Has anyone had their uterus removed?

I’m currently pregnant, so I have time before this happens. However, I want to hear from moms who have had this done. I have endometriosis and have for years; it has caused a ton of issues, and now that we have a tiny army of children, I am talking to my OB about having my uterus removed after our son is born. They would leave my ovaries but remove my uterus from my understanding. I’m kind of nervous about it and don’t know anyone who has had their actual uterus removed. What was the surgery like? Did they cut open your abdomen, or is going through the cervix an option? I’ve had multiple DNCs and have been awake for all of them without pain medications (due to other health issues that make my body not process anesthesia and pain meds properly, so basically they’re useless to me anyway). And those don’t scare me or bother me anymore. But this is new, and my OB will not be the one performing the surgery if we can get it approved. She has to do a referral to a medical university for them to perform the surgery. Also, what is the healing like? I work and have small children. So I’m nervous and just do not know what to expect. As I said, it’s still months away. But I’m trying to find out as much as I can to start preparing myself for what to expect. I have a pretty good pain tolerance at this point, but it still makes me super nervous and anxious, not knowing what to expect. The only other option that we discussed was a tubal and endometrial ablation, but my doctor said that they don’t always work to get rid of the issues caused by my endometriosis. If you had a tubal and an ablation, what was your experience with that? Did it stop the bleeding and other issues from endometriosis? Thank you for any information you can give me on what your surgery/procedure was like! I’ve been googling both but would like real people’s experiences on these things. I’m leaning towards just having my whole uterus removed at this point just to get rid of the problem altogether.

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I had this done 3 months after my daughter was born. I had a 3 month old baby and a 2.5 year old toddler. As long as you have a good support system at home you will be okay !! You won’t be aloud lifting. I didn’t get cut open they were able to do it vaginally. I didn’t keep on top of my pain meds which lead me to the hospital a few more times. But overall it was the best decision I ever made!

The recovery is long. You will need 6 full weeks of no heavy life into and sex. You have to listen to the no sex. You will probably need a C-section and do it that way. The scar is very low.

The only problem I had after mine is the one ovary I have left is not causing pain… But thats it.

I had mine done and it didn’t take long to recover I think maybe 4 weeks and had mine done vaginal and it was the best thing ever

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I had a hysterectomy (uterus removal kept ovaries). It is a 6 week recovery with restrictions and following those is important for recovering right. For me (4 kids) it was absolutely the right and best decision due to endo and uncontrolled menses. I am 6 yrs out from mine and feel amazing now. Good luck with whatever you choose.

I had mine done via laparoscopy surgery. Left my ovaries and cervix, took uterus and tubes. Recovery was about 8 weeks for me. 1st week was rough, not too bad after. Mine was due to fibroids.

I had a partial hysterectomy 14 years ago because my periods were so heavy I kept needing blood transfusions (3). It was the best thing I ever did! The recuperation was nothing compared to my two c-sections.

I had it done laparoscopically about 8 yrs ago due to fibroids. Best decision ever. Recovery was about 4 weeks and I was in little to no pain. Kept ovaries cervix tubes just removed uterus.

I’ve had mine removed after constant period that lasted over a year. Honestly. Best decision of my life. I still have issues (pcos) but it’s not as extreme. I hav cramping but not like I use to and of course I don’t bleed.

It does take an emotional toll on you though. I had mine removed at 25. I have two kiddos and have had multiple miscarriages. It sometimes feels like I’m not a complete woman. If that makes any sense. Like my choice to have more kids is gone and sometimes that gets to me. But medically, if I was to carry another child the chances of us both surviving is slim. My two almost killed me and them. I’m lucky to have them.

It’s a big decision. I’m more happy then sad that I did it. I have my off days. But I’m really glad in the long run I did for my health.

Also. Recovery is ROUGH. The first week is horrid. Then it starts to ease up. Whatever you do. Don’t lift anything. I did and ruptured the stitches and that set me back a few weeks.

I had a complete hysterectomy 15 years ago due to bleeding fibroid tumors and ovarian cysts. They did the bikini cut on my abdomen. The recovery period was six weeks, but I was fortunate enough to have the sick time at work and plenty of help at home. It’s very important the first couple of weeks to NOT overdo it–just rest–or you can cause problems with the incision. I take hormone replacement therapy, the pills are cheap–but you may not need that if you keep your ovaries. I have not regretted having my hysterectomy for a single day.

How are you going to have it removed if you can’t have anaesthetic or pain meds?? I’m having it done in March, as well as additional repair work, but my youngest is almost 2. It’s a 6 week recovery with 2 days in hospital.

They are removing it through my vagina. I have no idea how that works, but I’m told it does lol

I had it done. Was supposed stay 7 days in hospital I left on the 4th morning I can heal at home. They dont want you to lift anything for a few weeks and take it easy. Best thing I ever did.

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They removed mine vaginally and couldn’t pick up anything heavy for a month to 6weeks but I didn’t have hardly any pain after. Only missed 3 weeks of work and felt like going back after a week but my doctor wouldn’t release me.

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I had a hysterectomy----removal of uterus. due to fibroids that should have shrunk or stopped growing after I hit menopause…but they didn’t, they cont to grow & get larger. Best decision I ever did . Down time 3 wks. Very little pain afterwards :slight_smile: My ovaries are still there

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Best thing I ever did for myself…!

I had a tubal and my stuff is 10x worse I didnt even think it was possible to be worse but it is! Everyone is different though

I had 2 c-sections, 17 yrs apart for kids. Severe endo, with terrible periods. I did tubal with last, no avail to periods. Had uterus removed by c-section, and it was the best thing I ever did! I kept my ovaries to keep from taking hormones, and I have been fine. I would have done it sooner if I’d know how much better I would have felt after! But everyone heals differently! Remember that!