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Is Your Hysterectomy Necessary?

hysterectomy menopause non-surgical alternatives surgical menopause Feb 03, 2023

Dr. Paul Ling Tai will be discussing "Surgical Menopause".

Hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus. After a hysterectomy, you will not menstruate (have periods) or be able to get pregnant. Uterus removal is a common treatment for a variety of conditions that affect a woman’s reproductive organs.

About half a million hysterectomies are performed each year in the U.S. It is the second most common surgical procedure for women, after cesarean delivery (C-section). Most hysterectomies are performed between the ages of 40 and 50.

Research shows women with hysterectomies have increased side effects

Using the Rochester Epidemiology Project records linkage system, Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D., with Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a team of researchers identified 2,094 women who underwent a hysterectomy with ovarian conservation for benign indications between 1980 and 2002 in Olmsted County, Minnesota. "The aim of this study was to assess the long-term risks of cardiovascular disease and metabolic conditions after hysterectomy with bilateral ovarian conversation compared with population-based, age-matched referent women without a prior hysterectomy or oophorectomy," says Dr. Laughlin-Tommaso.

The research team followed these cohorts to identify 20 chronic conditions related to cardiovascular disease and metabolic conditions. They found that women undergoing hysterectomy with ovarian conservation were more likely to develop hyperlipidemia, hypertension, obesity, cardiac arrhythmias and coronary artery disease. Most striking, researchers found that women who underwent hysterectomy with ovarian conservation at or before age 35 had an increased risk of congestive heart failure (4.6-fold increase) and coronary artery disease (2.5-fold increase).

In Dr. Tai's weekly Thursday Instagram live session, Dr. Tai explains the non-surgical alternatives to this widely performed surgical procedure. About 1/3 of all women in the US does not have a womb by the time they are 60 years old. This is ridiculous. Common reasons are because women have non-cancerous, non-malignant, uterine tumors and endometriosis but there are alternatives to controlling this situation.

Dr. Tai explains the concerns, offers plant based solutions, and saliva testing to determine your hormonal condition.

Please watch the full video and book a Telehealth Consultation with Dr. Tai if you have any questions about your health.