A woman whose periods caused vomiting and crippling pain finally gets hysterectomy aged 29.
Kate Spargo, a mum-of-two from Truro, Cornwall, first asked doctors for a hysterectomy at the age of 25 – due to terrible period pain.
She had suffered from crippling periods, which sometimes caused her to vomit and pass out, from the age of 17 – but was told by doctors the symptoms were “just things that women have to put up with”, Spargo
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“Years went by and I thought this was just what being a woman was about,” said Spargo. “I figured it was a bit rubbish but I dealt with it. It settled down in my late teens and in my early 20s it all started again.”
She was first diagnosed with endometriosis, a painful condition which causes tissue behaving the womb lining to grow in other parts of the body.
However, her GP at the time refused to entertain the possibility of a hysterectomy for Spargo.
She said: “She gave me another prescription for another type of hormone pill, even after I explained they don’t help me and make it worse.
“I cried on seeing GPs who kept telling me the pain was in my head. Even after ending up in A&E in so much pain no one would take me seriously.”
She first underwent a diagnostic laparoscopy (an operation performed in the abdomen or pelvis using small incisions with the aid of a camera) followed by a five-hour surgery in April this year to remove all the endometriosis tissue from her body.
She said: “It was found on and in my bladder, bowel, stomach wall, diaphragm, womb and pelvic wall.”
It was after this operation that Spargo was also diagnosed with adenomyosis, which causes inner lining of the uterus to break through the muscle wall of the uterus.
The only cure for this latter diagnosis is a hysterectomy – a surgical remove of the uterus – which doctors have now agreed to perform. But first Spargo must undergo a series of injections which will put her into medical menopause.
Jade, who lives with partner Sabrina, 34, and their two daughters Willow, three, and Tilda, five months, said: “Mentally, I’m doing much better now than I was a year ago.”
“At least this one has a cure. It shouldn’t have taken me 13 years to get a diagnosis, but it has.”
However, she is worried about how the menopause may affect her mental health.
She added: “I have bipolar disorder and I’m worried about how the menopause will affect my mental health. I’m nervous about silly things that 30-year-olds shouldn’t have to worry about. It’s going to be a bit strange.”