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Should You Consider a Hysterectomy?

About 600,000 women in the United States undergo a hysterectomy every year. Although it sounds scary, it's a common procedure. In fact, hysterectomies are the second most common medical procedure for women.

The goal of a hysterectomy is to surgically remove your uterus. This procedure can also remove other reproductive organs, like your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix. It's important to know hysterectomies are permanent and can’t be reversed. 

At Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of New York and New Jersey, our expert team brings a personalized approach to women’s health care. If you’re having gynecological issues, we can help determine if a hysterectomy is the right choice for you.

The role of your uterus and ovaries

Your uterus is responsible for creating your menstrual flow during your reproductive years. It helps your body prepare for pregnancy, as well as create a nourishing environment for a baby to develop.

Your ovaries are located on each side of your uterus. For women who haven’t gone through menopause, ovaries are responsible for producing eggs and female hormones that make pregnancy possible. 

When we discuss hysterectomies, there are three different types:

If you have a hysterectomy, your menstruation will stop and you'll no longer be able to have children. Depending on the reproductive issue you're having, you may be able to keep your ovaries. This means you'll continue producing hormones, but will most likely experience less hormone production. 

While keeping your ovaries might seem like a good option, it could cause problems down the road; especially if you’re at risk for cancer. If your ovaries are taken out during a hysterectomy, you’ll need hormone replacement therapy to keep your body functioning normally.

Why you should get a hysterectomy

Our team may recommend a hysterectomy if you have gynecological issues that are causing you severe discomfort and pain. Common reproductive conditions that might require a hysterectomy include:

Endometriosis and adenomyosis

Endometriosis and adenomyosis are gynecological disorders. They occur when uterine tissue grows outside the uterus. If you have one of these conditions, you’ll most likely experience heavy bleeding, bleeding between periods, and severe pain.

Uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the wall of your uterus. These masses range in size and can easily distort your uterus and cause severe pain. Uterine fibroids cause a range of problems, including bladder or bowel issues, pelvic pain, and heavy or prolonged menstrual periods.

Uterine prolapse

Uterine prolapse causes your uterus to slip out of place and fall into your vagina. This is due to weak pelvic floor muscles and ligaments that can no longer support the uterus. Uterine prolapse usually occurs in women with a history of vaginal childbirths, but can happen to women after menopause. This condition often causes pelvic pressure along with bowel and urinary dysfunction.

Precancer or cancer

Gynecological cancers can be life-threatening because they spread quickly. That’s why it’s so important to seek medical attention before the symptoms set. If you have abnormal cells in or around your uterus, a hysterectomy may be the best way to get ahead of the problem. 

Even though a hysterectomy can treat numerous gynecological issues, it also permanently changes your reproductive system. To help you reach the right decision, Dr. George Guirguis and our team at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of New York and New Jersey will work closely with you to determine if a hysterectomy is the best course of treatment.

To learn more about hysterectomies, contact our office to schedule an appointment today! 

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