Hysterectomy: Emotional Reactions
Emotional reactions to Reference hysterectomy Opens New Window may include:
- Anxiety. Some anxiety about having a hysterectomy is to be expected. Most women with symptoms of Reference anxiety Opens New Window or Reference depression Opens New Window before hysterectomy report improvement following the surgery.
- Grief. Many women grieve over the removal of the uterus, which means that they will not be able to become pregnant.
- Fear. Some women fear they may lose their ability to have satisfying sexual relationships after they have a hysterectomy.
- Physical changes. Many women are concerned about premature aging following a hysterectomy (if their ovaries are also removed) and symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and the increased risk of Reference osteoporosis Opens New Window that go along with Reference menopause Opens New Window after ovary removal. Be sure to talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of Reference estrogen therapy Opens New Window following your hysterectomy.
Talk with your doctor about your feelings about having a hysterectomy.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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