First off, I want to introduce myself. My name is Ashley. I am a stay-at-home mom and wife. My son is 5 years old. I had my son back in January 2009. I went for my checkup 6 weeks after I had my son, and my OB/GYN said that she noticed I had endometriosis, so she scheduled me for Laparoscopic surgery, which I had in May 2009.
During my recovery in the hospital, she mentioned that she didn’t get all the endometriosis out, but she got some and it was still active. I have always had irregular periods and heavy, painful periods since I was 15, and I never thought they would get as bad as they are now. I went to my new gynecologist that I have now and told him that I am have my periods so close together and that they are much heavier than they have ever been. My husband and I are also trying to conceive, and we are so frustrated because it’s been over a year since my doctor took out my IUD. We should have gotten pregnant by now, but nothing, so now my OB/GYN is sending us to a fertility specialist to see if we, or should I say, to see if I can have any more kids. During all this, he mentioned in our conversation at the doctor’s office that if I can’t have anymore children, the alternative is to have a hysterectomy.
I came home, and ever since my doctor mentioned hysterectomy, my mind has been racing. I immediately went into the what-if mode and became depressed. I want to give up and say, ok let’s do the hysterectomy because I am tired of being in so much pain every time I get my period. But at the same time, I want to have at least one more child.
So I am going to go to my appointment with the fertility specialist to see what they say and then go from there. My mind is racing so much, I feel like it’s going to explode. And I am constantly having this thought that, if I have a hysterectomy, I am going to feel like less of a woman because all my lady parts are going to be gone.
I just wish there was a cure for endometriosis, so us endo sisters won’t have to suffer in pain anymore. Thank you for letting me share my story and for letting me ramble on.
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The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.