It’s been fascinating to see how much disapproval I’ve attracted for NOT having a hysterectomy.
Women are quite evangelical about them.
My gyno is pretty giddy too.
I have friends who went through hell prior to having their hysterectomies and are sooooooo grateful to finally have relief.
That’s not me.
My womb razing earlier this year took care of most of my problems. It’s just the recent expansion of Freddie that’s causing some minor issues. He’s pressing on my bladder and causing discomfort. I also look a bit pregnant. But it’s not enough to justify major surgery – it would feel a bit like killing a spider with a machine gun.
That said, Freddie is just going to keep growing. He’s more than doubled in size in a year – best cut off his blood supply now.
I’ve lost count of the people who’s tried to talk me into having a hysterectomy, telling me it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to them. Their mouths set in thin lines when I insist I don’t want one.
I swear, it makes them SO niggly and cross.
They’re all pffffft when I explain my reasons for not wanting one:
- I want to avoid major abdominal surgery
- I’m worried about stuff prolapsing
- I don’t fancy six weeks off work/sex
- I’m a single mum with no grown-ups to help me around the house
- Not being able to drive a car for two weeks as a single mum would totally suck
- The concept of someone removing my womb and cervix, then sewing my vagina shut at the top and pinning it somewhere inside me makes me shudder.
They also look skeptical when I tell them I’m having an embolisation instead.
Sure, embolisation might not work, but in most cases it does the trick, with just one night in hospital and a week of recovery.
Why WOULDN’T I try that first?
A study published in 2014 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, revealed that post-surgical pathology indicated that nearly one (18%) of five hysterectomies that were done for benign indications were unnecessary.
The women who had the surgery did so for the following reasons: uterine fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, and pelvic pain.
Nearly 40% of women did not have documentation of alternative treatment before their hysterectomy, the researchers found.
I’m trying the alternative treatments.
I might still need a hysterectomy at some point. I hope I don’t. But I might.
Until then, I’m confident embolisation is the next step I want to take.
It’s a slightly uncommon procedure in Australia, so I’ll be something of a pioneer. My doctor has only done it 105 times and he’s the most experienced in Sydney.
I’ll report from the front line.
Hospital check-in time: 10am, Friday, December 18.
Song of the day: REM “Man on the moon”