Hysterectomy or the uterus removal surgery is the surgical procedure of the removal of the uterus. It is done for various reasons, such as removing tumours, cancer, fibroid, uterine prolapse, endometriosis, adenomyosis (thickening of the uterus), etc. In some cases, there can be some effects of hysterectomy.
In most cases, the woman recovers completely after the hysterectomy. However, a few women may experience some residual pain. Similarly, due to the hormonal changes, the patient might note some behavioural changes, mood swings, and mental health issues.
What happens after 3 to 4 months of hysterectomy?
After 3-4 months of hysterectomy, the body mostly recovers from the operation. However, there can be certain effects of hysterectomy like residual pain in some cases, even after a few months. If you experience such pain, you should consult the doctor. Research states that in rare cases, the patient may experience persistence even after a few months post-surgery. This may be due to certain preoperative factors and acute postoperative pain.
Generally, the woman can return to normal activities, including work, after a few days, and the body adapts post-operatively within a few days itself.
Does a hysterectomy affect personality?
Not necessarily. A hysterectomy may not alter a woman’s personality. However, there may be certain behavioural changes in a few women which can be observed due to the change in hormonal production. Mood swings are increased as the body is deprived of a hormone called estrogen, which boosts female emotional health. The woman may become more irritable due to the hormonal change.
Also, some women may experience some mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, causing a change in their personality.
Does hysterectomy affect mental health?
Maybe. Further research is needed to reach a conclusion.
According to a study done by MayoClinic, there is a high risk of long-term mental health problems post hysterectomy. The most common mental health diseases prevailing post uterus removal are depression and anxiety.
Contrastingly, another research could not find any association between hysterectomy and an increase in depression or neuroticism. It further explains that any anxiety or depression found in these women might be due to certain other factors that come along post-surgery, such as, discomfort and handicap resulting from prolonged illness, the stress of hospitalization, fear of operative procedure and personality factors. These factors as per the research were unrelated to hysterectomy.
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