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Weighing options regarding a possible hysterectomy

Hello, I have been told after years of having problems with ovarian cysts starting at a young age, endometriosis and after two children. I have been suffering from sever menstrual pain and have had heavy bleeding for almost two weeks at a time, often my bleeding is a different color. I have the Divinci available in my area, I am wondering what will I possibly be trading my pains and if it is worth it or just suffer for now. I am 38 years old and not wanting any further children so child bearing is not so important to me. Just looking for some guidance from people who have had the experiences.
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replied August 23rd, 2014
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Hi nicoleL123....I had my Hysterectomy at age 47 because of the same problems you are having...I have never looked back...My bleeding was so terrible that they had to build up my blood before surgery as I was anemic...My only regret is that I didn't have it done earlier...My best to you...

Caroline..
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replied August 24th, 2014
Thanks Caroline for the feedback!
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replied August 24th, 2014
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I personally regret having had a hysterectomy 8 years ago at age 49. For one, it aged me horrifically fast. I lost most of my hair and skin collagen / subcutaneous fat by 4 months post-op. My figure has changed even though I am underweight and weigh LESS than I did pre-op. This is because you lose your waist - the spine compresses and the rib cage falls - after the ligaments are severed to remove the uterus. I have absolutely NO libido and orgasms are fewer and disappointing compared to pre-surgery. And the other effects made me almost non-functional - SEVERE depression and anxiety, sleep deprivation, blurry vision, shakiness, horrible memory loss, cognition loss, muscle loss, etc etc. And I am on HRT.

Since the uterus and ovaries have non-reproductive LIFE-LONG functions, hysterectomy has a number of long-term adverse effects. It destroys pelvic integrity (bladder and bowel position and function, skeletal structure of spine, hips, rib cage). Ovary removal or post-hysterectomy ovarian failure (40% chance) has medically documented increased health risks as well as reduced quality of life. Hormone "replacement" cannot adequately make up for the hormones produced by our own bodies.

Do you realize that hysterectomy is not a cure for endometriosis? Endo implants grow throughout the pelvis so organ removal is not a cure. It would be a shame to lose your vital organs and still be left with pain.

And as far as robotics, there seem to be increased risks of surgical damage with that method (there are some posts on this forum from women suffering). And there have been reports that surgeons are not adequately trained as well as some shortcomings of the machine itself. So please please do your homework, not only about the robot but about the many functions of the female organs before making a treatment decision. Wishing you the best!
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replied August 25th, 2014
Thanks so much for the info! I am definitely doing my homework!
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