Many women choose to get a hysterectomy for a variety of reasons. Some women may do so because they have a medical condition, such as cancer, while others may choose to get a hysterectomy as a birth control option. Whatever the different reasons, there are some uniform changes that your body will go through. Here are some things you should expect for your physical and emotional recovery after a hysterectomy.
Depending on the type of hysterectomy you get, the healing will be different. For instance, if you have an abdominal hysterectomy, which tend to be the most invasive, your healing will be longer and more painful. This mostly happens when a woman gets the procedure done after she has had a C-section and the doctor does the procedure right after delivering the baby. For this type of procedure, you will need more time to recover. However, a laparoscopic hysterectomy will be less invasive and easier to recover from. Most women are able to resume their activities pretty soon after the procedure; however, they shouldn't do vigorous exercise or heavy lifting.
If you choose to have your ovaries removed, you will need to be realistic about what the lack of hormones will do to your body. If you haven't already gone through menopause, you will experience menopause-like symptoms. You might have hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness and other common menopause side effects. However, if you don't have your ovaries removed, you might just experience less abdominal bloating, and cramping. You could even experience an increase in sexual desire, and have less bleeding and pelvic pain.
As with every procedure, there is an emotional recovery as well as the physical recovery. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the hysterectomy, you might feel a loss. After a hysterectomy, you can no longer have biological children. For some women, this may be a depressing experience and they may need time to grieve the loss of future pregnancies.
Even if the procedure was planned for the sole purpose of birth control, the emotional changes and mood swings should be taken seriously. The hormones in your body are inseparably connected to your emotions. This means that even though you may have wanted the procedure, you still may feel a variety of emotions such as depression, irritability, sadness and anger as your body gets used to the new changes.
These are just a couple things to expect physically and emotionally after a hysterectomy.