Information on hysterectomy and hormonal balance

As the second most often performed surgical procedure on American women today, hysterectomy generates so many questions. We talk to women who are trying to decide whether to have one, seeking alternatives, looking for help recovering from surgery, or asking how to stop their estrogen therapy many years after their hysterectomies.

At Women's Health Network we view these questions as part of a lifelong process in which the constant goal is finding hormonal balance. The good news is that you can restore your hormonal balance at any point, no matter where you find yourself now.

While there has been concern over recent decades that some hysterectomies are unnecessary, it isn’t a question of being “for” or “against” them. For many women hysterectomy is wonderful — a solution to a long time problem. As one of our friends said after her hysterectomy, “My body feels at peace for the first time.” For other women, those for whom hysterectomy is the prescribed treatment for cancer, this surgery doesn’t feel like a choice at all. But in those cases, it may still be considered life-saving surgery.

When you do have a choice, it is important to consider all the factors in determining whether a hysterectomy is truly needed to resolve your particular problem. What matters is what’s right for you. There are alternatives to hysterectomy in many cases, depending on one’s medical situation, and for such a major surgery with the potential for so many consequences, we should consider it a kind of “last resort.” The surgical methods for the hysterectomy procedure have improved in many cases and recovery times vary from a few weeks to several months. We think that getting a second opinion is a must.

So whether you are in the decision stage, in the immediate recovery stage post surgery, or years down the road after hysterectomy, it’s most important to stay as informed as possible. These articles can help you weigh all your options.

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Uterine fibroids — and natural alternatives to hysterectomy, reviewed by Dr. Sarika Arora, MD. Uterine fibroids and the heavy bleeding they can cause are experienced by many women, and often lead to hysterectomy. But there are natural treatments that may help you avoid surgery.

Endometrial ablation, by Dr. Amber Hayden, DO. Endometrial ablation is a procedure used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding. Get the facts about endometrial ablation so you can know what to expect if your doctor recommends this treatment.

Frequently asked questions about hysterectomy. Hysterectomy may be a fairly common procedure for women, but there is a lot to know. Get answers to 9 important questions about hysterectomy, including whether it’s right for you, and what’s involved in the surgery.

Medical (hormonal) management options. Medical management can sometimes help women with symptomatic fibroids, heavy bleeding, or endometriosis to avoid hysterectomy.

Myomectomy for problematic fibroids. Myomectomy involves the removal of a fibroid together with a small portion of the uterus where the fibroid is attached (uterine resection).

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) / uterine artery embolization (UAE). Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), is a technique usually performed by an interventional radiologist.

D&C and hysteroscopy, reviewed by Dr. Sarika Arora, MD. D&C and hysteroscopy are common minimally-invasive surgery procedures often used together to remove abnormal or unwanted tissue from inside of the uterus.

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