This is my last box of tampons. One month from today, I am saying good bye to my uterus.
Ironically, my mom had a hysterectomy at 36. Her mom had a hysterectomy at 36.
I’ll be 36 in July.
I guess you could say genetics are weird. Also, I have had a heck of six months physically (so many surgeries! I still need to write about my butt surgeries. If you don’t know what I am talking about, go to Instagram.)
The most common response I have gotten from people who I have told I am having a hysterectomy is, “are you okay?” I guess that’s how you define okay. I have endometriosis, incredibly painful cysts and my periods are horrible. My bleeding is out of control every month (thankfully, it doesn’t last for more than 10 days, unlike some friends I know who have had bleeding go for weeks). The cysts cause me pain every day. In the fall, I saw a pelvic pain specialist who said, “we could just deal with the cysts for right now, but in about a year, you will likely need a hysterectomy, so I would advise doing the whole thing now.” With my family history, it seemed like the best option.
Then, all the stuff happened with my butt and we decided to wait on the hysterectomy. Finally, things are resolved on my back side, so we can fix this bigger issue. I will keep my ovaries, so won’t have to take hormones after the surgery.
I am really optimistic that this is going to be a huge, positive life change for me and my family. I deal with menstrual migraines, so those won’t happen anymore. I also won’t have the constant pain and awful cycles. After the recovery, I am going to be like a new person!
If you have had a hysterectomy, can you leave comments with what to expect in the recovery? Any advice you have to share, I will welcome. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I have two trips in the next month, a full-time job and you know, all the things. I will be out of work for six weeks.
For more on pelvic pain, here’s a video I did with my surgeon (perks of working for the hospital you will have your surgery at!). Also, that is a REALLY flattering thumbnail, lol.