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Hysterectomy: Emotional Reactions - Topic Overview

Emotional reactions to hysterectomy may include:

  • Anxiety. Some anxiety about having a hysterectomy is to be expected. Most women with symptoms of anxiety or depression before hysterectomy report improvement following the surgery.
  • Grief. Many women grieve over the removal of the uterus, which means that they will not be able to become pregnant.
  • Fear. Some women fear they may lose their ability to have satisfying sexual relationships after they have a hysterectomy.
  • Physical changes. Many women are concerned about premature aging following a hysterectomy (if their ovaries are also removed) and symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and the increased risk of osteoporosis that go along with menopause after ovary removal. Be sure to talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of estrogen therapy following your hysterectomy.

Talk with your doctor about your feelings about having a hysterectomy.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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