Some members of HysterSisters report itching following their hysterectomy. The incision may itch but you may also experience itching on your scalp. Your arms. Your legs. Your back.
Many things can contribute to itchy skin after a hysterectomy. Along with normal post-op surgery itches, you might be experiencing a change in hormone levels. Hormone surges cause hot flashes, which can also feel like itching. Any pain medications (especially containing codeine) that you are taking can also cause itching. That’s a lot of itching!
Read more about Itching After Hysterectomy.
Did you suffer from gas after your hysterectomy? It seems that after abdominal surgery several things happen. Your intestines slow down and if you had laparoscopic surgery, your belly was filled with gas making things uncomfortable for a while.
If you are suffering from gas problems after your hysterectomy, the first thing to do is cut out gassy foods like beans and broccoli, while still getting plenty of fiber. Secondly, make sure you are drinking plenty of water.
Read more about Gas After Hysterectomy.
When did you return to your normal, every day schedule following your hysterectomy?
As long as the wait may seem, it is very important that you give your body the time it needs to heal well. You do not want to do anything that would risk a setback—infection, tear, or otherwise—that will make your healing process longer. It is much easier to heal right the first time.
To avoid any setbacks, you will need to take a break from the following activities until you are cleared by your doctor (usually at your post-op appointment):
Read more about Returning to Real Life After Hysterectomy.
Have you woken up in the middle of the night after your hysterectomy with vivid scary nightmares or dreams? Is this normal? YES. Unfortunately – yes!
Vivid dreams and nightmares are common after any major surgery. The anesthesia you were administered in the hospital, your post-op medication, and the physical trauma of the operation can all be contributing factors. With a hysterectomy, hormonal upheaval may also be a likely culprit.
Read more about Nightmares after Hysterectomy.
Following your hysterectomy, your doctor will restrict your intimate activities until you have healed enough. You may have to wait for intimacy after hysterectomy for a few weeks or even a couple months. For some women, all sexual activity can be off limits during recovery, while for others outercourse after hysterectomy may be allowed earlier than actual intercourse.
Your restrictions can depend on a number of variables including the type and extensiveness of surgery, your surgeon’s specific surgical techniques, whether or not you kept your cervix, your overall health situation, and more. You only have one chance to heal right the first time and any intimate activity can cause reactions in the pelvic region, so it is very important to be sure that it is okay to engage in intimacy before attempting it. Engaging in intercourse or intimate activities early can result in complications such as vaginal cuff tearing, infection, or delayed healing.
Read more about Resuming Intimacy after Hysterectomy.
Most women are busy and worry about the time it takes to heal after a hysterectomy. It can be hard to stop schedules, slow down and take proper time to allow your body’s tissue to mend. But no matter how hard it is, its very important to be patient, take things slow. You only have one chance to heal right the first time, so it’s best to take full advantage of it.
As your recovery progresses, you may find that you teeter between feeling full of energy and feeling so lousy you won’t want to get out of bed. On the days that you feel great, it may be easy to do too much too soon. But doing so can lead to complications and an even longer recovery.
Read more about Rush Hysterectomy Recovery.
We have updated our HysterSisters Accessory Kit!
We switched out the tote bag, and added our new, awesome canvas bag!
We also added a note pad! Perfect to keep notes for doctors, grocery lists, or anyhting else! Small enough to put in a purse!
Along with the purple tumbler, set of notecards, and pen – it’s a great way to show your love for HysterSisters!
Come grab an Accessory Set and check out the other great products in store as well! Use the promo code SUMMERSAVE to save 15% off orders $50 or more! Just make sure to enter the code before completing checkout!
-The Bluebird Sisters
What would you add to this list? Do you have tips to help other women?
A hysterectomy is a major surgery with a lot of conditions that affect its outcome. You can do your part to make things go well by following these simple do’s and don’ts in the days before your hysterectomy.
Do: Prepare meals in advance.
Do: Practice good hygiene. (You don’t want your surgery cancelled because you get sick!)
Do: Keep all your paperwork in one place.
Do: Pack your bag with essentials but don’t overpack. You won’t need much at the hospital.
Read more: Do this – Not That – Preparing for Hysterectomy.
An easy list makes your planning – easier! Do you have to manage a bowel prep before your hysterectomy? Some doctors will order a bowel prep before hysterectomy. There are pros and cons for doing a bowel prep, so your doctor will consider what is best for you when making the decision about whether or not to have you do a bowel prep. Whether or not your surgeon plans to handle your bowel will play a role, along with the type of surgery, any specific health issues you have, surgeon’s experience and preference, and more.
Read this: Do this Not That – Bowel Prep for Hysterectomy
How many days is “too long”? What did you do to manage sluggish bowels following your hysterectomy?
A diet filled with fruit, fiber, and prune juice is high on the list recommended for constipation. Others have had success with bran flakes, shredded wheat, coffee, and oatmeal. A half a glass of ginger ale mixed with another half glass of prune juice heated has also been known to work well.
Read more about Constipation after Hysterectomy.