There’s not a week that goes by that I’m not witness to other women with endometriosis who are considering getting a hysterectomy. This may have been suggested by your doctor, or you’ve reached a point where you’re so over the pain and feel like that’s the only option left.
Will hysterectomy solve endometriosis?
There’s a common myth out there that hysterectomy will stop endometriosis. This is based on the old theory of retrograde menstruation, in which menstrual blood flows through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity, instead of out your body through your vagina. It has been believed that this is a cause behind endometriosis.
However, as reported by top endo specialist, Dr. Cook, “endometriosis consists of tissue that is similar but not identical to the native endometrium that lines the uterus, suggesting that it is not a mere autotransplant.”
This puts forth a big red flag. Is endo actually coming from the uterus? Or is it morphed from something else, implanted at birth? It’s not clear on an answer for this at this point. There is no absolute known cause.
But it does raise a question about the validity of the hysterectomy option that’s so commonly pushed in doctor’s offices as a solution for endometriosis. If you have endo implants throughout your body, then a hysterectomy isn’t going to get rid of them. They can still prosper without the uterus.
Why the jump to hysterectomy?
In my opinion, the hysterectomy option is offered much too soon in the conversation. Where does this disrespect for your powerful uterus come from? Why is there such a quickness to remove this sacred organ from women’s bodies?
There’s an embedded belief from early medical times that through removal of the female organs that women would then gain mental stability.
The first physicians deemed the uterus unstable, citing it as the reason behind insanity or instability in their female patients. In fact, ‘hysteria’ (derived from hyster, the Greek term for uterus) was considered a condition in which a woman’s insanity was caused by her uterus.
~ Eve Agee, The Uterine Health Companion
I grew up with a disrespect for my own uterus, especially when it started to bring me an immense amount of pain with my periods. I watched as my mother had her uterus removed, and at that time, I couldn’t wait to get rid of mine.
I viewed my uterus as naturally problematic and society fed into that belief. Hysterectomy is the second most common operation performed on women in the United States. Every year more than 60,000 undergo this procedure, despite the fact that for many, the surgery is unnecessary.
Three Reasons To Love Your Uterus…
If you’ve reached this point within your own journey with endometriosis, before making the cut, I ask you to consider the following three potential long term impacts that could come from removal of your uterus, and why this powerful organ should be left in tact, if possible.
#1.) It’s the main support in your pelvic region
As the main organ in your pelvic core, your uterus is vital for maintaining proper alignment and function of your pelvic region. Your uterus helps keep your bladder in position in the front of your pelvis and your bowel in place behind it.
When your uterus is removed, your bowel, bladder and other abdominal and pelvic organs may become displaced, causing pressure, pain, and reduced function. There’s nothing worse than bladder pain!
Hysterectomies can also damage nerves in your pelvic region, triggering pain. So, while your hope’s to stop the pain, it’s important to consider the risks that the procedure could cause more issues down the line.
#2.) It plays a key role with blood pressure
Your uterus produces hormones that support your heart and relieve pain. One such hormone is prostacyclin, which prevents unhealthy blood clotting as well as heart disease.
I’ve heard many stories of ladies having high blood pressure after hysterectomy. Another concern is an increased risk for blood clots.
Your uterus also produces different hormones and enzymes that provide immune benefits, including natural endorphins.
#3.) It provides sexual arousal & amazing orgasms!
Speaking of endorphins, your uterus is attached to important pelvic nerves and blood supply that provide sensation and sexual arousal in your clitoris and vagina.
Your uterus plays a big role in internal orgasms, the ones that are “earth-shattering” and amazing! Your uterus is actually a main pleasure center.
I know it may not feel like that sometimes, but I can tell you from experience, that it is possible to enjoy sex again. Removing your uterus, however, makes internal orgasm obsolete. You deserve that pleasure, love. It will nourish you physically and emotionally.
On the positive side?
I understand that in some circumstances hysterectomy could be a viable option, however I think it’s offered up much too soon in the conversation. I’ve been in that place where I’ve wanted to rip my uterus out of my body. I understand the trauma and pain that comes from those experiences.
But as my healing journey has progressed, I’ve learned to respect this powerful organ and the support that it provides to my pelvic and heart spaces.
Many of the hysterectomies that are performed in the US today are unnecessary. What other options have you pursued? When you move into the alternative health world, there are a plethora of choices available.
If you need help finding your way through, and want to save your uterus, then reach out! I do offer one-on-one coaching services to help guide you down a new path resulting in less pain, more energy and peace with endo.
I hope this helps you to re-consider the move to cut, but if you feel that’s truly the only option left, then I encourage you to implement some type of personal ritual to say goodbye to your uterus. I imagine that choice comes with a lot of emotions.
Trust your gut when it comes to this big decision.
Have you considered having a hysterectomy? Have you had one done? What has been your experience?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.