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BUSTED: 5 Myths About Hysterectomy (Uterus Removal)

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman’s uterus.

Listed below are 7 hysterectomy myths cleared up so that you can stress less before surgery or  get the word out to your female buddies.

MYTH 1: IT’S ALWAYS A MAJOR SURGERY WITH A TOUGH RECOVERY

Fact: There are very different kinds of hysterectomies and almost all women have a speedy recovery.

The least dangerous form with the fastest recovery is a hysterectomy. It involves taking out your uterus through your vagina. You’ll spend the day and maybe one night at the hospital. Then it’s about two-to-a month for a complete recovery.

The healing time is comparable to a laparoscopic hysterectomy, where doctors make small cuts on your belly, then send a very small camera and tools for surgery through them to remove your uterus.

Traditional, open surgery is less common, but does need more time at the hospital and recovery usually lasts about six weeks.

MYTH 2: YOU’LL START MENOPAUSE RIGHT AFTER SURGERY

Fact: Unless your ovaries are removed, a hysterectomy won’t cause menopausal symptoms.

The ovaries can be removed in the same time as a hysterectomy, but most of the time they are left in place. You’d only start menopause following a hysterectomy if both ovaries are taken out.

Menopause occurs when your periods have stopped for a year and your body makes much less of the sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. You won’t even have periods anymore following a hysterectomy, but your body needs to keep making hormones. Your hormones should start to drop around the exact same time or a few years sooner than they typically would that’s in their early 50’s.

MYTH 3: YOU’LL NEED BED REST FOR MANY WEEKS

Fact: Moving around after surgery is better for your health.

After surgery, you might want to take it easy for some time. Instead, you’ll have doctors and nurses encouraging you to get out of bed that same moment.

Women should not exert themselves too much. Walking around will prevent blood clots and it’ll improve your healing by getting good blood flow to your wounds.

Just make sure to ask your nurse for help prior to getting out of bed, move nice and slowly initially, and no heavy lifting.

MYTH 4: A HYSTERECTOMY WILL TAKE AWAY YOUR WOMANHOOD

Fact: A hysterectomy won’t make you any less of a lady.

There’s a strong identity associated with the uterus, so that women think removing it is going to change their lifestyle radically and they won’t be a true woman anymore.

It’s true that the uterus is an essential part of the body–it carries a pregnancy and causes your period every month–but removing it will not impact your hormones or alter who you’re.

If you’re struggling emotionally because you can’t have children, reach out to a counselor or support team for help.

MYTH 5: SEX ISN’T ENJOYABLE AFTER HYSTERECTOMY

A hysterectomy will put your sex life on pause for a few weeks, but it shouldn’t end it. Most women say their sex life either stayed the same or improved after the procedure. They were finally free from the pain or heavy bleeding that caused them to have the surgery.

Having your ovaries removed during the procedure could dampen your desire for sex, though. That’s because your ovaries produce testosterone and estrogen — hormones that are integral to your libido.