I’ve been very open with my reproductive struggles here on my blog. I’ve shared my very personal story about the stillbirth of our son, Max. I’ve shared many motherhood struggles, motherhood celebrations, and personal milestones such as my weight loss journey.
Today, I’m sharing another personal tidbit about uterine surgery that I’ll undergo tomorrow.
I debated whether or not to post about this surgery, but ultimately I decided to. This blog has allowed me to connect with other women about such a wide variety of issues, and I believe that if women can openly talk about the things that go on inside of their bodies, there will be more understanding and less fear to share.
So, here goes:
Tomorrow morning I will wake up early, before the kids are up and before the sun is up, and head to a surgery center. It seems that a little polyp has taken up residence in my uterus, and will not leave. WTF, uterus.
I suspected something was up with me when I noticed a lot of spotting throughout my cycle. Also, my periods became super irregular. So, I set an appointment with my ob/gyn to get the situation checked out.
At my first appointment, she saw something there, but we decided to go the non-surgical route and try to use progesterone supplements to encourage a surge of hormones, and ultimately coax the growth ( uterine polyp ) out naturally. This didn’t work. How do I know?
Well, at my follow up appointment a few weeks ago, the polyp was confirmed with a sono-hysterogram. If you’re saying “sono-hystero-HUH?!” it’s basically an ultrasound with water pumped into your uterus…sounds super glamorous, right? Yea, I thought so, too.
- From the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Sonohysterography is a technique in which fluid is injected through the cervix into the uterus, and ultrasound is used to make images of the uterine cavity. The fluid shows more detail of the inside of the uterus than when ultrasound is used alone.
What’s wrong with having a uterine polyp anyway, Melissa?
A uterine polyp can apparently be bad if they’re left in there to grow. Besides fun things like: messing up your cycle, making you have spotting all month long, and messing with your hormones so that your face looks like a pubescent teenager….if they’re not removed they can lead to cancer (and necessary hysterectomy). NOT fun.
Additionally, the lining of my uterus is too thick it seems. So, I’ll also have an endometrial biopsy tomorrow while I’m in there.
Oh, and I have a cyst on my cervix.
SO – all of those things will be removed and pathology will check to make sure there aren’t any abnormal cells.
I’m obviously praying and hoping that everything goes well, and comes back 100% normal.
The up side to this? I’ll be put to sleep with anesthesia. You know what that means? Uninterrupted sleep. For a mom who has toddlers as permanent residents in her bed, this is great news.
So, in the mean time, I’ve
penned typed this charming note to my friend, my uterus:
My open letter to my uterus:
We’ve been through a lot together.
Some has been not so great….Like, the countless miscarriages and that one time where we failed my son and he was stillborn into the world. I’m placing most (99.9%) of the blame on you, dear uterus, for that.
Some has been great…Like, those two times where you successfully gestated my living children and allowed them to be birthed alive into the world.
Honestly, I’m sorry that I’ve put you through so much, and asked you to birth a few offspring in just a few years’ time span. But really, all I was asking you to do was your biologically created job. Was that too much to ask??
I thought we were on better terms now. I really was starting to think that we had put the past behind us, and we were just going to be friends. I thought you would just function normally.
Nope. Not in the cards. I shouldn’t be so complacent with uterine normalcy, I guess?!
Now, as we prepare for surgery tomorrow morning, I just want to let you know that I hope you can get your act together. I would really miss you if you were gone. The monthly visit from Aunt Flo, and all.
Your soul sister, Melissa.
PS – I truly do NOT want to do this tomorrow…
Ain’t nobody got time for surgery, but you know what?
I also don’t have time to risk my health.
Taking care of ourselves as mothers, women, and human beings is SUPER important. If you feel like something isn’t right with/inside of your body, make an appointment and get it checked out!!
Will update when I have more news to share xo, Melissa