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I Had a Hysterectomy and Now I Don't Feel Like Myself: What Can I Do?

By Dr. Daemon Jones Expert HERWriter
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A hysterectomy is surgery that removes the uterus from a woman’s body. While most hysterectomies are not emergency surgeries they are major surgery, and they require much consideration and thought before deciding to proceed.

Several different diseases can lead to a hysterectomy as a treatment option. Cancer of the uterus or uncontrollable bleeding from the uterus are life-threatening conditions. Women may consider a hysterectomy to relieve pain or heavy bleeding related to their menstrual cycles.

Other chronic conditions that may cause women to consider a hysterectomy are fibroids, endometriosis, constant pelvic pain, adhesions from other surgeries, or traumas.

Recovering from a hysterectomy

Once a woman decides to have a hysterectomy there is a long period of physical recovery and, sometimes, an emotional period of recovery as well. Emotionally there can be changes in sexual interest or depression. Her thoughts about the hysterectomy and physical changes that have occurred can have a profound impact, especially if she has had her ovaries removed as well.

Physically healing from major abdominal surgery requires time and patience. If her ovaries were removed during the surgery she will experience surgical menopause because her ovaries are responsible for her female hormones.

Surgical menopause can be more severe than natural menopause and women may experience hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, increased risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. These risks increase for all women once they go through menopause, they just occur at an earlier age for women in surgical menopause.

You don’t have to exchange one discomfort for another

If you have elected to have a hysterectomy because you want to improve your health there are therapies that can help reduce the symptoms of surgical hysterectomies so you are not exchanging one discomfort for another.

The answers can be found in diet, exercise, appropriate supplementation and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Women have had tremendous results with safe and effective treatment of menopausal symptoms.

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

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