This means that when God created mankind he created from that male a feminine counterpart who was also mankind but with a womb, thus giving the origin of the name WOMAN.
“God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female.” (Genesis 1:27 MSG)
What makes me woman is my womb, the original birth place of my two children. Therefore, this part of me holds a special connection to whom I am and why I exist.
The health of my womb is important to me and should be important to every woman created who was born with a womb.
MY HEALTH CONCERN
I sought my doctor after experiencing irregular blood flow during my periods. They were extremely heavy and too long for my liking. I wanted to know what was up. I like sex and I’m married so I needed to understand why my periods were staying around longer than usual.
As a woman, we are custom to having periods as part of life for us once we’ve become of age. Most females experience their menstrual cycles once a month from 3-8 days. Menstrual cycles longer than this is considered abnormal. And torture for the woman going through this irregularity.
As a result of the irregular bleeding I developed Amenia. A condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood, resulting in paleness and fatigue.
My OB-GYN wanted to run test to see what was causing the irregular bleeding. The first test I had was an ultra sound to see if they saw anything in the uterus. Surely they did! It appeared to be polyps.
Uterine polyps or endometrial polyps are irregularities of the inner uterine lining (something like fleshy skin tags, only on the inside). Polyps are often the source of irregular bleeding and can be a large nuisance, BUT they are not commonly cancerous.
Polyps of the uterine lining are often difficult to see on regular ultrasounds, but a “sono-hyst” (sonohysterography) or saline-infused ultrasound is much better at diagnosing this more accurately.
The next test was an Endometrial Biopsy. According to the Mayo Clinic an endometrial biopsy is the removal of a small piece of tissue from the endometrium (the lining of the uterus).
This tissue sample can show cell changes due to abnormal tissues or variations in hormone levels. Taking a small sample of endometrial tissue helps your doctor diagnose certain medical conditions.
She wanted to test the tissue from the uterus to ensure there was no cancer. Praise God there was no cancer. She did hormone test to check for imbalances. In which the hormones did not show any abnormalities.
We then discussed what was next. She wanted to get a better look at the polyps for quantity, size, and location. She scheduled me for a saline-infused ultrasound which I stated is much better at diagnosing polyps more accurately.
On yesterday I had the procedure done. I was able to get a better look at the polyp. It appeared to be only one.
But that one polyp was wreaking havoc in my body. It had invaded my life like a squatter invades property that doesn’t belong to them.
After the procedure, she discussed treatment. The treatment she suggested was to have a hysteroscopy endometrial ablation.
Of course I had never heard of it before. Usually when women have trouble with their uterus the first thing that I hear has to be done is a hysterectomy.
The Cleveland Clinic reports that a hysterectomy is a surgery to remove a woman’s uterus (also known as the womb).
The uterus is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant.
During the surgery the whole uterus is usually removed. Your doctor may also remove your fallopian tubes and ovaries. After a hysterectomy, you no longer have menstrual periods and cannot become pregnant.
Hysterectomy is the second-most common significant operation performed on females inside the United States. (The most common is cesarean section delivery).
Every year, more than 600,000 women undergo a hysterectomy. Despite the fact that some progressive doctors claim that up to 90% of hysterectomies are unnecessary, more conservative estimates put that number between 20–30%.
Either way, that is a lot of women that may be having unnecessary hysterectomies.
I didn’t want that at all and I wanted to avoid it at all cost. Therefore, she had my attention because she didn’t say Hysterectomy.
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY HYSTERECTOMIES?
There are quite a few reasons why women are recommended to consider an hysterectomy.
The most common are intense bleeding, when many things have been tried and failed, large fibroids, endometrial polyps, endometriosis, causing debilitating pain and discomfort and other endometrial concerns.
Some women are fed up with the discomfort or the bloating that accompanies a large fibroid uterus, or have a uterine prolapse, (a condition in which the uterus drops).
More serious symptoms include cancers of the uterus or ovaries — conditions that truly merit immediate surgery.
However, if we take a closer look, the latter are relatively uncommon and leave women with few choices, so this conversation and topic is geared toward women who are considering surgery for less clear-cut reasons.
Throughout traditional medical practices heavy blood loss is termed “dysfunctional uterine bleeding” when it is not the normal amount of bleeding but no demonstrable organic pathology is found. Diagnosis is made by exclusion since organic pathology always has to be ruled out.
What may be more useful for us to identify as “dysfunctional,” or imbalanced, are the environmental and lifestyle influences affecting our hormones and sending the uterus mixed messages.
Every now and then these influences lead to a state of estrogen dominance, and in other cases the menses may be out of sync, because of general hormonal imbalance.
In whichever the case, tuning in and paying attention to what the body and mind require can restore balance naturally.
Furthermore, what is dysfunctional for one woman may not be for another, and the term is somewhat subjective by nature, so it should be discussed with a knowledgeable and experienced provider.
Having reached a state of hormonal imbalance, a woman’s body can get stuck, and even her greatest efforts to restore balance can take quite a few months.
The annoyance of having to change pads hourly, doubling up on tampons, wash extra linen, never wear white at that time of the month or any light colors for that matter and timing activities around heavy flow leads several women to the end of their reproductive rope.
But surgery should never be the first, or even the second, recourse in the face of heavy bleeding.
I know plenty of people who have had hysterectomies and most was because of heavy and irregular bleeding.
BACK TO MY PERSONAL STORY
I wanted to save my uterus! I knew I didn’t want to have more babies.
I had already had two cesarean’s (c-sections) and I didn’t want to have another.
After discussion with my husband who already had plenty of children (from previous relationships), I decided the best form of contraception for me was to have my tubes tied.
I didn’t go so far as to have them burned and clipped, but I was sure without a doubt I didn’t want to go through the process of pregnancy again.
However, I never said I wanted to give up my uterus. She is a part of me. She’s part of my support system for my entire body. I didn’t want to know what life would be like without her.
The uterus is the nurturer and holds the creative force of life. It is the most creative and feminine one of a kind female organ.
The uterus is the ONLY part of the female organ where there is no male counterpart like the other parts of the female’s organs counterparts such as the vulva and the vagina.
Check Out This Fun Explainer Video Talking About “The Girlfriends and Our Female Organs”
I was pleased to find out I didn’t have to have a hysterectomy after all. I listened as she explained what a Hysteroscopy Endometrial Ablation consisted of.
She explained that the polyps were non-cancerous, I was not beginning or entering menopause just yet, my hormones showed no abnormalities and the cause of the polyps were not known.
She also explained that the hysteroscopy would allow her to go in the uterus and vacuum out the polyps but there was no guarantee that the polyps would not come back.
To prevent them from coming back the endometrial ablation would be performed which in layman terms mean the burning of the uterine lining.
The Anemia would more than like cease because I would not bleed for as long as I am now which could range from 7-14 days.
As she spoke, I wondered why were there so many women having their uteruses completely removed for trivial matters when there are other alternatives.
So I decided to research all the information on Hysteroscopy Endometrial Ablation.
It is two procedures performed at the same time which is slightly more invasive but definitely less traumatic than a hysterectomy.
WHAT IS A HYSTEROSCOPY?
According to the Cleveland Clinic an Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look inside your uterus in order to diagnose and treat causes of abnormal bleeding.
Hysteroscopy is done using a hysteroscope, a thin, lighted tube that is inserted into the vagina to examine the cervix and inside of the uterus. Hysteroscopy can be either diagnostic or operative.
WHAT IS A OPERATIVE HYSTEROSCOPY?
Operative hysteroscopy is used to correct an abnormal condition that has been detected during a diagnostic hysteroscopy.
If an abnormal condition was detected during the diagnostic hysteroscopy, an operative hysteroscopy can often be performed at the same time, avoiding the need for a second surgery.
During operative hysteroscopy, small instruments used to correct the condition are inserted through the hysteroscope.
WHEN IS OPERATIVE HYSTEROSCOPY USED?
Your doctor may perform hysteroscopy to correct the following uterine conditions:
- Polyps and fibroids —Hysteroscopy is used to remove these non-cancerous growths found in the uterus.
- Adhesions —Also known as Asherman’s Syndrome, uterine adhesions are bands of scar tissue that can form in the uterus and may lead to changes in menstrual flow as well as infertility. Hysteroscopy can help your doctor locate and remove the adhesions.
- Septums— Hysteroscopy can help determine whether you have a uterine septum, a malformation of the uterus that is present from birth.
- Abnormal bleeding— Hysteroscopy can help identify the cause of heavy or lengthy menstrual flow, as well as bleeding between periods or after menopause. Endometrial ablation is one procedure in which the hysteroscope, along with other instruments, is used to destroy the uterine lining in order to treat some causes of heavy bleeding.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A HYSTEROSCOPY?
Compared with other, more invasive procedures, hysteroscopy may provide the following advantages:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
- Less pain medication needed after surgery
- Avoidance of hysterectomy
- Possible avoidance of “open” abdominal surgery
HOW SAFE IS HYSTEROSCOPY?
Hysteroscopy is a relatively safe procedure. However, as with any type of surgery, complications are possible.
With hysteroscopy, complications occur in less than 1 percent of cases and can include:
- Risks associated with anesthesia
- Heavy bleeding
- Injury to the cervix, uterus, bowel or bladder
- Intrauterine scarring
- Reaction to the substance used to expand the uterus
WHEN SHOULD THE PROCEDURE BE PERFORMED?
Your doctor may recommend scheduling the hysteroscopy for the first week after your menstrual period.
This timing will provide the doctor with the best view of the inside of your uterus.
Hysteroscopy is also performed to determine the cause of unexplained bleeding or spotting in postmenopausal women.
The type of anesthesia used is determined by where the hysteroscopy is to be performed (hospital or doctor’s office) and whether other procedures will be done at the same time.
In my case I will have to have general anesthesia (the numbing of the entire body for the entire time of the surgery) while my procedure is done in a hospital as an outpatient.
However, in certain circumstances, such as if your doctor is concerned about your reaction to anesthesia, an overnight stay may be required.
Once she vacuums out the polyps she will perform the second procedure which is an Endometrial Ablation.
WHAT IS AN ENDOMETRIAL ABLATION?
According to the Mayo Clinic… Endometrial Ablation is a procedure that surgically destroys (ablates) the lining of your uterus (endometrium).
The goal of endometrial ablation is to reduce menstrual flow. In some women, menstrual flow may stop completely.
No incisions are needed for endometrial ablation. Your doctor inserts slender tools through the passageway between your vagina and uterus (cervix).
The tools vary, depending on the method used to ablate the endometrium.
They might include extreme cold, heated fluids, microwave energy or high-energy radiofrequencies.
Factors such as the size and condition of your uterus will help determine which endometrial ablation method is most appropriate.
WHY ENDOMERTIAL ABLATION?
Endometrial ablation is a treatment for excessive menstrual blood loss. Your doctor might recommend endometrial ablation if you have.
- Unusually heavy periods, sometimes defined as soaking a pad or tampon every two hours or less
- Bleeding that lasts longer than eight days
- Anemia from excessive blood loss
To reduce menstrual bleeding, doctors generally start by prescribing medications or an intrauterine device (IUD).
Endometrial ablation might be an option if these other treatments don’t help or if you’re not able to have other therapies.
Endometrial ablation generally isn’t recommended for postmenopausal women or women who have:
- Certain abnormalities of the uterus
- Cancer of the uterus, or an increased risk of uterine cancer
- An active pelvic infection
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF ENDOMETRIAL ABLATION?
Complications of endometrial ablation are rare and can include:
- Pain, bleeding or infection
- Heat or cold damage to nearby organs
- A puncture injury of the uterine wall from surgical instruments
Pregnancy can occur after endometrial ablation. However, these pregnancies might be higher risk to mother and baby.
The pregnancy might end in miscarriage because the lining of the uterus has been damaged, or the pregnancy might occur in the fallopian tubes or cervix instead of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy).
Some types of sterilization procedures can be done at the time of endometrial ablation.
If you are having endometrial ablation, long-lasting contraception or sterilization is recommended to prevent pregnancy.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
After endometrial ablation, you might experience:
You may have menstrual-like cramps for a few days. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help relieve cramping.
A watery discharge, mixed with blood, may occur for a few weeks. The discharge is typically heaviest for the first few days after the procedure.
You may need to pass urine more often during the first 24 hours after endometrial ablation.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF ENDOMETRIAL ABLATION?
It might take a few months to see the final results, but endometrial ablation usually reduces the amount of blood lost during menstruation.
Most women will have lighter periods, and some will stop having periods entirely.
Endometrial ablation isn’t a sterilization procedure, so you should continue to use contraception if your currently using it.
Pregnancy might still be possible, but it will likely be hazardous and end in miscarriage.
Although there are many benefits associated with Hysteroscopy Endometrial Ablation, it may not be appropriate for some patients.
A doctor who specializes in this procedure will consult with your primary care physician to determine whether it is appropriate for you.
I decided that this was the best method for me.
What I really want women to know and understand is you don’t have to give up your uterus permanently and you don’t have to permanently destroy the lining of your uterus either.
A good place to start would be to talk with your doctor.
Here are two books that you can purchase and read to learn more about alternatives for women’s health…
Be proactive in your health and any diagnoses you may be given.
Do your homework and check out all your options before you get rid of your good girlfriend!
Take back the power of your body! You only get one body. You only get one uterus!
Use wisdom and knowledge to give it the best tender loving care possible.
I hope this article inspires you to appreciate your God given body and do what is in your own best interest.
Be inspired! Be Healthy! Be Free to Live With Your Uterus!
What are your thoughts? Would you undergo hysteroscopy endometrial ablation?
Have you already undergone the procedure? If so, are you happy and comfortable with the results?
I would love to hear more insight on both pros and cons about the procedure!
Before you go would you be so kind as to share this article on your social media page with the hastag #SaveTheUterus
Thank you in advance!