Decapeptyl injection or vaginal hysterectomy

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I met with my consultant yesterday who through a spammer in the works by offering this injection to shrink my ovaries & therefore stop any periods & reduce migraines. I hadn't heard about the injection & now I have a week to decide between the injection or a vaginal hysterectomy. Does anyone have any advice or experience with this injection? I don't want to waste time with the injection if I will need to have an hysterectomy at a later date xx

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    Never heard of this.  Have you googled it? Poor you. such a decision. Wishing you well. x
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    Is the injection Lupron? Are you saying the sole reason for having the injection or the hysterectomy is to reduce migraines? I've heard of women having a hysterectomy to reduce migraines only to have migraines worsen after the surgery. Plus hysterectomy (uterus removal) causes a whole new list of problems in the long-term which are even worse if the ovaries are also removed. Unfortunately, our organs are treated as if solely for reproduction but they have life long functions. 

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      I'm sorry for that! I saw that you're 49 so probably close to menopause. So it would seem reasonable to try to manage it with some type of medication versus hysterectomy that would leave you with the permanent negatives of that procedure.

      I assume you've already tried other hormonal and non-hormonal options? One that I hear time and again that many are unaware of and seldom mentioned by gynecologists is tranexamic acid (Lysteda here in the U.S.). It's a non-hormonal prescription medication that you take only during your period. One study says it reduces bleeding by 40%. Another says 40-65%.

      Best of luck to you with whatever you decide!

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    HI, there, so sorry you're going through this.  I've never heard of this drug!  My suggestion is that you look on the web, thoroughly, for all side effects of this drug.  Anything that is capable of shrinking your ovaries that much is a very powerful chemical, especially if it only takes 1 shot to do it! 

    This type of medication might make you more sick and miserable than having a hysterectomy!

    Best of luck, and let me know how you get on! xxx


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    Is it called zoladex ? What are you taking it for ? I was on it for 5

    Months to stop my bleeding as I have now been bleeding for 3 and and a half years !

    and truely had the worst side effects high blood pressure, fast heart rate, nausea, vommoting, wait gain, hot flushes. Mood swings and aching bones and was told to stop . It puts you into a false menopause and gives you all the side effects. It also didn't stop my bleeding however I know 2 others who have had it the side effects where bad but it did help them in some aspects.

    I am booked in for a hysterectomy for 3 weeks, but depending on your age maybe it is best to trial the zoladex even for a few months it may work for you.

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    Hello, again.

    I looked up the drug on line.  You are using the correct name of the drug.  It is used to treat prostate cancer in men, as well as endometriosis in women.  Women get one injection every 3 months with a maximum of six months of treatment for this medication, according to the info I found.

    It can cause a decrease in bone mass of approximately 1% for each month during the treatment.  Bone mass generally returns after treatment.  I didn't review the other side effects.

    It appears to me that if you elect this treatment, it might result in 6% bone loas, which you could recoup.  However, it would only buy you six months.

    Hope this helps! xx

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