Why do I need a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy will sometimes become necessary for the following medical reasons:

  • Adenomyosis – caused by the lining of the womb/uterus growing in the muscles of the womb (called the myometrium)
  • Endometriosis caused by tissues that normally form inside the uterus forming outside the uterus in the abdominal cavity.
  • Fibroids which cause pain, bleeding or are very large. A fibroid is a non-cancerous growth of muscle and fibrous tissue. cancer of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tube/s or cervix
  • Gynaecological cancer
  • Heavy Bleeding – Menorrhagia or bleeding that is very irregular or very painful
  • Medical Emergencies – Emergencies such as rupture/puncture of the womb during other surgery. Also childbirth may lead to uncontrollable bleeding which may be impossible to stop. In these cases hysterectomy is a life saver.
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) or adhesion’s which cause pain that is not controlled by other means
  • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Prophylactic Surgery

A hysterectomy may be recommended if none of the initial treatments for these conditions has been successful. When you will actually have the hysterectomy will depend on why you need it. Some of the conditions may clear up on their own or after you have had a d&c operation (dilation and curettage where the lining of the uterus is scraped away and if necessary examined).

You do need to be absolutely sure that you know what the operation will mean for you in the long term and that may mean that you decide that you can live with your condition if, for instance, you would like to have children at a later stage.

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  • The Pocket Guide to Hysterectomy – £3.50 from The Hysterectomy Association. This is essential reading and tell you everything you need to know about hysterectomy, it documents everything on the website, plus additional information not available elsewhere.

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7 thoughts on “Why do I need a hysterectomy?

  1. siouxzan smith

    Sorry i’m not replying to the above question but rather leaving a question and query of my own. Side effects of vaginal hysterectomy. What are they. December 2013 was when i had mine done, no problems accept that i smell as if i smell of rancid-rotting slaughtered meat in my body sweat. My friends and family say i don’t smell, but i cannot smell or taste food or whatever without this smell of bad meat. Any suggestions? Last operation was on my shoulder and it took over a year to get rid of the smell of cauterization that is given off after amputations in theaters of hospitals. Is it just me or have other women had/have this problem? Maybe my sweat glands have gone male and now have the unwashed musk odour. Sioux.

  2. Debbie Davies

    Having a hysterectomy I didn’t think wld bother me but recently felt some loss I knew it was the right thing to do even though I did nt think I be so emotional at Times

    1. Linda Parkinson-Hardman Post author

      There are all sorts of reasons you could be emotional Debbie. There’s the post surgical blues, your hormones will be in disarray and you may also have some sadness around the loss of your womb. It’s OK to feel as you do.

  3. Debbie Davies

    I am concerned I am 12 weeks post op and sometimes I have mood swings I’m also having joint pain and flushes and night sweats I also have periods of anxiety and paranoia and feel bloated I m also have periods where I am hungry and periods where I am anxious Am I normal as I don’t feel it

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