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The fight never stops – Joanne’s Story

I had a long history of gynae problems and therefore am very lucky to have three beautiful daughters. My husband and I decided we wouldn’t have anymore children, as we didn’t want our existing children to be put on or not have everything we could give them. Then, when our youngest was 6 and I’d had the mirena coil fitted for four years, I had an ectopic pregnancy. I was so shocked and obviously all the weeks following that, I was a nightmare. Emotions all over the place. I decided throwing myself straight into work thinking it would help, to pretend nothing had happened. My relationship with my husband and children was distance, as I felt like a failure.

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Constipation and my intestines after TAH/BSO – Gretchen’s Story

I had a TAH/BSO in June of 2012 after findings of precancerous cells of the uterus. The surgery went well and minimal pain afterwards. The feeling of my insides “sloshing around” in my abdomen wasn’t something I expected. I had a vertical abdominal incision and since the surgery the abdomen to the right of the incision has been a protrusion, as if my intestines had settled into a ball, in that area.

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Three Operations in One Year – Sally’s Story

My name is Sally and this is my story.

I’d suffered with my periods for many, many years; I had tried the pill, the coil & many various tablets to combat the pain & discomfort, nothing worked. Finally in August 2013 I was admitted to have the ‘Novasure’ laser treatment & was to be sterilised at the same time. Arriving at the hospital with high hopes that this would end some of the pain I had every month. After the operation I waited to see my gynaecologist before I was discharged home. She told me that she couldn’t use the laser treatment as my womb was tilted & was shaped like a heart but she still went ahead with the sterilisation. My heart sank as I knew the pain would still be there.

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Best thing I ever did – Debbie’s Story

Hi, I am 44 and childless and made one if the most difficult decisions in my life to have a total abdominal hysterectomy. I had large uterine fibroids that had basically taken over my womb. They were causing me to have very heavy very long periods (11 weeks was the record) plus I was in severe pain and some days unable to walk properly. They also effected my bowels and my bladder as my uterus was so big it was pushing on all of my other organs in that region.

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5 Weeks’ Post-op TAH – Tracey’s Story

I had a TAH (total abdominal hysterectomy) five weeks ago. I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 30 after a laparoscopy. Up to then what I had thought of as ‘the norm’ for periods was revealed to be exactly the opposite (awful pain, bleeding between periods, discolouration). My consultant stopped my periods after that op for 6 months and after that I considered myself one of the ‘lucky ones’ for years; living a relatively pain-free existence.

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My Little Ovarian Cyst – Elaine’s story

My name is Elaine age 57 and had TAH 11th July 2013. About end April, early May I was aware of putting on a little weight, and tried to do a few easy exercises to get rid, as we had a holiday booked for Portugal end of June and wanted to look good in holiday clothes. Tummy seemed to be getting bigger, so goes onto internet (bad move for anything medical) and found it could be possible IBS or food intolerance tried cutting out certain foods, didn’t seem to make any difference.

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