How Hysterectomy affects Women at their Mid Age

How Hysterectomy affects Women at their Mid Age

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By UPHI Hospital, April, 27 2019

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus. The ovaries and other reproductive organs may be left untouched, but sometimes, they may also take out. A hysterectomy can be partial in which the only uterus is removed leaving cervix in its place, or complete where both uterus and cervix are removed. The procedure can be done abdominally, vaginally or laparoscopically.

Some of these operations are done to prevent the development of cancers of the uterus, ovaries, or cervix (if it's complex). Most hysterectomies, however, are done to treat noncancerous conditions like uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and uterine prolapsed.

The uterus does much more than just act as a home for a growing fetus. therefore, the elimination of uterus may have a significant effect on the health of a woman. Here are some of the followings:

  1. Anatomy changes:

    When the uterus is detached the spine squeezes and make the rib cage shift downwards. This result in moving the hip bones outwards and broadens. This changes the anatomy of a woman and gives her a wider waist and protruding tummy. She may also lose a little height. Vaginal dryness is another physiological change that is triggered by a hysterectomy.

  2. No Pregnancy:

    You'll no longer get menstrual periods and pregnancy. Sometimes, women can also experience low libido. The problem occurs more commonly when the ovaries are removed along with the uterus. Sometimes, women get difficulty achieving an orgasm.

  3. Surgical menopause:

    If hysterectomy involves the removal of ovaries, it is followed immediately by menopause without considering your age. And if your ovaries are left untouched, there is always a risk of menopause taking place within the next five years. The symptoms may include hot flashes, Insomnia, fatigue, and Vaginal dryness.

  4. Depression:

    Depression is a very common side effect of a hysterectomy when it is done on women in their middle age. This depression can be temporary if a woman has a good support system in the form of friends and family. If untreated, depression can be dangerous. Therefore, it is very important to treat it right away to avoid any further complications due to the disorder.

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