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Life After a Hysterectomy: Expectations & Preparations

Author: Stephine Kramer, M.D., Board Certified-Diplomate

Hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure for women. (Caesarean Sections being the most common.) In fact, hysterectomy is so prevalent that approximately one in three women will have this procedure before age 60.

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. The procedure is done for a number of reasons; it is frequently used as a therapy for abnormal bleeding, painful menstrual periods, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, cancer of the reproductive system, and other disorders.

What should I expect from life after a hysterectomy?

Many hysterectomies today can be done with fewer incisions, resulting in less scarring and pain and a faster recovery time. Still, expect to spend several weeks recovering. Even after having a hysterectomy, you still need to get regular pelvic exams, mammograms, and Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer (unless you also had your cervix removed as part of the procedure). You will need to wait at least four to six weeks to fully recover (follow your doctor’s guidelines).

How is sex after a hysterectomy?

Some physicians will tell you that if you had a good sex life before your hysterectomy, you’ll likely still enjoy sex after a hysterectomy. This is partly due to the fact that many women find their hysterectomy resolves the pain or other issues that bothered them during sex. Some women may develop new difficulties though. Also, a hysterectomy may affect your hormonal balance, which plays a significant role in sex drive and comfort. It is impossible to accurately predict the quality of your sex life after hysterectomy. However, if you have difficulties, you should feel free to talk to your women’s health provider about the adjustment.

Schedule An Appointment With a Women’s Health Provider

To learn more about hysterectomy and whether it’s right for you, schedule an appointment with a women’s health provider in Mesa, Tempe or Gilbert, AZ. Your provider will discuss expectations and preparation for hysterectomy, as well as sex and life after hysterectomy. You can schedule your appointment online, or by calling an office near you.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

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