I know for me, having a hysterectomy always represented my “last hope” if my endometriosis pain got really bad. I saw it as a final option, something that would give me relief. My gyni always represented it that way and well… the thing is… I nearly did it! I was tired of being in pain every single day of my life and really considered going for a hysterectomy. Luckily, I had a good friend who recommended I go for a second opinion and that second opinion represented the hysterectomy as too severe and that I was too young to make that kind of decision—I was 22 years old.
The thing is, over 600,000 women are getting hysterectomies each year. Over 500,000 of those are completely unnecessary! This statistic is quoted from the author of The Hysterectomy Hoax by Dr. Stanley West. He describes it as a simple way that men has always viewed women, and it is almost chauvinistic towards women. Women having problems in that area are simply sent off to have all the “useless, symptom-producing, potentially cancer bearing organ” removed. This was said by an M.D. who gave a speech at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Scary stuff!
What is even sadder is that there is no way they would remove a man’s bits, just “in case” he might develop prostate cancer or has any kind of infection or disease in that area.
The thing is, having your bits taken out is so simplistic. It is merely looking at endometriosis as a singular problem—that is merely in one area of your body. According to the Chinese philosophy of medicine, disease cannot be cut out as it doesn’t exist. Diseases, as us Westerners term it, are merely imbalances in the body, which it is trying to rectify. By cutting out parts of our body, the imbalance will still exist and inevitably move onto a different organ or area of the body. I have seen this personally with my mom. She has had more bits cut out of her than you can imagine! The disease has literally moved from one organ to the next and the imbalances still exist.
The other side of the problem is what happens when you remove the womanly bits within us. These bits serve a purpose and are essential to our well-being! Our hormones control every element in our bodies. They give us our life vigor, our “chi” as the Chinese would call it. We want that energy or chi (also qi) to last as long as possible, as this is our life, our energy, our purpose. Women who have had hysterectomies often experience unbelievable symptoms after having them removed.
- Depression, anxiety attacks
- Fatigue, sleeplessness
- Mood swings
- Hair loss
- Loss of sex drive and vaginal dryness
- Urinary tract problems and interstitial cystitis
They are also at a higher risk of developing heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis.
The problem is then made even worse by doctors prescribing synthetic hormones to alleviate these symptoms. They often prescribe estrogens or synthetic hormone replacement therapy drugs, which inevitably just make the situation even worse.
What women need is progesterone! All the imbalances from having everything taken out and also even before then are often alleviated by simply adding progesterone to the body.
I have shared a few stories of women who have had hysterectomies and still had endometriosis develop again afterwards. Unfortunately ladies, it is not a definite and will not solve your pains with endometriosis. I wish I could guarantee it but I can’t. Some women do experience relief afterwards but many don’t. Do you really want to go that far and still have no guarantee?
I know you might be feeling that there are no other options. I am here to tell you that there are. There are heaps and heaps of options—down the path of going natural. Trust in your body’s natural healing abilities. It does know what it is doing—you just need to give it the tools to heal.
A big hug to you if you are going through so much pain that you are considering a hysterectomy. My heart goes out to you and I hope you find the answers in the pages of my blog.