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Unread 01-30-2001, 02:02 PM
Post -OP concerns!?!?! (3 weeks, 4 days)

I was previously a part of HysterSisters with an alternative to a hysterectomy....but I recently had to have the hysterectomy anyway (Jan 5th, 2001). It was a TVH done by LAVH. I am concerned about the odor of the discharge? My Doc says that it is from the stitches dissolving and as long as it still looks pink/brown then not to worry. But is anyone else disgusted by the odor???? Also----anyone who has already had their post-op check-up, what was intercourse like the first time??? It terrifies me that I will have severe pains!!!!
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Unread 01-30-2001, 03:04 PM
Post -OP concerns!?!?! (3 weeks, 4 days)

Hi Trish, I am 3 weeks today post op from a LAVH. I have been experiencing the pink discharge, but have not noticed an odor yet. I have read on other posts about the odor and I am sure that will come too. It seems that between weeks 3-5 there is an increase in discomfort, I guess another hurdle we need to get over. I too am interested in your other questions regarding the post-op check-up and sex. One thing to try to remember is not to over do things and get plenty of rest. WE shall overcome this!!!!
Unread 01-30-2001, 04:16 PM
Reply to Kimber1001

I just talked to my childrens' principal and she had a hysterectomy 4 1/2 weeks ago......she had the odor in her discharge and her doc told her that it depended on the type of sutures that were used in the vaginal area. So I am not worried about it that much anymore. I also read that other ladies had the same thing. It (sorry to be disgusting) sorta smells like "old" blood if you don't change a pad when you have a know?? YUCK!! But---as long as there is no fever or pains involved, I'll be okay!!!

Let me know if you find out anymore info about the first time afterward?!? It scares me to think about it---but at the same time, I want to know what it will be like. It's funny that just last night it finally hit me that I won't have to worry about bleeding to death anymore!!!! And you are right---WE WILL OVERCOME!!!!!!!!
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Unread 01-31-2001, 07:40 PM
Post -OP concerns!?!?! (3 weeks, 4 days)

Hi Trish,

I'm glad you're not worried about the odor any longer...I had that, too.

About resuming sex, I found the first time was fine, but didn't do it until I was good and ready, at 6 weeks, even though I was cleared for it after an exam at 4 weeks. My Dr. recommended using a good lubricant the first time or times, because nervousness can hinder your own natural lubrication.

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Also, some women report feeling a bit "tighter" than before, but that doesn't last. The vagina is very elastic, and a lubricant will help a lot with that, too. The main thing is to not have high expectations of the very first time. If it's good, then you'll be pleasantly surprised. Know that practice will make all the difference in how relaxed you are, which will make all the difference in how good it is!

Some sisters suggest a warm bubble bath, candles and wine to set a relaxed, romantic mood. All in all, it only gets better, from my experience.

My very best to you...

Unread 02-02-2001, 12:22 AM
Post -OP concerns!?!?! (3 weeks, 4 days)

My family calls me "The Nose" because I have such a sensitive sense of smell! Yes, I had a light,light, brownish yellow dishcharge. The odor reminded me of the same odor that accompanies the discharge after giving birth. A midwife told me it was an odor from hormones leaving the body. Makes sense to me. It is not altogether an unpleasant odor but is very distinctive. Also I have been told that if you overdo it you will have an increase in the discharge. Now that I am four weeks postop the discharge has disappeared.
I hope that your recovery is speedy and uneventful, please just don't overdo it!
Unread 02-02-2001, 07:05 AM
Post -OP concerns!?!?! (3 weeks, 4 days)

Hi Trish G! Ah yes "ye ol odor". I have it too. No matter how much I use my vanilla, lavender or pearberry sprays the odor seems to beat it! I went with my son to his
appointment at Children's Hospital (my first real outing exactly 2 weeks postop) and was so uncomfortable. I could smell me and was worried about anyone else around me. I tried to sit further away from people. I even asked my son "do I smell"? He's a teenager so anything I do or say is embarrassing anyway. He just laughed and said no.
I think he was being nice. Afterward we went to McDonald's so then I smelled like a Big Mac and fries. Oh well yes we do have to get through this but at least we're not alone in our smell problem!
Unread 02-02-2001, 03:52 PM
I have it too

Hi Trish,

I remember writing to you in our "pre-op phase". I am 3 weeks 3 days post op LAVH/BSO. My discharged had stopped after a week or so, but started up quite abit again recently. Pink, Brown, Yellow, Green. I notice an odor too, not bad, but different. I also noticed that I have started to have discomfort on one side. I talked to my Doctor today and she said that sutures were disolving and this is not uncommon.
It's nice to know that this is normal and I am not the only one experiencing this.
I started back to work yesterday, just a few hours at a time. NOthing strenuous. I will tell you that it is nice to be back after all this time of having to lay low.
Hope your recovery is going well.

Take Care

Unread 02-02-2001, 08:32 PM
Post -OP concerns!?!?! (3 weeks, 4 days)

I'm 7 weeks, 1 day post-op and the discharges are almost gone and so is the odor. It is true that pain is often followed by more discharge: I have been pretty much off pain killers for the past week but was overcome by a nasty bit of pain in my lower abdomen, today. Sure enough, tonight I noticed a slight pinkish discharge!!! Probably some more stitches healing.

Sex, for me, has been a lot better since the hyster. We got the ok at three weeks and, since my sex-drive was back with a vengence, we went right at it. There was very little pain and a whole lot of pleasure This is most likely because I no longer have to worry about excessive bleeding once it's done. And, after all, I now HAVE a sex drive.

Don't worry, set the scene for success and don't hurry things along (I know: do as I say, not as I do!!!) and you probably will enjoy it.

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