Hysterectomy: What do you need to know?

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There are three types of hysterectomies, vaginal, laparoscopic, and abdominal. Many factors must be considered to determine the best method.

The word hysterectomy means removal of the womb. It means the uterus is taken out. Sometimes the cervix is also taken out during a hysterectomy.

This week we are discussing the topic of hysterectomies. We learn the labels for the female reproductive process and how that process can become damaged as a woman ages and what can be done medically to treat those various problems by way of a procedure called a hysterectomy.

Sometimes a hysterectomy can include the removal of the ovaries, the fallopian tube, and the uterus.

When checking a woman’s health in regard to her female organs, a regular procedure called a pap smear is done. This smear is taken from the womb and sent to a pathologist to see if there any cancer cells in her female organs. If cancer or precancer is detected by the pap smear the doctor will recommend that the woman will have a hysterectomy, this will include a discussion about whether or not the cervix will have to come out as well.

Removal of cervix matters because for many women orgasms are cervical. If yours are cervical and you lose your cervix that means you will no longer have orgasms, at least cervical ones.

Another consideration for women with family history of ovarian cancer is to have their ovaries removed. If you choose not to do that then you will need an ultrasound checkup every six months to test whether or not you are developing cancer.

There are three types of hysterectomies, vaginal, laparoscopic, and abdominal one. Dr. Maupin will explain the differences among these three types and why a woman and her doctor would consider each one as a solution to her problems.

There is also something called a DaVinci hysterectomy which is done by robot surgery. It is a very special type of surgery which is like a laparoscopic surgery. You may want to discuss that type with your physician to see if it would be what they recommend.

There is a huge loss of hormones when a woman loses her uterus. The consideration of hormone replacement is a major one for her ongoing health and she and her doctor must talk about whether or not (and why) her hormones should be replaced.

Dr. Maupin is a strong proponent of hormone replacement for both men and women as they age. Her belief is that you can avoid many of the typical illnesses of aging if you replace your hormones to a level that you had when you were younger and in your prime. You can read her books The Secret Female Hormone and Got Testosterone to find out exactly why she feels this way, and what her remedy for that loss is.


This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC.,Family Counselor, Presenter and Author. www.BioBalanceHealth.com


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