What is hysterectomy (gender affirming care)?

Hysterectomy (Gender Affirming Care)

What is a hysterectomy for gender affirmation?

A hysterectomy for gender affirmation is surgery to remove your uterus. It can help your body match your gender identity. The cervix is often removed too. Sometimes the ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed at the same time.

What can you expect as you recover from a hysterectomy for gender affirmation?

You may spend a few days in the hospital after surgery. Recovery can take 4 to 6 weeks. It depends on which type of surgery you have and your overall health. You won't be able to do any heavy lifting. And you will have to take it easy for a few weeks. It's common to feel more tired than usual.

After the surgery, you won't have periods. And you won't be able to get pregnant. If there's a chance that you'll want to have biological children in the future, talk to your doctor about your options.

If your ovaries are removed, your doctor may talk to you about taking hormones or changing your prescribed hormones after surgery. Removing your ovaries reduces the amount of estrogen your body makes. This increases your risk for bone loss. It can also cause symptoms, such as hot flashes. Hormone therapy can help.

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