5 Reasons You Might Need a Hysterectomy
A hysterectomy is an operation that’s performed to remove your uterus. Hysterectomies are the second most common type of surgical procedures performed on women in the United States. In fact, close to 500,000 of these procedures are performed on women each year.
Depending on why the uterus is being removed, we may have to remove the Fallopian tubes and ovaries as well. Having a hysterectomy means that you won’t be able to conceive, and your menstrual periods will stop completely.
Hysterectomies are only recommended when all other treatment options have failed. At Atlanta Body Institute, we want to ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your health care. So, we’ve compiled this helpful guide to the five reasons that you may need a hysterectomy.
You may need a hysterectomy if you have cancer in your uterus, ovaries, cervix, or endometrium (the lining of your uterus that thickens during your period). In many cases, if the cancer has reached an advanced stage and spread enough, a hysterectomy can be the only treatment option.
Endometriosis is an illness in which tissue that usually lines your uterus is instead growing outside of it. Endometriosis can result in severe pain, irregular periods, and even infertility. If you’ve already tried hormone replacement therapy and removal of the misplaced tissue to no success, then you may need a hysterectomy.
Similar to endometriosis, adenomyosis occurs when tissue from the lining of your uterus grows into your uterine muscles. Symptoms include a thickening uterine wall, extreme pain, and severe bleeding. The condition generally subsides after menopause. However, if the problem is severe enough and if other more conservative treatment options don’t work, you may need a hysterectomy.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a bacterial infection that is normally treatable with antibiotics if detected early. However, if left untreated, it can spread, causing acute pelvic pain and irreparably damaging your uterus. If you have PID that has progressed to a severe point, you may need a hysterectomy.
A uterine prolapse is a condition in which your uterus slips and sinks into your vagina. This can lead to pressure and discomfort in your abdominal area, urinary problems, and issues with your bowels. This is usually a problem that affects women who’ve had multiple vaginal deliveries, have experienced menopause, or are obese.