Are you a woman who wants to live a long and healthy life? If you’re not, I’m sure you have a mother, sister, daughter, wife, girlfriend, or a woman whom you want to live longer than she could. Mostly, ladies are known to be sensitive and irritable especially when they are on the stage of their menstrual cycle. The reason for this has been exposed by science in different media so you might already know about this.
Women are strong yet delicate. When they become pregnant, they become more sensitive. There will be changes in their preferences of food tastes and sense of smell. They get easily irritated at anything or anyone. They can also become too emotional. These are the results of the biological changes that take place inside the woman’s body caused by her pregnancy. Getting pregnant is not easy but it can be a fulfilling achievement for women who want to become mothers. However, pregnancy is not attainable by all women due to different factors. Infertility is one of the main reasons why pregnancy is impossible to be attained by women. Health issues or certain ailments of the woman may also be the factor for not becoming pregnant.
If there are women who can’t be pregnant but they badly want to, there are also females who are capable of getting pregnant yet they choose not to. Hence, they undergo a medical process called hysterectomy.
What is hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy is a medical process of removing the uterus or the female’s womb through a surgical operation. Women who undergo this kind of operation have different reasons other than prevention of becoming pregnant. In most cases, women choose hysterectomy because of untreatable heavy periods, the growth of abnormal muscles in the womb swell, endometriosis, adenomyosis, prolapsed womb, cancer of the female reproductive organs (vagina, uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries), etc.
Hysterectomy can be done in different procedures such as abdominal incision or vaginal operation. The case of procedure varies from one patient to another. Refer to the following:
- Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
This is the very common operation where the womb’s body and neck are totally removed.
- Subtotal Hysterectomy
Unlike the total abdominal hysterectomy, subtotal hysterectomy is done by removing the womb’s body except the neck (cervix).
- Radical Hysterectomy
There are cases when the woman is a cancer patient. In this situation, the surgeon will not only remove the womb but also the vagina’s upper part along with the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
- Vaginal Hysterectomy
From the name itself, we can already conclude that the incision will be done through the vagina unlike the two methods I mentioned earlier which are both abdominal operations. Vaginal hysterectomy is usually the best option when the womb is prolapsed.
Recovery after the Operation
When the hysterectomy is done, the patient will be advised to slightly move around like standing or brief walking. If the woman has undergone an abdominal hysterectomy, she will be discharged from the hospital after five days. Otherwise, if the procedure performed is vaginal hysterectomy, she will be able to leave the hospital after three days. The doctor will give a list of what can and cannot be done during the recovery stage. Sexual intercourse must be avoided until it reaches approximately six weeks after the operation.
Did you know that ovaries are responsible for the production of female sex hormones? What do you think will happen to the woman who has undergone hysterectomy which entails the removal of her ovaries? She might avoid various maladies as what I have mentioned above but her sex life will also be affected. Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been discovered to address this issue.
Is Testosterone Therapy Good for Women Who Have Undergone Hysterectomy?
This question might be running in your mind as you have read about hysterectomy. After the hysterectomy procedure, the woman’s body will stop producing sex hormones and this will lead to the decrease of sex desire. A hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women who have undergone hysterectomy is at high consideration. There had been talks about testosterone therapy to address this condition but it is not yet clear whether this treatment is safe and effective or not.
Recent studies show no clear positive or negative response of testosterone therapy. The lead author of the study and research physician in the Department of Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Dr. Grace Huang, elucidated, “A primary concern with testosterone therapy is that it can cause symptoms of masculinization among women. These symptoms include unwanted hair growth, acne and lower voice tone. It’s important to note that very few of these side effects were seen in our study.”
Testosterone therapy is not yet accepted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women due to scarce studies and insufficient findings of recent researches regarding this matter. The health and safety of the women must be the top priority that’s why testosterone therapy is not yet highly recommended.
Although testosterone therapy is not yet an FDA approved, it does not imply that it is dangerous. The reason why it is not yet approved by the FDA is because of the insufficient evidences from the previous studies that testosterone therapy is safe and effective for women who have undergone hysterectomy. On the brighter side, testosterone therapy is seen to be a great option for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to the hysterectomy patients.In fact, testosterone therapy is not only good to elevate a woman’s sex desire but also a great preliminary action to avoid osteoporosis and cardiovascular complications.
Testosterone therapy does great for the improvement of male and female sex desires. However, it is not yet fully recommended for women who have undergone hysterectomy. Brilliant researchers and medical experts are still trying to dig up the mystery behind testosterone therapy until they can come up with positive results such as efficacy, safety, and convenience of testosterone therapy as a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for hysterectomy patients. Although testosterone has proven a lot of benefits in a wide range of medical treatments, we still need to wait for the “Go Signal” of the medical experts, doctors, and reliable results of scientific studies before we can use testosterone therapy as a treatment for females who have undergone a process of removing their uterus (womb).