My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999 aged 72 and died shortly afterwards as it had spread. I went to my doctor and asked if I could have some sort of screening. Despite the fact there was no other family history of any type of cancer, my doctor agreed. So, each year I went for a CA125 blood test and an ultrasound scan (internal and/or external). They found that I had a cyst on one ovary but it was a normal cyst. So every year, I went and everything seemed fine and the cyst remained normal – but had grown over the last couple of years. No-one seemed concerned and thought it would go down as I am now post-menopause (59 now).
My experience began with a blood test as I was post menopause and started bleeding. The blood test had a high ca125 reading, never heard of this before but could be an indicator of ovarian cancer I was told. This was Xmas eve.
Went for different scans, tests and 3 months of waiting and was told I had a 16cm mass on ovary.
I had a very difficult birth with my only child 24 years ago, so when I first suspected I had a prolapse problem some 7 years ago, I hoped and hoped that it would just “go away”, hence the reason I lived with it for so long. I visited my GP 2 years after I realised things were not right. She diagnosed a bowel prolapse.
I had my total hysterectomy recently. As far as the hysterectomy is concerned all went really well. Op stayed keyhole as planned and I seemed to be doing well. That is until the morning after when they removed my catheter and I went for my first pee.
One of the most confusing things after a hysterectomy is how to handle strange or uncomfortable symptoms that persist – especially once you’ve been told you’re all healed up.
I have suffered from heavy periods all my life. A couple of years ago, as I reached 50, my periods became almost endless, flooding and very painful. After trying the pill, tranexamic acid, iron tablets and a host of other things, and having anaemia for months I opted for an ablation. The ablation failed and I was left with heavier bleeding and more pain.
Endometriosis is a female reproductive disease characterised by chronic pelvic pain, whether during menstrual cycles or sexual activities, as well as by irregular internal bleeding and infertility. Luckily, there are many ways to detect and treat it. More recently, however, interest in hormonal medications for endometriosis is rising. If you’re also one of those looking to treat the disorder through hormone-centred drugs, then below is a list of them for your convenience.
I am a worrier (a phrase that you will see later became relevant !) – it’s in my nature, so you can imagine what something as significant as a sub-total abdominal hysterectomy did to the worrying part of my brain.
Is your period coming on time but the flow is heavier than usual? You probably have menorrhagia. Read on to find out why this is so and what you can do about it. What is menorrhagia? Menorrhagia is a condition…
Hello, I thought I should write to you with my experience. I want to reach out to people such as me prior to their ops. Whether I would have read or thought twice then I do not know……but here goes…