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Mood Swings After a Hysterectomy

Both menopause and hysterectomies can produce unpleasant side effects like mood swings. Mood swings and other menopausal symptoms can cause women to become anxious and irritable. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat mood swings and other symptoms of menopause. 

A hysterectomy is a procedure that removes a woman's uterus.

What Causes Mood Swings after a Hysterectomy?

Mood swings among middle-aged women are typically caused by the hormonal imbalance taking place during menopause. Most women who are going through menopause are between the ages of 45 - 55. However, some women who undergo a hysterectomy and have surgically induced menopause may go through this phase prematurely.

A hysterectomy is a procedure that removes the uterus due to one of various medical reasons, such as uterine fibroids, cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, endometriosis, or several others. Some women may also have their ovaries removed during this operation. If the ovaries are removed, a woman will begin the menopause transition immediately.

Physical causes

Mood swings after a hysterectomy are primarily caused by hormonal imbalance. Changing levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body cause the levels of serotonin to become imbalanced. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter commonly known as the “feel-good” hormone. This and other chemicals help regulate mood. When they are imbalanced, so are women's emotions.

Below are other reasons some menopausal women experience mood swings.

Emotional causes

Undergoing a hysterectomy is a stressful event. However, additional unpleasant symptoms - such as fatigue, night sweats, irritability, and vaginal dryness - can cause more emotional distress and provoke mood swings.

Other Side Effects

Two of the most common problems after a hysterectomy are relationship and bladder problems.

Relationship problems

Women who have a hysterectomy, as with many major surgeries, may experience more instability in their lives. It can affect a woman's happiness, relationships, and overall quality of life. One of the most common side effects of this are relationship problems.

Some women experience difficulty communicating with their partner and loved ones and vice versa. Receiving emotional support from loved ones is an important part of any healing process, so this can make things more difficult.

Bladder problems

As a result of a hysterectomy, some women may experience a greater urge to go to the bathroom or occasional leaks. Medically, this is known as incontinence. This is because many of the same muscles used to support the bladder may be affected during surgery.

If a woman experiences any symptoms after a hysterectomy, she should consult a doctor. There are many treatment options for mood swings and some of the other hysterectomy side effects.

Read the following link for more information about mood swing treatments.

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How to Control Hormonal Mood Swings

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