What to Expect After a Hysterectomy

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What should you expect after a hysterectomy? For some, it is a relief of symptoms that caused them to have a hysterectomy. Symptoms such as bleeding, pelvic pain or bloating may disappear. But, if you have the ovaries removed, you may have more to expect.

Menopause: If you haven’t gone through menopause before your hysterectomy, you may have symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and sweating. While your body is adjusting to the new hormone levels, you may see a decreased sexual desire and vaginal dryness.

A sense of loss: If you had a hysterectomy due to cancer, you may feel depressed or a sense of loss because you can no longer have children. Talk to your doctor or a therapist if you have these feelings. Feelings of depression or a loss are normal.

Pelvic weakness: Some women experience pelvic weakness after a hysterectomy. If you have pelvic weakness before surgery, it may become worse afterward which could lead to bladder issues. To strengthen pelvic muscles, Kegel exercises could help. Some women opt for corrective surgery.

Intercourse pain: Some women experience pain during intercourse. After a hysterectomy, you may find that lubricants and trying different positions may help you feel more comfortable.