Did you know that hysterectomy procedure is one of the unnecessary surgeries women are recommended for by doctors? Obviously, every woman is a unique circumstance who calls for a unique approach. However,
Hysteractomy refers to a surgical procedure to remove the uterus.
How many surgeries are unnecessary that cause a greater disruption in woman’s health? As the Federal Government estimates, it’s about 7.5 million unnecessary surgical and medical procedures that are performed annually and could have been avoided.
Hysterectomy is the second most commonly performed surgery among women after cesarean section; around 1 in 3 will undergo the procedure by the age of 60.
Please read this informative article from Medical News Today that covers facts and findings about how unnecessary hysterectomy surgery is in the US.
Hysterectomy is the Second most unnecessary surgery that women are having
When 1 in 3 women will have had a hysterectomy in the U.S. by age 60, this is not an easy number to be content with. An estimated 20% to 40% of these surgeries are unnecessary. Cancer and prolapse are key indications for hysterectomy, but common gynaecological conditions that occur during peri-menopause are not.
TIP: Consult multiple physicians before being given a prognosis of hysterectomy
The Reasons Behind Hysterectomy
Hormonal fluctuations are huge reason behind the perimenopause and menopause symptoms. Understanding the changes in our hormonal system will allow us to be not only healthier, but happier as well.
Perimenopause leads to increased estrogen, which can lead to fibroids, heavy periods and extended flow.
Perimenopause is a time of extreme hormonal flux and spikes of excess estrogen. These spikes can lead to fibroids (benign tumours) and endometriosis (endometrial tissue lining the uterus grows elsewhere), conditions that typically resolve after menopause.
Transition to Menopause and What A Woman Could Expect
Fibroids and endometriosis can lead to heavy bleeding and pain that many physicians believe warrant an intervention such as hysterectomy, however, many doctors challenge that perspective.
TIP: If you’re having heavy periods, ensure that you have enough iron. Yes, do it with the help of your trusted medical professional!
Alternatives to Hysterectomy
A note that having a hysterectomy doesn’t mean your ovaries will be removed. Even though our ovaries are shut down after menopause, they do produce some hormones until we are 65.
Unless there’s a reason to remove the ovaries (cancer, cancer risk as an example), keeping our ovaries helps with overall health and long-term survival.
Many women can manage symptoms without hormones or other procedures but many women will need some help. If your symptoms are interfering with your daily life, you definitely need to investigate them and have a trusted medical professional by your side.
However, when you are investigating your options, be aware that:
- Cancer and prolapse are the two main indications for hysterectomy procedure
- Fibroids, endometriosis and pelvic pain can be treated (usually but not all the time) with other options
- Many women’s gynecological conditions resolve after menopause
For those who would like to explore Non-hormonal Options for Premenopause and Menopausal Symptoms
Issues Associated with Hysterectomy
For women who do need a hysterectomy procedure, it’s important to understand the hysterectomy types of surgery that are available. These issues include symptoms of surgical menopause and prolapse. Take a look at the table below.
For women who have had hysterectomies or ablations that keep the ovaries, your ovaries are still working to push out those hormones. So even if you don’t have a period, you may still have the hormonal surges of perimenopause and menopausal symptoms.
That is why women who had the removal of their ovaries, the early onset of menopause can bring on a myriad of symptoms that can quickly become overwhelming to a woman. Those symptoms that are usually are experienced by a woman in her 50’s will be, all of a sudden, present in a 20- or 30-year young woman. Can you imagine it for a moment?
For all women, whether or not you’ve had a hysterectomy, medical professionals recommend having a baseline visit with a pelvic health physiotherapist at age 40 and above.
Reduce Excess Estrogen Through Eating Better
I’ve heard of all kinds different ways of flushing out excess estrogen. But what we can do to reduce excess of this hormone in our female bodies is to eat better every day.
Excess estrogen can lead to weight gain, breast pain, stomachaches and a host of other complaints. Internally, estrogen spikes are believed to be the causes of fibroids and endometriosis.
Drops in estrogen can lead to headaches, mood swings and the feelings of forgetfulness.
TIP: Eating a plant-based diet or even dinner will help remove excess estrogen through the increased fibre content. Ensure that your vegetables are non-GMO whenever possible.
Here’s an example of plant-based and fiber-rich recipe that is super easy and very palatable. Garden Veggie Buddha Bowl with Lentils & Tahini Sauce.