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.
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.
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…
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. Having said that, I was relatively calm (for me) in the weeks leading up to the surgery. I’m not sure why; maybe because I knew it was needed.
To set the scene, I should explain two things – one, although I am only 52, my husband, in his sixties, lives with Alzheimer’s disease and, for myself, I have had some periods in life with quite serious mental illness, most notably a post puerperal psychosis following the birth of our son, now 16. These two things together meant that the time of my operation was never going to be easy.
I got married aged 22 and, like many couples, we hoped to start a family when we were settled. So after a few years on the pill we decided to try for a baby. After a couple of years I went to my GP because there was no hint of a pregnancy. Then followed several years of visits to the gynae clinic in my local hospital, undergoing tests and infertility treatment, including surgery to unblock my Fallopian tubes and to remove ovarian cysts.
Hi, I am a 55yr old woman who had been through peri-menopause and not had a period for 18mths. Then in the beginning of July 18 I noticed my breasts felt larger and really very sensitive. In August I had a period which I thought strange so went to GP.
I am 36 years old now and I was diagnosed with 2nd degree uterine prolapse 2.5 yrs ago. The Dr suggested I try pelvic floor exercise to make my muscles strong to avoid surgery at very young age. (I had 2 kids with vaginal delivery), so I learned pelvic floor exercise from pelvic floor physiotherapist and tried for almost 10 months but didn’t get any improvement in the prolapse. It might have been because my tissues were damaged while delivering a baby.
I was diagnosed with cervical cancer after a smear test showed abnormal cells. At a young sixty year old this came as a complete shock! I have always been fit and well. After various tests I was graded at stage 1b and told I would need a radical hysterectomy followed by possibly chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
I went through the menopause 15 years ago, and suddenly started to experience a very slight bloody discharge in the mornings when I relieved myself. I also experienced extreme exhaustion. I did not want to do anything, and had to drag myself out to work, and even to meet up with friends.