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Did your body odor change after hyst? Did your body odor change after hyst?

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Unread 02-23-2008, 06:44 AM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

Have you all even thought that perhaps ------ Just PERHAPS ----- your olfactory senses have become more sensitive?

As with animals --- you're a bit injured --- you need to be more aware of things surrounding you so that you can stay safe.

You may be more aware of smells - etc.

However - that being said - hormones change everything.

And there is an unpleasant healing vaginal odor about 3 - 6 weeks out that I've noticed - but that appears to diminish.

But other than that - guys - everything else seems normal.

Body odor changes - especially smells associated with infection might need to be looked at.
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Unread 02-23-2008, 11:00 AM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

Hi Ladies,

I've been around here for a few years now and there is one thing I want to caution everyone about . . . that is comparing YOUR symptoms and recovery to others. It is VERY important to keep in mind the differences between a hysterectomy and a hysterectomy that included oophorectomy (ovary removal). Note too, that there are women on here who may have only had an oophorectomy. All these are DIFFERENT and the differences should be considered in every case.

The ovaries are a KEY component to many of the issues and can make a world of difference in symptoms, consequences and recovery. Also, you need to realize that just because you may have kept your ovaries (or one) it does not mean that they are working like before. (Working ovaries are what we all hope for, of course, but the truth is that they often fail following hysterectomy.)

Therefore, when you are comparing stories, it helps to take note of the signature line and see if you are comparing apples to apples or apples to oranges. If you haven't put your surgery information in your signature yet, it is a good idea to go fill that in now.

PattieO- to answer your question: Human sexuality is very complex and there are many factors involved. Each one of us is unique and who is to say what lies in store for us . . . ?

Statistically speaking, hysterectomy leads to higher than average divorce rate and single women who have been hysterectomized have a lower percentage of marrying later. However, as in everything, there ARE exceptions! I personally know a woman who remarried (quite happily) after her first husband divorced her following her surgery. She fully believes the surgery caused the divorce, BUT she is happier now! Her second husband isn't sexual like her first husband was but neither is she now- they are very content with their mutual interest and companionship.

From my own personal experience, I believe the surgery changed my 'attractiveness' in a profound way. I never had problems attracting men before but now, I've noticed, they still come over to meet me, like they used to, but they don't linger seductively or ask me out anymore. I have more 'intellectual' and 'buddy' men friends than I can shake a stick at, but none are chasing me around the bedroom anymore. (Bummer.) So now I'm looking for my perfect 'companion.' -sigh-

I don't want to alarm anyone, but I think it's always good to understand the physiology and biology behind our conditions . . . if you don't understand your body and the changes that have occurred through surgery, then you might end up feeling that something is 'wrong' with you and that you are not recovering 'like everyone else.' Don't let that happen to you. And if you seek medical attention for any post surgical complaints, don't let your doctors try to tell you that it's all in your 'head.' (That approach is all too common . . . sad to say.)

You can get a lot of good information on here if you use the resources and pay attention to the details.

Hugs to all,
Unread 02-23-2008, 11:40 AM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

You bring up a good point.. I know just post surgery, everything tasted and smelled so "strong"... That is getting better 3 weeks out, but still seems heightened.
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Unread 02-23-2008, 11:59 AM
Did your body odor change after hyst?

Thanks Lucille for your indepth reply....I used to be in ob/gyn so I know all women have one thing in common: we're all different, we're all snowflakes LOL

I try to get the gist of what to expect from my sisters who have had a similar surgery, but I know that too is an unreliable barometer due age, diet, health history etc...

For instance, when I was preparing for my surgery, I got everything everyone mentioned because I was convinced I was going to be slightly bed-ridden...I wasted alot of money....never used the bedtray, never used the swellybelly band.....and I was doing a situp off the exam table at 3 weeks post-op....so I have learned the hard about not comparing myself with others...

I learn alot though about what women go through in a procedure like this, and even get some affirmations about what I am feeling...and it helps just to hear it...

Your reflections on having more men friends than those who are sexually attracted is sobering though...sigh...not sure I am ready for that....

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