Michelle then underwent a total hysterectomy a few years later because she was also at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, and she is now going through the menopause over a decade earlier than is considered normal.
The endpoint of the main surgery console stage of total hysterectomy was the time at which the uterus was completely separated from the vagina, and the endpoint of subtotal hysterectomy was the separation of the uterine body from the cervix.
While the breast cancer risk with combination hormone therapy in the VVHI trial persists, a recent follow-up suggests that estrogen alone may protect against it for those who have had a total hysterectomy.
'I had a total hysterectomy which killed my sex drive and medication, Arimidex - an aromatase inhibitor, gave me prickly heat, hot flushes and nausea.' Previously, before her diagnosis and consequent surgery, Alison and Neil had enjoyed an active sex life, having sex at least three times a week.