Of course this is an overstatement, but even though an exaggeration, it makes a firm point. I have been a gynaecologist for over 30 years and in that time-span, the practice of gynaecology has been transformed. It is now a great rarity to need to remove a uterus other than for malignant disease, severe endometriosis, prolapse, or enormous size. There are simply less risky, less painful ways of dealing with period problems and pelvic pain.
Thirteen years ago (when I was 39) I was diagnosed with having a 11 cm in diameter fibroid. I did not have any of the symptoms the rest of you have written about. All of the gynaecologists I saw at the time found it remarkable that I was not having any symptoms at the time, but still said it would be advisable to have removed, but at the time my life was quite busy and I felt I could not afford to take the time off to recover from a major surgery.
At the age of 40 I was diagnosed with fibroids. A scan confirmed I had about 10 of them, the largest was almost the size of a rugby football, the others between the size of a tangerine and an orange. All of them subserosal so my uterus was quite deformed.
Hello everyone! I’m Jane and I had a subtotal hysterectomy 12 days ago now, on 18th December 2013. I kept my ovaries. I’m 45 years old and had had fibroid issues for six years. These started off as just being irregular periods but in the last 2 years had escalated to a combination of hormone imbalance and fibroids leaving me feeling out of sorts more often than I was feeling normal, long stretches of being savagely pre-menstrual and never knowing when my (heavy and leak / flooding-laden) period was going to arrive or how long it would last.
Hysterectomy is rarely performed for saving life, however it is often a treatment option when it is not possible to stop bleeding following the birth of a child, however this is a radical treatment and will prevent women from having children in the future.