I took the week off from work this week and decided to get my annual pap smear test done. Okay, I confess that I haven't been to the OB-GYN office for 2 years. I'm a single, 35 year old woman who has not been sexually active for several years now (by choice) so I figured I was okay. Nope! Shame on me!
To make the long story short, my doctor discovered a large fibroid in my uterus and has scheduled me for surgery to remove it in the next few weeks. He told me that he assumed I still want the option of having a child in the future. He assumed correctly.
I started researching the causes of uterus fibroids and the general belief is that no one really knows what causes them. I did come across some articles stating overweight people, people with low Vitamin D3, and women who have never been pregnant are more liking to get them. Lovely. I fit all 3 risk factors.
Anyway, has anyone gotten fibroids? If so, did you remove them? How long did it take you to recover? My doctor told me he will use a technique called the "da Vinci Surgery"....where the doctor actually operates a robot to make accurate cuts in the uterus in order to remove the fibroid. He said I will not have to stay in the night in the hospital.
I'm a little bit nervous about it, but I'm going to do it. The only surgery I've had in my life so far was getting my wisdom teeth out. So this will be interesting. Also, I fear that I may hemorrhage while they operate on me...and then they end up having to perform an emergency hysterectomy to save my life....and I wake up with the knowledge that I'll never be able to have a biological child! I never realized how much I wanted to be a mother until the possibility of being infertile was actually a real possibility. I'm rambling now...
I encourage all of you ladies to read up on fibroid symptoms if you are not familiar with it because it is very common to get. In fact, I read that up to 80% of women will get fibroids at some point in their life before reaching age 50.