I have several fibroids and an enlarged uterus. My gynaecologist has offered two options: uterine artery embolisation or a hysterectomy, removing the only the uterus and leaving the cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
I am (nearly) 37 and do not want children. The fibroids were so bad, I had to be rushed to hospital in severe pain and had two blood transfusions. I am currently taking birth control pill, continuously, which has reduced some of the bleeding.
I am very confused which option to go for. I have fears about both options.
My fear for the uterine artery embolisation is going back to heavy periods. I have had heavy periods all my life, not just due fibroids (though they have made my periods worse). Even at school, my friends would comment on how much heavier my periods were compared to theirs. I have taken many days off work because my heavy days were/are so bad I need to lie down and rest and try to cope. I have read periods go back to normal after this procedure but my normal is still scarily heavy. I would go with this option if my periods would be that of an average woman of my age.
My fear of the hysterectomy is all the possible things that can go wrong with it; long term bladder and bowel problems, damage to surrounding organs and tissue, infections, painful sex, vaginal dryness and will early menopause cause problems? And cosmetically, the scar, but that's not a big issue.
Has anyone else been in this position with these two options? Which did you go with?