Is having a hysterectomy the right choice? How did you know?


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If you are contemplating a hysterectomy to manage a gynecologic condition or symptoms, it is important that you take some time to weigh your options and get a second opinion before making any final decisions. Today, there are a wide variety of minimally invasive treatment options available for a wide variety of gynecologic concerns–a hysterectomy is rarely the only option.

Though you may find it helpful to talk to female friends, family members, and colleagues, the decision to have a hysterectomy can only be made by you with the input of your personal physician. The two of you will need to take into consideration your current symptoms, personal and family medical histories, and your quality of life.

Read more about knowing whether a hysterectomy is right for you.

Did you have ovarian cysts after having a hysterectomy? Does a hysterectomy cause ovarian cysts?


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A hysterectomy does not directly cause ovarian cysts, but they can and do occur after a hysterectomy.

During the monthly menstrual cycle, even after a hysterectomy, a functional ovarian cyst forms on the surface of a woman’s ovary. During ovulation, the cyst opens and releases the maturing egg. If the cyst does not open to release the egg, it can fill with fluid forming a follicular cyst.

Read more about ovarian cysts after hysterectomy.

Do you have diabetes? What do you need to know to prepare for your hysterectomy?


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By itself, a hysterectomy is a major surgery that can require some planning for optimal results. Combining the operation with a chronic health concern like diabetes requires you to be prepared and proactive to allow for the best and smoothest outcome.

First, make sure your entire medical team is fully aware of the upcoming surgery so you can start working together to help the whole process go as smoothly as possible. The doctor who primarily treats your diabetes may have some specific tips for you to prepare you for surgery. S/he may also want to adjust any medications you are using, and s/he may want to see you more frequently during recovery.

Read more about diabetes when having a hysterectomy.

Did you have a hysterscopy? What do you need to know about a hysterscopy?


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A hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows a physician to look inside the uterus. The procedure can be used for diagnostic and treatment purposes, eliminating the need for a second procedure.

Your hysteroscopy can be done in your doctor’s office or at a surgical facility where you may be given a medication to help you relax. If your procedure is at a surgical facility, you could be given anesthesia.

Read more about hysterscopy and what it’s used for.

What helped you with your fibroids? What did you find that worked the best?


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Many women will be diagnosed with a fibroid, or leiomyoma, by the time they are 50. Some women will have a single fibroid, while others will have multiple fibroids. Fibroids are rarely cancerous and may even be asymptomatic, so treatment is not always necessary.

When fibroids do cause symptoms, they can negatively impact your qualify of life, leaving you uncomfortable and even miserable. Some of the symptoms include backache, leg pain, bloating, urological issues, and menstrual concerns.

Read more about some of the top dos and don’ts with fibroids.

Did you have tender and sore breasts after your hysterectomy? Is this normal? What did find helpful?


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Many hysterectomy patients experience breast tenderness in the days following their surgery, whether or not they had their ovaries removed. This tenderness is generally related to a hormonal imbalance.

If you kept your ovaries, breast tenderness can indicate that the ovaries are functioning. Estrogen levels change throughout the month, and breast tenderness can occur when estrogen levels are at their highest. Initially, breast tenderness can also mean that your ovaries aren’t functioning properly.

Read more about Breast Tenderness after Hysterectomy.

Did you do a bowel prep before your hysterectomy? Or did you use a laxative or stool softener instead?


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You should follow your doctor’s specific orders for the bowel prep. Your surgeon and medical facility will expect you to arrive for your surgery having followed the instructions given you, so it is vital that you comply with your doctor’s orders.

Your doctor gives these instructions based on your specific health situation, the reason for the surgery, what all will be done during the surgery, and even the type of fluids used by the medical facility.

Read more about Should I Do a Bowel Prep before Hysterectomy?

Are endometriosis and adenomyosis the same thing? How are they different?


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Originally, doctors believed that endometriosis and adenomyosis were the same condition, the only difference being that adenomyosis existed inside the uterus while endometriosis existed outside the uterus. More research has indicated, however, that the two conditions are not the same.

Adenomyosis occurs when the endometrium (lining of the uterus) penetrates the myometrium (muscular wall of the uterus). This condition is fully contained within the uterus. Endometriosis occurs when endometrial-like cells have implanted outside the uterus. Women may have only one of the conditions, or both simultaneously.

Read more about Endometriosis vs Adenomyosis.

Have you been wanting to be more fit and lose some weight? What tips worked for you?


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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be more fit and lose weight? Have you been able to keep it? It’s okay if you didn’t–you can start today. To make it less overwhelming, focus on the year month by month. After all, habits form after only 21 days, so 30 days works perfectly for creating healthier habits!

You know to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you eat. But that’s not always easy, especially after a hysterectomy or menopause. You have to burn about 3,500 calories to lose just one pound!

Read more about 30 Days to Feel Great (and Lose Weight) after a Hysterectomy.

Did you continue your iron supplements after your hysterectomy? What about other iron fortified vitamins?


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Following a hysterectomy, you should not use iron supplements or vitamins containing iron without first consulting with your physician(s).

During menstruation, some women become anemic. This can be especially true for women who experience heavier, longer periods. When anemia occurs, doctors may prescribe iron supplements and/or a diet high in iron. Iron treatments need to be monitored by your physician to prevent high iron levels known as secondary hemochromatosis.

Read more about Iron Supplements after Hysterectomy.