Hysterectomy is a procedure or medical surgery which is done to remove the uterus. This procedure was considered to be a very serious procedure till a few years ago but with advancements in medical science and technology, it has not only become common but also without any major complications.
In earlier days it was conducted by making a large incision in the abdomen and required atleast a week’s stay in the hospital but nowadays the procedure is minimally invasive, causes less bleeding and involves a faster recovery. Unfortunately, there are many myths associated with this procedure. The following are the top 5 most common myths about hysterectomy:
1. Hysterectomy Triggers Menopause
One of the biggest myths associated with this procedure is that it can trigger menopause. In truth, this procedure is unlikely to cause menopause unless the ovaries are removed along with the uterus. Menopause occurs when the ovaries stop releasing eggs and rather start producing estrogen and progesterone hormones.
2. Sex is not Enjoyable after Hysterectomy
A lot of people think that sex isn’t as enjoyable after hysterectomy as it was before but this too is a myth. On the contrary when the uterus is removed along with the non cancerous cells that grow in it, women feel a renewed interest in sexual intercourse and may enjoy it more since they know that there is no risk of becoming pregnant after it.
3. Only a Major Surgery is the Way to have Hysterectomy
Another myth associated with hysterectomy is that the only way to have a hysterectomy is to have a major surgery. Thanks to the advancements in medical technology, there are many types of procedures available when it comes to the process of hysterectomy. Your doctor will suggest you the one which is most suitable for you, depending upon your medical history and it is a fact that most procedures these days are minimally invasive.
4. A Long Recovery Time is needed after Hysterectomy
Another misconception associated with the removal of uterus is that a long recovery time is needed after it. These days, women are allowed to go home the same day and need only few days rest to recover since only a small incision is made through laparoscopy. Also, the recovery time basically depends upon the exact process you undergo and the kind of general health you have at the time of surgery. Also, the more rest you take, the more will be your chances to recover fast.
5. Having Hysterectomy is the only way to Relieve Uterine Pain and Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
Often, people believe that having hysterectomy is the only way to relieve the excessive bleeding and high uterine pain condition but this too is a false belief. Infact this procedure is required for conditions like uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain, cancer and uterine prolapsed. Also, to relieve pain and excessive bleeding, there are many more methods and options available which females can follow after discussing with a doctor.