My mother had a hysterectomy when she was around 45 – and she said to me, “I don’t understand why women feel as if they are no longer a woman, and believe their husband/lover won’t want anything to do with them anymore?”
She also said it was the best thing she had done!
I have to agree with her. I had a hysterectomy at 32 – for medical reasons – and it was the best decision I had ever made about my body. The relief was outstanding – and life changing.
What’s Life Like After Hysterectomy?
For me, there was no more pain! Not just menstrual pain – but 24/7 aching / stabbing pain of varying degrees – with no moments of pain freedom. That was a very big plus – like winning the lottery really.
I didn’t realise how stressful chronic pain could be to every aspect of your life – until it was no longer there… some of you might relate to this.
No more hormone cycles – my family, friends and colleagues – really appreciated this one. I was so bad with PMT – I had to write in my diary – 1 week in 3 (yes, I also had a short cycle) – “do not make any important decisions this week”.
Intimate Relations – improved significantly because there was no more pain to ruin the moment.
Numbness – there was numbness in my abdomen around my scar for up to 1 year … bridging the scar with acupuncture treatments was a big bonus for this healing quicker – once I discovered this solution.
Core muscles – I don’t know how other people have gone after abdomen surgery – but my core muscles were affected. There is obvious tenderness for a couple of months – but I quickly started doing my abdomen exercises – and as healing happened increased these exercises. I found the yoga routines – Cat Cow Flow and Salute to the Sun were exceptionally helpful for improving my core strength – along with some other pilates and yoga exercises done regularly throughout the week.
Meditation – I used creative visualization to improve the healing process to my abdomen. I did this daily – and I believe it not only helped with healing my physical body, but healing my emotional and spiritual bodies from the invasive trauma of surgery.
For meditations that will help you recover from surgery go to Before After Surgery Toolbox.
If you would like to share your life after hysterectomy story, others would really appreciate reading what you did to heal in any or all areas of your life.