Boy, this is a great thread. I've just started having uterine issues (irregular period, spotting all damn month, etc), and it was so nice to be able to come here and read other women's experiences! Thank you to everyone for sharing so many experiences, especially the ones that are painful, uncomfortable, etc.
My mom has ovarian cancer and I had breast cancer 2 years ago. My mom's gynecological oncologist recommended a total hysterectomy because he says that even though we both tested negative for BRCA, there are many unrecognized genetic connections between breast and ovarian cancer. I was trying to get a little closer to menopause since my family also has bone and heart problems (which I understand can be exacerbated by removal of the ovaries). Also, since others have given me differing advice (my oncologist and the genetic counselor we saw), I've been trying to do some research before making a decision.
I know several people on this thread have had or have considered hysterectomies. From what I've read (I haven't made it through the whole thread yet), most folks are very happy with their hysterectomy (very reassuring - thank you again for sharing!) but I was wondering if there were any negatives? What do you wish you had known before doing it? Or why did you ultimately decide not to do it?
Also, my gynecologist made the point that my insurance might not cover it since it is elective at this point. She also wants to treat my bleeding issues (I had a trans-vaginal ultrasound where everything looked ok, bloodwork where everything looked ok, she wants me to take a course of progesterone, and she wants me to come back in 4 months), but I'm leaning towards just getting the works yanked (if insurance will pay for it) because I'm going to worry about it as long as it's all in there.
Other than the money, I do worry about hormonal issues since I have both migraines and lots of relatives with depression, both of which can be impacted by changes in hormones and such. I would also be interested in hearing about people's experiences with mood, headaches, depression, etc. after a hysterectomy.
Thanks for any info and insights.