Am I a candidate for a hysterectomy?
This procedure can be used to treat many gynecological conditions, including cancer, your doctor will discuss with you if this surgery is the best option for you, and if it will be used along with other forms of cancer treatment, like chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Which form of hysterectomy do I need?
The method is chosen based on your specific needs, however, abdominal hysterectomy tends to be more commonly used with cancer patients, as it is the easiest way to remove tumors. Before surgery, your doctor will speak with you to inform you which procedure is best for you.
What can I expect after surgery?
Women who had this procedure will no longer have their menstrual cycle or be able to become pregnant. If the ovaries are removed and you haven’t gone through menopause, you will experience “clinical menopause”, but if they weren’t removed, you will still produce the regular hormones and eggs until natural menopause is reached.
How will the surgery affect my sex life?
It’s recommended that you wait 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery before having sex, as this gives you enough time to heal. Studies have shown that it’s completely safe to continue your sex life after a hysterectomy; however, some women might experience a loss of sexual desire during the first months after the procedure.