Why I got a hysterectomy to remove fibroids was a decision I wrestled with for a while. About 4 years ago, when I first discovered a lump in my abdomen through self-examination and someone would’ve told me that I would be having a hysterectomy, I would’ve called them a liar.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous, firm, compact tumors made up of smooth muscle and fibrous connective tissue that develops in the uterus. The cause of fibroids are unknown but research shows that genetic changes and hormones may play a part in their development. Symptoms include heavy periods, lower back and pelvic pain. Minimally invasive treatment includes uterine artery embolization and myomectomy. There are also medications that may help shrink fibroids such as Gn-RH agonists (Lupron and Synarel) and a Progestin-releasing IUD. Then there is the traditional surgical options of an abdominal myomectomy or hysterectomy.
After finding the “lump” in my abdomen, I got an Ultrasound done and it came back that I had fibroids. At that time, the pain wasn’t bad, so I did nothing about it. Fast forward to almost 4 years later: excruciating back and pelvic pain, painful sex, heavy and long periods, and a growing abdomen, I knew that I had to make a decision. All of the options that were given to me still had a risk of them growing back and I did not want to go through that again. That is why I got a hysterectomy to remove my fibroids. I already had 2 kids and didn’t want anymore, hubby was in agreement, and time was not on my side.
January 2018 was my surgery date but I got cold feet and backed out. Just the thought of major surgery had me second guessing my decision. The months went by, until the middle of August, when I couldn’t even stand because of the pain and ended up in the ER, all doubts went out the window. I called my OB/GYN 2 days later and went in to sign all my paperwork for the surgery and scheduled it for November 16th, 2018.
My doc told me that the biggest fibroid was around 13cm and it was wedged into my pelvis and she didn’t know how in the world I was functioning. She said that she rocked it side to side and had to cut it into pieces (which actually dulled her scalpel, she had to get a second one….can you believe that) to get it out. I removed my uterus and fallopian tubes but kept part of my cervix and ovaries (don’t want to be taking any hormones). I am almost 2 weeks post-op, still in pain, but I wouldn’t change anything. Only problem was getting pain relief after I got home, but I will leave that for another post.
We all have major decisions to make in life. Just make sure that you make the ones that you deem best for yourself and your family. Thanks for reading and feel free to make any suggestions or comment. Have a great day!!!!!