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Are You Sure You Want to Get a Hysterectomy? Some Things You May Not Know…

I know for me, having a hysterectomy always represented my “last hope” if my endometriosis pain got really bad. I saw it as a final option, something that would give me relief. My gyni always represented it that way and well… the thing is… I nearly did it! I was tired of being in pain every single day of my life and really considered going for a hysterectomy. Luckily, I had a good friend who recommended I go for a second opinion and that second opinion represented the hysterectomy as too severe and that I was too young to make that kind of decision—I was 22 years old.

The thing is, over 600,000 women are getting hysterectomies each year. Over 500,000 of those are completely unnecessary! This statistic is quoted from the author of The Hysterectomy Hoax by Dr. Stanley West. He describes it as a simple way that men has always viewed women, and it is almost chauvinistic towards women. Women having problems in that area are simply sent off to have all the “useless, symptom-producing, potentially cancer bearing organ” removed. This was said by an M.D. who gave a speech at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Scary stuff!

What is even sadder is that there is no way they would remove a man’s bits, just “in case” he might develop prostate cancer or has any kind of infection or disease in that area.

The thing is, having your bits taken out is so simplistic. It is merely looking at endometriosis as a singular problem—that is merely in one area of your body. According to the Chinese philosophy of medicine, disease cannot be cut out as it doesn’t exist. Diseases, as us Westerners term it, are merely imbalances in the body, which it is trying to rectify. By cutting out parts of our body, the imbalance will still exist and inevitably move onto a different organ or area of the body. I have seen this personally with my mom. She has had more bits cut out of her than you can imagine! The disease has literally moved from one organ to the next and the imbalances still exist.

The other side of the problem is what happens when you remove the womanly bits within us. These bits serve a purpose and are essential to our well-being! Our hormones control every element in our bodies. They give us our life vigor, our “chi” as the Chinese would call it. We want that energy or chi (also qi) to last as long as possible, as this is our life, our energy, our purpose. Women who have had hysterectomies often experience unbelievable symptoms after having them removed.

They include:

  • Depression, anxiety attacks
  • Fatigue, sleeplessness
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of sex drive and vaginal dryness
  • Urinary tract problems and interstitial cystitis

They are also at a higher risk of developing heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis.

The problem is then made even worse by doctors prescribing synthetic hormones to alleviate these symptoms. They often prescribe estrogens or synthetic hormone replacement therapy drugs, which inevitably just make the situation even worse.

What women need is progesterone! All the imbalances from having everything taken out and also even before then are often alleviated by simply adding progesterone to the body.

I have shared a few stories of women who have had hysterectomies and still had endometriosis develop again afterwards. Unfortunately ladies, it is not a definite and will not solve your pains with endometriosis. I wish I could guarantee it but I can’t. Some women do experience relief afterwards but many don’t. Do you really want to go that far and still have no guarantee?

I know you might be feeling that there are no other options. I am here to tell you that there are. There are heaps and heaps of options—down the path of going natural. Trust in your body’s natural healing abilities. It does know what it is doing—you just need to give it the tools to heal.

 

A big hug to you if you are going through so much pain that you are considering a hysterectomy. My heart goes out to you and I hope you find the answers in the pages of my blog.

Hugs, Melissa x
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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Lauren

    Can I ask where you went to get this herbal hrt? I’ve been trying bioidentical hormones with the menopause centre but having debilitating fatigue. Thank you xx

  2. Melissa

    Hi Deb,
    That is wonderful to hear 🙂 I am glad you feel 30 again!
    I have recently read the book by Dr John Lee about progesterone and it makes heaps of sense that this would work for you!
    Glad you found the natural way and my blog too 🙂

  3. Deb

    Hi Melissa, You have a great site here, and yes, so true about healing the body and balancing hormones…it is the way to go if you start balancing your body EARLY. I am 50 and I had a hysterectomy 2yrs ago because of endometriosis that had grown throughout my pelvis attaching my twisted uterus and cystic ovaries to my bowel etc…I was in severe pain and this was my only way out of it or die. After emergency surgery to have a huge cyst removed from one ovary, I was told I needed a total hysterectomy because of the endo. I tried to balance my hormones naturally, but I was too far gone. After hysto surgery, and as a result of having everything removed except my cervix, I suffered the most severe menopause symptoms. My life was dreadful, no HRT or herbal medicines worked UNTIL six months ago I started on Bio-identical HRT (natural plant-based HRT). I feel “30” again and I am balanced, out of pain and I am happy now. This natural HRT has saved my marriage, my job…everything. The HRT is made for me with a very high level of progesterone and minimal oestrogen. I wished I knew about my hormonal imbalance years ago and the importance of “progesterone”.

  4. Melissa

    Just keep trying Kim. There are solutions to cysts. Try some Sage tea for 3months and see how that works 🙂

  5. Kim

    Hi Melissa,

    Great article 🙂 I just did my yearly followup checkup 2 days ago and my condition is from endometriosis to become adenomyosis after 8 year operation. Now it has growth from 2.5 to 5 cm and pain is unbearable every month…. 🙁

    Guess I can’t do without pain killer…castor oil/hot pack/ginger tea which I have try but seems not helping much…

  6. Melissa

    thx for getting the word out! I am very lucky that the dr’s i have encountered were not rushing to do a hysterectomy but they saw it as the eventual solution despite my telling them i have read otherwise.

    I was lucky to stumble upon a homeopathe who was confident in her ability to help me. Although it’s been a battle even with her cause i don’t think she has ever treated someone so bad before (i am stage 4) but she listens to me and for awhile it kept it from being 24/7 and now starting to get better so i don’t miss 2 days a month of work (and i only work 8 days/month).

  7. Melissa

    Hi Jane,
    Thank you sweets. I am glad my struggles through my 20’s has been to some benefit to others 🙂
    Interesting to hear how your other pains never went away – it proves that endo is not just hormonal. I hate that menopause is seen as a solution to endo too. It is better for our longevity and health to extend our bodies as long as we can.
    Thanks for your comments – I hope women read it and realise that they can make better choices. 🙂

  8. Jane

    Hi Melissa:
    All I can say is divine intervention came in and stopped you from having that surgery. You have helped so many women with your website. This was the plan. It pains me to think that in your 20’s they suggested a Hysterectomy.
    I did have 3 opinions before having my surgery when I was 40. But to be honest they were all GYN’s and all trained in Gyn surgery. That should of been a hint.
    THe honest truth is that the knife like pain from having a period every month did go away. But the other symptoms did’nt. My ovaries are still in tact and I am glad about that. Although it was suggested that I have them removed. I did not! The last Gyn I went to said ” Just wait till menopause. Hang in there.” I did not hang in there with her and I know that is all she was probably trained to say.
    All the women out there who get Hysterectomy as a cure. It is not a cure. The body has to work in a unity. Each organ assisting another. Our bodies are a system. Not individual parts. I know it is hard and the pain is so bad you want an end. But be very careful. Every one is different and what works for someone else may not be the same for you.

  9. Melissa

    Thank you Mechelle! You are such a sweetheart! No, I had no idea this blog would be sooo huge and so important to me and all the women in the world that suffer from endo.
    Hugs back,
    Mel

  10. Mechelle Bradbury

    Wow, Melissa, I had no idea you were 22 when you were faced with the decision to have a hysterectomy. That must’ve been so hard, I can’t even imagine. I was disheartened when faced with that decision at 38! Aside from the fact you made one of the best decisions of your life, because of it, your decision led you down a path in which you are able to help other women make more informed decisions when they find themselves in the same boat. Did you ever think at 22 that you would be reaching out to so many women by your mid-30’s? You’re one special lady, Melissa!

    Hugs,
    Mechelle 🙂

  11. Leiza

    What are the other options?

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