May 14 through May 20 is National Women’s Health Week this year, which creates the ideal opportunity to discuss one of the most difficult women’s health issues : hysterectomy. Having a hysterectomy is not a decision that women or their physicians take lightly, but it can be the right decision in many cases to improve the quality of life for some women, or even save it. There are many conditions that could lead to the need for a hysterectomy. Here is a look at some of the most common ones.
Heavy vaginal bleeding
Heavy bleeding during menstruation and between periods can be life-altering for some women. In addition to the emotional stress created by heavy bleeding, it can lead to anemia that is marked by crippling fatigue.
Several factors can contribute to heavy bleeding, including uterine fibroids, hormone imbalances, and endometriosis. Frequently, these conditions can be relieved by a hysterectomy.
Uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and adenomyosis can all cause pelvic pain. For some women, this pain can become so intense that a hysterectomy is the only way to get relief. Before recommending a hysterectomy as a remedy for pelvic pain, your physician will carefully diagnose the cause and may recommend less invasive treatments to see if it is possible to treat the underlying cause of the pain without a hysterectomy.
For women with cancer of the ovary, uterus, cervix, or endometrial lining, a hysterectomy could be the key to successful treatment. Your physician may also recommend a hysterectomy if you have precancerous cells in these regions.
If you have cancer, your physician may recommend a hysterectomy as the sole treatment, or he or she may perform a hysterectomy alongside other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation.
From our women’s diagnostics team to our cancer care department , West Hills Hospital and Medical Center is committed to providing women with attentive care they need during National Women’s Health Week and throughout the year. You can get a referral to a women’s health physician at our hospital in West Hills or find out more about our services by calling (818) 676-4321.