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by margaret Berroth (no login)

I am a Labor and Delivery nurse and have been for over 20 yrs. In the year 1989 I had a tubal ligation after my third child which was unexpected. My husband my "scared to have a Vas," so I took this option. My husband had severe hypertension and I did not feel I could raise more children alone. My husband passed away thjis past January at age 41.
Before the BTL I investigated the procedure AND found in the literature a suggestion that some women report a increase in menstrual bleeding. This was all I could find. So the risk was accept. to me
Since the BTL I have had worsening midcycle pain each month that is not typical of mittelschmertz and a pain scale of 6-9/10. Pain is mostly right sided. Each month I almost go to the ER for the pain, but, it lessens and I am then uncomfortable for over a week after.
My periods have gotten heavy with strand clots and increased back and abdominal pain as well as intravaginal pain, pressure, groin aches.
This month I hemorrhaged. I am told I have probable adenomyosis and my uterus is mildly enlarged and globular.
I do not want a hyst because I feel I will have worse stress incontinence and worsening rectocele.
I am gravely concerned that I will loose the ability to have vaginal orgasm if the uterus is removed. The literature I have read about this really makes me afraid. Once the uterus is gone, you cannot right these consequences.
I have decided that ablation looks like the best choice for me unless you have other suggestions.
And YES I would be willing to be in your study and would like to know more about it.
You know, I did trust my MD who did the tubal. I do not feel he was dishonest in any way. There was just nothing in the literature to suggest the problems I have had since the tubal. Hence there was little in the literature to educate him as well.
Unfortunately, until we get some hard scientific evidence borne out by valid research on this problem, BLTL will continue to be done in high numbers on women unsuspecting the potential complications arising from the procedure.
Anecdote counts for nothing in medicine unfortunately

Posted on Dec 30, 1998, 1:40 PM
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