The word hysterectomy can stir up emotions unlike any other surgical procedure. For some women, hysterectomy in Arizona signals an end to fertility, but for others, it marks the beginning of being pain-free, not feeling so tired, not having to worry about birth control and not feeling anxiouseach time their monthly menses approaches.
Hysterectomy actually refersto the removal of the uterusand has nothing to do with the ovaries. And it’s your ovaries, not your uterus, which supplies estrogen. Since removal of the ovaries is sometimes performed at the time of hysterectomy in Arizona, many people mistakenly think that is always part of the procedure.
Women under the age of 50 typically keep their ovaries unless there is a problem with them, or they are adding to their problem, as in the case ofsevereendometriosis. If you keep your ovaries, there will be no hormonal changes.
So let’s break down the most common myths about hysterectomy.
Myth: If I have a hysterectomy, I will need to take at least 6 weeks off work to recover.
Today, most women are candidates for an outpatient procedure, which means they can go home within hours of surgery with 3 or 4 tiny bandages on their stomach. Many who are eligible prefer going home hours after their hysterectomy in Arizona knowing they will be far more comfortable in their own beds, eating their own food, and using their own bathrooms. Most patients report that they feel like nothing happened within two weeks or less following theprocedure.
Myth: Sex will never be the same again.
Most women express concerns regarding how a hysterectomy will affect their sexual function, desire, and desirability. But the good news is that studies consistently show that the most important factor that determines what sex after hysterectomy in Arizona is like, is what sex before hysterectomy was like.
The decline in libido, and/or vaginal lubrication, that some women experience following a hysterectomy occurs from the loss of ovaries, not the loss of the uterus. If you don’t enter menopause as a result of your hysterectomy, nothing should change.
Myth: There will be a big empty space where my uterus was.
This is a really common concern. Imagine if you have a bowl of spaghetti with a large meatball in the middle and then someone removes the large meatball, the space the meatball formerly occupied is replaced by the spaghetti. No one would know that the meatball was ever there. A woman’s pelvis is like a bowl filled with bowel (the spaghetti!). If the uterus (the meatball) is removed, the bowel falls into the space formerly occupied by the uterus, so there is no empty space.
Myth: My vagina will feel different to my husband.
The majority of the men felt that their sexual relationship had not suffered as a result of surgery, and many felt it had even improved. In the cases where the men reported that their wives’ vagina felt different, or that their sex life had declined, almost every woman had gone through menopause as a result of the surgery and elected not to use estrogen therapy. Once again, it is menopause that seems to sabotage sex, not hysterectomy.
There are hundreds of myths, questions and concerns about hysterectomy in Arizona, which is still the most common major surgery performed in women who are not pregnant. If you would like to know if the procedure can relieve your symptoms, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.