Every organ in a body has a role to perform and can prove extremely detrimental If any organ is removed or damaged. The uterus and ovaries work together and are essential to good health for a woman’s whole life.
Hysterectomy refers to the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus and is commonly recommended for any and all menstrual irregularities and even benign ovarian cysts or masses.
The Role of Uterus
The uterus and its ligaments are vital for pelvic organ and skeletal integrity.
It separates the bladder and bowel and serves as an anchor keeping these organs where they belong. Once the uterus is removed, the bladder and bowel drop, and the vagina is displaced. That is why hysterectomy can lead to bladder and bowel dysfunction, prolapse, and incontinence as well as a 4-fold increased risk of pelvic organ fistula surgery.
The uterine ligaments are the pelvis’ support structures so the torso collapses after those ligaments are cut to remove the uterus.
The hips widen and the spine and rib cage fall. This explains why hysterectomized women have shortened and thickened midsections and no curve in their lower backs.
Surgical removal of Uterus can lead to,
- Back and hip problems
- Reduced mobility
- Circulation issues
- Chronic pain.
- Reduced libido and sexual sensation likely due to severing of nerves and blood vessels and possibly other mechanisms.
- Personality changes are also a common complaint.
- There are additional risks of certain cancers – rectal, thyroid, renal cell, and brain – as well as heart disease (#1 killer of women). A study found that “Women who underwent hysterectomy at age ≤35 years had a 4.6-fold increased risk of congestive heart failure and a 2.5-fold increased risk of coronary artery disease.”
These changes seem to be the best kept secret about hysterectomy.
If you must have a hysterectomy, make sure you have fully researched and questioned why you need it and talked to many, many women about their experience.