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Hysterectomy and its Side Effects

Fibroids are the most common cause of hysterectomy, which involves removal of the uterus. There are almost 600,000 hysterectomies performed in US annually. Uterine fibroids are responsible for half of them.

Hysterectomy involves surgical removal of uterus. Sometime it also involves the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Most hysterectomies are performed by the abdominal route since the fibroids may grow to be quite large.  But vaginal hysterectomies are also possible.

Hysterectomy is a major operation and generally considered as a safe one. But some of the hysterectomy side effects include blood clots, excessive bleeding, infection and damage to organs caused during surgery. There are rarely major complications after hysterectomy but are possible. One of the major hysterectomy side effects is a long period of recovery. There is an average of 6-8 weeks of recovery period until you return to your routine.

The intent of this article is to provide details about hysterectomy and type of hysterectomy surgeries that are available today. However, we believe only in the natural treatment of fibroids. Because that’s the only way fibroids can be treated permanently. Hysterectomy shall only be opted in case of last option when all other support methods are exhausted.

Hysterectomy Side Effects

In a long term ovary removal can lead you to increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease, hot flashes, decreased sexual desire, vaginal dryness and decline in muscle mass. Sometimes even when the ovaries are preserved, women who have had a hysterectomy may experience earlier menopause.

Every women must give considerable thought before going a hysterectomy and its psychological as well as medical ramifications. What would the loss of the uterus or ovaries, or both, mean? Is there a better alternative available?  Usually hysterectomy is necessary only for life threatening situation such as cancer, uncontrollable bleeding, for acute uterine prolapse or obstetrical emergency. Hysterectomy should not be considered as the first option and nor shall the only option.

Hysterectomy increase the risk of Cardiovascular Disease

On December 24, 2010 The European Heart Journal published an article written by Daniel Altman, et al. which declared that hysterectomy in women aged 50 years or younger substantially increases the risk for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) later in life and removal of the ovaries, or Oopherectomy, further adds to the risk of both coronary heart disease and stroke.

The group of scientists suggested that hormonal changes that take place after the organs are removed might be the primary culprit causing increased risks seen in the study subjects. Research conducted in earlier studies illustrate that the removal of the uterus can disrupt blood flow to the ovaries, which generate estrogen, and may further trigger early menopause and lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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