If you have been recommended a hysterectomy by your doctor, there are certain facts that you must know before you decide to go ahead with this procedure.
Hysterectomy refers to a major operation where you have part or all of your uterus or womb removed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States every year. (1)
Research shows nearly all of them are elective hysterectomies, which means an option chosen by the patient rather than it being urgently necessary. (2)
And when it comes to the cost, Laparoscopic hysterectomy can come to over $12,000. Not only the financial cost, there’s also a huge emotional cost that’s involved with this procedure that can affect the quality of your life.
Here’s my latest video about hysterectomy:
So as you can see there is a lot to consider with regards to having a hysterectomy. And as I mentioned earlier research shows that a lot of women have a hysterectomy even when there is not an urgent need for it.
Knowing about the risks associated with having this type of surgical procedure the question that a woman who is facing having a hysterectomy should ask herself is: can I avoid having a hysterectomy and find another viable alternative that’s natural and without all the associated health risks, emotional cost and financial cost?
Well as with so many health issues diet can play a big part in your health and I would definitely recommend you changing your diet to a whole plant foods diet with as much raw as possible in it.
Medical reasons for a hysterectomy
There are a number of different health problems that can typically lead to someone having a hysterectomy, including:
- Cancer of the uterus, ovaries or cervix
- Uterine fibroids that cause pain, bleeding, or other problems
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- A uterine prolapse
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Thickening of the uterus, also known as Adenomyosis.
Types of hysterectomy
Many people think that a hysterectomy is having only your uterus or womb removed.
But there are a number of different medical procedures that can be part of a hysterectomy, which include removing other parts of a woman’s reproductive system and these are:
- A total hysterectomy, where the womb and cervix (neck of the womb) are removed; and this is the most commonly performed operation.
- Subtotal hysterectomy, where the main body of the womb is removed, leaving the cervix in place.
- A total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – the womb, cervix, Fallopian tubes and the ovaries are removed.
- Radical hysterectomy, where the womb and surrounding tissues are removed, including the Fallopian tubes, part of the vagina, ovaries, lymph glands and fatty tissue.
You can imagine how big an upheaval having an operation like this is for you and your body, so it’s definitely worth knowing what risks are associated with having hysterectomy, including:
- Excessive bleeding
- Blood clots
- An adverse reaction to the anesthesia
- Damage to your urinary tract, rectum, bladder or other structures during surgery, which may then require surgical repair
- Recent research also indicates that you may face increased long-term risk of cardiovascular diseases and certain metabolic conditions after having a hysterectomy, especially if you have the surgery before the age of 35. (3)
- And rarely, but still needs mentioning actual death
Now if one or both of your ovaries are left intact and only the uterus is removed in the surgery, then the ovaries are still capable of hormone production.
But if the ovaries are removed as part of the hysterectomy, this is then called a surgical (or induced) menopause, and menopausal symptoms will start right away following the surgery.
The sudden menopause brought on by the surgical removal of the ovaries can often result in exaggerated and more severe symptoms of menopause than when menopause occurs naturally.
These changes can affect your sex drive, cause hot flashes and changes in your mood.
Another possibility is that ovarian failure will occur earlier than the expected time of menopause, as early as 1 to 2 years following the hysterectomy.
18% of hysterectomies might not be unnecessary
One of the reasons why I wanted to make this video in the first place is this: not all hysterectomies are actually necessary.
According to a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, nearly ONE in FIVE women who agrees to have a hysterectomy may not actually need this procedure. (4)
So in this video, I talk about alternative ways to prevent a hysterectomy and balance your overall health and hormones naturally.
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