alexa The effect of hysterectomy on sexuality and psychological changes.


Journal of Nursing & Care

Author(s): Vomvolaki E, Kalmantis K, Kioses E, Antsaklis A

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Abstract Every year, many women all over the world will undergo a hysterectomy, the removal of their uterus. The majority of hysterectomies are performed to treat conditions such as fibroids, heavy bleeding, endometriosis, adenomyosis and prolapse. A hysterectomy is not often a procedure that needs to be performed urgently, except in the case of cancer. Therefore, a woman considering the procedure should take time to investigate all her options, including other possible treatments. Deciding whether to have a hysterectomy can be a difficult and emotional process. Signs of depression may include severe and prolonged feelings of sadness and hopelessness; diminished interest in activities; significant weight loss or gain; insomnia; fatigue; and thoughts of death or suicide. Every person reacts differently, and reactions are a combination of emotional and physical responses. We still have much to learn about the effects of hysterectomy on sexual function. We investigated many studies published in different journals relative to this subject and we compare their results. Women are more likely to report improved sexual functioning after the surgery when their symptoms have been alleviated. A new hysterectomy procedure that 'spares' abdominal ligaments and nerves is quicker and results in less blood loss and shorter hospital stays and seems to respect the tissues more, without affecting the sexuality of the women. This article was published in Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care

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