipated and having some really weird stuff go on down below dealing with it because the laxatives arent helping.
I have been enjoying reading all the posts on this site and am very thankful for everyone out there that seems to care for one another.

Thank yall,

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