Dr Cris here with the Ask Dr Cris Show. Today’s questions is quite topical and not one that I am asked often. Somebody is wondering whether they choose to have a hysterectomy whether it is medically indicated or not to prevent the symptoms of menopause and hormonal imbalance.
It is a really good question but I think you have to weigh up the risks of having a hysterectomy and the surgical risks versus obviously going through menopause. The symptoms of menopause are not actually related to whether you have got a uterus or not. The symptoms of menopause are related to the hormonal changes that happen as our body runs out of eggs as women and so the hot flashes will remain whether you have had a hysterectomy or not in any case of menopause the sleeplessness the irritability and the mood changes unless obviously hormone therapy started. Having a hysterectomy won’t change any of that. The time when a hysterectomy is medically recommended is when there are obviously situations where cancer is indicated or there is heavy bleeding that can’t be solved in any other way or there is severe prolapse. So, there are situations where a hysterectomy may be recommended medically but in terms of voluntary or choosing to have it done to avoid some of the menopause symptoms won’t help in any way.
Thank you very much for your question. It is a topical one and certainly one that I think people would have thought of before and wanted to ask so that is great. Thank you very much and if you have any other questions please jump onto my website www.drcris.com.au and I look forward to answering them on the Ask Dr Cris Show. I hope that you are enjoying the Ask Dr Cris Show and if you would like to see more of the Ask Dr Cris Show please press subscribe.