"I have been seeing Dr. Ratner since 2014. She is very friendly and listens to your concerns. She is very frank and will tell you exactly what the issue is, what your choices are and gives you an option and she breaks it down to details of what the issues are.. Along with Dr. Ratner, some of her other team members are very friendly and nice as well and makes you feel very welcome - Amy and Sonni. So far, I've had a pleasant experience with her and knows you as an individual. I have visited her in Stamford numerous times - one time I went to Yale and I'd definitely say that Stamford visits were more pleasant because of her team members there. However; I had D&C done in Yale - New Haven twice and had an excellent crew who went above and beyond and were very nice both times."
A hysterectomy is an extremely common surgery performed to remove the uterus. Sometimes the fallopian tubes, ovaries, or cervix will be removed as well. A woman who has had a hysterectomy will no longer have periods and cannot get pregnant.
There are a variety of reasons that women have hysterectomies, including:
Heavy bleeding or pain, such as that due to fibroids, endometriosis, or adenomyosis
Prolapsed uterus, where the pelvic muscles can no longer completely hold the uterus in place
It is important to note that having any of these conditions does not necessarily mean that a hysterectomy is necessary. There are other available treatment options in most cases.
Although the uterus is responsible for a period, it is the ovaries that control the hormonal changes that women go through every month. So if a woman has a hysterectomy but keeps her ovaries, she might still experience hormonal swings every month even if she no longer has a period. Alternately, if a younger woman has a hysterectomy where her ovaries as removed, she will essentially be in immediate menopause.
A hysterectomy can be performed traditionally through one large cut in the abdomen, laparoscopically using tiny incisions and small tools, or through the vagina. Full recovery may take four to six weeks. After a hysterectomy, you might experience sexual changes such as vaginal dryness or a change in libido. It is common to experience strong emotions after a hysterectomy, including both grief and relief. If your ovaries were removed, you may be at higher risk for certain diseases, such as heart disease and osteoporosis. Taking hormonal birth control might reduce this risk.