Emotional Impact of Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy

I’m starting to feel very concerned about my upcoming hysterectomy and oophorectomy. I realize that it’ll take several weeks for me to heal physically.

I’m actually more concerned about the emotional sequelae of receiving these two surgical procedures. I’ve read that removal of one’s ovaries can result in increased emotional distress, especially heightened depressive symptoms.

I have an extensive history of struggling with depression. My currently mild depressive symptoms have recently worsened, due to the relatively recent loss of my mother.

Perhaps I’ll need to initiate hormone replacement therapy (HRT) This ushers in additional concerns. My ENT has previously informed me that HRT is contraindicated for my subglottic stenosis.

Time will tell what happens after I receive my surgeries in one more week. As always, I try to prepare myself for whatever changes may ensue by reading as much as possible about what might happen.

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