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.
If you are one of the relatively small number who need a hysterectomy before your fortieth birthday, but have never had a family and the dream of becoming a mother has not gone away, there are still options open to you. Pre-frozen eggs and surrogates are a miracle which will do work, but only for a tiny minority. However, adoption is an alternative possibility you might consider worth exploring. You can read more about the process of adopting a child on the family lives website.
Three years ago today I had a hysterectomy which has completely changed my life. I had an automated email from a hysterectomy support group today congratulating me on three year anniversary and hoping I was having the time of my life embracing the new found health my hysterectomy had given me………….not quite my experience I’m afraid as I developed an enterocutaneous fistula. Here is my story as to why it was such a negative experience.
As a qualified hypnotherapist I would instantly answer yes that hypnosis helped my hysterectomy recovery, however I can only prove that it worked for me.
I had been suffering from heavy periods which caused anaemia and having tried many other medical interventions, and following a blood transfusion, I was advised to have a hysterectomy.
I am 66 and underwent a laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (ovaries also removed) and extended vaginal cuff procedure due to VAIN and several dodgy smear results which colposcopy didn’t sort out. All did not quite go according to plan as I ended up with a wound infection and I hope my story will help anyone who feels unfit to leave hospital have the strength to argue their case better than I did. I feel that being discharged too early on 2 occasions caused my problems to be worse than they could have been and therefore made my recovery time longer.
I gave myself a light at the end of the hysterectomy tunnel as I believe in putting all my chances on my side when it comes to surgeries. I researched and prepared myself well before my hysterectomy.