Hysterectomy can strike fear in the heart of women who may need one. Until a few years ago doctors thought that leaving one or both healthy ovaries behind during hysterectomy made sure that you did not experience the harmful effects of sudden menopause (surgical menopause).
But newer studies have shown that hysterectomy can affect your brain function and increase your risk for dementia later, even if your ovaries are left behind.
In this episode, Andrea and Dr. Kar discuss important information about hysterectomy (for non-cancerous conditions) including:
- What you need to know before you go ahead with a hysterectomy
- The three types of hysterectomy and their effects on you and your body
- What can you do if you have had a hysterectomy to improve your brain function
- Is hormone therapy right for you?
- Which hormone therapy does not raise your risk for heart disease, stroke and breast cancer
You can have a healthy brain even if you’ve had a hysterectomy. Listen to learn how.
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