Are you concerned about having your abdomen filled with gas during surgery? How long did it take your abdomen to feel normal after your hysterectomy?


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While most women are pleased to have a minimally invasive surgery option, when they hear that part of that procedure involves filling their abdomen with air they wonder, and sometimes worry, about how uncomfortable that is going to be and how long it will take to resume to their normal size.

Because minimally invasive surgeries are done with small incisions, the abdomen is filled with gas to allow a surgeon to have room to see and work.   Once the surgery is complete, the majority of the gas is released from the abdomen although a small amount usually remains behind, and over the coming days it is absorbed by your body tissues.  Abdominal swelling (or swelly belly) is something that you may experience as a result of the residual gas, surgical trauma as well as doing too much during your recovery.

Read more here about Tummy Care – Will my Abdomen be Filled With Gas?

 

 

Are experiencing some vaginal dryness while taking allergy or cold medication? What helped you alleviate dryness while taking allergy medicine?


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If you are an allergy sufferer like many of us HysterSisters, you have been reaching for your allergy medication to alleviate those pesky allergy-related symptoms.  However, while you are combatting one set of symptoms with the medication, that same medication may actually be causing another problem for you – vaginal dryness.

Because both antihistamines and decongestants dry out tissues, then your vaginal tissues are susceptible to this as well.  You can try using a personal lubricant or moisturizer, however; be sure to talk to your doctor about what they can recommend.  Not only may they be able to recommend a product that will ease your allergy or cold symptoms while also helping the dryness issue, there are may also be other underlying sinus issues that need to be treated.

Read more here about Vaginal Dryness and Cold or Allergy Medications.

Happy National Milk Chocolate Day! Did you know that we have recipes right here on HysterSisters?! What’s your favorite Milk Chocolate dessert?


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As if any of really need an excuse to eat chocolate, right?!  But, if it makes you feel any better…today is National Milk Chocolate Day!   So as we saw this tasty day pop up on our calendar, it led us to peruse the many wonderful recipes we have posted right here on HysterSisters.  You did know that we have such a place, right?!

Our HysterSisters have contributed tasty recipes for everything from Main Dishes and Sides to Vegetarian and of course, desserts!!  Our Forum area is chock full of helpful information and conversations about so many things, so if you haven’t hung out with the HysterSisters yet, be sure to “drop by” and join in.

Are you recovering from your Hysterectomy? Do you wonder if your symptoms are normal or need a call to your doctor?


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You’ve made it through your surgery and now find yourself recovering at home away from the nurses that were able to reassure you if what you were feeling was normal or not.  While you know that your surgery will have some accompanying pain, discomfort and/or unusual sensations, you may also wonder when other symptoms occur if they are normal or warrant a call to your doctor’s office.

While you should have been given a list of instructions which would also include a list of symptoms that would necessitate a call to your doctor, those lists are sometimes unclear and honestly, some women lose their lists in all the shuffle from surgery to recovery!

Here is a list of When to Call Your Doctor after Hysterectomy.   Also, you will see this stated over and over again because it’s so important, you only have one chance to heal properly so be sure to follow doctor’s orders, drink plenty of fluids, eat well, take short walks as able and rest. 

 

Are you undergoing Chemotherapy treatments? What tip helped you stay healthy during your Chemotherapy treatments?


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Chemotherapy for gynecologic cancer can leave you vulnerable to sickness and infection as your immune system will not be as strong during treatment.    Therefore, it will be important for you to do all you can to avoid sickness and stay healthy during this time.

Here are 10 Tips to Staying Healthy During Chemotherapy.

In addition to things you can do to help yourself, your medical team is a critical source of information during chemotherapy treatment. They can help you know what you need to do to be as healthy as possible while managing your symptoms. Don’t hesitate to ask then any questions you have and ask for suggestions to help you through your treatments.

 

Did you know you have an internal hammock? Are you doing Kegal exercises to take care of your pelvic floor?


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Today is National Hammock Day!   Yes, yes…we know this day is about those swinging, relaxing hammocks that beckon you to take a nap or curl up with a book.  But, what a great day to also remind you about taking care of your internal hammock – your pelvic floor!

Your pelvic floor is something most women never think about until it starts begging for attention on its own.  If you’d rather be proactive instead of reactive, then celebrate National Hammock day, and every day, by doing your Kegel exercises!   They only take a few minutes to gain big results!

Here are 3 Great Reasons to Do Those Kegels after Hysterectomy.

Are you trying to eat better after your hysterectomy? What helped you make healthier choices after your surgery?


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Today is National Junk Food Day!!  Are you going to celebrate today with your favorite junk food?  If you are trying to eat well after your hysterectomy, you may be thinking that eating your favorite junk food is a thing of the past.  However, if you make smart choices and apply moderation to your portion sizes and/or quantities, you can still enjoy your favorite foods, even if they fall into the junk food category!

Most of the people you talk to that have changed their old, unhealthy eating habits into new ones will tell you that they didn’t “diet”, but instead they made life-long, lifestyle changes.   And, instead of following someone else’s diet plan, you can find the best changes for you based upon your tastes, goals, health needs, etc.

Read more tips and ideas for Learning to Eat Well After Hysterectomy.

 

Are you struggling with feelings of loss because of your hysterectomy? Were you emotional before or after your surgery?


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Simply put, a hysterectomy is a physical surgery to remove the uterus.  However, for some women, there is nothing simple about the accompanying emotions concerning a hysterectomy.

The uterus is connected to womanhood in so many ways and some women feel that without it, they are less of a woman.  For other women the uterus, or womb, may have emotional significance either because it held your child or prevented you from having a child which can lead to intense sorrow. 

If you’ve talked to other women that have had a hysterectomy, some of them may have approached the procedure very matter-of-fact and just as they would any other surgery whereas many others will struggle with various emotional aspects concerning their surgery.  It’s okay to feel emotional and some women will find that the women around them may not fully understand or “get it”.  Many of your HysterSisters understand from personal experience and have helped us put together 5 Myths and Truths:  Feelings of Loss Following Your Hysterectomy. 

Don’t forget that you can chat with your HysterSisters anytime in our forum area.    You are not alone! 

 

 

 

Did you have a hard time getting a correct gynecologic diagnosis? What helped you and your medical team correctly identify your diagnosis?


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Because many gynecological diagnoses have the same or very similar symptoms, it may take some time and effort to determine what your diagnosis is.  However, there are some things you can do to help your medical team to make the correct diagnosis for you. 

Most women know about doing things such as seeing a gynecologist but read more tips on our list of 6 Tips to Help with Gynecologic Diagnosis. 

 

 

How did you decide on moving forward with your hysterectomy? Did you have your surgery with your first doctor or did you seek a second opinion?


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Your body, your decision, right?!  When dealing with certain gynecologic symptoms you will find out that you are part of a group of people that will play a role in how to best deal with your specific situation and the appropriate treatment course.

Your team will consist of your surgeon, your anesthesiologist and to some extent your insurance company if you are going to rely on them to pay a large part of your bill.   Also, if you work for someone you will need to work with them on getting the time off you need for the surgery and your recovery.

Of course, if you feel strongly about a hysterectomy or other course of action and your current medical team is not sharing that same perspective (or even if they are), we encourage you to seek a second or even third opinion.  After all, having a hysterectomy is a big decision so it’s best that you not only feel good about your decision but that you’ve made it with all the information you need.

Read more here about It’s My Body and I Want a Hysterectomy.