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Readers Respond: Life After Hysterectomy

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Updated April 22, 2009

One of the lucky ones....

Reading this and many other sites, I am happy to say that I was one of the lucky ones. Today, Nov 25, exactly one year later and it was the best thing I ever did. It did take almost the full year for the hormones and hot flashes to settle down, and my weight is now more manageable; so would agree that it can take up to one year to fully heal. Would do it again in a heartbeat. People who talk about hysterectomy as "amputation" and "castration" are only one side of the story. Living with monthly hemmoraging, anemia and a host of other issues means the procedure gave me my life back. Do what is right for you.
—Guest Shelley

6 days after hysterectomy

I am twenty-three years old and needed a hysterectomy due to extreme pain in pelvic area, cancer cells, bloating (I could gain 20 to 30lbs in a matter of days!), bleeding inside, pain during and after sex, bleeding when pain would hit, retro verted uterus, and my uterus was stuck to my bowel. I also had a bladder suspenion. It has been a total of six days since I had my surgery and I feel better than I have in 4 years. I already feel like making love to my husband, but I don't want to do that because I want to be fully recovered!!I also feel like doing everything from playing with my kids to running at my town's walking trail. This is the best thing that has happened to me! I am sore, but I am not hurting like I was. I am still a little worried about some side effects of the hysterectomy like weight gain, hot flashes, but I think I can handle it after all I have been through. I am not sure about the weight gain though it's still too early to know. Hopefully not! ~ Tiffany
—tortega_081787

I Wish I Were Dead Since Surgery in 2007

My story is posted on my web site and personal blog at www.hysterectomyconsequences.com if anyone is interested in reading about the true impact of hysterectomy on the mind, body and spirit. I don't think most women even think about the spiritual aspect of allowing a doctor to amputate their womb. If you've had a hysterectomy or you are thinking about having one or you know someone who has had one or thinking about having one; please give them my web address. There is a ton of info. on it. Living in a 'castrated state' is a living hell on earth. In 1985, the U.S. Supreme court ruled that it constituted 'cruel and unusual' punishment to surgically castrate child molesters and rapists. Yet, American GYN's surgically castrate over half a million women a year; women who have committed no crime. This is not acceptable. Please don't remain silent about the devastating consequences of hysterectomy. I will never be silent. My life will end if I become silent about this most critical issue.
—Guest Jiggaz31

Complications after Da Vinci Hysterectom

I am 41 yrs of age and a nurse. i had a hysterectomy april 28, 2010 by way of the da vinci robotic procedure. i have continued to have monthly cycles (light but still present. my gyn suggested another look under general anesthesia on sept. 28th of which he said he re-stitched an area??? my cycle started again on nov. 1st. What the Heck! any thoughts on what to do now?
—Guest Nurse Sue

My story

I had a total hysterectomy in July of 2010. Emotionally I am soo much better! I also feel healthier, except for the hot flashes. They started a month or so after the surgery. Other than that, everything has been great. I walked the same day of the surgery, walked every day, at two weeks was back at the gym on the treadmil, walking slowly. Now, I am swimming, doing light cardio, pilates, and some very light weight training. The hot flashes and sweating are bad. They come on very suddenly! I do not take any estrogen, and don't plan to. I am going to do some research in to foods that may help. Any suggestions?
—Guest lana

5 weeks after hysterectomy

I'm 52 and have spent the last 6 months watching my uterus slowing falling out then after a colonosopy had a complete prolapse. The embarrassment I felt was extreme and my husband and I could not have sex due to the fall out of my uterus and i had trouble emptying my bladder. My op was more than I expected due to having both vaginal hysterectomy and having abdominal opening at the bikini line for rectocele and cystocele bladder repair. Had to stay extra day in hospital due to extra observation because I went into "coma" from too much pain meds right after surgery and the nurses had to administer a injection to neutralize the meds to bring me out of it which my husband had to watch not knowing what was happening. I'm awaiting my 6 week checkup in which my 1st internal exam is to be performed. No sex yet that too I'm scared about and I am terrified on weight gain cause i weigh 160 already. I'm scared of what's to come I want my life enjoyable not a hardship
—melindah8

hang in there my sistas

I just had a partial hysto two days ago, hospital stay was two nights. The day after my surgery was up walking around so I can get back to life as I knew it. I have read all of these different comments sorry that most of you are having difficult times. Life is mind over matter, God designed us to be victorious and God is bigger than our problems.................give it over to Him (God) and watch God turn your situation around!
—Guest 41 and ready

total hysterectomy

i am 7months out and i have no sex drive, i've gained weight and i feel mentally and physcially stressed . my sex life is gone and i feel like im not a woman any more. i have mood swings, and hot flashes i cannot think straight. my doctors just started me on a hormone. women have told me it will take me a year to fully recover. Is that true,and will i ever get my sexual desire back?
—Guest mirenda

life after hysterectomy

I had my total surgery sept 13 2010 we waited the 6 wks and then some, we made love for the 1st time today and i am now bleeding. Hope I didnt do any damage
—Guest Anna

have never had a hot flash

I had a complete hysterectomy over 3 years ago, I have never taken hormone replacements, and to this day have never had a hot flash, is there anyone else like this? In fact nothing has changed, no mood swings, sleepless nights etc.
—Guest Raina

3wks post op partial hysterectomy

The way I looked at the surgery was that I was going to have one of two outcomes: one, my life would be improved, or two, I would be trading one set of problems for another. I asked A LOT of questions and got all of the answers I needed to prepare myself for whatever was to come. I hv to say that so far mine has luckily been a fairly positive experience. I am 31 and hv been dealing with severe endo for as long as I can remember. I wanted relief, and so far have gotten it. I knew going in that I might hv to deal with negative effects, but discussed with my doc what we could do to alleviate those issues should they arise. My advice is to do your homework, and be prepared. It's up to you to make sure that allll of your questions are answered. You have to live with the effects, not your doc, so put their expertise to work for you, and if one doc doesn't help you, find someone that will, it's your body. I wish everyone the best and bless you all!!!
—Guest 2feelbetter

Hysterectomy 1 week later

I just had the surgery going into my second week now. Surgery went well, I just had my uterus removed. Although, I was told that my left ovary has a cyst. I am a little nervous about that but will follow up with the doc in a week. I am 31 and have already been dealing a little with mood swings and a few night sweats but I have always dealt with that. I am nervous about the weight gain as I am in the military and I am use to being a decent size but I am hoping to get back into shape. I have also dealt a lot with pain here and there but things seem alright. I wish everyone luck...I can't speak on the sex part yet since I am still healing but my granny had the surgery in her 30's said she never had a problem and she is 83 now, lol....so....hopefully, I can say the same. Crossing fingers, and thanking God to have made it through the surgery!
—Guest Tamara

2 weeks to go

I decided to get a vaginal hysterectomy after years & years of not being able to go and do, being ruled by my periods, having to cancel events with my children, not sleeping because I get up every hour! I cannot wait to have this done!! I am anxious to be freed from this nonsense! I will keep my ovaries. I am 46. I will be posting the after surgery! I am going in with a postive attitude and major support- Wahoooo!
—Guest kitty

Hysterectomy

I am 36 and I had a hysterectomy (all removed but my left Ovary) 3 months ago. I had Adenomyosis. I had a terrible time with the recovery, ended up with 3 infections. Hot flashes and all that. I still have painful sex and am still tired all the time! I think this is all so difficult for me as I had a miscarriage 5 months prior to the hysterectomy and now I can't have anymore. I do have 4 beautiful children, and feel very blessed for that, but I don't have any children with my husband. I'm very moody and cry often....will this ever get better??
—Guest Jenn

eve

Having many of the same problems. I think taking milled flaxseed and a good multivitamin has helped to some extent. Flaxseed has lots of benefits. Good luck to everyone and hope life improves for all of us.
—Guest eve

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