Hysterectomy side effects

Women who are considering surgically inducing menopause through a hysterectomy will want to know about all of the different side effects which can very easily become a problem after the procedure has been completed. In a hysterectomy the uterus is removed from a woman’s body and they are most commonly performed on women who are anywhere from 20 to 49 years old. Most of the women who go through one of these procedures end up experiencing at least some side-effects and it is important for you to know what some of the more common side effects are so you will be prepared for what is to come. African American women make up a high percentage of those who have hysterectomies. There are thousands of women all across the country that get them each year though, and they certainly come with their own side effects, some of which can be quite serious. There are several different types of hysterectomies which a woman can get, including those which are only partial and others which are complete. In a partial hysterectomy only a portion of the uterus is removed while with a full hysterectomy the entire uterus is taken out.

A total or complete hysterectomy is referred to as surgical menopause and the uterus along with the ovaries and fallopian tubes are completely removed which leads to a disturbance in the normal hormone production of the ovaries. After a surgical procedure like this, there are quite a few different side effects which a woman can experience, mainly because the hormone production in their body has been suddenly interrupted. Some of the more common side effects from a procedure like this include hot flashes, memory lapses, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, and mood swings. These are some of the more minor symptoms which are to be expected for a while and a majority of women who undergo this procedure end up experiencing them. Then there are the more serious symptoms which not all woman experience but the ones who do can have problems with heart palpitations and heart disease in general. Sometimes nervousness as well as pain in the joints can become a problem as well, though these symptoms are not as common as those which were previously mentioned.

Studies have revealed that women who have hysterectomies are more likely to have problems with heart disease than woman who do not have these procedures done. They are also at risk for arthritis as well as osteoporosis which affects the bones. It is important to know what these side effects are so you will be able to know whether or not to get one. Before you make a final decision you should be aware of all of the potential risks so you will be able to make a truly educated choice. Sometimes a hysterectomy is actually required for medical reasons such as when malignant cancer is present in this part of the body. Many doctors have used this procedure to remove fibroids as well as treating a wide variety of conditions which a hysterectomy can help treat or even completely cure.

Although a hysterectomy is usually not needed for the treatment of fibroids, it is still a popular approach which a number of doctors still take today when going about curing this problem in women. Studies have also revealed that a number of women believe that if they do not have a hysterectomy they will die of cancer which is not in fact the case. While it can be helpful in treating malignant cancer, it is rarely a necessary step to take. When you take the time to look at all of the potential side-effects from this procedure, it will be able to help you out when trying to determine for yourself whether or not it is something you want to do. Some women are scared off by the possible risks and you will ultimately need to make the decision yourself.

In the weeks after getting a hysterectomy it may be painful to engage in sexual intercourse; however this is something which will most likely pass with time. You should also expect a certain level of soreness and bruising afterwards which is completely normal for this type of procedure. Sometimes women who undergo a hysterectomy also experience depression because of the sudden changes in their body’s hormone production. This too is a normal side effect and not to be taken too seriously. Once enough time has passed and your hormone levels begin to regulate and stabilize, you should no longer experience most of these side-effects.

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