Are you facing a hysterectomy? Learn the facts about
hysterectomy and alternatives before you decide whether hysterectomy is the
right choice for you. It is critical to understand when hysterectomy is elective
surgery and when it is necessary to save your life. Although hysterectomy may
provide relief from your condition, it's important to explore all alternatives
before you choose hysterectomy.
Reasons For Hysterectomy
Hysterectomy is not optional for some conditions. These conditions include
invasive cancers of the female reproductive system; severe infections, such as
PID, that are unresponsive to treatment; severe hemmorhaging; or rupture of the
uterus. Other conditions that may be helped by hysterectomy include uterine
prolapse, endometriosis, fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, or certain cases of
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Female Reproductive Organs Removed During Hysterectomy
A subtotal hysterectomy is the only hysterectomy that removes only the uterus.
In a simple or total hysterectomy only the uterus and cervix are removed. A
hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo- oophorectomy or radical hysterectomy
removes the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. A supracervical
hysterectomy leaves only the cervix intact, an option for women who have never
had a bad Pap.
What Exactly Is Done During A Hysterectomy?
Most physicians are trained to see the uterus of little value other than for the
purpose of childbirth. The sad fact is that 90 percent of the over 500,000
hysterectomies performed in the United States are classified by insurance
companies as elective. If your physician has recommended a hysterectomy for a
non life-threatening condition, you owe it to yourself to explore your
Alternatives to Hysterectomy
Having both ovaries removed during hysterectomy causes an instant and, in many
cases, intense onset of menopausal symptoms. Surgical menopause often causes
more severe symptoms of menopause including more severe, frequent, and
longer-lasting hot flashes than those whose menopause is natural. It's important
to explore your options in hormone replacement before you have a hysterectomy.
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Pain and fatigue are normal parts of recovering from a hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy recovery takes from four to eight weeks. Sexual intercourse should
not be resumed until you are told it is safe. You should not do any lifting,
pushing or pulling; this includes lifting babies or children. Even if you are
feeling better you should not attempt strenuous activities for the full recovery
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Hysterectomy Support Groups
One of the best ways to find answers and support when making a decision about
whether to have a hysterectomy or try an alternative procedure is to talk with
other women with similar experiences. The Voices of Hysterectomy Forum is a
great place to find answers in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Talking
with family members who have had a hysterectomy may provide useful insight, as
Voices Of Hysterectomy
Sex After Hysterectomy
Removal of both the uterus and ovaries causes a rapid decline in sex hormones.
Some women miss the uterine contractions that occur during orgasm. Removal of
the cervix may cause a change in the way that penetration is experienced.
Vaginal dryness often improves with the use of hormones or vaginal lubricants.
Many women find their sex lives greatly improved after a hysterectomy.
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Menopause and Testosterone
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Hysterectomy's Potential Long Term Health Consequences
Because hysterectomy has long term effects on a woman's health, longevity, and
sexuality it is imperative that women understand these potential consequences.
Women who have undergone hysterectomy may have a greater risk of heart disease
and osteoporosis, and may be more likely to become depressed. They may also
experience low libido, inability to orgasm, or other sexual dysfunctions.