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Can a hysterectomy cause Anhedonia?

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Can a hysterectomy cause Anhedonia?
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Yes, surgery of any type can cause Anhedonia. But a hysterectomy can cause Anhedonia, depression and grief. Even if the surgery was necessarily, it is still going to have an impact on your emotional wellbeing. When a vital part of your body is removed, it is a loss. And women identify with their body's ability to perform as it should. Even if you do not continue to have children, a hysterectomy can impact you. It is the ending of a time in your life.

A hysterectomy also may change your hormonal levels which could bring on Anhedonia and/or depression. It is a good idea to check with your doctor to see if this might be a cause.

Support and treatment can help. Talking about your emotions with others who have had the same experience can help you feel less alone. While medications are helpful, they do not get to the root of why you feel as you do. But talking to others can help. Also, a therapist can offer support and answers to help you work through your feelings. Consider talking to your doctor about a referral and for support groups in your area.

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