After the Hysterectomy

After your hysterectomy, your doctor will give you instructions on what to do as you heal in the days and weeks following surgery.

Regular physical exams, including breast cancer testing, help to ensure your general health and well-being. Your doctor may also recommend you have regular pelvic exams.

 

What to Know About Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy (HT) uses medication to replace the hormones made by your ovaries. Your doctor may recommend HT if your ovaries are removed and you have not yet gone through natural menopause.

In many women, HT helps to decrease hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and other symptoms of menopause. It may help to reduce bone loss and lessen your risk of developing osteoporosis.

HT may increase the risk of certain types of health problems in some women. Discuss the pros and cons of HT with your doctor.

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