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Will I Go Through Menopause if I Have a Hysterectomy?

May 7, 2014

There are different types of hysterectomies. A hysterectomy refers to removal of the uterus and the cervix (total hysterectomy) or removal of the uterus without removal of the cervix (supracervical or partial hysterectomy). If the ovaries are removed at the same time, this is called a hysterectomy with bilateral salpingectomy (BSO). The ovaries are usually left in place unless there […]

Hormones are secreted from the ovaries. These hormone levels decline with age and are minimal in post-menopausal women. If the ovaries are left in place at the time of a hysterectomy, there is no change in the level of hormones excreted by the ovaries and pre-menopausal women will experience menopause naturally. If the ovaries are removed in a pre-menopausal woman, […]

Do I Still Need a Pap Smear after Hysterectomy?

May 3, 2013

The need for continued pap smears after hysterectomy depends on the type of hysterectomy done and your personal history of pap smears. Following a supracervical hysterectomy, traditional pap smear guidelines are continued. After a total hysterectomy, including removal of the cervix, if there’s no history of high-grade precancerous lesions or cervical cancer; pap smears are no longer recommended. After a […]

What is a Partial Hysterectomy?

April 11, 2013

The terms for a hysterectomy may be confusing and many women may not know what was removed at the time of their hysterectomy. A total hysterectomy means the body of the uterus and the cervix are removed. If the ovaries are also removed, this is called a total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingectomy (BSO) and oophorectomy. A partial or supracervical hysterectomy […]

Should the ovaries be removed at the time of hysterectomy for prolapse?

January 23, 2013

At times, a partial or total hysterectomy is recommended at the time of prolapse repair. Whether or not to remove the ovaries at the time of hysterectomy is a separate and distinct issue. If the patient is not menopausal and the ovaries are fully functioning, the ovaries are left in place unless they are abnormal. If the patient is menopausal […]

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