In the United States, approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year.
Ladies, do you have heavy bleeding, irregular periods or uterine fibroids? Are you struggling to find the right solution to end your misery because it’s interfering with your life? If so, then your doctor may have recommended that you have a hysterectomy. Sounds simple enough, right? Take out your uterus and everything will be okay. However, that’s not necessarily the case. It’s time to address some important facts about having a hysterectomy, whether or not it’s really necessary, and how it affects your health. Knowledge is power, and we want to arm you with what you need to make the best, safe decision for your health and well-being.
What is a hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus. There are four different types of hysterectomy surgeries:
Total hysterectomy – removal of the entire uterus and cervix
Total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – removal of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes (salpingo) and ovaries (oophor)
Supracervical (also called subtotal or partial) hysterectomy – removal of the upper part of the uterus leaving the cervix in place
Radical hysterectomy – a total hysterectomy that also includes removal of structures around the uterus
Why a Hysterectomy is Recommended
A hysterectomy is recommended by traditional doctors to treat the following conditions/health symptoms:
Uterine fibroids (the most common reason for hysterectomy)
Heavy or unusual vaginal bleeding
Abnormal uterine bleeding
Chronic pelvic pain
Why Most Hysterectomies are Not Necessary
Granted, sometimes there is a definite need for a hysterectomy, especially if you have cancer. However, oftentimes a hysterectomy is recommended to correct problems caused by a hormone imbalance. You need to ask your doctor why you are having these symptoms in the first place. Why remove your uterus and/or ovaries when all you really need to do is replace the hormones that are missing?
Take a look at the list of symptoms caused by low progesterone, or estrogen dominance. While these symptoms are common, they are not normal. They are indications of declining ovarian function and the resulting imbalance of estrogen and progesterone, which can be safely corrected by replenishing with bioidentical hormones that are identical to those made by your body.
Common Symptoms and Disorders Associated with Estrogen Dominance
Severe menstrual cramps
Heavy periods with clotting
Irregular menstrual cycles
Fibrocystic breast disease
Premenstrual breast tenderness
Premenstrual fluid retention and weight gain
Anxiety, panic attacks, or depression
Premenstrual mood swings
The problem today in traditional medicine is that when a woman consults a physician for help with symptoms, she is generally given two options: a) surgery, usually a hysterectomy, or b) prescription drugs, most often synthetic hormones that actually worsen the problem. Rarely is she told that her problem is likely the result of a hormone imbalance and that natural bioidentical progesterone could alleviate her symptoms.
Common Menopause Symptoms After a Hysterectomy
A hysterectomy puts a woman into menopause, when a woman’s naturally occurring sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) decline, leading to the following symptoms:
Hot Flashes Night Sweats
Weight Gain Depression
Anxiety Vaginal dryness
Low Libido Insomnia
Brain fog Mood swings
Frequent urination Urinary incontinence
If your ovaries are removed, you may begin having menopause symptoms right away. Even if the ovaries have been spared the surgeon’s knife, ovarian dysfunction or atrophy commonly occurs within two years following removal of the uterus, causing a predictable decline in progesterone and estrogen levels.
Risks of Hysterectomy Surgery
A hysterectomy is major surgery with potential risks, including infection, heavy bleeding following surgery, injury to nearby organs, blood clots, breathing or heart problems related to anesthesia, and even death.
Click here for a list of questions to ask your doctor before considering a hysterectomy.
Monika’s doctors told her that a hysterectomy was the only way to treat her fibroids and cysts. After surgery, she woke up to a whole new set of health problems. Watch to find out how Monika resolved her symptoms naturally.
If you suffer from these symptoms and are facing the decision to have a hysterectomy, then you owe it to yourself to find a doctor who is experienced in treating female hormonal imbalances with natural, bioidentical hormones before considering unnecessary surgery.