Life After a Hysterectomy

Life After a Hysterectomy

More than 400,000 women undergo a hysterectomy each year in the United States. For most, it wasn’t a decision they took lightly. If you’re facing a hysterectomy, you want to know everything you can before undergoing this irreversible procedure, and we want to help.

Dr. David Foulk and our team here at Marion Ob/Gyn believe that patient education is paramount when it comes to important decisions like undergoing a hysterectomy, so we want you to be fully informed.

With that in mind, here’s a look at what you might expect from life after a hysterectomy.

The good news

If you’re opting for a hysterectomy, the odds are good that you’re taking such a step to resolve a painful or quality-of-life problem, such as:

Since the goal of a hysterectomy is to improve your overall wellness and health, you can expect that your problems will be resolved after your hysterectomy. The freedom from the discomfort that an issue with your uterus may have been causing will be gone forever, allowing you to get back to your life.

You also won’t have periods anymore. Whether or not your menstrual cycles were problematic, you can enjoy life without the monthly hassle.

You may also wonder whether a hysterectomy may affect your sex drive or sexual health, but this shouldn’t be the case. After you heal, you should be able to enjoy sexual intercourse as you did before. 

The not-so-good news

If you’re having a hysterectomy at a younger age (before menopause) and we remove your ovaries as part of the procedure, you can expect to go straight into menopause. Rest assured, we can manage some of the side effects through hormone replacement therapy.

We mentioned that your sex drive and your ability to have sex shouldn’t be affected by a hysterectomy, but if the procedure forces you into early menopause, you may experience a related decline in your vaginal health, such as vaginal dryness. 

We can offset any early menopause symptoms with hormone replacement therapy.

If we’re only removing your uterus, you likely won’t enter menopause right away, but you can expect that this transition will come on sooner than normal (normal being age late 40s or early 50s).

Another issue that we want you to be aware of is that your chances for vaginal or bladder prolapse after a hysterectomy do increase. Many of your reproductive organs provide support for one another, so when we remove one, this support is lost. 

To offset this risk, we recommend pelvic floor exercises, which go a long way toward supporting your vagina and/or bladder.

If, despite your best efforts, you still experience pelvic organ prolapse, we can quickly remedy the problem with pessaries, devices that we place in your vagina to make up for the lost support.

The bottom line is that when you undergo a hysterectomy, our goal is to improve your quality of life, not detract from it. Most of our patients find only relief after a hysterectomy, and our wish is that you experience the same. 

Should a complication arise, rest assured that we’ll mitigate the issue as quickly as possible so you can continue to enjoy your life, free from a problematic uterus.

If you have more questions about life after a hysterectomy, please contact our office Marion, Ohio, today.

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