Having a Hysterectomy at 28 Years Old: My Story

Note to self –> file this under: Things I never thought I’d share with the internet.

Why stop oversharing now?

Sooooooo, yea. I am a 28 year old woman who is undergoing a hysterectomy in t minus two full days.

Why am I sharing?

Welp, here’s the thing. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. My biggest fear in life is surgery. I know that might sound bizarre to most, but I have so much anxiety surrounding it for many reasons. The thought of something going wrong when you 100% plan to come out unscathed, the fact that I know someone personally who felt an entire surgery while she was “put under,” having seizures as a baby as a result of medication used during surgery? Just so! many! things!

However, I am focusing on the positives. And while I was researching the surgery, my doctor, what recovery would be like, etc. I didn’t feel like there was a lot of content I related to. I was reading articles and watching videos, but the majority of the patients were either A. having a different surgery, or B. much older than myself.

I got you ladies! This is my perspective as a 28 year old woman undergoing a partial hysterectomy where I will have my uterus and fallopian tubes removed, but I will be keeping my cervix and ovaries.

While recovery is typically relatively easy, I won’t deny this is a major surgery with possible ramifications both during surgery and later on down the road. I am having something that I am meant to have removed from my body and I didn’t make that decision lightly.

Watch the video below and continue scrolling if you want to know where to skip for specific topics:


( 0:43 ): Why this is uncomfortable for me to share.

( 1:56 ): I have not had a good night’s sleep in years.

( 3:05 ): Gluten intolerance discovery and the changes it made in my body.

( 3:25 ): Realizing it was not normal to feel so tired at such a young age.

( 4:00 ): Dealing with urinary incontinence and how it severely impacts my life.

( 6:19 ): Discussing urinary incontinence with primary care physician who referred me to a specialist (obstetrician-gynecologist.)

( 7:00 ): Getting into the discussion of why I made the decision to have the surgery.

( 7:30 ): Oversized, severely tilted uterus, pushing against bladder and bowels.

( 7:55 ): My experience with endometriosis

( 8:05 ): CT, MRI, and Urodynamic test ordered.

( 8:25 ): Temporary treatment to calm the bladder.

( 9:28 ): The surgeon’s world renowned qualifications.

( 9:45 ): Going over my options and making the decision to do the surgery.

( 10:30 ): Not making the decision lightly and all of the ways my life is impacted by living with it.

  • pain, tenderness
  • painful periods
  • pain during intercourse
  • pain/nausea after orgasm
  • urinary incontinence
  • disrupted bowel movements

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TRIGGER WARNING

Scroll through this section

if you suffer from infertility

and you are sensitive to

talk regarding conception.

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( 12:44 ): My desire to not have any more children.

( 13:00 ): My desire to be off birth control.

( 13:45 ): Experiencing that moment of realizing I will no longer be able to conceive.

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End: Trigger Warning

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( 14:30 ): Closing up the video with mentions of sharing recovery on Snapchat and YouTube.

( 15:40 ): Expressing concerns with my surgeon.

And that’s a wrap! Follow me on Snapchat (@taracreel) where I will be sharing additional details such as experiences I have had in dealing with urinary incontinence and more!

Please leave any questions you have on YouTube so we can create a forum for other woman to ask questions and seek answers.

Love you always! t

 

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Tena on May 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Hope your recovery is going well.

    • Tara Creel on May 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you!

  2. […] part 1 where I explain why I made the decision to get a hysterectomy at 28 years old, refer to THIS […]

  3. Amy Aed on June 22, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I’ve just found your blog and honestly I absolutely love it. I have Crohn’s Disease so I also have to go through a lot of surgeries, so I completely understand your fear. Also, I’ve never wanted children and never will, and even asked at my local GP to get sterilised and she kind of laughed? Like I’m sorry, is it not my body? Am I not going to be the only person that knows my own personal opinion on what I want to do. I sure can’t wait to live a large majority of my life in fear that I will get pregnant, unwantingly, and have to make one of the biggest calls.

    So glad I’ve found your blog now, I’m now officially a regular 🙂

    • Tara Creel on June 22, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you SO SO much for such a kind comment. It honestly touches my heart. That’s why I write, to hopefully helps others by providing inspiration and value. I’m happy to have you here!

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  5. Hillary on October 31, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Omg I’m so thankful I came across your blog! I am 28 years old with Celiac disease and just had my second baby. I was just told yesterday by my obgyn that a hysterectomy was my best option for the same problems you listed. Do you regret having the surgery so young or are you happy with your decision?

    Hillary

    • Tara Creel on November 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you for reading the blog! So far, I have no regrets. I am only 6 months out, but have not had any complications and I feel good. I wish you the best of luck in whatever decision you make. Please let me know how it goes.

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