“Is a hysterectomy right for me?” is a question I am asked regularly and I’d love to be able to give a definitive ‘yes’ or ‘no’. In most cases a hysterectomy is what is known as elective surgery, in other words the choice of whether to take this route or not is in the hands of the woman involved.
Whilst medical practitioners such as doctors and gynaecologists might have their own preferences, ultimately the decision rests with you in most cases. This is because only about 5% of hysterectomies are done to save a life, most commonly because of cancer or bleeding after childbirth.
The questions you may have might include whether there are alternative forms of surgery or medication/drugs you could take to control or alleviate the symptoms you have. You might prefer to consider a more natural route instead, such as lifestyle or dietary changes, and in many cases these can also make an enormous difference to your well-being and long term health.
This quick start page has been set up to give you easy access to the most relevant parts of the Hysterectomy Association website. These are the places where your questions may be answered already.
If you aren’t sure how to use a website like this then why not check out our ‘how to use the website‘ page first. You can then come back here when you are ready to move on in your information journey.
Useful links and resources on the website:
- QSG – Is a hysterectomy right for me?
- QSG – I’m having a hysterectomy
- QSG – I’ve had a hysterectomy
- Women’s health conditions
- Alternatives to hysterectomy
- Hysterectomy recovery
- Hysterectomy risks
- The menopause
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Hysterectomy and emotions
Read it from cover to cover!
I have read this book from cover to cover and I dare say I will be reading it lots more from now until after my hysterectomy. It has given me a big insight into what to expect and lots of do’s and don’ts. I would recommend this book to anyone waiting for their op and post op. Lisa