A total hysterectomy is the removal of both the uterus and the cervix. Sometimes a partial hysterectomy is performed to remove only the uterus. One or both ovaries and the fallopian tubes are often removed at the same time a hysterectomy is performed.2
Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) might assume that a hysterectomy or a oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) is an appropriate treatment for their condition, but it usually is a last resort. The name, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, could imply the syndrome is a result of damaged ovaries. If you followed this line of thought, then it would make sense that if a woman had a hysterectomy and her ovaries were removed, the syndrome would go away. However, PCOS is much more than just a syndrome that affects the ovaries. A hysterectomy or an oophorectomy might not cure Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome because the cause of PCOS is related to hormone and metabolic issues that might not be helped by removing the reproductive organs.3
Depending on your medical history, a hysterectomy for PCOS might be risky because of obesity, heart disease, or diabetes. And, if the ovaries are removed, then one would experience instant menopause.1 It is important to weigh the possible benefits with the associated risks of a hysterectomy. Risks can include heavy blood loss, bowel injury, bladder injury, anesthesia problems (such as breathing or heart problems), and the need to change an abdominal incision during surgery.
PCOS Can Lead to Serious Medical Conditions
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is associated with a number of serious medical conditions. Women with PCOS who have absent or irregular periods are at increased risk for endometrial cancer.4 According to a 2006 study from the University of California there is increasing evidence that the glandular and metabolic abnormalities in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome have complex effects on the endometrium, including endometrial dysfunction, infertility, increased miscarriage rate, endometrial hyperplasia (abnormal cell growth), and endometrial cancer. If left untreated, PCOS can lead to increased risk of endometrial cancer and removal of the ovaries and uterus.5 Hormonal treatments can lower this risk.4
Insulite Health urges you to be proactive and take action now to improve your health and lessen your risk of a serious medical condition. We stress that the solution is not to go out and get a hysterectomy to minimize your risk of endometrial cancer or lessen your PCOS symptoms. A better approach is to start re-balancing your hormones with diet, exercise, targeted nutritional supplements and personalized support, the very elements of the Insulite PCOS System.
The Insulite PCOS System is not intended to be medical treatment, nor is information on this website intended to be a substitute for the advice or care of a health-care practitioner. The Insulite PCOS System is a combination of nutritional supplementation and lifestyle programs intended to help individuals better manage their health and wellbeing. Consult a health-care practitioner before beginning the Insulite PCOS System. Because of ongoing research, clinical experience, and the rapid accumulation of information relating to the subject matter discussed on this website, the website’s users are advised to carefully review and evaluate the information on this website and continue to expand and broaden their knowledge of new information as it becomes available on this website and elsewhere. The use or application of the information contained on this website is at the sole discretion and risk of the user.
Since June 2008, Insulite Laboratories and Insulite Health has supported more than 2.4 million women through the Insulite PCOS System, through this website, through emails providing information and support, through consultations with our Consulting & Advisory Team, through telephone conference calls, through online webinars, through published articles, and most recently, through social media community building and support efforts. Insulite Laboratories and Insulite Health are singularly dedicated to improving the lives of women with PCOS and conditions resulting from Insulin Resistance.