There are a wide variety of hysterectomy types available for women today, so it can be hard to know which hysterectomy choice is the best one for you. Your diagnosis and surgeon’s skill will both play significant roles in hysterectomy type, but there are other variables that will come into play, too. There are also choices to make which will affect which hysterectomy type is right for you.
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We know it can be tough to stay on top of your health after a hysterectomy and through menopause. Finding a balance in our health choices during menopause is typically a woman’s greatest challenge Here are some health tips for you: from how you sleep – to how you eat – from how you feel – to how you move. Be smart with these tips!
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Changes in both estrogen and progesterone as part of your normal menstrual cycle (even after hysterectomy) or during menopause can contribute to headaches and migraines. But how do you know if your hormones are really the culprit for your pain?
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Recent studies have concluded that chewing gum after surgery could help restore bowel function more quickly. Further research is needed, but other findings are leaning toward the same conclusion.
Anesthesia and surgery disrupt the function of the bowel for a time. The trauma can make the bowel unable to pass its contents, which can then lead to pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms can be especially uncomfortable following a hysterectomy.
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As you prepare for your hysterectomy and recovery, it can be helpful to know what other women wish they had known before their surgery. Their tips and advice from a “been there, done that” perspective can help you better prepare for your own hysterectomy.
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Migraines can cause severe, debilitating pain, so being able to identify a migraine in its earliest stages can be essential. Knowing a migraine is coming can also let you take some preventive steps and use abortive medications more quickly.
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Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and risk factors can increase as women age. Natural menopause is also a risk factor, and women with preexisting risk factors who have gone through menopause have an even higher risk for heart disease. Unfortunately, going into menopause early, such as following a bilateral oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries), also significantly increases risks for coronary heart disease.
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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. Below are some of the most commons reasons HysterSisters have reported feeling dizzy or light-headed after surgery.
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As you pack your bag, you may be thinking you should take more to the hospital than you will really need. Even if your stay is a few days, you really may only need a couple items from home. Most medical facilities provide essential toiletries like a toothbrush and toothpaste, and you may not feel up to doing a lot of reading during your stay. Your jewelry, valuables, and money should all be left at home so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of them.
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Though many people attribute a migraine only to the time period when they feel severe head pain, a migraine has more components than just the headache phase. Combined, the four phases of a migraine could last for several days, beginning with the warning sign phase and ending with the hangover symptoms that occur after the headache pain has subsided.
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