I’m not really sure where to start. Probably because I never thought I’d ever be in the situation of losing my womb. However I felt I need to give some insight, into what it feels like having a hysterectomy at 27. And not just a hysterectomy, but an unplanned, life-changing hysterectomy, that I had absolutely no control over.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common bowel condition that can affect up to a quarter of the population — and is twice as prevalent in women than men. In addition to the many women who already have IBS prior to surgery, 3% of women develop it after their hysterectomy, according to a 2008 study. Common symptoms are abdominal pain, diarrhoea and/or constipation, and bloating, which is often reported as the most troublesome aspect of the disorder.
I discovered I had troublesome fibroids about 16 years ago, I was 36 at the time. The first one was large and causing some very heavy bleeding. My gynaecologist at the time suggested a hysterectomy as I already had my children, I felt hysterectomy was a very drastic measure at 36 and went on a waiting list for a new non invasive surgery called fibroid embolisation.
Endometriosis is a common disease of the reproductive system, affecting 1 in 10 women. It is a long-term chronic condition in which tissue that is similar to the tissue lining the uterus begins to grow outside of it, in places where it should not be. These places include the ovaries, fallopian tubes, stomach, bladder, bowel and more.
On the 23rd June I will be raising money for the Hysterectomy Association by taking part in the open water swimming event, the Great East Swim, at Alton Water in Sussex. If you would like to sponsor me please visit my just giving site www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/louise-richardson-3; and remember, every £1 really does makes such a difference.
Whilst showering one evening, I was washing ‘down below’ and realized that what I was feeling was my cervix literally popping out! I realized that my uterus had prolapsed and once out of the shower, I called a friend who is a female GP. She agreed with me that my uterus had prolapsed, that I needed to see her for confirmation at what degree my uterus had prolapsed and suggested that I lie down and push it back in. I did so and spent the rest of the evening lying in my bed.
Period pain can be a total nightmare when the time of the month comes round and it would be great if we could just wave goodbye to painful periods. They’re so common that most women don’t seek treatment – it’s just part of being a woman. However there are ways to improve the situation, starting with a healthy diet. According to research, women with very painful periods have more inflammatory prostaglandins, which cause pain. So if you focus on consuming foods that reduce inflammation, this can reduce the pain.
I’m writing this for all the women out there who are facing the prospect of a hysterectomy because this is my hysterectomy resurrection story. Maybe you feel scared of the unknown. Maybe you’ve read some crazy horror stories about the procedure. Maybe (like it was with me) it’s your first ever operation and you’re absolutely petrified. I’m writing this for anyone who has any fears at all because I want to tell you all that it will be ok and will much more than likely not be as bad as you think. It’s difficult to know how to begin my story, other than to marvel on what an incredible journey it’s been. A journey with lots of ups and downs, highs and lows, but one that – no matter how hard and testing – has all been worth it…
There was a time 5 or so years ago when I was having such heavy and irregular periods that I’d have happily signed up for a hysterectomy. In the end it took an unplanned pregnancy and complication to bring me to this point. I have two amazing kids aged 13 and 9, so my family was complete I was content. However the decision was taken to have an ablation and coil. After issues with the coil I had it removed but my heaver irregular periods had gone just with the ablation.
Everyone knows that hot flushes are a symptom of the menopause and that HRT is a good way of dealing with them, but when I started the menopause I was completely unprepared for it. I tried various ways of dealing with it and found that worrying about hot flushes made them much worse, whereas positive thinking and meditation were the best way for me to deal with them. I needed to find a more positive approach to dealing with menopausal symptoms.