New Findings Show Hysterectomy Can Improve Options for Menopause Symptoms

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: January 11, 2017

Contributed by Dr. Rupen Baxi – Red Hot Mamas Medical Expert

Menopause symptoms can be incredibly disruptive, which is why many women fear hysterectomy surgery. It’s important to understand how symptoms can be relieved and what ends up being a better choice for a woman’s overall health and wellbeing.

A recent comprehensive study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that estrogen-only therapy, used to relieve menopause symptoms, has proven to be safe after hysterectomy. Combination therapy containing estrogen + progesterone is the one shown to have a higher risk for breast cancer than previously estimated.

 The study showed women using combination HRT had a 2.7 times greater risk than non-users. It’s a risk significantly higher than previously reported. This type of therapy can be prescribed to women who have not had a hysterectomy as estrogen can negatively affect the uterus and requires progesterone to balance out the effects. Estrogen therapy alone can increase the risk of uterine cancer, but when a women has undergone hysterectomy, estrogen-only HRT can be safely prescribed as it has shown no overall increase in breast cancer risk compared with women who had never used HRT.

These new findings are important to understand so women can make an informed decision about their GYN health. Once a woman is past childbearing, if she is struggling with symptoms like heavy bleeding or pelvic pain caused by a GYN condition like large fibroids, hysterectomy should be considered. It can mean living a healthier, pain free life.

For a fast post-operative recovery, hysterectomy should be performed with minimally invasive approach. The DualPortGYN technique used at CIGC for hysterectomy surgery, as well as for other GYN procedures, uses only two 5 mm midline incisions. The approach is safe and minimally invasive, so women recover faster, with less pain, and are usually back to work within 1 week.

Women suffering from GYN conditions like fibroids or adenomyosis, who choose to undergo minimally invasive hysterectomy to relieve symptoms, find a safer form of HRT when they reach menopause. Hormone therapy can alleviate symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal atrophy.

To learn more about the benefits of a minimally invasive hysterectomy and other innovative procedures to treat complex GYN conditions, visit CIGC physicians Natalya Danilyants MD, Paul MacKoul MD and Rupen Baxi MD have performed over 20,000 GYN procedures and are constantly finding better ways to improve surgical outcomes.