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Bathing after Hysterectomy
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Am I allowed to take a bath after my hysterectomy?
Taking a bath too soon after a hysterectomy can cause an infection. The vagina is already a dark, moist place—perfect for growing bacteria. Bathing can introduce more water to the area along with any bacteria and chemicals that happen to be in your bath water.
Most doctors do not want you to soak in a bathtub until you have been cleared, usually around 4–6 weeks after surgery. This gives your vaginal cuff plenty of time to heal before water and everything in it is introduced to the area.
In some cases, however, physicians suggest bathing but with specific instructions. If your doctor clears you to bathe, follow his instructions exactly. Otherwise, stick to showering
until you are cleared to bathe.
If you love to take a bath, plan to make your first one special! Don't make it too hot, or you could get dizzy and light-headed. But choose some scented candles and beautiful music to add ambiance. Set aside a new book or magazine you can read during that first soak in warm bubbles up to your neck. For that first bath after your doctor clears you, savor your bath, and soak until you are as shriveled as a prune! Afterward, dry with a super fluffy towel and lather on some lovely scented lotion from head to toe!
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
04-12-2003 - 10:27 AM
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