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Life After Hysterectomy

Will It Change?

Though the reasons for a hysterectomy may vary from woman to woman, it’s a procedure that most women dread having to face. As a surgical procedure, it does, of course, pose certain risks; but the larger question seems to lie with what life will look like after the healing has begun.

What’s Different?

Simply put, a hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, though some women may also have to have their ovaries or other pelvic organs removed at the same time if there are certain medical conditions involved. Once the uterus is removed, a number of changes occur in the body, many of which resemble natural menopausal symptoms; and one of the most challenging changes to face is the inability to bear children.

What causes the vast majority of these changes in the body is the lack of hormones that are being produced once the uterus is removed. These hormonal imbalances alter the chemicals in the brain which stabilize moods; and because of that, many women experience drastic mood swings. Additionally, these hormonal shifts can bear directly on a woman’s metabolism, much the way it does in menopause, causing her to store fat and gain weight in a way that might never have been a concern in the past. Lowered libido and even some sexual discomfort are commonly reported, as well; and for many women, such side effects can diminish her self-confidence and her feelings of femininity to the point of depression. It can seem heart-breaking for many women; but fortunately, much of the emotional strain of a hysterectomy often subsides after the first month post-procedure.

Is There An Upside?

These side effects may sound discouraging, but the benefits of a hysterectomy far outweigh the risks. In fact, depending on the reason behind the surgery, life can actually be better. Many women have suffered for years from a number of pelvic conditions including severe bleeding and pelvic pain, endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and fibroid uterus; and hysterectomies have become one of the most effective methods of treatment for these issues, some of which can be life threatening.

To fully understand a hysterectomy, a specialist such as a urogynecologist will provide the clearest ways that the procedure may prove beneficial or even recommend alternatives. Each woman’s personal medical history will naturally be the determining factor in whether the surgery is deemed necessary; and in such cases that it is, different types of the surgery may be available, some of which are much more minimally invasive than traditional open surgery.

Your chance for a full and happy life isn’t gone after a hysterectomy! Give the caring team at Coyle Institute a call today and let them help remove your fears!