Last week I asked for help
getting ready for an appointment with my gynecologist to talk about what can be done about my insanely frequent and bloody periods. Thanks, everybody; that helped me feel educated and ready for what turned out to be a very productive meeting with the doctor.
At this point, pending some tests, it looks like I'll be having a hysterectomy. The doctor mentioned Mirena and endometrial ablation as options, but my periods have been so hellish and exhausting and demoralizing for so long that, barring any strong medical arguments from him, I'm inclined to go for the sure thing.
The question that comes up then, is: do I have my ovaries out at the same time? The doctor gave me some information about making the decision, but I would love to hear other women's experiences with making this decision, and how it ended up feeling to you.
My concern is that obviously I have some whacked-out hormonal stuff going on, and while getting the periods out of the way will help, I may still be at the mercy of my hormones for a long time. I have three young children at home, and the exhaustion and extreme irritability make being the kind of mom I want to be really hard. So a part of me wants to just say, "yep, let's yank 'em and get it over with!"
On a more rational level, I don't have any of the risk factors (like a family history of ovarian cancer) that would make removing them medically prudent. I know that even after menopause residual hormones protect against osteoporosis and some cancers, while increasing the risks of other cancers. I don't know much about what hormone replacement, should I choose to do that after having my ovaries out, would be like.
Right now, I don't need any advice about whether I should have a hysterectomy; I think the doctor and I have that question pretty much under control. But whether to have my ovaries out feels huge and hard to process. I'll have a lot of questions for him at our next meeting, but would really like to hear how you made the decision, what it was like for you afterward, how happy you were with your choice, and all suchlike things.