What I Wish I’d Known Before My Hysterectomy

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Regina Rodríguez-Martin
5 min readOct 16, 2021
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The menstrual cramps got very bad in my late 30s. My doctor put me on birth control pills and they got much better. Unfortunately, in my late 40s I decided to get really healthy by getting off the birth control and not messing with my hormones anymore. I wish very much that I had stayed on them.

Off the pills, the cramps became horrific. I’d spend an entire day taking ibuprofen, pacing and doing EFT tapping, going for walks, rocking on the floor, weeping like a little kid. I couldn’t get any relief no matter what I did to distract myself or move my body. When I wasn’t menstruating, I lived in fear of when my period would come back. I felt terrorized by my menstrual cramps.

A functional medicine doctor gave me a strict diet to follow and that finally caused the pain to recede. I felt the pain lessen a bit each month until my cramps once again became typical. But the diet was unsustainable: no dairy, no grains, no sugar or sweeteners (including alcohol), no processed foods, no caffeine (I lost a lot of weight and looked great while I did it). I was only able to keep it up about 10 months, until the cramping was better, and then I gradually returned to eating the way I used to. Of course the monstrual cramps came back. I ended up…

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Regina Rodríguez-Martin

Mexican American. Chicagoan. Generation X. Relishes questions of human behavior. Nobody’s mother and nobody’s wife. Blog: https://www.reginachicana.com.