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Hysterectomy

Each year, more than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed. A number second only to cesarean section deliveries. By the age of 60 one third of women in the United States have had a hysterectomy. A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus (womb). Sometimes the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and cervix are also removed. The ovaries are the organs that produce eggs and hormones. The fallopian tubes carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Once you have a hysterectomy you will stop monthly bleeding (menstruation) and you won't be able to get pregnant.

How Is A Hysterectomy Performed?

Hysterectomies are done through a cut in the abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy) or the vagina (vaginal hysterectomy). Sometimes an instrument called a laproscope is used to help see inside the abdomen. The type of surgery that is done depends on the reason for the surgery. Abdominal hysterectomies are more common than vaginal hysterectomies and usually require a longer recovery time.

Types Of Hysterectomy

Medical Reasons To Have A Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is one treatment for a number of disease and conditions. If you have cancer of the uterus or ovaries or hemorrhage(uncontrollable bleeding) of the uterus, this operation can save your life.

In most other cases, a hysterectomy is an elective surgery. There may be other non-surgical ways to treat your condition.

  • Uterine Fibroids

    Many women have uterine fibroids (myomas). Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) tumors of the uterus. They grow on the muscular wall of the uterus and surrounding structures.

    Many women have fibroids and do not even know it as they have no symptoms. However, other women have problems such as heavy bleeding, pelvic discomfort, pain and occasionally pressure on other organs. These symptoms may require treatment, but not usually hysterectomy unless a woman experience's heavy bleeding that can not be controlled.

    Essentially, a Uterine Fibroid Tumor (myoma) is the result of a tug of war between estrogen and progesterone. If too much estrogen is present relative to progesterone, the Uterine Fibroid will worsen. Excess estrogen (Estrogen dominance) causes fibroids to develop and grow. Bioidentical progesterone reduces their size and the tendency for them to form by reducing excess estrogen.

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  • Endometriosis

    Endometriosis is a non-cancerous condition in which cells from the uterine lining grow in areas where they normally do not go such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, bowel and other pelvic structures, including the uterine wall. These cells respond to the normal hormonal shifts each month and cause pain, swelling, and bleeding. The degree to which a woman has endometriosis symptoms is not related to her symptoms. A woman can be asymptomatic and have a great deal of endometriosis or have little disease and have severe symptoms.

    Since we know that estrogen initiates endometrial cell proliferation and the formation of blood vessels accumulation in the endometrium, the aim of treatment is to block this monthly estrogen stimulus to the aberrant endometrial islets. Bioidentical Progesterone stops further proliferation of endometrial cells.

    With time the monthly pains gradually subside as monthly bleeding in these islets becomes less, and healing of the inflammatory sites occurs.

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