There are 4 main types of hysterectomy. The type you have depends on why you need the operation and how much of your uterus and surrounding reproductive system can safely be left in place.
Total hysterectomy – the uterus and cervix (neck of the uterus) are removed.
Subtotal hysterectomy – the main body of the uterus is removed, the cervix is left in place
Total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes (salpingectomy) and ovaries (oophorectomy) are removed
Radical hysterectomy – the uterus and surrounding tissues are removed, including the fallopian tubes, part of the vagina, ovaries, lymph glands and fatty tissue
Hysterectomies can be carried out in 3 possible ways:
Laparoscopic hysterectomy (more commonly known as keyhole surgery) – where the uterus is removed through several small cuts in the tummy
Vaginal hysterectomy – where the uterus is removed through a cut in the top of the vagina
Abdominal hysterectomy – where the uterus is removed through a cut in the lower tummy
How we can help?
After hysterectomy changes to the shape and length of the vagina may mean that sex can become uncomfortable or painful. Ohnut is the first intimate wearable to allow women to control penetration depth.
Removal of your ovaries will induce a surgical menopause. Our range of lubricants and vaginal moisturisers can help you manage the vulvovaginal side effects of menopause.
Dilators can be a useful aid to help treat vaginismus, dyspareunia and manage post operative vaginal scar tissue. Soul Source silicone dilators are a kind alternative to traditional plastic dilators.
Our founder, Eleanor Gardner, recorded a webinar with Consultant Gynaecologist Dr Leila Frodsham entitled "Sex After Hysterectomy" which can be viewed here.