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Surgical menopause!

Hi all, I really don't know where to start. But here goes, in 1992 aged 21, I had my first laparoscopy for cysts on my bladder that were found to be pre-cancerous. This surgery led to a perforated bladder and instead of a day surgery I was in for 2 weeks.

In 1996 after the birth of my 1st child I had a cervical prolapse and had to have a ring pessary inserted to keep me afloat so to speak. In 1998 I had a miscarriage. In 2000 I had my second child but due to complications had to have an emergency C-section.

in 2001 I had my vaginal hysterectomy to solve the prolapse situation but they left my ovaries behind as I was only 31. During this operation they found endometriosis on my ovaries and soon after my hysterectomy I had my 2nd laparoscopy to remove the endo. Apart from tiredness and depression over the next few years I seemed to be doing ok. Hopefully no more Gynae visits would be needed. Ha was I wrong.

In march 2014 I started to have severe pelvic pain, and bleeding. I was given an ultra sound and there was suspicious growths and i was referred urgently for suspected ovarian cancer. Luckily I could go private and was under the knife again in less than two weeks. They still did not remove my ovaries.

It wasn't cancer it was reoccurrence of endometriosis. I was told to be rescanned in a few months to see how things were going.

In June I had the follow up ultrasound and even though I had my operation on 1st April to remove the original cysts I now had THREE more develop in the short space of time.

Thankfully they at last agreed to remove my ovaries, both of them.

Two weeks later I had my bilateral oophorectomy with cut, they could not do key hole surgery this time due to where my ovaries were positioned. One was behind my bowel and the other my bladder stuck fast. It took over an hour to remove them both but it was done and the little sods are out.

Surely it would have saved the nhs and me a lot of money if my ovaries had been taken out years ago!

I am now recovering from the op and feel pretty good. In a week I go back for my post op check and discuss the way forward as I will now enter full surgical menopause and I am a little scared I must admit.

Has anyone else been through the same as me, I could really use some advise.

Many thanks

Tracie xx

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Hi, I have not been through this myself, however have read a similar thing on here and she had said when the NHS finally did remove her ovaries, it was the best thing they did. Sorry I can't help you :-( but good luck with everything xxx


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