I felt the youngest on the ward! – Katie’s story

I guess I’ve always had problems with my periods right from the start. Even having my children was eventful, I’m so lucky I had them in my twenties. By the time I approached my thirties my periods were horrendously heavy. Eventually I saw the doctor and had a coil fitted. Well what can I say my period did go a bit lighter…. I ended up having periods for almost a month I was lucky to have 3/7 days free of bleeding.
I went to see my doctor regarding smear tests and ended up being referred to gyne regarding my periods. At the age of 35 I had an ablation ( I was told I was too young for a hysterectomy) which did reduce my periods, I was pain free!! Life became fab, I got so much more fitter progressed at work, no longer feeling tired. Two years ago – bam my periods decided to go longer getting a bit painful. I just put it down to a blip didn’t go to the doctors for six months or so as I wanted to see how my cycle was going. The pain in my pelvic/ hip area was horrendous. The doctors referred me straight back, my scar tissue from the ablation was causing the pain. I was thinking I was pickled in fibroids like last time. This time the consultant said hysterectomy, she couldn’t understand why they didn’t give me one 4 years ago.

I had my op 8/5/2015 should of been keyhole but ended up abdominal. I remember waking thinking what have I done I’m only 39 years in the youngest on this ward!!

I’m now 5.5 months post off, I would be lying if I said life has been easy.

Positives: no pain no periods full stop. Life is getting back to normal. I still have moments where I still can’t lift heavy items.

Negatives : mood swings, hot flushes, watching people who are having children later and I’m thinking I so cannot. Not being able to do the sports I used to do for a few more months like running, Crossfit. My ovaries feel like they scream at me for trying to run or if I’ve walked to and from work; worked a full day. My body still gets tired now, I haven’t attempted trying to exercise on days I work and often find I’m sticking to swimming or yoga on my days off.

My Crossfit instructor has said to allow 8 months before returning and then it’s very basic workout.

I hope this helps any ” younger” hysterectomy ladies. I wanted to write my story a few months after my op regarding recovery in the hope it helps someone. I also found support pants and supported crop bras ( brought mine in Matalan reasonably priced and the bras from M&S.) like sports bra very helpful to support the belly and my boobs as they got bigger and fuller.

Thank you all for reading.


in my own words book coverNow available on our online store and all other online book store’s. In My Own Words: Women’s Experience of Hysterectomy is full of many other real-life stories from women the world over.

Other people’s stories help women feel less isolated. They show that they aren’t going mad, missing the point or stupid.

Similar Posts