I have 3 kids, and after each pregnancy, my periods became more painful and heavier. After my 3rd child was born. My periods were so bad that I couldn't leave the house. My periods were lasting about 3 weeks, with a 25 day cycle. If you do the math, there weren't many non period days. I was anemic, my energy levels were always low, and I was always In a lot of pain. My skin was always pale, and I was always tired.
I finally decided to go to the doctor. I had numerous fibroids taking up my enlarged uterus. My doctor gave me my options. Then I got a 2nd opinion and that doctor agreed that a hysterectomy was my best line of defense. We scheduled it and got it done less than a month later. once the uterus was removed, the doctor discovered endometriosis hiding and starting into my bowel, and he removed that as well.
5 months later, I'm not anemic. I'm not in a lot of daily pain. I do have to deal with the side effects. They are better than what I was dealing with, but they aren't a walk in the park.
I get frusterated when people tell me they are jealous. if I could have had normal periods, I would prefer that. Being done with having kids and not wanting to deal with a period, isn't a reason to have an elective hysterectomy. It just frusterates me. Even if you have awful periods, a hysterectomy is, and should be a last resort option.
Periods are frusterating, but if I could go into details the struggles I have had post-op, most would agree the a period isn't the worst thing in the world.