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Do This - Not That: Showering after Hysterectomy

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What are some do’s and don’ts for showering after hysterectomy?What are some do’s and don’ts for showering after hysterectomy?

Regardless of your hysterectomy type, your surgeon is only going to allow showers for a while to help prevent some issues, such as infection, which could occur following baths. Showering after a hysterectomy, however, can be a bit more challenging than usual.

Being prepared can make showering safer and more successful for you. Here are some do’s and don’ts that you can follow to help you when you shower after your hysterectomy.


  • Keep your showers short.
  • Try using a stool or shower chair.
  • Use a handheld showerhead.
  • Place a chair by the shower so you can rest after showering and before dressing.
  • Be careful stepping in and out of the shower.
  • Make sure you have a non-slip mat on the floor of the shower.
  • Sit down if you feel shaky or dizzy.
  • Have someone close by in case you need help.
  • Cover your incisions during your shower.
  • Carefully dry your incisions afterward.


  • Don’t get the water too hot.
  • Don’t use soap directly on your incisions.
  • Don’t let water spray directly on your incisions.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
  • Don’t lift your shower chair yourself.
  • Don’t stand too long during your shower.
If you have concerns about showering during your recovery from your hysterectomy, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may have some additional suggestions which can help showering go more smoothly while also protecting your incisions and healing areas.

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 - 11:19 PM


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