T.G. asks from Payette, ID on June 04, 2007
I have had endometriosis for at least 5 years. I had laproscopic surgery about 3 years ago. I am thinking about having another laproscopic surgery this summer. My Doctor doesn't really think I should have a hysterectomy because the endometriosis could be in other places than the uterus. Just wondering if any of you have endometriosis and what worked for you.
B.F. answers from Des Moines on June 05, 2007
I have a history of endometriosis and I had surgery once to remove the growth and at that point my Dr told me that the only way to control it was:
1. be pregnant
2. be on birth control
3. have a hysterectomy
I have decided to get my tubes tied since my Dr wouldn't do a hysterectomy after my 3rd child, I have been on the depo provera shot for the last 3 years and have recently begun to have signs of this coming back so at this point I am seriously considering having a hysterectomy because I do not want to keep having a surgery to remove the excess growth. There are 2 kinds of hysterectomies that my Dr talked about:
1. complete-where they take everything
2. partial-they either take the ovaries or the uterus
The one that I would require is the complete since the growing could continue if anything was left inside.
In your case if you are not on birth control I would look into that to see if it would work for you, as far as I know there are not many people that do not have birth control work for them to control endometriosis.
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N.L. answers from Omaha on June 05, 2007
My mom recently had a hysterectomy due to endometriosis. She enjoys not having her cycle because when she did it was VERY painful!
L.B. answers from Hickory on June 05, 2007
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S.P. answers from Great Falls on June 05, 2007
My sister had that and a lap(whatever) LOL and then she got pg with her first. After that she didn't have any problems. The choice is yours to make. I knew one woman who had so much pain that she'd be miserable. She had a hysterectomy. If you have all the kids you planned on having, that might save you a lot of pain.
I don't know, personally what you're going through so I guess I don't know how to answer your question. Sorry.
K. answers from Pocatello on June 04, 2007
I have endometriosis for a very long time and I just had a hysterectomy almost a year ago! The best thing I have ever done!! There are a lot of options that I wanted to try before I went as far as getting a hysterectomy. None of them seemed to work. The only one that worked was being pregnant and nursing so I didn't have my cycle. But you can't be pregnant or nurse the rest your life so when I was very very sure that I did not want any more children I finally got it done. I have not looked back since except to count how many cycles I haven't had to agonize through. Good luck!
A.W. answers from Pocatello on June 05, 2007
I developed endometriosis after my daughter was born. I was seeing a doctor and he kept changing my birth control pill, and telling me that I probably just had cysts on my ovaries. For over 2 years I saw this doctor and then I finally took the advice of my boss and talked to a fertility specialist. I had to have a laperoscopy and a hysteroscopy, and then I had to have another surgery to remove the growth. The endometrioma was in my abdominal wall and had been growing since I had my daughter in May 2002. I finally finished all of this up in September of 2006. My husband and I had been trying since my daughter was a year old to have another and now, finally I am 24 weeks.
The best advice I can possibly give is get a second opinion, and if you don't like what they had to say, then get a third. I had severe pain every month for 2-3 weeks and I was considering a hysterectomy! I am so glad I didn't have it done.