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Effects of a Hysterectomy

by Eric Smith
  • Overview

    A hysterectomy is a common surgical procedure during which either a lower abdominal incision or a vaginal incision is made in order to remove a woman's uterus. A doctor may also remove a woman's ovaries and fallopian tubes during the procedure.
  • Reasons

    According to the Mayo Clinic, a hysterectomy may be done when a woman has cancer of the uterus or the cervix, benign fibroid tumors in the uterus, or an unusual growth of uterine tissue outside of the uterus called endometriosis. Patients with heavy persistent vaginal bleeding or other conditions may need to have a hysterectomy.
 
  • Recovery

    Patients recovering from a hysterectomy need plenty of bed rest and should avoid lifting heavy objects. They may not be strong enough to return to their regular daily activities until six to eight weeks after a hysterectomy.
  • Menstrual Effects

    Women cannot become pregnant after a hysterectomy and they will no longer experience menstrual periods.
  • Menopause

    Menopause will begin after a hysterectomy that included the removal of the ovaries. Women who did not have their ovaries removed during a hysterectomy may begin menopause at an unusually early age.
  • Emotional Effects

    Women may become depressed after a hysterectomy due to a strong association of the uterus with a woman's sense of femininity. Other patients may experience an improved sense of well being after a hysterectomy due to permanent relief from the symptoms of fibroids, endometriosis, or other medical conditions.

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