5 Reasons to Consider a Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that can help with many female health concerns. Because the uterus is vital to the reproductive process, this kind of procedure is usually not done until a woman has decided not to have children in the future. A partial hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, whereas a full hysterectomy also involves the removal of the cervix, ovaries, or fallopian tubes. 

Many women find that hysterectomy provides relief from certain severe gynecological problems. If you’re wondering whether a hysterectomy is right for you, Beryl Randolph, MD, OB/GYN, and our caring team here in Houston are ready to help guide you towards the best solution for your needs. 

Here are five reasons you should consider having a hysterectomy.

Fibroids

Fibroids are common, benign tumors in the uterus. For some women, they may present no symptoms at all. However, some women do experience symptoms from uterine fibroids, including the following:

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a chronic condition that causes extremely heavy bleeding during periods. If you have endometriosis, you may find tissue similar to the endometrial lining appearing in places outside the uterus. This tissue can appear as adhesions on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the bladder or bowel. 

Endometriosis can be very painful, often causing pain during sex and intense cramps. The heavy bleeding can lead to missing days of work or school. More conservative treatments, such as birth control pills, are used as the first approach to treating endometriosis. But if these alternative treatments fail, a hysterectomy might be the solution.

Abnormal vaginal bleeding

If you experience excessive vaginal bleeding between periods or have extremely long periods, it can be a sign of more serious issues with your uterus or reproductive hormones. Abnormal vaginal bleeding happens outside of your normal menstrual period, and it can also occur before puberty or after menopause.

Abnormal vaginal bleeding can have several causes, including uterine polyps, hormone imbalances, thyroid problems, or even cancer.

Pelvic pain

Pelvic pain is most often felt in the lower abdomen. It can be either a sharp, stabbing pain or a dull ache, and it can be constant or only happen on occasion. Pelvic pain can be a sign of problems with some of your pelvic organs, including your uterus, ovaries, cervix, or vagina.

You may be more likely to experience pelvic pain during your period or during sexual activity. Pelvic pain can be caused by infections, problems with your bowel or bladder, or other conditions such as ovarian cysts or endometriosis. 

If you have pelvic pain, Dr. Randolph will try to identify the cause. Some causes of pelvic pain can be addressed with minor interventions. As a last resort if other treatments have failed to work, she may recommend a hysterectomy.

Uterine prolapse

A uterine prolapse means that your uterus is no longer held in place. Your uterus may fall into your vagina, which can be quite uncomfortable. Uterine prolapse occurs when your pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and become weakened. 

Symptoms of uterine prolapse include feeling a heaviness or pulling in your vagina, urine leakage, difficulty with bowel movement, or feeling like something is protruding from your vagina.

If you have any of the above symptoms, you’ll want to come in to see Dr. Randolph as soon as possible. She will conduct a variety of advanced tests to determine the cause of your symptoms. 

If you suspect you may need a hysterectomy, call Dr. Randolph at our Houston office or make an appointment online to get started today.

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