About Holly Bridges, author of The UnHysterectomy

HollyNewHeadShotBeen there, done that.

As someone who’s suffered from painful, debilitating heavy periods, I know you’re probably fighting to find the energy to even read these words.

You’re ready to cry because you feel so exhausted.

“What’s wrong with me?” “Why won’t it stop?” “How can I manage the kids, the house, my job, my husband, the laundry, and all this blood, when all I want to do is to crawl into bed and die?”

I can relate

Three years ago, I was diagnosed with fibroids 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.

So what?

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.

When you order my book, The UnHysterectomy, you will discover 10 medical and surgical alternatives to hysterectomy that are:

  • Less painful
  • Less risky
  • Less invasive
  • Less expensive

The UnHysterectomy is the only resource of its kind in the world today that gives women complete access to the full range of treatment options, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

All through interviews that I have personally conducted with some of the leading gynecologists in the world today in the area of minimally invasive gynecology.

Coupled with stories from real women who share their stories.

Are you 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 The UnHysterectomy is 100% medically accurate.

About Holly Bridges

Holly Bridges is a former CBC Radio and TV journalist with 30 years’ experience in 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.

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4 Responses to “About Holly Bridges, author of The UnHysterectomy”

  1. Nicole February 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Good afternoon Holly,

    Am I able to connect with you via phone outside of this website?

    Thanks,

    N

  2. Roxanne Snider November 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Hi Holly,

    I’m a 54 yr. old woman with a bunch of big fibroids (about four ranging in size from 4cm-9cm). I had an hysteroscopic endometrial ablation five years ago to deal with heavy bleeding–and that’s been fine ever since–but the fibroids were never removed as they were outside the uterine cavity. Since then I have a new GP, who is all about “leave them alone”–she didn’t even want to give me a referral to an ob/gyn for a consult. I am still, unbelievably, pre-menopausal, and the GP just says “they’ll shrink at menopause, so don’t mess with them.” I can’t say I have actual pain, and there’s no bleeding, but I’m really huge in the abdomen, bloated almost all the time, and just generally uncomfortable. Also, I have a fair bit of GI distress that I’m convinced is related to the fibroids–even though the doctors claim it’s IBS. I would love to get rid of them. I understand they do shrink at menopause, but only on average 50%.

    I did a huge amount of research online and discovered many of the surgical alternatives to hysterectomy that you write about, and finally got a referral to an ob/gyn (the same one who did the end. abl.) but she also gave me the impression there was nothing she could do. I asked her if there was any less invasive procedure (other than a TAH) and she said ‘no.” Obviously, at 54, I’m not wanting a TAH at all, but I can’t help thinking there may be some treatment this particular ob/gyn doesn’t do or is unaware of or is just against in my case. In any case, I want to pursue it further, but my GP is really not helpful as she thinks I should just leave them alone, and I seriously doubt she is plugged into whatever cutting edge treatment is going on.

    So my question to you, is do you know of an ob/gyn in Toronto who is really good with fibroids? I want a 2nd opinion about treatment options, and don’t know who to go to.

    I’m interested in focused ultrasound or UAE or even the Da Vinci mymectomies or anything
    that might help. I’m very very frustrated with the lack of options given to me by these doctors, but my GP would probably give me another referral to an Ob/gyn.

    Would greatly appreciate your input. Also, what do you think of using traditional Chinese medicine to treat fibroids? Ever heard any success stories?

    Thanks,

    Roxanne Snider

  3. n September 8, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    Hello Holly

    I had these two procedures done too, but not hysteroscopic, in 2005. I also consulted with two gynecologists and one general practitioner, by e-mail. One at UCLA (Parker) and the other in Sweden. “We don’t do that here for your results” he said regarding CASTRATION. Right. But ‘we’ do it here, in North America, for the most trivial of reasons.

    As you would know, in Canada we can’t shop around for surgeons with quite the ease women do in the U.S. but fortunately one of the leading gynes was right here, I had seen her years earlier when we had to see gynes for pelvic exams, and I was told by med professional friends she was *it* for the surgery I wanted, in place of CASTRATION.

    I had a history.

    At 37, I was told I was going to “die a horrible death” if I didn’t have a hysterectomy and oophorectomy, and the rest which comprise CASTRATION. I had a conization of my cervix, but I had to consult two gynes by phone, and one surgeon and sustain a lot of outright verbal and emotional abuse. “We don’t go around with women’s uteruses hanging off our belts”.

    At 64 I was told “we don’t do that surgery in women your age”, said incredulously, further explaining they do it in young women who want a chance to have a child before their ultimate protective CASTRATION.

    600,000 hysterectomies in 2004 in the U.S. How many were also castrations, and in how many did the ovaries become compromised by careless surgery and/or changed blood supply or scar tissue? Many, I’m told.

    So how many CASTRATIONS of women, for no good reason, compared to male castrations? One is a horror too terrible to contemplate, castrating a male; the other, a woman refusing to go along with castration — that is the horror too terrible to contemplate.

    Gyne surgery options for women did not come about out of the brilliant scientifc minds of the male centric medical profession, or the deep concern of males for women’s bodily rights, but because women demanded and advocated for change.

    However women are still fearmongered into thinking they must have a hysterectomy, that they are going to “die a horrible death” or silly to consider otherwise.

    I had to justify why I wanted to keep my uterus, “you’re not going to have any more children, obviously”.

    No I said. I am not.

    Exasperated with every medical reason I could give being greeted with hostility, I finally decided to say something that is true, but also is something that I knew men would understand.

    “I have uterine orgasms.”

    Isn’t that why there are so few prostatectomies? The orgasm is something men understand.

    • Holly Bridges September 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

      Very interesting comments indeed and I can certainly relate to what you are saying.

      Sounds like you went through hell as many women do.

      How are you doing now?

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