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  •  Messing with my GYN health AND my blood pressure (6+ / 0-)

    If I were an animated character this whole issue would make steam come out of my ears.

    I have had various menstrual issues since puberty. I did not discover what birth control pills could do until my thirties. For the last 12 years I have been through two procedures to address uterine fibroids. (If menopause doesn't hit in the next year I may have to have a hysterectomy.) I have been on hormones at different points during this time to help control bleeding so heavy that I also have had to go to emergency rooms and have come close to needing a transfusion. And, yes, I have been anemic much of my life.

    As for contraception, I tried in my mid-30s to get my tubes tied. I had to attend a special "information" session that was only held about every 3 months, sign all sorts of paperwork, then go on a waiting list that was many months long. Unfortunately, I could not afford to go outside my HMO to have it done. I got a new job and moved out-of-town before I ever got close to the top of the list.

    I have never felt so patronized in my entire life. Dammit, how insulting is it that I can't be allowed to just make a decision about my fertility, especially at that point in my life? And so what if I change my mind later (which I did not)? Isn't that the point of being an adult - you have to be allowed to make mistakes and learn to live with them.

    What happens with my ovaries and uterus, for whatever reason, is between me and my doctor, and even she is there to impart professional information, not to make the final decision. (OK, my partner in a serious relationship, my BFFs and my mother (a retired RN) might get to share advice but that's it.)

    So every time one of these misogynistic, moralizing, patronizing, hypocritical idiots talk about freedom of religion, or protecting life, I understand the expression "seeing red."

    •  hysterectomy (0+ / 0-)

      after so much pain, the hysterectomy was liberating! Don't be afraid of it, and the earlier you get it done, the more likely that you can have a vaginal one. There was a lot of pain, but the pain killers worked well and I was only mildly uncomfortable.

      Don't be afraid of it. It really is not that hard to go through. You will have such a higher quality of life without all that pain!

      "Every Pootie is a masterpiece." - Da Vinci

      by mdsiamese on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 06:21:33 AM PST

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      •  Thanks, (0+ / 0-)

        but there are a few reasons I am reluctant to have the hysterectomy. Including, unfortunately, I don't do well on the serious pain meds - nasty side effects.

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