Isn’t it odd that the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus is not called a “Uterectomy” or a “Menopectomy” in English? The reason for this odd choice of a name for this surgery is that doctors in Victorian England believed that psychiatric conditions such as “hysteria” (now called anxiety/depression) could be cured by removing a woman’s uterus. Shocking but true!
It took over 120 years for researchers to finally look at what psychological effects having a woman’s uterus removed will have on a woman’s risk for anxiety and depression. This month’s issue of “Menopause” reported research that shows women who have a hysterectomy may be at increased risk for depression and anxiety. The study of over 2,000 women who underwent the procedure without removal of the ovaries showed that a hysterectomy was associated with a 26 percent increased relative risk for depression and a 22 percent increased risk for anxiety. For women under 35, the study showed a 47 percent increased risk for depression and a 45 percent increased risk for anxiety.
This means that the hysterectomy (surgical removal of a woman’s uterus) can have the opposite effect on a woman’s mental health from what it was previously believed.
Menopausal symptoms can be managed in most people so much better than with the removal of her uterus. Psychiatric issues should definitely NOT be managed with surgery. I prefer to do personalized medicine thru gene polymorphism testing and individual hormone level testing. Then a specific reason for the menopause or psychiatry symptoms can be identified. When the functional imbalance is identified, then a customized nutritional and medication protocol can be prescribed.