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Hysterectomy?

Am I a candidate for Hysterectomy?  I have a very heavy 2 week period  I experince sever pain during as well as for the week prior and a week following.  I experance breakthrough bleeding from time to time that i call spotting but is actualy like having a normal period for a day.  I am dealing with pms and period problems 4 out of 4 weeks.  my older friend said i might be a candidate for this procedure.  I personaly love the idea of having it removed if it will offer even some relief. i am 25 with 3 kids. i am done having children.  what are the odds my dr will let me get a hysterectomy?  I have good insurance!
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have you ever heard of uterun abration.  The novasure procedure.  That is where they burn the lining of your uterus.  I had that done this year, but the issue I had was I was still having a good sized period.  My lining of my uterus was twice as thick as a normal person.  Well, then I ended up having my uterus removed and left everything else since I am only 29.  It was a fairly easy procedure.  Didn't really cause me any pain and I actually went home from the hospital that night.  Some people have pain though.  Well, since I still have my cervix, the doc had to leave some uterun cells ontop of it so not to damage my cervix.  Well I still was having a lite lite period for the past 6 months so the other day the doc froze my cervix and also put silver nytrate on it to help carterize the blood vessels.  Hopefully now I will have no more periods.  Hopefully.  But you would be a good candidate for a partial hyster.  Its called a super cervical hysterectomy.  Or the uterun ablation (novasure).  Most women aren't like me and will have their period stopped after the novasure procedure.  I was one of the select few though.  Luckily I have great medical insurance.  hehe
But at 25 I don't suggest you get a full hysterectomy done because there are cases of where females vaginas have collapsed.  This is rair, but since you are so young you really should keep your cervix because your cervix holds up your vaginal walls (extra support). The super cervial hysterectomy that I had done the doc did it with three small wholes.  One in my belly button and one on each side.  Called band aid surgery.
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one other thing I would like to add is the reason that the doc let me have this done was because I wasn't able to take birth control pills, as they really made me moody.  The other thing is my husband already had a vestectomy.  To have the ablation done they want to make sure that you won't get pregnant some docs request that you have your tubes tied before hand.  I didn't have to though since I am married and my husbands vestectomy worked.  But again, I ended up having to have my uterus out anyways. Some women loved the novasure procedure.  But if you are like me and have a thick uterun lining, I would skip that and go to the uterus being removed.  Which the only way you can tell if you have a thick lining is to go by your periods and since you are having heavy periods.  My periods were so bad that  was going through extra strength tampons within an hour or two during the first part of my period.
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Do they know what is causing the heavy bleeding? I think that is what you need to find out first. I had all of your symotoms and it was becaus i had adenomyosis. Some women can have this and not have any syptoms (symptoms) at all.
Great info on the web about this. Whatever is causing the syptoms (symptoms), you have choices, ask your doctor, but i also suggest you do your own research.I would actually write down every question and answer right there in the room witht he doc, and anything you don't understand ask. I really wish i was more proactive with my issues. ( and i thought i was )  My surgery was in may of 2006, they took my uterus and tubes. It was done laproscopically. I was told the ademomyosis could not affect me cervix so i chose to leave it in. Now i am experiencing "periods" with the same symptoms as before, even without uterus. I am learning that with laproscopic hysterectomies, little pieces of the uterus can be left behind and then grow on the cervix to createthe same symptoms. I don't know what you have but i urge you to do your homework. If i had it to do all over agoin i would have had it done vaginally and had my cervix removed. One of the reasons i did not have ot out was the 6 week recovery period versus 2 weeks if you leave your cervix. I now have been dealing with this for 8 months and will have to have another operation anyway.
Good luck and keep me posted
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When doing a partial hysterectomy - my doctor said if they cauterized the "stump" of the uterus well - it minimizes chances of that remaining period - or bleeding monthly.  It worked for me!  I've not had any bleeding since.  I am very happy - cured my anemia and definitively diagnosed adenomyosis - which you can't cure with ablation.
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