Hysterectomy Complications

Read a Letter From a Hysterectomy Patient

Following a hysterectomy, not only does a woman lose her reproductive capacity, but studies have also shown that many women experience significant menopause-like symptoms and/or complications that often were not addressed or discussed prior to the operation.The following statistics were compiled from the Hysterectomy Association and the HERS Foundation.

  • Over 650,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States annually. 80% are for benign conditions.
  • 660 women will die due to complications from the surgery.
  • 37% of ALL women will undergo a hysterectomy by age 60.
  • 58% of all women who had the surgery are unable to return to previous work activities and 43% are unable to return to work at all.
  • Every 10 minutes, 12 hysterectomies are performed in the United States.
  • According to a recently published report by Obstetrics and Gynecology, the symptoms for nine of the 12 hysterectomies did not meet the guidelines set out by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for requiring the procedure.
  • Traditional medicine in the United States supports performing hysterectomies on younger and younger women… twice as many women in their 20s and 30s are having their uterus removed as compared to women in their 50s and 60s.
  • Of all hysterectomies performed, 55% were preformed on women aged 35-49 years old.
  • Hormone imbalance and diminished hormone levels cause 75% of women post-hysterectomy to lose sexual desire,
    66% to lose sexual arousal, 54% to lose sexual sensation and
    53% to have suicidal thoughts associated with post hysterectomy depression.
  • “If a woman undergoes a hysterectomy that leaves her ovaries in place, she has a 50% chance of suffering ovarian failure within 5 years of surgery.” – The Hysterectomy Association.
  • Studies have shown that even when the ovaries are spared, over 50% of women will experience menopause-like symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and dry vagina post hysterectomy, necessitating hormone replacement therapy.
  • Over five billion dollars are spent on hormone replacement therapy annually.
  • Damaging, life long consequences that can occur due to hysterectomy are:
    • Uncontrollable hormone imbalance necessitating HRT
    • Early onset of heart disease
    • Early onset of Osteoporosis
    • Bone, joint and muscle pain, ie: Fibromyalgia
    • Painful intercourse
    • Displacement of bowel and bladder…often leading to prolapse
    • Chronic constipation
    • Urinary tract infections and incontinence
    • Depression
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Insomnia

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