How much did you walk following your hysterectomy? How did walking after your hysterectomy feel?


In the days following your hysterectomy, walking is about the only exercise you will be able to do safely. Your activity level will be restricted for several weeks, but walking will be a way you can get up and move around safely.

Moving after surgery is just as important as resting. Staying still too long can lead to serious, and even life-threatening complications. The combination of the time spent in bed, the effects of anesthesia, and the drying of your lungs from the oxygen can cause secretions to pool in your lungs. As a result, you could develop pneumonia which could complicate your recovery and compromise your long term health

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Did you wonder how your vagina stays in place after your hysterectomy?


Depending on your surgeon and hysterectomy type, your surgeon will likely take the ligaments that were holding the uterus in place and attach them to the top of your vagina. If you had a total hysterectomy, they will be attached to the vaginal cuff. The specifics will vary based on which type of hysterectomy you have, but generally the process involves suturing the uterosacral ligaments to the vaginal cuff and reinforcing them to provide ample support for the vaginal vault.

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Are you dealing with menopause arthritis? Check out our tips of what to do with arthritis. Add to our list!


Is menopause arthritis slowing you down? Do you feel aching and sore, especially in the morning, and has your quality of life degraded?

Menopause arthritis – it’s the joint pain that shows up around the time of menopause – adds to your list of menopause-related maladies. It’s definitely not what you wanted or needed in your life.

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How did you manage your pain with endometriosis? What did you find to be effective in helping the pain?


Pain management can be used to manage the pain caused by endometriosis. To be clear, however, it does not eliminate endometriosis. Typically, pain management involves multiple therapies that have been tailored to your symptoms and situation. For the best results, you should work with a pain management specialist familiar with endometriosis.

Pain medications can also be effective for managing pain and symptoms caused by endometriosis, but again, they do not treat the actual endometriosis. Depending on your situation, pain medications may be a critical part of your overall treatment plan as you cope with this condition.

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Did you use pillows after you hysterectomy? How were pillows helpful following your surgery?


Pillows are an essential part of your recovery. You will need them at the hospital immediately after surgery and throughout your recovery at home. No pillow is without a purpose during this time!

You may not notice before surgery, but after surgery you will likely notice that coughing and sneezing can strain your lower abdominal region. Holding a small pillow (like the Pocket Pillow) over your incision when you cough or sneeze can help support and protect the area from any strain.

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How did you prepare for your hysterectomy? Did you expectations match reality?


Predicting outcomes for a hysterectomy is difficult. Doctors do their best to predict based on studies, and HysterSisters do their best to provide helpful information from their own experiences, but the fact of the matter is that everyone recovers differently. No matter what type of hysterectomy you have, there are too many variables to ever know exactly how things will turn out.

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Has vaginal estrogen helped treat your pelvic floor issues?


Your vagina, pelvic floor, and pelvic organs rely on estrogen for strength and elasticity. So when menopause hits and your estrogen level decreases, your vaginal tissues, urinary tract, and pelvic floor can become weak, putting you at risk for prolapse, discomfort, and pain.

Vaginal estrogen is one of your options for treating menopause related pelvic floor concerns. It can be used directly in the affected area, offering direct relief in lower doses. Since only a small amount will reach your blood stream, you maybe be able to use vaginal estrogen even if a systemic form is not for you.

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Was your gynecological cancer genetic? How can genetics can play a role in gynecological cancer?


Ovarian, fallopian tube, and endometrial cancer can all be connected to your genes. There can be a connection to breast and colon cancers, too.

It’s heartbreaking when a family member shares they’ve received a gynecologic or breast cancer diagnosis. It can also be scary when it’s a first degree relative or there’s more than one family member with the same diagnosis: a family history of cancer might mean there’s an inherited genetic mutation that’s being passed down through the family–so you could be at risk.

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Do you know what body movements are safe for hysterectomy recovery?


Good body mechanics are important in every day life, but more so following surgery. During your recovery, you may find you will have to use your body differently to protect its tender, healing areas. If you aren’t careful in your efforts, you can strain other areas that aren’t used to be being used in such a way.

If you overstress healing areas during your recovery, you risk delaying healing and/or creating complications. To avoid this, your surgeon may have given you a list of restrictions that prohibits lifting, twisting, bending, and exercising.

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How did you support your husband through your hysterectomy? What tips can you add?


It is a good thing to remember and support your husband during this time. Even though you are the one going under the knife (or the robot), he may be feeling nervous, anxious, or generally unsure about the procedure and its outcomes. The more you support him, the more inclined and equipped he will be to support you.

Here some ideas from some of our HysterSisters on how to support the man in your life as you prepare for your hysterectomy:

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