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Periods after Hysterectomy

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Will I continue to have periods after my hysterectomy?Will I continue to have periods after my hysterectomy?

After a hysterectomy, you can continue to have menstrual cycles, complete with PMS, but you will not experience a period, or monthly bleeding. Here is why.

Your menstrual cycle involves both your uterus and your ovaries. The ovaries produce the hormones that affect what happens inside of your uterus. During the initial phase of your cycle, estrogen levels increase which thickens the endometrium and prepares the uterus for pregnancy. If a fertilized egg does not implant after ovulation, hormone levels drop and the uterus sheds the endometrium. That shedding is what you see during your period.

Once the uterus is removed, there is no longer any endometrium to shed. However, as long as you keep your ovaries, they should continue to produce hormones and release eggs during ovulation just as they always did. As a result, you can continue to feel ovulation symptoms and PMS after your hysterectomy.

If you have a partial, or supracervical hysterectomy, and also keep your ovaries, there is a small chance you will have mini periods. The cervix is the bottom part of the uterus, so endometrium can be left along with the cervix. That endometrium could continue to respond to the hormones your ovaries produce, causing a slight period each month.

Except for slight bleeding in the case of a mini period if both a cervix and ovaries remain, you should not experience vaginal bleeding once you have healed from your hysterectomy. If you do have bleeding, you need to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

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.

04-29-2015 - 12:29 PM


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