Hysterectomy Experiences 11

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Thank you to all who share their stories here so
that others may learn, and others may not feel alone.

Thanks to Oni for sharing the letter she wrote to the doctor who performed her hysterectomy,
below, it is an eloquent gut wrenching truth of how hysterectomy effected
her sexuality and undoubtedly shared by many women.

Oni says: "I just want to help woman to PREVENT it from happening to them,
make sure they are aware, and don't let doctors just take out the sexual
nerve center of their bodies...Here's the letter to the GYN..."

Dear Dr. G

I am writing to inform you that instead of raising all hell in your office
and embarrassing you and myself, I decided to share with you the reason that I have
never returned to your care and also to share with you
information that may help you help your other patients in the future.

After you removed my uterus in 1999 due to non-cancerous fibroids at the cost of
$7,474.00, at my aftercare visit I told you that I havenít been able to achieve
internal orgasms anymore, and you laughed and said it was all in my head,
that it would pass. Well, since that time I knew it was all in your head,
and I was very offended that you didnít take me seriously. So I never returned.

Not only that, I am also incontinent and canít hold my urine ever since the operation,
and have been forced to wear Poise or Depend pads ever since.

Lack of internal orgasms and becoming incontinent are not listed side effects in the
information you have on hysterectomy from the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists brochure I obtained in your office. Had I know these side effect existed,
I would have never allowed you to remove my uterus and would have insisted on a alternative
method of surgery, biopsy the fibroid or sought out
another doctor for a myomectomy, leaving the stem of my uterus intact.

Finally, after 5 years of not being able to have a internal orgasm with my husband,
like I use to when we made love with me on top of him, and his penis was able to
touch the stem or entrance of my uterus which always resulted in orgasms,
when I recently saw on ABC TVís 20/20 a program called "Sexless After Surgery"
that addressed the same issue I raised with you almost five years ago!
It confirmed my problem, and to know I am not alone was a great relief.
However, I have been totally depressed ever since, knowing that I can never
have the operation reversed and Iíve been sexually castrated!

I have enclosed a transcript for you in this envelope with information on the program,
just in case you missed it. I also contacted HERS Foundation which gave me the
counseling I needed and found out the truth about the sexual side effects of
hysterectomy. You didnít have to remove the whole of my uterus, you could have left
the nerve stem that led to my vagina so it would allow me to continue to
achieve orgasm. Many doctors are sensitive and aware of the delicate nature of a
womanís uterus, itís the core and central nerve center of a womanís sexuality
and enables them to have a healthy sex life and achieve
powerful, dynamic, satisfying internal orgasms!

Case in point; a friend of mine had a total removal of her ovaries and uterus,
by Dr. W of ____ Hospital and she told her she would leave a little something that
would allow her to enjoy sex, Dr. W. knew what she was doing. Also, Dr. G. of ....
Hospital, who was mentioned on the TV show, he also knows how to keep this sensitive
sexual area of womanís uterus intact and take the time to cut out the fibroids,
instead of totally removing the uterus. The cost is less, it may be more
complicated than a total removalÖbut everyone knows that money
is a major factor for so many unnecessary/uncaring hysterectomies.

I really wanted to attack you and expose you in a negative way to as many people
I knew would listen, but instead I turned to prayer, I need to believe that
you wouldnít knowingly cause me any harm. I continue to pray that it's true,
since you have been in the business of helping woman for many
years, and hopefully have helped many more than youíve harmed.

Most woman are afraid to even talk about itÖbut not meÖI will talk and warn as
many woman as possible to the side effects that medical manuals or money hungry,
uneducated doctors donít bother to share, with many woman who may need the
surgery, instead they tell them...you're not having any more children...just take it all out!.

I requested my records from you so I can find another GYN, who is sensitive and
understands a womanís sexual anatomy. I realize you can only do what you were taught
and I must move on despite the great depression I feel in
my soul everyday, just thinking about the whole ordeal.

I hope you will look into the www.HERSFoundation.org and maybe find time in your
schedule to attend the upcoming conference in New York. If you donít already know,
you really need to learn more about the trauma and problems that total removal
of the uterus can cause for many woman. I hope you will learn from other doctors
on how to remove fibroids without removing the nerve
endings of the uterus that leads to the vagina.

We are never too old to learn Dr. G. and many times, common sense is beneficial
over book sense. Please think about what you are doing in your many surgeries
and leave that "little something" for woman who deserve to have a healthy sex life.

Thank you again Oni! Your letter should be required reading for every medical student!

If you'd like to contact Oni you may do so at:

1.) What was the reason for your hysterectomy?
(endo, fibroids, cancer, etc.)

**Endometriosis was my main problem, I also had cysts and a little tumor--
I had been battling this since I was 16 years old and I am now as of 6/03--29 years old

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what to expect after surgery
and what the long term effects might be by your doctor?

**My doctor was very thorough. I had seen my dr. after I was misdiagnosed
from my gynecologist after having a laparo. and laparotomy--Dr. Harman
is a pelvic pain specialist at Morgantown, WV. I was seeing him until I
moved away from this area in 1995. When I returned to the area in 1999 I
started going back to him. After reading my chart from my old ob/gyn
that I had in Kentucky he put me on Lupron. After 6 months of Lupron and
other various drugs, nothing seemed to be working.

The summer of 2000 I ended up losing a baby due to a miscarriage. I then
went back on Lupron and after a few months of being off of the Lupron,
he did an ultra sound and found masses on my ovaries, cervix and uterus.
We knew then that having another baby would be almost impossible.
My uterus was so thin and I had a very hard pregnancy with my daughter.
I was bed rest most of my pregnancy. He told me he would try to save
the ovaries but he said with the Endo, no matter what he took out, it
would or could grow back, but the pain wouldn't be anything like it
was previously. He was so very right. Physically I am doing WONDERFULLY,
it is the MENTAL part that I am having a hard time with.

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your
information on hysterectomy?

**I still did my own research on the net and from reading books.

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?

**Yes, I went on the pill when I was 16 due to having a period for about
28 days. I have been off and on them since then. I stopped taking
them in between the Lupron shots and close to my hysterectomy surgery.

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?

**both

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with
reproductive diseases?

**Yes, aunts, cousin, and mother

7.)How long has it been since your surgery?

**2 year 2 months since the vaginal hyst. But it has been 7 months since
I lost my left ovary/tube and had my bladder fixed and bowels reconstructed.

8.)What problems are you experiencing?

**Bladder didn't heal right from last surgery I am taking Detrol LA,
I was diagnosed as a manic depressant and I am taking Wellbutrin SR
for it. I am currently taking Testosterone Cream
due to none showing up in my blood work.

9.)What if anything has made them better?

**Wellbutrin is a lifesaver, the detrol helps somewhat.

10.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse that did not treat
you with respect in regard to your difficulties?

**no

11.)Anything else you need or want to share??

**If there are any books out there that focus on young woman who have
undergone somewhat the same thing. I have read books but most of them are
geared to older woman. If anyone knows of any books
that would be helpful, please let me know.

1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?

**Endometriosis and a huge recurrent cysts on
my ovary (baseball sized)

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what to
expect after surgery and what the long term effects
might be on your health by your doctor?

**Somewhat. Not about long term effects.

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your
information on hysterectomy?

**Loads of research online.

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?

**Yes, to try to regulate my erratic periods. I wasn't
on them for very long because of the negative effects.

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?

**Pads. I tried tampons but they were too
painful because of endo.

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with reproductive diseases?

**Yes, my mom had a hysterectomy because of cysts also.

7.)Are you a DES daughter?

**I don't know what that means?

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?

*4 years ago.

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?

**I had uterus and part of one ovary removed.

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?

**Pain in groin again like when I had cysts/endo.
My thyroid is under active (diagnosed hypothyroid last
week), also fibromyalgia and extreme fatigue.

11.)What if anything has made them better?

**Nothing except pain meds.

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse that
did not treat you with respect in regard to your difficulties?

**Yes, years ago when I was in my early 20's I knew I
had endometriosis. I was told "it's probably nothing
serious." by my gynecologist. He then proceeded to
do a "test" for endometriosis, (several biopsies of
my uterus, done there in the office with no anesthetic.
He just went in there and started chopping away.)
He claimed by looking at samples of my uterus he
could tell I had no cancer and no endometriosis.
I later found out that's not the normal test to
diagnose endo. Later i found a sympathetic Dr. who
did a laparascopic surgery and found (SURPRISE) the
endometriosis I was suffering from. Later a different
Dr. gave me a hysterectomy when the endo and
cysts came back.

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone replacement therapy?

**Yes, I'm taking Premarin. I'm also on
Synthroid for my thyroid.

14.)How are you feeling currently?

**Horrible. I've gained near a hundred pounds. I
am constantly fatigued. Have to take 2 hour naps
almost daily. Fortunately I don't have to work and
have an understanding husband. I homeschool our 12
year old daughter but it's all I can do to do that.
Some days all I can do is lay on the couch.

15.)Anything else you need or want to share?

**I've just begun treatment on Synthroid for my
thyroid (3 weeks ago), and I'm sincerely hoping it
will correct my body and I'll begin to feel better,
and maybe lose some weight. I really can't exercise
much when I'm this fatigued. I've been forcing
myself to walk, but it's extremely difficult
especially in the energy sapping heat and humidity
of the South, where I live. If I overdo it, I will
be laid out for a few days recuperating.

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1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?(endo,fibroids,etc.)

**Stage IV Endometriosis, Fibroid Tumors, Cul-de-sac obliteration and nodules

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what to expect after surgery
and what the long term effects might be on your health by your doctor?

**Yes, he required me to have two pre-consultation appointments
to go over the effects, what to expect, etc.

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your information on hysterectomy?

**Mostly from my Physician, and from the Hysterectomy Support Society

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime? If yes for how long total?
At what age did you start using them?

**Started at age 16- 21.

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?

**Both- but the majority of the time, pads.

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with reproductive diseases?

**None

7.) Are you a DES daughter?

**No

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?

**Close to a month

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?

**Yes

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?

**Hot flushes

11.)What if anything has made them better?

**A fan at night and AC!

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse that did not treat you
with respect in regard to your difficulties?

**I have been extremely fortunate. All of the medical
professionals have been extremely warm and caring.

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone replacement therapy?

**None, not permitted to for 6 months after my SAH/BSO.

14.)How are you feeling currently?

**Wonderful! It is so nice not to be in constant pain.

15.)Anything else you need or want to share??

**I would like to recommend that women who are contemplating a
Hysterectomy find a Surgeon who they feel comfortable with. It helps so
much when you feel comfortable with the Medical staff.

If you'd like to leave your email address for other women
to be able to contact you, please add it here:

1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?(endo,fibroids,etc.)

**endometriosis

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what to expect after surgery and
what the long term effects might be on your health by your doctor?

**no 3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your information on hysterectomy?

**doctor

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?

**yes, off and on since I was 11

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?

**yes

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with reproductive diseases?

**don't know

7.)Are you a DES daughter?

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?

almost 4 months

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?

**yes

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?

**pain during intercourse and bleeding afterwards
also problems controlling by bladder

11.)What if anything has made them better?

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse that did not
treat you with respect in regard to your difficulties?

**yes, and I explained some of it below

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone replacement therapy?

**Yes, the patch Clamaria

14.)How are you feeling currently?

**I have started feeling very exhausted again, confused about the pain,
scared to call the doctor and frustrated.

15.)Anything else you need or want to share?

**no

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A very special letter from Judy

Women must not be scared by Judy's experience but women must know of the
possibilities and go into hysterectomy fully aware of the potential risks and long term effects.

I can't begin to explain what I feel at this moment. I bought your book "Misinformed Consent"
this past Friday. I was visiting a major center and found myself at a Chapters.
I did not have anything specific in mind. I was walking through the store when
your book just stood out. I dared to pick it up and read a few passages. I had to buy it.

(I did explain that I could not take credit for
Misinformed Consent but was one of the contributors.)

You can read more about Misinformed Consent and order it here:

Misinformed Consent

I to went through an hysterectomy. It was in 1993, I was 37. Already 10 years has gone
by and still to this day I live in the hope that I will someday regain "myself",
for lack of words to explain how I feel.

I have gradually improved over the 10 years. I am still struggling with many
permanent losses. I have many weird symptoms for which my doctor can only think
of prescribing nerve pills. I will not take them. I know the difference between pain
and no pain. I know I am not depressed. When I am in great pain I do get depressed,
even suicidal, but there is a difference. I insist
that we need to find what is causing the pain.

I appreciated your book because it validated what I
have experienced and the symptoms I live with.

It took over three years to get use to the "new me". Every time I mentioned my not
feeling myself to a health professional, I was told that an hysterectomy does not
change a woman. It changed me. Now I live a new life with the new me. I feel like
a chunk of me was removed. It did change me.

(Indeed Judy! Hysterectomy has changed many of us!)

My story is a nightmarish one as well. I was given a hysterectomy because of very heavy
bleeding caused by a large fibroid (to name but one symptom). I ended up with a torn
bladder. Apparently the fibroid had gotten so heavy that the bladder and uterus had
fused. After the hysterectomy I ended up with a vaginal fistula. I wore a
catheter and diapers for three months before a urologist could attempt to
fix me up. During that time I got many infections, bladder spams and pain,
I looked and moved as a 110 year old woman would.

The fistula and bladder repair reopened partly after a few weeks post bladder repair
and three months after that a team of specialist were succesful in repairing it.
Again I suffered from bladder infections in between surgeries, as well as after
the last surgery since I have had to take so many antibiotics.

I was finally diagnosed with IC in 1999, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome two years
ago. When sick, I am mostly in pain and washed out. It takes weeks to recuperate
from a flare up or an infection. I have episodes of inflammation which does not only
affect my bladder but my whole body.

I have muscle and bone pain constantly but at times I have such flare ups I could
die. The IC pain is off the chart. My body aches when my husband puts his arms around
me even. How can I explain this to a doctor? How can I explain this to my husband?
Exercise does not make this pain worse, but I feel slow
and heavy. Whole body stiffness is a reality of every day.

My head is foggy. I have holes in my memory. I know I forget things. People around me
know I forget things. Some long term memory is gone. The biggest problem is short
term memory. I cannot trust it at all. I leave notes for myself. Mostly I accept
the fact that I cannot function as I use to. Otherwise, it stresses me too
much. I have improved somewhat from concentration problems, but still
I cannot handle the amount of reading and thinking I use to.

Emotionally I am always the same, no ups no downs. But there is something to
mention. I cannot watch the news I get too emotional. I cannot watch movies with
suspense without leaving the room when the suspense rises. I feel violence being
done to me when I see someone threatening someone on TV, be it verbally or with a
weapon no matter how little. It is like there is a threshold for tolerance and
mine is so low. This is the same for real life. I have become an emotional handicap.
This is my term to describe me. This is no small thing. It cost me the respect
of my community and the loss of my profession. I was a social worker before all of
this. Details of this part I'll leave out. I am still trying to come to terms with this.

I still have my ovaries but my libido is different. Response is different.

I have little energy. I do as much as I can each day, but it is not with energy.
I have to rest often when doing house work.

Two years ago my legs started to retain water. I have gained weight. My appetite
is greater or something. As well, because I have low energy I burn fewer calories.
I have had some hot flashes. Gentle enough though. I have my heart that palpates at
times. For no apparent reasons.

I sleep well. Always grateful for the end of the day.

My immune system is low. I catch everything that goes by. I seldom have a week that
I'm not sick. A cold, a flu, bladder infections, inflammation here, there, everywhere.

I have episodes where my bladder simply has no retention. Then I'm ok for a
long time. Then it starts again. I never know when, where it will happen.

Since the surgeries I have lost the ability to know when my bladder is full.
Either I start to void and rush to the bathroom or I feel such discomfort my back
aches and I know something is very wrong. I get into flight or flee mode. Not
knowing for a while what is going on. Then realizing I need to get to the bathroom.
This is difficult to explain. This is the closest I can come to explaining it.

I am now 47 and likely in peri-menopause. Some of these
symptoms may be normal for that stage of my life.

I basically had to take matters in my own hands and start educating myself and make
my own wellness plan. Visits to my urologist have not been helpful. He seems to be
checking his repairs. It feels like to him I am a bladder. I decided that I will
not see him anymore as all he does is a cystoscopy and prescribes me more antibiotics.

So I started reading. I found that IC and Irritable Bowel syndrome can be caused
by an imbalanced flora in the digestive tract due to having taken so many antibiotics.
Someone in Pennsylvania is doing research on this. So I take some probiotics.

I also eliminated many things from my diet in an attempt to remove the most acidic
foods. I no longer eat anything with vinegar, white flour, caffeine, white sugar,
I have also given up on fruit juices and ice cream. Caffeine was the most difficult
to eliminate but it made the greatest difference with the Irritable Bowel pain.
I cannot even have a sip of wine or beer or anything alcohol. I feel the burning
in my bladder right away. I never drank much of any alcohol so this was easy to
give up. I am a non-smoker. Spending an evening in a smoky room can exacerbate
symptoms so I go out as little in smoky places. I eat an extremely healthy diet and
suspect I'll live a very long time with my new self.
I drink a lot of water. I have learned to use flax.

The diet therapy helped. I had only one severe flare up, and only 2 infections so
far this year. When I feel a flare up coming on I take
1 tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of hot water. It works.

I have started to investigate progesterone. I know fibroids are suspected to be
caused by an excess of estrogen. I have as well fibrocystic breasts and some
kind of things on my skin, apparently as well caused by surplus of estrogen. I read
Dr. Lee's book and many other articles. I will likely see a naturopath and speak to my
doctor before I try any form of hormone therapy.

I started with massage therapy. My therapist tells my I am covered with knots, in my
back, neck, face, arms, etc. They are apparently so hard she had to really check
they are not bone spurs. Go figure. I have been under tremendous stress most of my
life. That's the only thing I can figure would have caused these knots.

I would like to rule out fibromyalgia. I do not know how to go about this. I feel
my doctor sees me as some kind of a neurotic person. I persist. I keep him posted
on my readings and findings. I tell him what I am doing. What works. What is improving.

I take antioxidants and vitamin C and multivitamins. The antioxidant has helped
with allergies and has raised my level of energy.

I have done a few weeks on a liver cleaning diet. This improved bowel movement
during and since. I don't understand it but it helped.

I exercise when I am well enough.

What I would like to add is that yes indeed much needs to be done for women.
Why is it doctors always assume our complaints are not valid. Why, in my case,
did doctors wait until I was hemorrhaging and anemic before checking me out.
I had seen them regularly with recurring bladder infections, extreme loss
of energy and very heavy periods for two years at least so bad I needed an
overnight pad per hour for three days, then it would slowly improve until my
periods were done. Even two weeks before the emergency hysterectomy,
a doctor suggested I see a psychiatrist for my complaints. This was a
woman doctor. I still shake my head when I think of this.

I often wondered before reading your book why a hysterectomy was not
performed sooner on me. I felt doctors are so concerned about being chastised
for giving unnecessary hysterectomies that they don't want to acknowledge problems.
Now that I realize that most of my symptoms are due to the hysterectomy I feel
the problem is that I was not heard soon enough. I would also add that if stress
leads to the production of excessive estrogen which in turn is such a problem for
women, why not study this. Was it the stress that caused the estrogen surplus
or the estrogen surplus that causes the stress? I wonder...

This disease cost me my marriage, my profession, and pretty close my sanity.
I have been through a lot. God is good to me. I have a new husband and family.
A new role, a new place to be of service. I had come to a point in my recovery were
I was looking for a place, or someone to hear my story. I found your book.
Thank you for writing it.

When I get into conversations with people about the horrors we survived of the
present medical system I always remind them that no matter what, we survived to
tell the story. I know that in the state I was in 1993, if it was 50 years,
perhaps even 25 years earlier, I would have simply wasted away and died.
I'll tell you I'm sure grateful I do not have to wear a diaper still.

Lets find ways to improve women's health in a productive way. I have much
to suggest, as do any women who has survived the medical system.
Where can we be heard?

This is my modest start for women to be heard Judy
God Bless you and your courage to continue on and find solutions for yourself,
many prayers for continued healing~Jeannah

1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?(endo,fibroids,etc.)

**Fibroid

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what to expect after surgery and
what the long term effects might be on your health by your doctor?

**No

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your information on hysterectomy?

**Some from the Doc and some online.

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?

**Yes 15 until about 23. Then again
recently before surgery to control bleeding.

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?

**When I was younger I used Tampons then at the age
of 35 I had my son and started usung pads.

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with reproductive diseases?

**I had a great grandmother that died from Uterine Cancer.

7.) Are you a DES daughter?

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?

**28 days

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?

**Yes

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?

**Hot Flu like and Nausea ,my eyes feel hot too.
I just feel sick not right.

11.)What if anything has made them better?

**Nothing yet

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse that did
not treat you with respect in regard to your difficulties?

Well some nurses are just more attentive than others ..the Doc is okay

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone replacement therapy?

**Yes, Estradiol 1mg

14.)How are you feeling currently?

**Really crummy, it is Flu season and I have had a Flu shot. I am nauseated,
my body feels hot but no fever. I really do not believe it is the flu.

If you'd like to leave your email address for other women
to be able to contact you, please add it here:

1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?(endo,fibroids,etc.)

**Mennoraghia. Prolonged menstrual/irregular bleeding for most of cycle and second
degree uterine prolapse. Have had 3 children the last one 9lb 6oz. I am 38 yo

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what to expect after surgery and
what the long term effects might be on your health by your doctor?

**Never, I was out the door before I could gather
my thoughts and ask meaningful questions.

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your information on hysterectomy?

**internet, my mother and friends

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime? If yes for how long total?

**Started at 18yo, on and off and back on them now
continuously with active pills so I don't bleed at all

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?

**both

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with reproductive diseases?

**mother, endometriosis, had full hysterectomy at age 38

7.) Are you a DES daughter?

**dont know what this means - so I will say no as mum didnt take drugs in pregnancy

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?

**too scared to have it

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?

**will only be the uterus as far as I can tell as Dr didn't say and I did not ask.

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?

**before surgery-scared I will go thru what my mother did-hell

11.)What if anything has made them better?

**na

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse that did not treat
you with respect in regard to your difficulties?

**yes my gynae crossed his arms and sounded
disappointed when I said I did not want a hyst

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone replacement therapy?

**OCP Yasmin. Only take active pills Have been offered a Mirena IUD if I
want it, until I decide what to do.

14.)How are you feeling currently?

**anxious, Very confused, depressed, unloved,
stressed, on edge ALL the time, angry

15.)Anything else you need or want to share??

**My sex life has never been great. the pill lowers my libido even further,
and I am trying to get around this...very hard with 3 small children and an
impatient husband...so how on earth will I cope after surgery if I have it.
I am afraid my marriage wont last and wonder if surgery is the answer to
make my gynae problems all go away, or will it open up a new set of problems

for me. I think I need counseling to help me decide what to do. I do remember
the gynae say to me very clearly, If I have the vaginal hysterectomy now,
it would be a better outcome for me now than if I had it done 'later" ie
I guess that means when I am menopausal and my uterus falls out! He does have a
point and this is where I am torn!

© 2003 Jeannah McElroy

Updated: 01/25/04

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