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Do This - Not That: Your Last Period Before Hysterectomy

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My last period is around the corner. Are there any tips for managing it before my hysterectomy?My last period is around the corner. Are there any tips for managing it before my hysterectomy?

You may be experiencing mixed emotions regarding your last menstrual period before your hysterectomy. Though you may have found it a monthly nuisance, it has been a part of you for several years.

As you prepare for your upcoming hysterectomy, there are some tips you can follow to help you manage your last period. These can help you deal with the emotions and physical pain as “Aunt Flo” makes her last visit to your home.


  • Celebrate with your close female friends.
  • Throw a “Last Period” party.
  • Go on a search for all your hidden stashes of period supplies.
  • Find someone to donate your extra feminine hygiene products to.
  • Splurge on new stain-free panties to wear after recovery.
  • Shop for stain-free, light colored sheets.
  • Buy white clothes to wear after recovery.
  • Cry if you need to.
  • Write a good-bye letter or poem.
  • Mourn the loss of your fertility if you want to.
  • Make plans to use the money you will save on something better.


  • Don’t forget to save some pads for post hysterectomy bleeding.
  • Don’t forget to ask your doctor about pain medication options for your last period.
  • Don’t feel badly if you are happy, sad, or both.
  • Don’t be surprised if you feel a rollercoaster of emotions.
  • Don’t stop your birth control pills without talking to your doctor.
  • Don’t forget to use birth control up until surgery.
  • Don’t be surprised if your last period is early, late, or longer than usual–stress can do that!

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.

11-18-2014 - 10:14 AM


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