|A hysterectomy is a surgical removal of the womb. It can be total where the whole uterus is removed or partial where the cervix which protrudes into the vagina is left in place. |
In young women, if possible, ovaries will be left intact to allow for a degree of normal hormonal secretion. In older women they may be removed as hormonal secretions in the years after menopause slow down and donít play a dominant role.
In the last few years hysterectomy has become the subject of controversy. Many people outside the medical profession assume that almost all hysterectomy operations are not necessary. This is not so. However, because of the doubts raised, some women who might need the operation refuse it when it could have beneficial effects. It can mean a new life of good gynecological health without the fear of cancer, which is always a possibility in women over 50.
Medically valid reasons for hysterectomy include a chronic, heavy menstrual flow. Of course the history needs to be well documented and to have been confirmed over a period of time. These regular monthly and often more frequent floodings can drain energy from the pre-menopausal woman producing a chronic form of invalidism due to anaemia and a loss of personal dignity.
Medical conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease and surgical problems including cancer in the reproductive system, severe endometriosis and large fibroids generally should be treated by a hysterectomy.
Your gynecologist should discuss with you all the facts so that you can make up your mind should it be necessary for you to consider a hysterectomy.
After the operation your sexual performance is usually not altered. If your enthusiasm for sexual activity was not there before the operation, it possibly will not be there afterwards although recovery from distressing symptoms may lead to a renewal of enthusiasm.
If the ovaries have to be removed, then hormone replacement therapy is available and should be taken advantage of as it will lead to a healthier and more comfortable post-operative lifestyle.
Sexual libido and weight changes occur as part of the normal pattern of ageing and generally are not influenced by hysterectomy operation.
Following a hysterectomy, hormone replacement therapy can be taken without the fear of cancer of the uterus of ovaries and may slow down the ageing process and improve your libido.
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