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Taking the decision for abdominal subtotal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy – Gill’s story

I had an abdominal subtotal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy just over 3 months ago. It took me 1 ¾ years from diagnosis to making a decision to have a hysterectomy. I hope my reflections might help others who are going through this journey. Continue reading Taking the decision for abdominal subtotal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy – Gill’s story

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Only 14 days since TAH – Anne Marie’s story

After years of heavy periods and then the diagnosis of a fibroid (size of cricket ball) my GP referred me to see gynaecologist at my local hospital. My husband and I went along to the consultation and she really did listen to me. I explained how the symptoms were affecting my life, marriage, etc and she offered me either ablation for the 2nd time or TAH. Without hesitation I chose TAH. Continue reading Only 14 days since TAH – Anne Marie’s story

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Suffering before, during and after a total abdominal hysterectomy – Debbie’s story

I am 7 days post op of a total abdominal hysterectomy. I am looking for support and to be able to share my story as at the moment I feel very alone even though I’m trying to be positive. I’m not good at resting as I have always kept myself busy. Being out of control and relying on time to recover is really hard. At times I’m emotional and feel my life is on hold and other times I accept time is a great healer and I should enjoy the opportunity to sit with my feet up cause I’m allowed. Continue reading Suffering before, during and after a total abdominal hysterectomy – Debbie’s story

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Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – my experience first 6 weeks, Karen’s story

I am 43 yrs old, have suffered abnormal smear test results, endometriosis and blocked fallopian tubes since my early 20’s, resulting in four unsuccessful rounds of IVF treatment, and more recently, increased heavy bleeding during my menstrual cycle. Continue reading Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – my experience first 6 weeks, Karen’s story

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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. Continue reading The fight never stops – Joanne’s Story

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Day 5 of my new life after fibroids! – Caroline’s Story

I found this site so helpful in the run up to my operation and made a promise that I would add my own experience when the time was right. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy 5 days ago due to a large fibroid and multiple others. Unlike some women, I didn’t have years of agonising over the operation, I saw my Consultant privately in July and was told any other procedure would only bring temporary relief so we made the decision to go straight to a hysterectomy but to leave my ovaries in if they were not diseased. I am 42 years old and have a grown up daughter. Whilst I do not want more children not having the option is something I needed to come to terms with – my amazing daughter summed it up beautifully for me when she said its not that you can’t have them its just that you can’t incubate them yourself. Those words have proven invaluable in moments of doubt. Continue reading Day 5 of my new life after fibroids! – Caroline’s Story

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Hysterectomy?…..Yes please! – Francesca’s Story

Hi, thank you for taking the time to read my story 🙂

Where do I begin??

I’m 31 and suffering with a very large submucousal and pedunculated fibroid, growing from the back wall of my uterus that is as large wide as it is long. My extended womb presses on my bladder and bowels, causing chronic constipation and regular UTI’s + all of the other horrid symptoms I won’t mention. The bleeding has always been my biggest problem though, losing up to a litre of blood every couple of weeks. It frightens me and I don’t have the life I would like because of it. My social life is non-existent and I struggle to take care of my only child sometimes. Continue reading Hysterectomy?…..Yes please! – Francesca’s Story

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