mbigmistake (mbigmistake) wrote in hysterectomies,

Hysto at Relatively Young Age

I've suffered debilitating cramps for 25 years now and have always debated getting a hysto. Now that I'm older, my doctors seem willing, though not eager, to let me do it if I push them (they finally seem to believe me when I say that I don't want kids). I'm starting to seriously consider the option and have some questions for those who have been through it at a relatively young age.

I used to think getting a hysto was a bad idea because I'd go into menopause and have to go on female hormone replacement therapy and I'd risk early osteoporosis.  But the more that I learn, it seems like, if you leave the ovaries, you don't have to take HRT and there's no additional risk of osteoporosis.  Is this true?

Next question involves sex...if you aren't on female HRT after the surgery, does vaginal lubrication change as a result of the surgery and do the vaginal walls get thinner?  What about sex drive? Assuming that all goes well with the surgery and there aren't complications (and the cervix is left intact and the ovaries left)...does having a hysto change your sex life?

Any thoughts would be great.  Thanks.
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I had my hyst last May at age 27.

It's true that you do not need to have your ovaries removed. Mine were not. I am not on HRT, and my hormone levels have normalized

Also, my sex drive and lubrication is fine - and I'm pretty sure that's due to the fact that I have hormones! If anything, my sex drive has increased because I am no longer in pain from having an enormous uterus.
Thanks for the info, this is just the kind of thing I want to know.
Do you know what is causing your debilitating cramps? If you've been diagnosed with endometriosis, you may want to reconsider leaving your ovaries - studies have shown that often the pain is much more likely to continue if the ovaries are left in place. If it's adenomyosis that you're suffering from, it's less of a risk to leave the ovaries.

I was 20 when I had mine, but I had both ovaries and my cervix removed as well, so I can't really answer your questions from personal experience, I'm afraid.
I'm not sure that I have either...and have not been diagnosed with either. I've had this problem pretty much since day one. I'm not sure that doctors always know why or that there's always a specific cause.
I had my hysto last year (27) and it has been nothing but a positive experience. I had my uterus and cervix out, but kept my ovaries. It did take a couple of months for my lubrication to fully come back, but I haven't had any problems since. Sex drive came back instantly with a vengence, and it felt better because I didn't have my stupid cervix getting in the way. Good luck with your decision, it truely was one of the best decision's I ever made!!
I had my hysterectomy at 22 and I was already on male HRT. (I'm an FTM) My GP told me to expect my lubrication to go away just from the HRT. I'm 2 years post-op now and I still have no issues producing more than ample, even though I have no ovaries.