I was bleeding like a stuck pig.
My favorite OB brand of tampons combined with a sanitary pad couldn’t stem the flow of bleeding — and this was only after one or two hours of changing to a fresh pair. It was circa December 2004, and my extraordinarily heavy menstrual periods had caused me to abruptly leave a small meeting at my corporate job so I could race home before the evidence became apparent.
As I politely dipped out of the meeting, I could see the stunned face of my male coworker, as he wondered what the heck was going on that forced me to exit our planned meeting so suddenly.
Say Hello to Uterine Fibroids That Cause Heavy Bleeding
A routine exam had recently revealed fibroids, along with an ovarian cyst that my doctor didn’t want to risk removing and bursting at the same time. My husband and I had already blessedly had the “two” out of the “two or three kids” we always said we wanted, but still I hesitated to make such a drastic decision of having my uterus removed.
I researched and researched: Websites like “Hyster Sisters” became my best friend. I thought of having endometrial ablation, a procedure some women have done to try and reduce the heavy bleeding.
“You might have an ablation done and be back in here in a year to get the hysterectomy,” my doctor advised.
I didn’t want a stopgap solution. Besides, there may have been the presence of pre-cancerous cells that made a hysterectomy look a whole lot more attractive. I simply wanted all that crazy bleeding to stop, along with the draining feeling that low iron and anemia can bring with the loss of so much blood.
Hi Hysterectomy, Goodbye Tampon Aisle
In January 2005, at age 35, I had a complete hysterectomy that removed my uterus, any fibroids and cysts, plus my cervix and left ovary. Thankfully, my right ovary is still in there, pumping out the eggs into nowhere, I guess, a process I can still feel happening all these years later. The best part about still having one ovary is that I don’t have to suffer such a harsh depletion of estrogen that throws some women into crazy premature menopause.
Yes, I’ve had hot flashes, but they went away. I’ve still been able to lose weight, so any weight I’ve gained I blame on my previously poor eating habits and not the surgery. Sometimes I wonder if my thin hair spots were due to the hysterectomy, or if they would’ve been there anyway.
Other than that, I had the most freeing feeling after recovering from my hysterectomy when I realized I never needed to frequent the sanitary aisle at the grocery store ever again, at least not to buy feminine products for myself.
All in all, I’m so glad those fibroids are gone, along with any chances of pregnancies at my current 44-year-old age.
My wonderful OB/GYN left me with a barely-there little bikini-line scar that I like to call my “upside down smile” every time I look at the expert incision, and I think of his words upon first seeing him in the recovery room as he described impacting my organs and excising my womb away from my bladder.
“Your prayers worked,” he said when he walked in the room. Indeed, and thanks to the Great Physician that all that freaking bleeding from fibroids is a thing of the distant past.