fibroids, hyst., uae, ufe, etc.
Hi Folks - Lots of questions, I guess; I'll try to be concise! I've just read through most of the posts on here about fibroids (including my own posted quite a while ago.
I have 3 fibroids. 2 are large orange size and the 3rd is large grapefruit size. My doctor kept saying they'd probably shrink after menopause; they haven't (last period was 1 1/2 years ago). Other than the big belly and bloat, they haven't bothered me, until now. Now the big one bothers me every day (not constantly). It "aches", or throbs. And when I lay on my side it pulls. Ouch.
I have an appointment with my doctor in a couple of weeks. I think she may recommend hysterectomy now, since they're bothering me. Previously she said that they were too large for vaginal removal. I am going to ask her about UFE and UAE (I don't know the difference or anything much about them), and see if I'm a candidate for either of those or if the fibroids are too large (or if that has anything to do with being a candidate).
Can you give me a "pre-appointment" primer on UFE and UAE? And do the fibroids have to be fairly small?
Now if she does recommend hysterectomy, what can I expect afterward? Will the size of my belly decrease? I'd think so, because the things causing the belly to be big will be gone. Sure hope so - I'm small but my stomach is at aboug a 5-6 month pregnancy size. Now - sorry to be asking this - should I expect facial hair? I know tht probably sounds funny and vain!
What types of questions (besides these) should I ask my doctor?
Thank you all -