Is a hysterectomy a good option at my age?

Ashley - posted on 03/12/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi my name is Ashley and am 25 years old, i had my first child on july 31 2013, i had been told for many many years that my husband and i would not have children of our own due to some of my health issues and if i did i would miscarry, and i was lucky to have him. After delivery i had serious complications. due to a careless delivery plan and delivery itself my uterus and cervix were severely damaged. Im in constant pain and discomfort, i met with a specialist who attempted to correct the damage but unfortunately the surgery was unsuccessful. Ive met with two separate doctors for second opinions. the agreement in a hysterectomy is unanimous. they agree that the possibility of more children would not happen for me and if i chose to want to try invero i would need many more corrective surgeries that may not work and if it did i wold most likely miscarry due to overgrowth of tissues and excessive scarring, n to mention the d and c's i will have to have every 6-9 months to remove endometrial tisses that wont strip on their own . the hysterectomy was suggested to eliminate the pain in daily activity and intimacy with my husband. they would leave my ovaries but remove the uterus and cervix. is this a good idea? my doctor encouraged me to do research ask opinions and to do as much homework as possible, i meet with her in a month to go over my choice, she explained to me as a woman not my doctor that it is a big choice to make with many upsides as well as many downsides. that its hard for any one woman to make this choice on their own. any advice ?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/13/2014

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WOWZA! You are really young for a hysterectomy, but it seems like the doctors feel this is your best option. They definitely need to leave your ovaries. You need those hormones.

What is wrong with your uterus? How did they damage it? I understand you are getting d n c's 1-2 times per year. Have they ever discussed having an ablation? It is deeper than a d n c. I just had one done about 5 months ago and no longer get periods. not really sure how you are suffering or what the problem is though. Not a doctor for sure, just offering out suggestions.

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Ashley - posted on 03/13/2014

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Well, we knew there were large amounts of scar tissue from delivery, they left the placenta rather a huge portion of it causing infection and large amounts of bleeding. They followed up with two surgeries to try and correct their mistake but only caused more damage. My current surgeon said what she found while in surgery this time around was not what she expected, it was much worse. The scar tissue was so impacted that my entire uterus and tubes her flattened, and the scar tissue was like trying to cut through cement with a knife. She told me she personally could not fix what was damaged at least without causing more damage. I no longer get my periods due to the amount of scar tissue she explained. With not being in menopause getting my period is important and can cause serious problems if they arnt started. She explained that bacteria can grow in the absence of a menstrual cycle which can lead to ovarian, cervical, uterine and endometrial cancer, and since all of those run in my family i would only be that much more vulnerable to developing these disease. I just dont want to make the wrong choice. My husband doesnt want to tell me what to do, he wants more kids but also wants me to be healthy and pain free and although we were both told having more kids on my own was not an option he still holds how because we were told many years ago we wouldn't have kids and I had one. So he tells me to do what i have to do for myself and for your family.

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