HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy
Mini Periods after Hysterectomy
From the Hysterectomy Recovery Articles List
SHARING IS CARING
I have heard that retaining my cervix will increase my chances of mini periods. What does that mean? Is it true?
There is a lot of discussion on the pros and cons of a subtotal hysterectomy where the cervix
is retained versus the total hysterectomy where the uterus and the cervix are both removed. One significant difference to many women is the risk of cyclical bleeding, or, the mini period.
When a partial or supracervical
hysterectomy is done, a very small part of the uterus is left to form a small cuff to sew shut where the uterus once was. When the ovaries
cycle, this remaining tissue can continue to shed as part of the monthly cycle. Most doctors will try to core out or cauterize any endometrium that remains, but sometimes they miss some. The cervix is part of the uterus, and the surgeon must use their best judgment on where to draw the line separating the two.
One study found that almost 12% of women having a subtotal hysterectomy were experiencing ongoing bleeding one year after their surgery. Another study found 7% to have continued monthly bleeding.
For most women the bleeding is no more than a nuisance consisting of spotting once a month for a few hours or days, but for some the bleeding is significantly more. Mini periods will often go away in time. Some women have them for 3 or 4 months and then they taper down to nothing.
If bleeding is a problem, you can try cauterization, which often takes care of the problem. There are also reports of women who have had to have their cervix removed later to alleviate pain or bleeding
that persists after their hysterectomy.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
06-04-2006 - 12:38 PM
SHARING IS CARING
Do you have a question?
If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!
HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet
What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with 50 pages of information, helpful tips and hints as you prepare and recover from hysterectomy through an organized timeline.
Recommended for Hysterectomy Recovery
Mesh panties are stretchy and light - perfect for holding peri pads securely during hysterectomy recovery. [...More]
Post-operative compression panty with medical grade silicone to speed hysterectomy recovery + reduce scarring. [...More]
Softest Bra Ever
When you want to wear something, but feel nothing. Two in a value pack for your hysterectomy recovery. [...More]
Options to Hysterectomy
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Fitness after Hysterectomy
Grief and Loss
Ask A Doctor
Find a Surgeon
|Jenifer Burkhalter, M.D.
950 Capitol Mall
Sacramento CA 95831
|Nicole E. Williams, M.D.
1147 South Wabash Avenue #200
Chicago IL 60605
|Aileen Caceres, M.D.
Center for Specialized Gynecology/Florida Hospital
410 Celebration Place, Suite 302
Celebration FL 34747
|Robert Zurawin, M.D.
2050 North Loop West
Houston TX 77018
|Christopher G. Olson, M.D.
1220 Hobson Rd #116
Naperville IL 60540
|Natalya Danilyants, M.D.
8218 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 414
Bethesda MD 20814
|Marwan Shuayto, M.D.
1201 Stone St.
Port Huron MI 48060
|Gerald Harkins, M.D.
Department of OB-Gyn
P.O. Box 850, H-103
Hershey PA 17033
|Soyini Hawkins, M.D.
3400 Old Milton Parkway
Bldg. C, Suite 330
Alpharetta GA 30005