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Help? Partial Hysterectomy - Ovaries Remain

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  • Posted By: neurotransmissing
  • May 20, 2009
  • 06:12 PM

Hi All! :)

When I was 27, I had a partial hysterectomy (only my uterus/womb was removed) my ovaries ... still being healthy at the time, were not removed; and remain healthy at present to my knowledge. The reason for the partial hysterectomy ...
My uterus had collapsed ('prolapsed' or something along that line, was the medical terminology used, and 'collapsed' was the explanation). Consequentially, the low-back pain, heavy bleeding, and cramping was so bad ... at times, rendering me so useless and I had to take off work sometimes. I had just given birth to my second child about a year-and-a-half prior. With my first child, there was bleeding and in the fifth month ... my doctor told me to stay off my feet for the balance of my pregnancy; something to do with keeping the placenta intact, I believe it fell to the bottom of my womb and was on top of my cervix. I am very petite, at 5' 3/4" (basically, 5' 1") and 98 pounds then. Uhhmm ... I'm 117 at present, and a bit saggy due to my inability to move around much physically, being chronic for six years now. However, at my age, that weight must be normal (doctor agrees) because I am very slim. I fear losing more than five more lbs. and appearing boney; additionally, I look more 'sunken in' or 'gray' in the face (along with bags and dark circles, illness) and fear more weight loss will worsen that appearance. :o

I have so much going on with my body, I was tested (blood draw, pituitary hormones and such) about four years ago.

When should I be tested again and how often? I will be 43 in a few days. At the time I was tested, it was due to moodiness, fatigue, night sweats, heat/cold intolerance and overall anxiety I was experiencing ... which was determined to be limited to my other neurological problems upon closing. The tests (blood work) came out negative for menopause ... having not begun, nor appearing close in beginning (pre-menopause, negative).

Also, if you've had a full hysterectomy ... I'm interested too. I'd like to know the possibilities; the women on both sides of my family have had hellish experiences (emotionally and with side effects aside from the bleeding) with menopause ... much worse than the norm. I'm hoping mine will be milder.

I understand menopause "may" be milder for me ... aside from the bleeding part which is not applicable. What about the rest? Has anyone experienced menopause with a partial hysterectomy?

Can anyone tell me what to expect when menopause is beginning, what I may experience, also during the course of menopause given the partial hysterectomy?

Is there anyone here that has had a partial hysterectomy (no bleeding) but ovaries remain (still cycling hormonally and, obviously, with no shedding of the uterus lining)?

All feedback is most appreciated pertaining to both, full or partial, hysterectomy, as it pertains to menopause. I'm still having symptoms and such, for which at that time I was tested ... it was due to an increase in these symptoms ... for which I was tested for (pre-)menopause back then; I have no idea how I will distinguish. Any advice?

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.

~ Cindy

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  • To the 42 people that have read this since I posted it three days ago, thank you for your time. Hence, these questions in my initial post would probably be best posted elsewhere, in another forum, as it appears nobody here has any ideas whatsoever. :rolleyes: Again, thanks for taking the time to read my post. ~ Blessings ~
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi All! :) When I was 27, I had a partial hysterectomy (only my uterus/womb was removed) my ovaries ... still being healthy at the time, were not removed; and remain healthy at present to my knowledge. The reason for the partial hysterectomy ... My uterus had collapsed ('prolapsed' or something along that line, was the medical terminology used, and 'collapsed' was the explanation). Consequentially, the low-back pain, heavy bleeding, and cramping was so bad ... at times, rendering me so useless and I had to take off work sometimes. I had just given birth to my second child about a year-and-a-half prior. With my first child, there was bleeding and in the fifth month ... my doctor told me to stay off my feet for the balance of my pregnancy; something to do with keeping the placenta intact, I believe it fell to the bottom of my womb and was on top of my cervix. I am very petite, at 5' 3/4" (basically, 5' 1") and 98 pounds then. Uhhmm ... I'm 117 at present, and a bit saggy due to my inability to move around much physically, being chronic for six years now. However, at my age, that weight must be normal (doctor agrees) because I am very slim. I fear losing more than five more lbs. and appearing boney; additionally, I look more 'sunken in' or 'gray' in the face (along with bags and dark circles, illness) and fear more weight loss will worsen that appearance. :o I have so much going on with my body, I was tested (blood draw, pituitary hormones and such) about four years ago. When should I be tested again and how often? I will be 43 in a few days. At the time I was tested, it was due to moodiness, fatigue, night sweats, heat/cold intolerance and overall anxiety I was experiencing ... which was determined to be limited to my other neurological problems upon closing. The tests (blood work) came out negative for menopause ... having not begun, nor appearing close in beginning (pre-menopause, negative). Also, if you've had a full hysterectomy ... I'm interested too. I'd like to know the possibilities; the women on both sides of my family have had hellish experiences (emotionally and with side effects aside from the bleeding) with menopause ... much worse than the norm. I'm hoping mine will be milder. I understand menopause "may" be milder for me ... aside from the bleeding part which is not applicable. What about the rest? Has anyone experienced menopause with a partial hysterectomy? Can anyone tell me what to expect when menopause is beginning, what I may experience, also during the course of menopause given the partial hysterectomy? Is there anyone here that has had a partial hysterectomy (no bleeding) but ovaries remain (still cycling hormonally and, obviously, with no shedding of the uterus lining)? All feedback is most appreciated pertaining to both, full or partial, hysterectomy, as it pertains to menopause. I'm still having symptoms and such, for which at that time I was tested ... it was due to an increase in these symptoms ... for which I was tested for (pre-)menopause back then; I have no idea how I will distinguish. Any advice? Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. ~ Cindy I had a complete transvaginal hysterectomy (kept my ovaries) in 2001. It took a minute to adjust, I had bad hot flashes that went away over time. I turn 39 on tuesday and with all the other issues going on with my body, I feel blessed not to have to deal with having a cycle three times per month. The more time that passes the less I feel. For example, I used to know when it would have been "my time" mostly due to mild cramping. Today eight years later I have no issues relating to having my uterus removed. I hope you will be able to say the same thing soon.
    Kawendie 12 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had a complete transvaginal hysterectomy (kept my ovaries) in 2001. It took a minute to adjust, I had bad hot flashes that went away over time. I turn 39 on tuesday and with all the other issues going on with my body, I feel blessed not to have to deal with having a cycle three times per month. The more time that passes the less I feel. For example, I used to know when it would have been "my time" mostly due to mild cramping. Today eight years later I have no issues relating to having my uterus removed. I hope you will be able to say the same thing soon. Hi Kawendie, thanks so much for your reply! To my knowledge, I haven't begun menopause. In our case, yours and mine, do you know how we will recognize menopause when that time comes? Do you get tested every so often, or know how often we should be tested ... or at what age we should begin getting tested on a regular basis? Or how often those tests should be done? I've looked about online, but don't find much at all about partial hysterectomy as it pertains to menopause ... only the description of what partial hysterectomy actually is and consists of ... which we both know. When I start going through menopause, I'd sure like to know it! Otherwise, I may think I've finally gone nuts! LOL :eek:
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Neuro -Perhaps this article from Harvard Medical School will help. :)http://www.aolhealth.com/menopause/ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-partial-hysterectomy-and-menopause
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi! blaze & Beth56, thanks so much for your replies! I suspect this is about all the information there is ... I'll just have to wait and see; I'm sure it will end ... some day. :confused: Meanwhile ... :eek: Thanks again!!
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  • I had a partial hysterectomy when in 2004 i didn't start experiencing symptoms til about a year in a half later if i had known that i would go through hot flashes,night sweats,hair growing on my legs and arms,having to wear men deodorant,headaches,anxiety,mood swings,trouble sleeping and weight gain i wouldn't have got it done.It's now 2009 and im still going through it i've never had a problem with weight til now i went from a size 9,10 to 16 plus in jeans my bra size went from 36C to 42D i'm not use to carring this much weight i've tried everything.. i went to the gym every morning for 4 months i don't eat fast or fried foods and nothing so i starting ordering pills from on line,eating one meal a day,taking exlax and even making my self throw up when i did eat and the weight is still there i'm so disgusted with my body i'm still experiencing exstream hot flashes they are so bad i had to stop working i've been on all kinds of medication nothing is working.We're in germany now and i thought that maybe they would be able to help but nothing.They have done all kinds of test and they came back negative they did tell me that i was pre-menopauseal though i have never had any bleeding after the surgery but in february 2009 i had surgery for a fallen bladder.I don't know what else to do or say to the doctors i think they are tierd of me but i need some relief if any one has any information that might help me and the doctors PLEASE LET ME KNOW..thanks
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 17, 2009
    • 11:29 AM
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  • I had a partial hysterectomy when in 2004 i didn't start experiencing symptoms til about a year in a half later if i had known that i would go through hot flashes,night sweats,hair growing on my legs and arms,having to wear men deodorant,headaches,anxiety,mood swings,trouble sleeping and weight gain i wouldn't have got it done.It's now 2009 and im still going through it i've never had a problem with weight til now i went from a size 9,10 to 16 plus in jeans my bra size went from 36C to 42D i'm not use to carring this much weight i've tried everything.. i went to the gym every morning for 4 months i don't eat fast or fried foods and nothing so i starting ordering pills from on line,eating one meal a day,taking exlax and even making my self throw up when i did eat and the weight is still there i'm so disgusted with my body i'm still experiencing exstream hot flashes they are so bad i had to stop working i've been on all kinds of medication nothing is working.We're in germany now and i thought that maybe they would be able to help but nothing.They have done all kinds of test and they came back negative they did tell me that i was pre-menopauseal though i have never had any bleeding after the surgery but in february 2009 i had surgery for a fallen bladder.I don't know what else to do or say to the doctors i think they are tierd of me but i need some relief if any one has any information that might help me and the doctors PLEASE LET ME KNOW..thanks My OB/GYN suggested I take a supplement called Evening Primrose Oil (stabilizes the female hormones, helps skin & hair health and so forth as well). Also, I added (higher intake) Vitamins C, D, and Magnesium. Overall, feeling better. I know what you mean about the men's deodorant, that's still an issue; I use two at the same time, powder, and body mist ... and wash gently a few times a day under the arms. The doctor warned about "scrubbing" though ... and tells me it stimulates those glands so scrubbing can actually worsen the odor! So ... gently wash a few times a day, no scrubbing ... and the supplements. I wish I could offer more ... especially about the odor part! Overall, the rest is better ... the headaches still come and go; in my case, the headaches could also be attributed to several other factors though ... so I don't know 'bout those.
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
    • 02:25 PM
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