Three years ago, I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids (non-cancerous tumours facing 1 in 4 women and are the leading cause of hysterectomy in Canada) and told that hysterectomy was my only option.
Today, I am pain-free and period-free, with all my reproductive organs intact, thanks to a gynecologist I found through
my own research, who performed two of the most high tech, state-of-the-art procedures available in the world today – a hysteroscopic myomectomy and hysteroscopic endometrial ablation. Women should not have to rely on their own detective skills to get the best possible outcomes for the medical conditions that threaten their well-being.
Every year in North America, some 700,000 women (650,000 American and 50,000 Canadian) undergo hysterectomy and of those, 60 and 80 per cent of those hysterectomies are medically unnecessary, performed for benign conditions such as uterine fibroids, cysts, polyps, adenomyosis and the most crippling of all benign conditions, endometriosis.
The reason I am so passionate about helping women become more aware of minimally invasive medical and surgical options is they present outcomes for women that are:
- Less painful
- Less risky
- Less invasive
- Less expensive
I wrote The UnHysterectomy and started my online community as a resource for women to learn, connect and share about their own journeys with heavy menstrual bleeding, something we simply do not do in our society as well as learn about the full range of treatment options.
Am I a doctor?
I am an award-winning writer and journalist with more than 30 years’ experience in TV, radio, print and web.
I partnered with my own gynecologist, Dr. Sony Singh, who specializes in minimally invasive alternatives to hysterectomy.
Every word of my book is 100% medically accurate and world-renowned gynecologists continue to guide our community.
I truly believe information is power; I have seen the results already through the stories of women who have joined our community and been transformed by what they have learned. Many have avoided hysterectomy and been able to assert themselves with their doctors to insist on better outcomes for themselves.
It is a privilege to work with women in this way and I look forward to continuing the journey towards empowering women to make informed choices over their health.
About Holly Bridges
Holly Bridges is a former CBC Radio and TV journalist with 30 years’ experience in journalism communications. She has lived and worked in every major city in Canada and has won five awards for her writing. The UnHysterectomy: Solving Your Painful, Heavy Bleeding Without Major Surgery, is her first book.
Follow Holly Bridges online on Facebook and Twitter
See the stories of each of the XX in Health Week healthcare transformers: