A hysterectomy is the removal of the womb or uterus. The reasons for this permanent solution are varied; there are scenarios where the preservation of the organ is life-threatening, such as cancer of the uterus or ovaries, which in this case may call for a hysterectomy. In most cases, all other options for combatting uterus related problems will have been exhausted.
Types of hysterectomies
- Radical hysterectomy: Removal of all the tissue plus the top of the vagina, usually performed for cancer patients.
- Subtotal hysterectomy: Removal of a specific part of the uterus. This can be the cervix or ovaries.
- Total hysterectomy: The removal of the whole uterus and cervix.
- Salpingectomy: Removal of the fallopian tubes.
- Vaginal hysterectomy
- Total abdominal hysterectomy
- Laparoscopy-assisted vaginal hysterectomy
Sex after a hysterectomy
The surgical technique used for your hysterectomy will partially determine the healing time and the nature of your scars if any. Your body should heal within 6 to 8 months, so the surgery will place your sex life on hold for that time, but it will not end it altogether. You can expect to have some light bleeding and discharge post-surgery. Once you are completely healed, things should go back to normal.