There was a time, when I was in my mid 20s, where my struggles with Endometriosis just became unbearable. I felt like every moment of my life was simply filled with pain or dealing with side effects from the hormone treatments I was on. My life became a sea of drugs, headaches, painful digestion and really just pushing myself through each day, trying to simply stay above water. I didn’t dream of any kind of bigger life for myself but just wanted to get a job that was easy enough so I could leave early if I needed to and not have too much stress. Endometriosis controlled my life and I was totally and utterly sick of it!
So, there I was… visiting my gynecologist, in an incredibly fragile place, practically begging him to take everything out of my body because I just wanted it all to be gone! I really believed that if they just removed it all, then somehow I would feel better, that somehow I could finally live some kind of normal life!
Luckily, my gynecologist advised me against it. He insisted that this was really my absolute last resort and that he would generally try a whole bunch of other things before doing it.
Sadly, this is not what I have seen through my experiences with my clients. I receive so many emails and questions about whether we should just have a hysterectomy, because doctors seem to believe this is the only way to approach Endometriosis. I am frequently shocked at how easily and often these recommendations are made for some basic situations, which I know can be remedied by following my REACH Technique© that is not drastic, painful or harmful in anyway.
I recently got asked about whether a young lady should have a hysterectomy because she has a cyst on one ovary. I can’t believe that the reaction is, “Oh, there is a cyst we can’t seem to get rid of, so let us cut out every part of your internal womanly anatomy!”
Hysterectomies are the second most common surgery performed on reproductive-aged women and more than half a million are performed in the US every year. The scary thing is that nobody seems to appreciate the importance of our ovaries, our hormones and all those bits doctors are so readily and easily prepared to cut out.
Here are some clues:
- There are always surgery risks, such as bleeding, infection, reactions to anesthesia and injury to nearby organs, nerves and tissues. Nevermind the fact that with every surgery come more adhesions!
- It will alter your sex drive and you are likely to experience early menopausal symptoms.
- Having a hysterectomy does not cure Endometriosis! According to the Women’s Health U.S. Department of health and human services, having your uterus removed doesn’t cure Endometriosis.
- Your hormones are important beyond Endometriosis! They ensure your overall sexual health and bone health. This affects your sleep, your moods and even your digestion! The body doesn’t operate in a vacuum; every part influences other bits!
- You will likely need to go on hormone replacement therapy, particularly if you have your ovaries removed, which brings a whole host of other symptoms with it! These carry similar risks to the contraceptive pill, including blood clots, stroke and heart disease.
- This is an emotionally traumatic experience that you are putting your body through. Please, don’t forget this! Many women experience postoperative depression, insomnia, loss of appetite and just feeling “lost”.
There is one key thing I do want to mention which I was informed about through an amazing Chinese doctor some time ago.
“When a body has an imbalance, which is displayed in the form of some or other disease, it will continue to display this imbalance. If we cut out the place where that imbalance is currently occurring, then chances are, it will simply move to the next area of the body.”
I have personally witnessed this experience with a friend of mine, who had severe Endometriosis, then had a hysterectomy and is now struggling with bowel cancer.
There are a few things to think about here and I know it is not an easy decision but please know that there is a way to live a life that is pain free and symptom free, even with Endometriosis!
Having been in that place in my mid 20s and now living a life that is completely free of Endometriosis, I can tell you that it is possible. Please consider your long-term health and the essence that is your womanhood and opt for a “first do no harm” approach for your body. My REACH Technique© can offer you a complete and natural approach for Endometriosis, which doesn’t involve any hospital visits!
I would give it six months of using my REACH Technique© approach and if you still don’t get some relief, the hysterectomy will still be available after that time.