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
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
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.
Our most popular resources on hysterectomy and alternatives
For women considering
Every woman who faces a decision about hysterectomy should be fully aware of her
options. Promising new imaging and surgical techniques are changing the way surgery
is performed, offering women new options and alternatives to hysterectomy, and decreasing
discomfort and recovery time.
— and natural alternative to hysterectomy.
Heavy and irregular bleeding caused by fibroids causes a great deal of discomfort,
anxiety, confusion, and even embarrassment for many women. Hysterectomy is one choice
to resolve this issue but there are natural options. Find out more about fibroids,
hysterectomy and alternatives to surgery.
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