Hi I'm 11 wks post op from major excision surgery for endo and a totol hysterectomy (ie uterus and cervix removed) for adeno. The surgery took almost 7 hrs. I also am 39.
Post surgery my symptoms were: very frequent urination (every half hr when active and every 2 hours when still including trying to sleep), nausea, sciatic pain down the back of both thighs, headaches, stomach cramps that weren't just limited to my periods, bloating, the feeling that I was carrying around a bowling ball in my tummy constantly and erratic and heavy periods with large clots (sorry if tmi but one time I even heard a huge plopping noise as I sat on the toilet as if I'd just passed a stool but in actual fact it was a huge clot!).
All of the above symtoms can be linked with both adeno and endo so it's hard to say which condition caused which symtoms unfortunately.
Post op - I no longer wee as frequently but probably still more frequently than the average person (suspects bladder has to be retrained plus I had endo shaved off my bladder so it's probably still recovering), sciatic pain gone, periods obvisouly gone and up until a few weeks ago the nausea and headaches had gone too but unfortunately I have developed a problem emptying my bowels since surgery and the constipation is causing nausea, stomach pains/cramps, bloating and gas issues 😒. Not sure at the moment what's causing the bowel problem. Both my GP and specialist want to give it a bit longer before investigating 😒. I can't comment on sex as I quite simply haven't felt well enough to go there. I did have a very painful 10 week post op internal exam but I think under the circumstances that's to be expected sadly.
Although adeno is similar to endo (often referred to as its cousin) it differs in that it only effects the muscles of the uterus walls so no it does not effect your ovaries. If you'd like more info on adeno Google the adenomyosis association as this is great, informative website.
My specialist believes it's important to preserve the ovaries due to the health risks associated with early menopause and potential risks with taking HRT. That being said research indicates that ovaries tend to stop functioning within 3-5 years of hysterectomy.
I don't regret the surgery. If I weren't experiencing the problems I have with my bowels at the moment I feel sure I would be feeling so much better and further forward in my recovery.
Hope this helps and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Best wishes, Jo x