Was your hysterectomy your first surgery? Share your experience.


First surgery hysterectomy

When did they start your IV? Depending on the hospital, the nurse may start your IV now. Some hospitals have the operating room nurse or technologist start the IV. It all depends on their protocol. Some hospitals will first give you a tiny shot of Novocain—it feels like a bee sting—to numb the area where the IV will be inserted. Some people prefer this method, others just want one poke. At first the IV will only be saline or some other base fluid, and no, the needle from the IV doesn’t stay in, only the small plastic catheter. Read Part 2 of Hysterectomy is Your First Surgery.

LEEP procedure. Do You Know What is it and what is it for?


LEEP procedure - what is it

A loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is an inexpensive, minimally invasive procedure that can be used to remove abnormal cells of the cervix and vagina. This procedure sends a low-voltage electrical current to turn a thin, looped wire, which is then used as a cutting tool.

The procedure is relatively short, usually no more than thirty minutes. It is done in your doctor’s office, and you will be able to go home shortly after. You should schedule your procedure for a day when you will not be on your period and when you are not booked with a number of other activities.

Read more about LEEP Procedure.

Add to the list: How do you add extra exercise into your day to fight “the Bulge”?


Exercise Tips after Hysterectomy

fter a hysterectomy or during menopause, you may decide it’s time for you to become more fit and healthy. But finding time to exercise isn’t easy. If you’re like most women, you are busy. Trying to rearrange your schedule to fit in some exercising can be tough. You don’t have the time or stamina to run 10 miles or spend even an hour a day on any kind of workout.

But what if you could exercise in spurts? Or if you combine exercise with your every day tasks? Every movement burns calories, so the goal is to move, move, move. Below are 15 tips and tricks for getting moving without having to set aside any extra time in your day. Adding some of these to your day can get you started on the road to weight loss and better health, without overwhelming your already busy life.  Read our tips to add Exercise into your Day.

Sluggish bowels? How did you avoid constipation following your hysterectomy?


Avoid constipation after hysterectomy

What can I eat to help avoid constipation while I’m recovering from my hysterectomy?

When you are recovering from a hysterectomy or any other abdominal/pelvic surgery, you not only have to deal with the possibility of constipation resulting from the anesthesia and reduced activity level, but you probably will also be under strict orders not to strain in order to protect the healing process (particularly if a rectocele repair was a part of your surgery).

Here’s how to avoid constipation, even while taking iron pills: Read more about How to Avoid Constipation following Hysterectomy.

What did you ask your doctor about your hysterectomy? Add to our list.


Hysterectomy Questions

What kinds of questions do I need to ask my doctor about my hysterectomy?

If your doctor has recommended a hysterectomy for you, and you have explored all other options, there are some very important things to consider. Arm yourself with questions to take to your next appointment.

Take a notepad, a pen and take notes as you talk to your doctor. You will want to remember what was said and it is easier to review your notes than to be frustrated by forgetting.

Ask your doctor the following: Read more about Questions to Ask Your Doctor during Pre-op Hysterectomy Appointment.

Anxiety? Stress? Are you experiencing anxious feelings during menopause?


Stress and Anxiety during Menopause

Why do I feel so stressed out with menopause?

Whether it arrives naturally or following the removal of your ovaries, menopauseis inevitable. You probably expect it to bring hot flashessleep issues, and some brain fog into your life. What you may not expect is the stress that can go along with menopause.

Prior to menopause, you may have been generally happy with yourself and your quality of life. You were healthy and happy, secure in your career, and satisfied with life in general. But then menopause symptoms began to arrive. Between hot flashes, heart palpitations, and brain fog, day to day tasks at work and home become difficult. Mood swings and irritability make it harder to get along with your coworkers, family, and friends. Sleep issues leave you exhausted and restless. Rising cholesterol and weight gain aren’t good for your health. And there’s the fear of an increased risk for heart disease and osteoporosis.  Read more about Anxiety and Stress during Menopause.

Add to our list. What have you done to protect your heart during menopause?


healthy heart during menopause

What can I do to take care of my heart during menopause?

Because your risk of heart disease increases during menopause, it’s important that you do all you can to keep your heart healthy and strong. While you can’t avoid menopause, you can avoid habits and lifestyle choices which have a negative impact on your heart.

Whether you are in perimenopause, natural menopause, or surgical menopause, make it a point to start today to make better choices for better health. Following a healthy lifestyle before and during menopause can keep your risks for heart disease lower. As there are several factors affecting your risk, it’s also important to talk to your doctor about your personal and family medical history, lifestyle, and medications to determine if you are already at high risk for heart disease.

Here are 10 ways you can be heart healthy and work to prevent heart disease.

Read more about A Health Heart during Menopause.

When should HRT begin? Did you begin in the hospital? Once you got home?


Starting HRT after Hysterectomy

When should HRT begin? I have read some posts that say patients wake up with a hormone replacement patch on, and I have also heard that the body has some stored estrogen so it doesn’t need the HRT right away. 

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) after a hysterectomy is not always necessary, and some women opt against it even when menopausal symptoms are present. Some doctors assume HRT will be required, though, and prescribe it to be used immediately after surgery. Others prefer the wait-and-see approach, gauging a woman’s need for HRT as hormone levels drop off and menopausal symptoms begin to appear. You should discuss your doctor’s approach before surgery if at all possible. Conduct research on your own and ask the HysterSisters about their experiences with and without HRT to help you understand the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy in surgical menopause. Here are some example responses to this question from the HysterSisters forums.

Read more about Starting HRT after Hysterectomy.

Did you have Bowel Prep for your Hysterectomy? What were your instructions?


Bowel Prep for Hysterectomy

My hysterectomy is scheduled, but I wasn’t told anything about doing a colon cleanse (bowel preparation). What should I do?

Although a bowel prep is ordered for many hysterectomy patients, it is not an across-the-board pre-operative order for everyone. This is entirely up to your physician, based on your individual circumstance.

Do not under any circumstances take a laxative or give yourself an enema unless your physician tells you to do so. If your doctor does tell you to conduct a colon cleansing (via laxative or enema), it is imperative to your health that you follow his or her directions precisely. If you encounter problems with this or have questions, phone your medical provider for instructions on how to proceed.  Read more about Bowel Prep Preparing for Hysterectomy.

How do you De-Stress? How do you find ways to escape anxiety?


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The sign on the desk read: “I’m a little stressed right now. Just turn around and leave quietly and no one gets hurt.” Although initially slightly amusing, the reality can cause even more anxiety.

What causes you stress or anxiety?

When financial problems, medical conditions, and concern about loved ones set the stage for constant worry and anxiety, it can lead to chronic stress, which means we never have a chance to relax and recharge.

Over time, chronic stress can cause problems with memory, concentration, irritability, depression, stomach upset, chest pain, substance abuse, and much more. With so many potential problems, it is important to learn how to deal with chronic stress. While we cannot always change the things that cause stress, we can do some things to lower our stress levels and help us cope more effectively.

Read more about Ways to De-Stress.