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What is Hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy is an operation that is used by many women to control birth. In this operation, a woman’s uterus is removed so that she can no longer carry any pregnancy and cannot have her monthly periods. This procedure is most common among women of age 40s. Other reasons for a woman to remove her uterus include;
In the event the woman has endometriosis that cannot be cured through surgery or medicine
In case a woman has uterine prolapsed
To treat uterine cancer or cancer of the cervix and ovaries
In case a woman has vaginal bleeding that cannot stop even with treatment
In case a woman has chronic pain in their pelvic muscles
How does it affect menopause?
On its own, Hysterectomy cannot cause menopause as it is the ovaries that are responsible for e reproductive hormone production as seen on https://www.change-and-achievement.com/beauty/. If the ovaries are removed when the uterus is being removed (in a procedure called oophorectomy) then the woman is bound to have their menopause earlier than usual. The woman would have such menopausal symptoms as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness among others. Well, there are women who have reported to have improved sexual experiences after having hysterectomy mainly because they do not need to worry about getting pregnant. Hysterectomy also relieves women of heavy bleeding or period pain.
If the ovaries are not removed, the woman will then have her menopause at a certain point in their lifetime that science has not been able to put a finger to. The removal of the uterus makes it more difficult to diagnose menopause since the woman no longer has her periods. Normally, the common way of establishing if one has had her menopause is to wait until the woman goes for 12 months without having her periods. For such a woman to diagnose menopause, they may need to do blood test or any other tests available. Care should however be taken in doing these tests especially if the woman is under some hormone replacement therapy. The woman should ensure there are no other hormones in their bloodstream apart from the hormones naturally produced by the body.
Hot flashes; the woman feels intense episodes of being very hot that could also lead to being sweaty, these episodes are followed by cold episodes and sometime feeling washed out. The upper body part and the face at times bear the redness that would come from too much heat on the face.
Night sweats; Night sweats are experiences of too much sweating that occur during night times.
This makes the woman very uncomfortable and derives the woman of quality sleep. The end result is lack of concentration and drowsiness during day time.
Vaginal dryness; woman feels dryness in her vagina that makes having sex very painful. Sometimes women bleed while having sex if their vagina is dry.
The severity and frequency of these symptoms after having a hysterectomy that involves in addition the removal of one or both ovaries may vary with each woman.
Risk associated with hysterectomy
Early menopause in case ovaries are removed
Injury to nearby organs like the urinary tract
Bleeding during and after the surgery
Is hysterectomy right for you
Is hysterectomy right for me? This is a question that every woman getting ready for hysterectomy asks themselves. It is very important question to ask. There are many factors that would guide this decision. A woman wanting to do a hysterectomy should find time together with her doctor to evaluate her situation before deciding. There are many grounds for doing a hysterectomy as outlined above, it is important to consider the medical history of the woman before going for the procedure. Also consider the risks that may come with doing a hysterectomy. Every woman wanting to do a hysterectomy should have time with her doctor to answer this question.
It is often recommended that a woman who has had hysterectomy (with removal of ovaries) starts on treatment as soon as possible. The traditional treatment method has been hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The use of alternative medicine has found great favor with many women. One of the greatest alternative medicines is menoquil, less side effects but more results.
There have been many myths surrounding hysterectomy. For a woman to be sure of hysterectomy, it is important that she equips herself with as much information as possible. This will enable her to make right decision especially as regards menopause and hysterectomy. We hope this article has contributed to ensuring that you have what it takes to know the relationship between menopause and hysterectomy, the treatment and risks among other pertinent information.