Anxiety. Some anxiety about having a hysterectomy
is to be expected. Most women with symptoms of
depression 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.
Some women fear they may lose their ability to have satisfying sexual
relationships after they have a hysterectomy.
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
osteoporosis that go along with
menopause after ovary removal. Be sure to talk with
your doctor about the risks and benefits of
estrogen therapy following your
Talk with your doctor about your feelings about having a
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