I'm 45 and in February I had a uterine polyp removed and sent for biopsy. They got the results back and called me in, said the polyp had hyperplasia with SOME atypical cells on it. They have no way of knowing if they got all the cells or if there are any left in my uterus (not necessarily localised where the polyp was). THe surgeon said my options were:
Do nothing but run a small but possible risk of the atypical cells going cancerous in later life
Have a Mirena coil fitted, the progesterone will revese the atypical cells (apparently)
Have a hysterectomy (he didn't say if it would include taking the cervix or not)
I said I wanted to think about it and do some research. I'm now in that minefield of trying to find accurate, unbiased and reliable information about either the coil or the hysterectomy. I'm really reluctant to have the coil as I've never been on the pill or put hormones into my body, and was hoping to avoid having to do so until menopause. I'm worried that the coil will make me put on weight or give me awful pain and cramps, as usual there are horror stories out there. I realise that it will affect everyone differently but I'm scared to risk having it put in then going through hell and having to wait however long to get it removed. They say it takes a few months to "settle in" during which time there may be adverse effects.
Also I'd want them to put me under a general if they insert it, as when I had a hysteroscope to remove the polyp it was so damn awful and painful I was crying and yelling and they eventually gave up and said they'd do it under general. They said they would fit the coil under a local but if it was painful they'd do it under general. I already know that it will be painful as I will be so tense from the past horrid experience and I want to bypass more trauma of trying to fit it when I'm conscious. HOW they think they can ram a straight rod into something so curvy and NOT have it hurt like hell, I do not know. I live in the UK so healthcare costs are not an issue, thank God. However, in August we holiday in America for 3 weeks for the solar eclipse (Road trip!!) and no offence to Americans, but I'm terrified of getting sick from the coil while over there and being at the mercy of your healthcare system, mainly due to the travel health insurance companies over here and their willingness to try to wriggle out of paying for everything and only cover the bare minimum of expenses.
Then I read a bit about hysterectomies and came across a website and a video that TRULY terrified me http://www.hersfoundation.com/anatomy/
, I actually started crying seeing how a hysterectomy would apparently wreck every aspect of my life. I thought it was so negative it comes across as anti hysterectomy, and sure enough a bit more Googling and found:http://honest2betsy.blogspot.co.uk/2011 ... on-on.htmlhttp://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/showth ... 886&page=2
HERS is rabidly anti-hysterectomy
So I have a lot more reading left to do as I don't know which option to choose. I dont want to put on weight as I've been a size 10 and 8 stone all my life, I don't want to have bladder problems as I have an iron bladder and pee 3 times a day if that - great for when you're out and about
but if the uterus is removed the the bladder and bowel MUST shift their positions surely? I'm worried how my sex life will be affected if they whip out my uterus, and I only have one remaining ovary as my other was removed in 2014 due to a cyst. I have mild endometriosis too but the discomfort is minimal each month, I'm lucky in that respect.
And yes, I realise that the possibility of developing cancer should override any seemingly petty worries about my weight or being incontinent......
So if you have had either a Mirena or a hysterectomy please tell me your experiences