The hysterectomy surgery of today is much different than they used to be for your mother or grandmother, yet the stigma from those decades have influenced today’s generation of women and their idea of what a hysterectomy is. Take a look at these four hysterectomy myths that exist today.
Menopause After Hysterectomy:
One myth is that a hysterectomy will always cause a woman to enter menopause. This typically only happens if a woman has a complete hysterectomy, which is where the both ovaries are removed along with the uterus. The ovaries are what produce eggs and the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The lack of these hormones is what causes menopausal symptoms.
Sex After Hysterectomy:
Although you may experience some sexual changes, another myth is that sex after a hysterectomy is not enjoyable. In fact, many women report that they enjoy sex more due to no longer having pain caused by fibroids and other conditions.
Hysterectomy Recovery Time:
Hysterectomy recovery time is no longer as extensive as it once was. Due to medical advances like the da Vinci Robotic system and laparoscopic hysterectomies, incisions are much smaller and, therefore, result in quicker recovery time.
A hysterectomy is not the only option for uterine pain and abnormal bleeding. Unless cancer is present, there are typically other options than surgery. It is important to discuss these options with your doctor and find out what is right for you.
Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care, a cancer center in Las Vegas, have been the region’s leaders in robotic surgery since 2005. If you have questions or concerns regarding hysterectomies, please contact NVSCC through our contact page or call us at 702-739-6467.