How did you choose the “right hysterectomy” for you?

Today – there are multiple choices when it comes to choosing the right hysterectomy for you. Those choices can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to ask or if you haven’t done your homework!

First of all, your diagnosis may dictate which options are available for you. Those with a cancer concern will need a hysterectomy type that will minimize the spread of cancer cells. This may mean the uterus needs to be delivered whole, either vaginally or through a larger abdominal incision. A condition like endometriosis, on the other hand, will dictate a choice that will allow for superior vision and space so the surgeon can address all of the implants.

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Did Your Doctor Order Bowel Prep?

If your doctor ordered bowel prep for you before your hysterectomy – follow your instructions to a “T”. However, if your doctor did not instruct bowel prep for you – DO NOT under any circumstance, decide to “clean yourself out” if your doctor didn’t ask you for it.

If your doc did give you instructions for bowel prep – here are some helpful hints:

You are likely going to be spending significant time in your bathroom, so you might want to jazz it up a bit before bowel prep day. Make sure it is extra clean, and add a nice scented candle for atmosphere. Put out fresh hand towels, throw in some new magazines and books, and get a small stool for your feet. You may also want to stash a couple pairs of extra panties in a drawer or cabinet just in case.

Read more about Bowel Prep Before Hysterectomy.

Wear it proud!

We are so excited to finally share with you the new HysterSister T-Shirts!

We polled you on our Facebook page, and were able to get many of the popular styles – 3/4 sleeve, tank, v-neck!

We have different colors, and sizes! Just click the above photo and check out all the options! They are also on sale!

Happy Friday

-The Bluebird Sisters

Do This. Not That. Preparing for Your Hysterectomy

If a friend asks you for your top “do’s” and your top “don’ts” to prepare for hysterectomy – what do you tell her? Here are our top lists:

Do keep all your paperwork together. It makes things easier if there is a mix-up or a problem. Just grab one folder to keep everything related to your hysterectomy inside – for easy finding.

Do pack your bag for the hospital with only the essentials.

Do stay well. Practice good hygiene to avoid getting sick before your surgery. It could cause delays.

Read more: Do This. Not That. Preparing for Hysterectomy.

Mood Swings after Hysterectomy?

Is it normal to feel like a crazy, roller-coaster, emotional woman after hysterectomy? The simple answer is yes.

Many women express their frustration with inexplicable mood swings after their hysterectomy. As for the cause of such mood swings, there are several different possibilities.

First of all, the combination of medication, anesthesia, a lack of sleep, and other surgery-related issues can make anyone moody. Post-op moodiness is not exclusively reserved for hysterectomies, so don’t panic if you wake up grumpier than normal.

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What are Your Best Hysterectomy Recovery Tips?

If you have recovered from your hysterectomy, you may have some ideas to share with other women – tips for hysterectomy recovery. Here are some of our tips:

Hang up the superwoman cape! Your Superwoman duties are going to have to be put on hold for a while. This is the time to accept and rely on help from others so you can heal!

Rest! Don’t underestimate the power of rest during recovery. It may feel like that’s all you do for a couple weeks, but that’s what your body needs. Even when you start feeling well enough to be up and about, your body will still need frequent rest breaks.

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What would you suggest?

Dizzy and Light-headed after Hysterectomy?

Did you feel light headed or dizzy after your hysterectomy? Do you wonder why? Is it normal?

There are a number of things that can cause you to feel light-headed or dizzy after a hysterectomy, but you should never take these symptoms lightly. Light-headedness and dizziness can also be signs of a some serious health concerns, so you should consult with your doctor.

Here some of the most commons reasons HysterSisters have reported feeling dizzy or light-headed after surgery.

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Have you discovered Kegels?

Do Kegel exercises help? How do they help?

Your pelvic floor forms a hammock that supports your bladder, uterus, and rectum. When the pelvic floor is damaged or weakened by surgery—like a hysterectomy—things can get a little messy. But Kegel exercises can help!

Here are 3 great reasons to start doing Kegel exercises today!

1. Stop Stress Incontinence
A weak pelvic floor can create problems with urinary and fecal incontinence—meaning, you may have involuntary leaks when you laugh, sneeze, or cough. Just what you always wanted, right? As you strengthen your pelvic floor, these problems will slowly start to fade.

Read more about Benefits of Kegal Exercises.

Prepare yourself

The cooler weather will be making an appearance soon! Pumpkin lattes and hot chocolate are a must. Grab a HysterSisters mug while they are on sale!

It’s 16 oz, and has a very large handle making it comfortable to hold while chatting with your girlfriends. For only $8 this is a great deal! If you order $50 or more, make sure to use the promo code SUMMERSAVE to save 15% off your entire order!

Happy Friday

-The Bluebird Sisters

Fibromyalgia and Hysterectomy?

Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Scheduled for hysterectomy? A hysterectomy and its effects on the body can cause an already pain-sensitive patient to go into overload.  Surgery, trauma, stress, and lack of sleep are all factors that can trigger a flare.

The main thing is to discuss your medical concerns with your surgeon. Thoroughly discuss your fibromyagia with your anesthesiologist in order to manage your pain.

When you get home, you will need to monitor your pain carefully. Make sure to talk to your medical team about all medications you will be taking for surgical pain and fibromyalgia symptoms. Make sure you will have adequate pain control without overmedicating.

Read more about Fibromyalgia and Hysterectomy.