Getting my life back after a subtotal hysterectomy – Paula’s Story

I had a subtotal hysterectomy on 29th December 2011 and now have my life back. I have suffered with very heavy periods all my life but especially since I had my children.

My doctor was not very helpful and was quite rude about it happens to all women and there was nothing that could be done.

Last october I had to have a health check because I reached 45 years of age and was told to loose weight. I should go swimming as that was the most easiest way to loose it. After explaining to the nurse that I hadn’t been swimming since my last son was born over 18 years ago because of the problems that I had she was rather angry that I had done nothing about it.

She made me go see the new female doctor who arranged everything and now I have my life back and can do anything without worrying about periods and leakage.


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  1. Dear Paula,

    Thank you so much for posting your experiences on this website. I have been offered a subtotal hysterectomy and I am nervous about it, at 45years old I have had enough of hiding away for over 10 days each month with the awful and painful period bulid up and then heavy bleeding. You have given me the courage to go ahead as at 45 years old I haven’t had children but I feel that is not something that is meant ti be for me even though I love kids. I just want to have some quality fo life and I hope that this will make a difference. Can you or anyone with a similar experience tell me more about the recovery time? how to prepare for the op? do you still get PMT as the ovaries are left in? do you notice a difference each month? etc

    I would be very grateful

    Thank you