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Top 5 Questions You Want to Know About Hysterectomies

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It has been nearly 2 years since I had my hysterectomy and by far one of the biggest posts on this site is my hysterectomy recovery post.  So many women have found my list to be extremely helpful, but I often get many questions emailed to me.  Check out the questions about hysterectomies that you have asked below!

Top 5 questions about hysterectomies

Questions about Hysterectomies

Thankfully we have the internet to help us work through the emotions and fears we may have when we are about to undergo something life changing.  Having a hysterectomy at 32 was not something that there was a lot of information on.  I was premenopausal, dealing with large amounts of blood loss causing severe anemia and just getting sicker and more exhausted by the day. I asked as many people as I could about their experiences but much of what I was told, was not applicable to me.  Since having my hysterectomy, I have filtered hundreds of questions and comments and wanted to share the top 5 questions about hysterectomies below. 

1. Hysterectomies & C-Section Pain

One of the biggest questions about hysterectomies I get is in relation to c-sections. I actually looked back at some of my previous posts to see if I talked about the pain comparisons. I remember that when I was preparing for my hysterectomy, I kept Googling and asking friends about the pain comparison between a hysterectomy and a c-section.  No one really had any answers for me, so I went into this ready for anything. 

Top 5 questions about hysterectomies

As far as the pain goes.  I felt like the pain of the 3 small incisions from my hysterectomy was a little worse than the actual c-section.  This is because I had a lot of scar tissue from my previous c-sections and the doctor had to work to separate the uterus from the scar tissue to remove it.  I remember being very very very sore and having those sharp, shooting pains frequently when moving.  It definitely felt like I was back to recovering from a c-section, except that now I also had 3 additional cuts and areas that were healing. 

Top 5 questions about hysterectomies

Day of surgery

I did ask my doctor and looked back on some emails about this topic and she said that it is common for the pain to be a little worse for women who have had c-sections, especially if there is a lot of scar tissue.  However, it was manageable.  I was up and moving around just hours after surgery and I just had to take it a bit slower in the coming days and weeks.  As long as you stay up on your pain medications you will be just fine and the bonus to having the hysterectomy is that you likely won’t have to care for a newborn while recovering!

2. Swelly Belly

I often get emails and questions about the “swelly belly” that happens after surgery. Swelly Belly happens from trauma to the abdomen along with the gases that are pumped into the area to help create space to remove the reproductive organs and excess fluids that accumulate.  

Top 5 questions about hysterectomies

I too had this, and most women want to know what the pain associated with this is and how long it takes to go down.  As far as pain goes, once the gas pain is out of your body, then it really is just pain from the incisions and removal of the reproductive organs (which includes the pulling and interior bruising).  You are going to be sore and probably the most concentrated pain is in your belly button incision. 

Top 5 questions about hysterectomies

The swelly belly can last for weeks to months and can be recurrent if you are overdoing it and not resting and allowing your body to heal.  For me, it lasted about 2 solid months and then slowly it started to go down.

3. Weight Gain 

Weight gain is a big concern and top questions about hysterectomies that I get. One of the side effects of my hysterectomy was weight gain.  I put on about 20 lbs after and some of that was because I was just eating crap food and not working out and another aspect was that my hormones were now finding a new normal since they were not having to signal my body to make endless supplies of blood.  

Top 5 questions about hysterectomies

I am just now starting to lose the weight from the hysterectomy and my friend who also had the surgery would agree that it is tougher to lose the weight now then prior to the surgery.  It has taken me, making better choices about the foods that I am eating (because I loathe working out) and in general being more aware of what my body can tolerate.  I have found that by reducing my dairy intake immensely, my body is actually losing more weight and my skin is happier. 

4. Getting Back to Everyday Life

Often women are so eager just to get back to everyday life.  I totally get this.  I was ready to own my life again.  I probably got back to everyday life a little too quickly.  I went to a funeral the day after my surgery and was in a lot of pain and then we did Disneyland 3 weeks later.  I found everyday tasks to be pretty easy but I was still limited.  I had a new puppy and had to make sure not to lift anything over 10lbs for a few weeks, I could get up and down and cook and bend over relatively ok, but still needed help and a lot of rest. 

Top 5 Questions about hysterectomies

My biggest advice is to really baby yourself through the first 2 weeks.  If you have little kids, try and get some help or plan home activities that will be very easy for you to monitor (we watched about 2 billion movies, while I drifted in and out of sleep).  You will be able to move around pretty much right away, but you will be sore and you will want to stay up on your medications.  

5. Sex after Hysterectomy

I will keep this short, but I do get frequent emails about how sex is after hysterectomies.  You can read this study recap from WebMD which I completely agree with.  Bottom line is when you are on your period 3 weeks on and 5 days off, you don’t have much of a sex life.  2 years later, my husband and I are much happier and are definitely enjoying this next phase of our lives.  

If these questions about hysterectomies helped you out, make sure to check out my Hysterectomy Recovery Post and My Must Have Hysterectomy Items now!

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Wednesday 10th of November 2021

I just want to say that I am so happy that I stumbled and found your blog! I am 33 and going to have my hysterectomy soon and reading your posts have helped me feel at ease because I am TERRIFIED! like excited for the new chapter of my life and for the pain and other things to be done but scared because it's my first surgery ever! I do hope that my procedure goes smoothly and recovery too.. thank you for posting your must-haves that is so helpful and just your experience.


Sunday 14th of November 2021

I was your age too! I am now 5 years out and still tell people it was the best decision and I feel better than ever. It is a whole new life on the other side of that surgery! Yay and good luck!


Sunday 24th of November 2019

Laura,, Thank you so much for sharing your story with all. Sitting here 2 days away from my total hysterectomy. I am a month away from turning 50. My periods have become so heavy over the past 3 years. My sister is 3 years older than me and started having the same issues when she was 49. For about a year they would tell her it was just premenopausal. Then her stomach started growing. They ran test and to make a longer story short she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. They did a genetic test on her her and she tested positive for a gene called BRIP1. Blessed that she is still with us but still fighting this! I share this in hopes that someone may read and it will help. My test show at the moment to be non cancerous. However I too carry the gene. My daughters will have to be tested To see if they carry it.( my brothers and nephew will need to be tested as well) it doesn’t mean that I have cancer but puts me at a higher risk. With the issues I have had and now finding I too carry the gene I am going in for the full hysterectomy. My last (4th) daughter was a c-section. I too have worried about the pain of the hysterectomy.because the gas from the c-section was the worst I have ever felt. I have been concerned about going straight into after surgery...weight gain....depression...the list goes on. But reading your article has helped me. Thank you for sharing. To the woman that is reading this on the fence of her body and what your dealing with. I say to know your body. Push the doctors to run more test! If my sister hadn’t gone through what she did I would have never pushed for more to be done. I feel so guilty that I can’t take on some of my sisters burd


Monday 25th of November 2019

Oh Kristy! I am so sorry to hear what your family is going through and sending all the prayers to your sister. I truly hope that you all find some peace and that your surgery goes well. There is pain but it is manageable. Make sure to stay on the ibuprofen and pain meds as directed and get a massage to work those gas pains out. Sending love!


Sunday 25th of August 2019

I have been wanting a hysterectomy since I was 30 years old. However all of the research I did back then stated most doctors would not allow it unless it was an emergency related situation since I was still in childbearing age. The magical moment came for me 10 days after my 40th birthday when my current doctor said I needed to get off of the pill and find another solution. Everyone I have talked to said not to get the uterus scraping. And I did not want to do hormones or have anything Major foreign objects place inside of me. So among my 2nd set of research and talking to people I decided I really want a hysterectomy. My hysterectomy is scheduled for October 2nd 2019 and I am super excited as strange as that is. I know for a fact I could not go on for another 9 years in some hefty change with the pain and heavy bleeding. Luckily I have enough sick time in compensation time build-up at work plus a short term disability plan that I should be OK being gone for 3 to 6 weeks. I took your advice and have a hysterectomy prepping kit and a small tummy pillow coming. Other posts I've read online stated haven't a Mini recorder would be a good idea so I Also ordered one of those.


Tuesday 27th of August 2019

That is a great idea! Thank you for sharing.


Friday 16th of August 2019

I have been on an emotional rollercoaster since my surgery on 7/15. I kept my ovaries but everything else was removed. How did you deal with the emotional side of this surgery? This seems to be the hardest part for me, no pain, just the emotions.


Sunday 18th of August 2019

Hi Shannon! I am so sorry to hear this. I am not sure if you just mean the change in your hormones and the typical hormones being more intense or dealing with the emotions of never having another child. In response the the first one, I got out and about and distracted the heck out of myself which helped. We also went to Disneyland like 3 weeks after my surgery and had some other trips planned so I had a lot to look forward too. In addition, I was so anemic prior that when I finally had blood in my body, I just felt better. Have you thought about maybe discussing this with your OB? In response to the second part, My husband had a vasectomy when our last was 5 months old and I had my surgery when she was 4. For me, I was done and I knew it so I was completely ok with being where I was at. I really hope you get to feeling better emotionally.

Channa Beaton

Tuesday 30th of July 2019

Can you give me the link for the belly binder you used? I clicked on it in your must have post but it said sorry no longer a good link. My surgery is scheduled for Sept 11 2019 and I am scared to death! They are doing a rectocele and cystocele at the same time

Thank you Thank you


Wednesday 31st of July 2019


First of all, you will do great. You will feel a million times better! Second, thank you for letting me know about the broken link. Here is a binder that is similar to the other one

Good luck!

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