A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus. The uterus, also known as the womb, is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. The uterine lining is the source of menstrual blood.
You may need a hysterectomy for many reasons. The surgery can be used to treat several chronic pain conditions as well as certain types of cancer and infections.
The extent of a hysterectomy varies depending on the reason for the surgery. In most cases, the entire uterus is removed. The doctor may also remove the ovaries and the fallopian tubes during the procedure. The fallopian tubes are the structures that transport the egg from the ovary to the uterus. The ovaries are the organs that produce estrogen and testosterone.
If the ovaries are removed, you’ll no longer produce these very critical hormones that support healthy bodily functions, thus you’ll enter “medical” menopause.
Hormone replacement therapy can work to ease your symptoms.
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