Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the uterus and most likely the cervix, the reproductive organ responsible for menstruation and pregnancy. It is often done to treat various gynaecological conditions.
Depending on the reason for the surgery, a hysterectomy may involve removing surrounding organs and tissues, such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Different types of surgeries are performed considering the medical condition of the patient.
Dr.Purva Patel, an Obstetrician & Gynecologist at Harsh Hospital & Maternity Home may recommend one of three types of hysterectomies:
- Partial or supracervical hysterectomy: Upper part of the uterus is removed, while the cervix is left in place.
- Total hysterectomy: Entire uterus and cervix are removed.
- Radical hysterectomy: The uterus, cervix, and upper part of your vagina are removed.
While a hysterectomy can bring relief and resolve certain health issues, it also leads to significant changes in the body. In this article, we will explore the 6 common changes that women may experience after undergoing a hysterectomy surgery.
6 Ways Your Body Will Change After Hysterectomy
1. Cessation of Menstruation :
One of the most immediate changes following a hysterectomy surgery is the permanent cessation (end) of menstruation. Since the uterus is removed during the surgery, there is no longer a monthly shedding of the uterine lining, resulting at the end of periods.
2. Hormonal Changes
Although the ovaries are usually preserved during a hysterectomy, some women may experience hormonal fluctuations after the surgery. This can lead to changes such as mood swings, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness. Hormonal replacement therapy may be prescribed to alleviate these symptoms.
3. Changes in Sexual Function
Some women may notice changes in sexual function after a uterus removal surgery. These can include a decrease in libido, changes in vaginal lubrication, or discomfort during intercourse. Open communication with your partner and gynaecologist can help address these issues and explore potential solutions.
4. Bladder and Bowel Changes:
The removal of the uterus may affect the positioning and support of nearby organs, such as the bladder and bowel. Some women may experience urinary incontinence, increased frequency of urination, or constipation. Pelvic floor exercises and dietary modifications can help manage these changes.
5. Surgical Menopause :
If the ovaries are also removed during a hysterectomy, it can result in an immediate onset of menopause (It is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycle, usually it is 12 months since the last mensuration).
This is known as surgical menopause and can lead to symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Hormone replacement therapy may be recommended to alleviate these symptoms.
6. Body Shape and Weight Changes :
After a hysterectomy, some women may notice changes in their body shape and weight distribution. The loss of the uterus can lead to a slight decrease in abdominal bloating and may result in a more streamlined appearance.
However, hormonal changes and lifestyle factors can also influence weight management.
It’s a myth that a lot of women gain weight after hysterectomies. According to Dr. Patel, the actual issue here is not the hysterectomy or the absence of the uterus, but the women’s inactivity. After having a hysterectomy, many women reduce their physical activity. They need to be more active.
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If you are considering hysterectomy surgery, it is essential to consult with a skilled OBGYN who can provide the appropriate surgical options and support.
Dr. Purva Patel at Harsh Hospital & Maternity Home, a multi-specialty hospital in Surat specializes in both laparoscopic surgery and conventional surgery for uterus removal, ensuring personalized and comprehensive care.
For further information and to schedule a consultation, please contact us or call +91-9638593366. Our dedicated team is here to address your concerns and guide you through this transformative journey.