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Do This - Not That: Resuming Bathing after Hysterectomy

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What do I need to know about bathing after hysterectomy?What do I need to know about bathing after hysterectomy?

Bathing after a hysterectomy can be restricted from anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on your hysterectomy type and your doctor’s philosophy. Bathing too soon after surgery can put you at risk for complications and infection, so it is important that you follow your doctor’s orders regardless of how desperate you may become for a bath.

Once you are released to bathe, there are some do’s and don’t you can follow to make the experience more enjoyable. Initially, you may still want to use some caution, but eventually you’ll be able to soak again as you have in the past.


  • Use bath oils and bubbles only if your doctor agrees.
  • Light some scented candles.
  • Play some soothing music in the background.
  • Choose a light magazine or book to read during your first soak.
  • Take a glass of ice water or juice with you in the tub.
  • When you finish, dry with a thick, fluffy towel.
  • Have some lovely scented lotion to slather on afterward.
  • Plan your first bath for when you have time to thoroughly enjoy it.
  • Ask before using a hot tub.
  • Enjoy!


  • Don’t forget to start with a clean tub.
  • Don’t get the water too hot or you may become light-headed, dizzy, and exhausted.
  • Don’t add anything to the water without checking with your doctor.
  • Don’t soak too long the first time in case it wipes you out.
  • Don’t hesitate to have someone be around in case you need help.
  • Don’t soak if you have vaginal discharge or bleeding.
  • Don't soak if you have any incisions that open.

If you have questions or concerns, bring them up with your doctor. He can help you know how to be safe and comfortable as you resuming bathing after your hysterectomy.

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.

02-21-2015 - 07:54 PM


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