Rebecca’s Hysterectomy Story
Type of Hysterectomy: TVA kept both ovaries
Age at surgery: 39
I had been suffering from long heavy periods caused by multiple reoccurring polyps for 5 years. After having ablation surgery without any relief, I actually begged my gyno to perform a hysterectomy. I have 2 daughters and my husband had already had a vasectomy. I was severely anemic and unable to lead a normal life. I was sent to a blood specialist and he was saying I was going to need blood transfusions.
I had a laparoscopic vaginal assisted total hysterectomy, keeping both my ovaries. I was put to sleep and spent one night in the hospital. After being able to urinate and pass gas, I was allowed to leave. I had wonderful care and stay at the hospital.
My doctor claimed most women returned to work after two week. This was NOT the case for me. It wasn’t until just last week that I was able to fit into my regular clothes. For the first time Last week I was able to complete my normal daily routine without having to stop due to pain or exhaustion. I think everyone is different. I’m not the most athletic person but I am a very active person so that was what was the most difficult for me. Not being able to go on long walks, hikes or just laundry without assistance was frustrating. Reading everyone’s stories on here truly helped me remember there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
My life has improved greatly since my surgery. I no longer have to schedule simple daily activities around my periods. I feel free! I’m no longer anemic and my hair isn’t falling out anymore. I have way more energy! My husband and I were finally intimate for the first time last week since before surgery and everything was in working order. My doctor gave the ok after 8 weeks, but we waited 12. I’m happy to have my sex life back and I’m no longer bloated all the time!
If you’re considering hysterectomy, please know that the healing process takes time but you will heal and you will feel better. Like so many other women have said, there truly is a light at the end of the tunnel. Make sure you have help. Having help with all physical activities is crucial.