Hysterectomy is successful for the treatment of several gynecological conditions, from uterine fibroids to endometriosis or cancer. But if you’ve ever found yourself wondering exactly what it is, you’re not alone.
So today we’re going to discuss things doctors don’t typically tell their patients about getting a hysterectomy in Arizona.
Despite the fact that hysterectomy is the second most common procedure women get, many don’t actually know the basic terminology and aren’t even clear on what organs are being removed. Plus, many women have negative associations with the procedure, even though it may very well improve their quality of life.
So if you’re deciding whether the surgery is the best option for you, here’s what you need to know.
1. Usually, just one organ is removed. Hysterectomy is removal of the uterus – just the uterus, not the ovaries, not the tubes and not the vagina. A hysterectomy usually does not include removal of the cervix, which is called a total hysterectomy. The other type is when the cervix is left in place, but the rest of the uterus is removed.
2. You may still need regular Pap tests. If you have a total hysterectomy in Arizona, your risk of cervical cancer is also eliminated, so you will not need regular Pap tests, but you will still need your regular Pap after a subtotal hysterectomy that doesn’t remove the cervix.
3. It means no more periods and no pregnancy. These are the first and second consequences of hysterectomy. Your period is the discharge of blood and tissue from the lining of your uterus. Since the uterus is removed during hysterectomy, that means no more monthly flow and becoming pregnant is no longer possible.
4. You will not experience early menopause. Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing estrogen – menopause is not defined by no longer having menstrual periods. Unless you have another procedure to remove the ovaries, they will remain intact and will continue to produce hormones, which means hysterectomy does not and can not cause menopause.
5. You might not need a hysterectomy. Unless you have cancer, there is an alternative treatment option for virtually every other reason you might be considering a hysterectomy. And that’s a very important message, because too many women aren’t given options and get hysterectomies when they don’t need them or don’t want them.
6. You will lower your risk of uterine and ovarian cancer. Having a hysterectomy in Arizona eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, which is the most common gynecological cancer. And hysterectomy also dramatically lowers the risk of ovarian cancer because most ovarian cancer develops in the fallopian tubes and travels into the ovaries.
7. You might be able to put it off. Even if hysterectomy in Arizona might be the best option at some point, depending on why you need the procedure, you might want to wait.
8. Sex might be different. A small percentage of women may notice a change in orgasms. That’s because some have a uterine contraction during orgasm, which they won’t feel after having a hysterectomy.
9. For most women, sex will not change. The main predictor of what sex is like after hysterectomy is what sex is like before hysterectomy. Hysterectomy does not cause hormonal changes, so complications like vaginal dryness or decreased libido are not a result of having the procedure.
If you are considering a hysterectomy in Arizona to improve your ongoing health, call our office today and schedule a consultation to discuss your options and address any concerns you may have.