I am in excellent health, am having a "bladder lift" in March. My obgyn recommended the hysterectomy saying additional surgery would likely be needed in a few years because by uterus would prolapse. Does this sound like a good idea??
7 Feb 2011
While HRT used to be fairly standard treatment, especially after a hysterectomy, more research has begun to show the potential dangers of the treatment. It is still something you will need to discuss with your doctor, but I would advise you to ask him or her for the honest facts about the link between HRT and an increased risk for certain types of cancers and other serious problems. HRT is not as "standard" as it once was because of the research showing the links between it and serious diseases, so also be sure to discuss natural options for regulating hormones. Many women report benefits from soy products as well as other natural herbs. At your age, you may not even experience very many hormonal effects from the hysterectomy. Keep the lines of communication open with your doctor and be sure they give you both sides of the story about HRT, its benefits, and its possible risks. It can be a difficult choice to make, so best wishes to you!
11 Feb 2011
I would definitely get a second opinion on that. I had a hysterectomy back in 2001 and I am only 43 now, but my female body parts was not causing the pain I was in, it was the muscles in the pelvis that were bad and needed worked on. I had to drive 48 miles to a physical therapist that was properly trained on how to work with the pelvic muscles and I did get better. Maybe that would help your bladder tuck as well. Worth looking into anyway. Good luck!
9 Mar 2011
Foxshadwo, I understand the bladder problem, I went through that myself a few months ago, and I'm fine now. I don't understand getting a hysterectomy because your uterus might prolapse later on. is your doctor going to remove your uterus during the bladder surgery? I had my uterus removed years ago because it prolapsed after a 10lb baby. it wasn't a bad thing to go through, just had to rest, and no heavy lifting for 6wks. I wouldn't let her take your ovaries though. That just causes all kinds of problems. Good Luck with all of that. NIK
9 Mar 2011
Is your bladder lift do to a prolapse of the bladder or ureathea? If so, then you chances are good you could in the future have a complete pelvic prolapse ie the need for a hysterectomy now. It would remove that possibility because they tie the vagina to ligaments that can't prolapse. I had a hysterectomy, & just had a urethea prolapse episode. ( With lots of bleeding from the bladder) One of the things they did was to put me on Vivelle patches, a .5mg of estrogen to help woth this condition because I had no estrogen & the tissue down there were so thin, I would bleed or tear just wiping! It's hard to tell if you will have symptoms along with a hysterectomy because you have probably gone thru the change already. My hysterectomy was at age 21, & I couldn't take hormore therapy because of blood clots in the legs. Now I have no choice, but they watch me like a hawk! A very low dose or you could try going without & see how you do.
Something to discuss with your doctor maybe. They make a cream type also that you use very little of twice a week to help with dryness of the vagina. I didn't care for it because of having to wear a panti liner ( I havent had to wear anything since I was 21, & am now 64!) At any rate it sounds like your doctor feels you will need the HRT, but I would talk a little more about it with him. You may have other issues he's concerned with Good luck to you, & let us know what you decide.
9 Mar 2011
I would think a second opinion would be in order. I read a study that showed that the uterus did put out a very small amount of hormones even after menopause, and anything obtained naturally from your own body is better than taking it made synthetically or from horse urine. It's always good to get a second opinion too, that way you will be sure you did the best thing. Best wishes to you.
9 Mar 2011
Yes, I would get the lift and hysterectomy. I was 41 when I got this done after 2 kids. My gyno thought I should get a hysterectomy because it has some weight to it and would help me prolapse less later in life. I wish it could have been your age I wouldn't have to maybe do it again after menopause. I had a lot done 5 surgeries in 1. I was so bruised and swollen, I coudn't pee. I had to catheter myself for about 1 week when I got home. That was the most painfull thing about it. But glad I got it done. Yes, keep your ovaries. Hope this helps. smileyhappy
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