I called and talked with my OB last week. I had my RE send her the copy of his report detailing the scar tissue that has now taken over my uterus. We aren’t currently seeing eye-to-eye on what’s next for me and my body.
What decisions are we allowed to make about our bodies and how do doctors figure out how to ‘do no harm’? I remember one Grey’s Anatomy episode where a guy hates his foot and he wants the doctors to remove it. The doctors say that it’s a perfectly healthy foot, so they refuse him. The guy borrows a chain saw and cuts it off himself so that they are forced to listen to him.
Ok, it’s extreme (and you may be able to convince me that not everything that happened on Grey’s is realistic :)), but I really feel that way about my uterus right now. I want it gone. I have had too many babies die in my uterus, too much pain caused by that organ, and I just want it gone.
Is this such a leap to take? (warning- TMI) If I don’t do anything, the Asherman’s may significantly affect my cycle, I was already struggling with not having any cycle almost 10 weeks post D&C. It’s possible the scar tissue holds in the lining that you should shed each month and that can cause endometriosis (or make endometriosis worse in my case since I already have it). Before these last miscarriages, I had heavy cycles and pain. I was told it would be at least 2 surgeries to try to remove scar tissue and prevent it from returning- on top of months of estrogen therapy (which isn’t good given the endometriosis and family history of cancer). Really, how much more do I have to try to work through with this?
If I don’t do anything, I also worry that I will get pregnant again when I don’t intend to do so. I have gotten pregnant so easily in the past that I don’t trust going without birth control. Between my unknown cause of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and the scar tissue that’s clouding my uterine cavity, it’s probably almost a 99% chance I would miscarry. I don’t want to leave that as an option. I can’t move on and try to accept my life if that’s still a possibility to miscarry again. The only reason I can accept never getting pregnant again as ‘ok’ is because it brings the benefit of never miscarrying again.
So I just want a hysterectomy. I feel like that will give me closure. I will know with certainty that I can never get pregnant again nor can I miscarry again. We are already walking the journey of surrogacy. I just feel like I will be able to heal better mentally and emotionally. I wouldn’t have to have my ovaries removed, so there wouldn’t be the hormonal effects.
So, when I even broach the topic of preventing pregnancy with my OB, she said would not even consent to tying my tubes yet. That kind of blew me away. I know that a hysterectomy is a drastic move, but she won’t even consent to tying my tubes? She reminded me that I only have one child (um, thanks, like I don’t think about this 2,000 times a day) and I’m still ‘young’. Ok, I’m getting extremely close to advanced maternal age, so I hardly put myself in the category of young.
So when do I get some choice over what happens in my body? The really f’ed up thing is that my husband could go into a clinic and schedule a vasectomy tomorrow with great ease. And I could choose to have multiple surgeries on my uterus if I wanted to remove scar tissue, but I’m not allowed to have surgery to remove it? Or to make a step in the direction of never getting pregnant again? I don’t want birth control or an IUD, I hate the hormones and weight gain and I just want to start letting my body heal and move into a new chapter.
I know, most women who have to have a hysterectomy didn’t want one and they had no choice in the matter, so I’m a very odd duck. Are there lots of people out there who wanted hysterectomies and then regretted them horribly later? Were they removing a very broken uterus or a functioning one? Anyone with thoughts on this to help me out? I don’t know what my next move on this should be- I guess a consult with a different OB/surgeon will have to be next. And it’s not like I want to do this tomorrow as a knee-jerk reaction or because I’m depressed or not grieving well or whatever. But I feel like waiting a year or so should be more than enough to say this is not just a quick, bad decision and that at the very least my OB should tie my tubes even if she won’t remove the scarred coffin inside my abdomen.