If you've been advised that you need a hysterectomy, you might have a lot of questions, such as: Do I really need this operation? How will it affect me? Are there any alternatives? Professor Lesley Regan advises.

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The female reproductive system

The female reproductive system is made up of the:

  • womb (uterus) – a pear-shaped organ in the middle of your pelvis where a baby develops; the lining of the womb is shed during a period
  • cervix – the neck of the womb, where the womb meets the vagina; the cervix is the lower part of the womb and not separate
  • vagina – a muscular tube below the cervix
  • fallopian tubes – tubes that connect the womb to the ovaries
  • ovaries – small organs by the fallopian tubes that release an egg each month

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the womb (uterus). You will no longer be able to get pregnant after the operation.

If you haven't already gone through the menopause, you will also no longer have periods, regardless of your age. The menopause is when a woman's monthly periods stop, usually at around the age of 52.

Around 30,000 hysterectomies were carried out in England between 2012 and 2013. It is more common for women aged 40-50 to have a hysterectomy.

Why do I need a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomies are carried out to treat conditions that affect the female reproductive system, including:

A hysterectomy is a major operation with a long recovery time and is only considered after alternative, less invasive, treatments have been tried.

Read more about why a hysterectomy is needed.

Things to consider

If you have a hysterectomy, as well as having your womb removed, you may have to decide whether to also have your cervix or ovaries removed.

Your decision will usually be based on your personal feelings, medical history and any recommendations your doctor may have.

You should be aware of the different types of hysterectomy and their implications.

Read more information about the things to consider before having a hysterectomy.

Types of hysterectomy

There are various types of hysterectomy. The type you have depends on why you need the operation and how much of your womb and surrounding reproductive system can safely be left in place.

The main types of hysterectomy are:

  • total hysterectomy – the womb and cervix (neck of the womb) are removed; this is the most commonly performed operation
  • subtotal hysterectomy – the main body of the womb is removed, leaving the cervix in place
  • total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – the womb, cervix, fallopian tubes (salpingectomy) and the ovaries (oophorectomy) are removed
  • radical hysterectomy – the womb and surrounding tissues are removed, including the fallopian tubes, part of the vagina, ovaries, lymph glands and fatty tissue

There are three ways to carry out a hysterectomy:

  • vaginal hysterectomy – where the womb is removed through a cut in the top of the vagina
  • abdominal hysterectomy – where the womb is removed through a cut in the lower abdomen
  • laparoscopic hysterectomy (keyhole surgery) – where the womb is removed through several small cuts in the abdomen

Read more about how a hysterectomy is performed.

Complications of a hysterectomy

There is a small risk of experiencing heavy bleeding, infection, damage to your bladder or bowel, or a serious reaction to the general anaesthetic.

Read more about the complications of a hysterectomy.

Recovering from a hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is a major operation. You can be in hospital for up to five days following surgery, and it takes about six to eight weeks to fully recover. Recovery times can also vary depending on the type of hysterectomy.

Rest as much as possible during this time and don't lift anything heavy, such as bags of shopping. You need time for your abdominal muscles and tissues to heal.

Read more about recovering from a hysterectomy.

Surgical menopause

If your ovaries are removed during a hysterectomy, you will go through the menopause immediately after the operation, regardless of your age. This is known as a surgical menopause.

If one or both of your ovaries are left intact, there's a chance you will experience the menopause within five years of having your operation.

If you experience a surgical menopause after having a hysterectomy, you should be offered hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Read more about surgical menopause.

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geeker said on 08 November 2014

I am 40 years old and I have no family. I have years of discomfort everytime I urinated, couldnt even hold an egg cup of water with out needing to keep going to the loo for 30 mins plus, to empty my blader, which made sleeping at night a nightmare, my periods were very painful and heavy. I spoke to the gp about this for years their answer to the problem was to put me on the pill, with out checking my age or family history, my mum, sister, arnt and grandmother have all had fibroids and have had to have historectomys because of this, the pill I was placed on was high in estrogen, which makes the fibroids grow quicker. I colapsed at work with a kidney and water infection, thought I had stones, went to the gp and gave me antibiotics, went back and got a referal for a scan, they found fibroids of 7cm on the scan, and couldnt find my left kidny, went back again still no left kidney and now an fatty liver and smaller fibroids. went to the urologist for the kidney, found out I have an horse shoe kidney and 2 inferia vena cava (very rare) and saw the gyno and descovered i have fiborids not of 7cm but 20cm, have been on 2 lots of medication to shrink the womb, descovered that the fibroids was not letting my bladder fill up, and was pushing the urine back into my kidney, it has been an hard dession as I have no family, and an historectomy is very final, but I can live withouot an womb but not an kidney, as fiborids will grow back. having talked to the gyno children born with mothers at 42, 1 in 100 are desabled and at 45 1 in 20 are, so on all this I am due to have a verginal historectomy this wednesday. I am sorry for my mother who would of loved grand children and for my self as yo think time is on your side, it is not. But their are people far worse than myself, and I am alive and need to be as healthy as I can be for as long as I can be, Life is what it is. I am happy and posative.
Hope this help others, WIll look into suriget and adoption. sorry for any bad spelling!.

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BooBooGirl said on 31 October 2014

I agree with User883903 (28 June2014)
I have been told I need to have a total hysterectomy, and despite been given all the information about what I going to happen to me... during and after the op, I feel there is no support mentally. I have no one to share my fears or angst with. Or any one to support me emotionally. Like Hannalou (30 Sept 2014) this is not through choice.
Never in my 44 years did I ever think/consider/ gone through my head... that I would have to get my head around having my 'woman's bits' taken away from me.
I feel like it a ticking bomb and I'm waiting for judgement day.

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candida74 said on 08 October 2014

A full hysterectomy and vaginal reconstruction with TVT for bladder weakness. Surgery was pretty uneventful and I was allowed home with strict instruction not to lift or do high-impact exercise (which is possibly why I needed a hysterectomy in the first place going straight back to exercise after a still birth). Miracle life changing operation!! It took about 5 weeks for full recovery with no pain and no need for pain killers although I didn’t heavy lift for 9 months.. You can get your groceries delivered to your door and a certain supermarket does this for a £1 so no excuses.3 years later I have no none nothing in terms of pain, I can hold my urine for hours and the funniest thing is I sit on the loo and can’t believe how massive my wees are like I shout out “I'm still weeing!! I can’t believe it” from the reaction I get from most people it’s clearly something you have to experience tounderstand. Also I am a woman I still have all of my qualities that make me a woman but no periods! I listen to my girlfriends moan about periods and I am ever so slightly smug (is that mean?) Anyhow I thoroughly recommend all of the above procedures, advice be vocal and insist if you not sure and I promise hand on heart its life changing. I have three children plus one in heaven and had not been able to jump since the first one due to womb pain and stress incontinence, now at 44 I can star jump trampoline laugh and laugh and laugh wait for the interval to pee and have lots of S..E..x that doesn’t hurt at all. Life is alot better I did experience some numbness down there in some places for a while but it went away within 18 months so I had to improve my bravery in saying touch me somewhere I can feel, shades of Grey I'm not! The consultant and staff were brilliant the surgeon amazing and the aftercare good. I had to insist on HRT as my hormone levels were “normal” I argued errrm whats normal after 25 yrs on the pill? HRT is brilliant for me I'm glad I insisted.Go for it

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babymalibu said on 30 September 2014

im 44 yrs old i had the op on the 20th aug 2014 it went ok then i came home thursday, sunday i was rushed bk into hospaital has i had every side affect of the morfine going my temputure and heart beat was going though the roof, my togune and both my lips looked like I had bowtox. my skin was to hot to touch, now cause of the side affects the morfine as caused me to have a heart merma and i have to have regular checks my blood not flowing right and i have to have injections to thin my blood ,my ct scan showed i have a cyst on my liver which they are keeping an eye on, got 2 gorstones, i was surposed to have 2 holes for key hole surgery but got 5 the was meant to be 9omins and i was in threare for 4 hours and on top of all that, holes asnt heeled and got infected and the white tape they used to keep the pad on doesnt agree with my skin and i have know got 4 popped blisters.when I came out he second time I was only home for a couple days as the tablets I as on for pain was of a morfine family,im not able to take tramadol penillian and parastamols, to this day my holes still not healing up,a iv till got my overies in and the side affect of the morfine as triggeed my meapause im due to have my overies out soon

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hannalou said on 30 September 2014

Im 30 and had my sub hysterectomy on the the 11th September after suffering from endometriosis, and chronic cervix inflammation. I remember being told after the op it would feel like id had a c-section.... Clearly they have never had either ( I have). I'm now 18 days post op and getting around a lot better than previous days. At the beginning i was in quite alot of pain and found it painful to more around and walk up right, I found myself walking hunched over. Getting in and out of bed was the hardest, I found rolling onto my side and getting up that way was less painful and easier. Im still quite swollen and sore as to be expected. My wound has healed quite well, and I now have some feeling back in my tummy. The emotion side has been hard and theres been days where I didn't want to do anything but stay in bed, and felt quite low. I'm a working mother of 4 and used to doing everything and being busy all the time, so to let my partner take control has been hard. I get tiered quite easy too so can't do very much or walk very far. My appetite to being with was poor, then i began to eat, but over the last few days its become poor again not quite sure why this is. my bleeding has only just started I expected this to happen more or less straight after my op.. People iv'e spoken to who have had this done said its the best thing they have done. These people are in their late 40's, I'm 30 and have had to have this done not by choice, I'm sure as I'm able to do more things and become more active I'll agree.

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lisa1266 said on 17 September 2014

I am 47 & had a total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy two weeks ago. I had the op on the Thursday & went home on the Saturday. I feel great & all my previous symptoms have gone.I have more energy although things are limited at present as I have to take it easy & rest lots. This op has changed my life & I'm so pleased I had it done!

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Jerseygirl1 said on 17 August 2014

Iam 46yrs with an 8cm fibroid anterior position.
. Have suffered for years with hormonal probs which was put down to I B S , which I do have but never convinced it gave me all this discomfort and water retention .Only me mentioning to Dr I had a lot of discomfort he felt my stomach and said it was nice and soft but considering your age I send u for a scan!!.This fibroid was missed.Funny how the Gynaecologist felt it straight away!!! Suffer with menstrual migraine and many other usual symptoms,always back and forward to Dr's. Having an abdominal hysterectomy in 6wks as vaginal hysterectomy can't be done due to size of fibroid. Taking both ovaries as told this would cure migraine and cycle. Wasn't sure at about ovaries removed at first but Iam now. Iam thinking positive for a better quality of life as suffered toooo long with muzzy heads,moods,tiredness, loss of libido, pain, constant peeing which limits me to were I can go as fibroid based at front. Iam healthy, normal weight looking for light at the end of a dark tunnel.If the fibroid hadn't come along I prob just would have carried on with half a life!! Hrt I will go on as I will need it Iam sure. We know our own body and if something isn't right we must say, preferably not on previous deaf ears as i have. Best thing was getting referred to the right person who said all that I told him about how I was he could have helped years ago.!!!!Several lost years of quality life I would say.Lets hope it's worth it. Will comment again when I have had it done.

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lockers54 said on 28 July 2014

60 years of age - 16 months ago I had a micro amount of bleeding accompanied by what I thought was monthly period symptoms. The bleeding increased to twice a month so I thought this now meant a trip to the docs.
I had an internal laparoscopic investigation which showed photographic image of a small something? I was then called back for hygroscopic investigation , the outcome of which has just been a hysterectomy. 15/07/14 I had a total hysterectomy via robotic laparoscopic surgery. I came home the following day and had 7 days daily blood thinning injections from the health visitors plus pain relief three times a day. I went for a walk on the 17/07/14 around our close, building up the time and length of walk. This weekend I have been out for 2 x 1 hour slots, stopping when I feel tired for a little rest. Tomorrow Tues 29th July14 is two weeks on and apart from feeling tired from my busy outings at the weekend I feel good. No lifting, listening to my body and resting when I feel the need! I also wanted to say I was scared stiff at the beginning of all of this but now think the NHS are amazing and hopefully the feedback from my consultant on the 4/08/14 will be positive.

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Tommo36 said on 20 July 2014

Having experienced problems for the last 11years and constantly being told that I'm "Too Young" I have finally received a diagnosis of Adenmyosis / Fibroids and awaiting surgery after having my pre op. If it hadn't have been for my persistence and an MRI scan on my back I would have still been complaining to my GP. I had an MRI organised by a Locum GP due to constant back and pelvic pain going into my thighs, I was then sent to see a back referral specialist as bulging discs were found, however the pain didn't correlate to where the problem was found, I was reading the MRI report over the back specialists shoulder and asked why my GP had totally ignored the fact that a Bulky Uterus and Ovarian Cysts had been seen, she told me I'd have to take up with the GP. Armed with my info I then went back again to GP, who then decided to refer me for an Ultrasound, on external scan Ovarian cysts were seen and radiographer suggested that I didn't require the internal scan, but I stated as I was there I may as well have it done, then on the internal scan the large growth was found, but again if it hadn't have been for me it wouldn't have been found. So now I'm referred to Gynaecologist who takes my history before examination, on examination externally he found nothing of concern but from internal found that my Uterus is 3 x the size it should be, finally someone has listened and taken me seriously!!! I was given an option of treatments but have chosen Hysterectomy as my family was completed a long time ago and there was a risk that 1 or 2 years down the line that I would end up back and having the surgery, so may as well cut out the middle man. I can't say I'm looking forward to it but I'm hoping it will change my life and hopefully I will be then pain free.

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User883903 said on 28 June 2014

I had my hysterectomy on 19th June by keyhole surgery Overies were kept I must say I feel better than expected I was expecting to e in lots of pain but I am not. the only pain I did have was wind pain but that has now cleared I got home on the Friday evening and I slept most of the night I am now a week post op and I still feel good I am getting some crampy pain at the moment but not sure if that's normal I have discharge that has a sweet smell not sure if that's normal or not either. plus point to the operation I have had no bleeding until now not sure if that's normal either was looking for more info but cant find any I will keep you all posted on my progress

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Leeloo13 said on 03 June 2014

On 30th April 2014 I had a laparoscopy assisted total hysterectomy with removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes due to fibroids and excessive bleeding. I had been given an injection about a month earlier to help the fibroids shrink to ease the bleeding anyway. I went in to hospital on the Wednesday morning and went in to surgery just after mid-day. I was a bit sick in the evening after trying to eat due to the anaesthetic and had a very dry mouth which meant eating was difficult. Other than a general ache those were the worst parts of the whole experience. I would have been allowed home the following day but, due to personal circumstances, stayed in for one more night. I never suffered any constipation or trapped wind (I had taken dates and pineapple just in case). My husband did everything for me for the first couple of weeks but I felt fine after the first week and a half. I've still been taking it easy as it makes sense to let your body recover slowly if you can. A few hot flushes here and there but I'd been expecting them soon anyway. I realise I've been very lucky but the hospital staff were absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Everything was carefully explained to me beforehand and I was asked many times if I had any questions. The prospect of no more periods and smear tests is a wonderful thing.

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caz wilkinson said on 22 April 2014

I had an abdominal hysterectomy 2 weeks ago my uterius cervix and tubes were removed i was ok to start with but now i have a pain down my lower right side sarting from my scar pain in both hips it hurts when i wee and am consipated i have medication from doctor for constipation but it not working is this all normal

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Fozdeb said on 04 April 2014

Had my full hysterectomy 8th march 2014. Dreaded having the procedure and what to expect after my surgery. The first 2 weeks I cried everyday and found myself in a lot of pain. If you are going into hospital take peppermint in with you as the tablets the hospital gave me did not help with the wind pain which was as bad as the op pain. I had staples in my wound and was told I had to ring a telephone number to get an appointment to have them removed this proved impossible as they could not get me anywhere until 30th march however my staples needed removing on the 13th march. I ended up having to go back to the ward to have them removed. From my experience I feel 5 days is not enough time in hospital after such a major procedure . If you are offered a longer stay then accept. I had to sleep sitting upright on my sofa the first night home as I couldn't manage the stairs and have no toilet upstairs. I felt the aftercare was appalling I had to get my mum to inject me in the stomach with the anti clotting drugs as i am needle phobic and she also had to take my dressing off and check my wound which I felt a district nurse should have done. I was given hrt patches without offering me any alternatives ! I have had to come off them and go on tablet form as I had pains in my legs which are a side effect I have been told. More support is required after this procedure . I hope this information will be useful and good luck ladies

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Kaz p said on 01 March 2014

I had total hysterectomy on tenth January 2014 I had problems in theatre due to having big womb due to fibroids I came round ok no pain very alert and was ok till next day when the cafiter caused me discomfort they took out eventually that night on the Sunday 2 days after op I couldn't stop crying all day nurses said was normal 3rd day blues I came home on Monday no pain just hard to sleep as uncomfortable to move in bed first week was awful not being able to do anything I had stitches out on Wednesday on second week started getting wind pains come and go just take deep breaths I coped well with pain didn't really take painkillers I tried walking as much as I could now on week 7 recovering well walking better and faster scar very itchy along bikini line is a big scar but I'm not bothered I'm getting there can't stop eating now bit during first 2 weeks I didn't eat much just had mad cravings still tired a lot and have sleep in day something I never did going back to work end march going on holiday first it does take time and very hard coping I thought I had lot help hopefully another few week I be even better if u having this op good luck will be worth it in the end x

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Wendy121 said on 04 February 2014

I'm 37, My last period lasted 8 weeks and I'm now 15 weeks into my current period, still really heavy and my blood count went down to 5 (I'm on iron tablets now) I've tried all the medications and I've got the coil fitted bit I've seen no significant change. I'm really hoping the gyno offers me an operation as I feel like I'm going to be on my period forever. It's really getting me down now but the comments below have given me some hope that it can be fixed :)

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conure said on 03 February 2014

I am 48 and had a total abdominal hysterectomy ovaries tubes lining on 31st October 2013. due to heavy periods bleeding between periods and after a few scans a fibroid (turned out to be several) which had grown to 7.5cms by the time of the op. I was told I could leave when I was ready 24 hours after the op!! As I still had a catheter in I decided to stay in another day which I think I needed. There were just a few things which I wasn't sure about at the time which would have been useful. My stomach felt as though someone had stretched cling film over it and if I ate anything it got tighter. Then it felt like tingly like I had just pulled off a plaster. I weaned myself off the drugs quite quickly as it was messing with my head more than helping with the pain. I didn't have much of an appetite after just having a bowl of cereal instead of a main meal in the evening. I couldn't sit up to the table and lean forward over my plate properly as it was uncomfortable until my muscles grew stronger. I went onto oestrogen only HRT after a few weeks even though I said I wouldn't. There are risks either way so you have to weigh them up for me it's only for 2 years until I would have reached the menopause naturally. It's a good idea when I felt up to it I set myself little achievable goals and this gave me the confidence to try more. I wasn't good at going out though I went into one shop and then just wanted to get back in the car and go home again. I am glad I had it done now though. I'm not quite ready to appreciate not having periods yet but my bladder is working a lot better, the fibroid was pressing against it. Write a list of all the things you will not miss about having your period and read it before the op and after to make you feel better. It has been 3 months now and I am back to doing most things again although I am still cautious. The best thing for me so far was to book a holiday without having to check calendar for dates of my period any work aound it

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Stillwater said on 06 January 2014

I had a hysterectomy at 47. I had fibroids which started this whole ball rolling. Eventually I was losing so much blood all the time I was left with no choice. I also had my Ovaries removed. I am 57 and although I am very healthy, fit and strong because I work out all the time, I have been on HRT all this time. Me and menopause symptoms never clicked so I made the decision to stay super healthy and fit and stay on the stuff. People do think I am a lot younger than I am BUT....if I could turn back the clock I would fight to keep my organs. I flippantly said "sure, take my ovaries out too!". What? No, today I would have researched every possible natural way to keep my organs. There are times when a person has no option but I would not give in as easily as I did. Even though my hormones are balanced with the HRT I believe we should live healthy lives and figure out why these problems are occurring and try to support your body back to its natural state before whipping things out. Once gone, they never return.

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JulieD2014 said on 03 January 2014

I had a full hysterectomy in December 2013 due to a rather active fibroid the size of a 24 week pregnancy, at the time I was very worried as my consultant wasn't really sure if the "mass" was cancerous, glad to say that after the op all was clear which was a relief. I was in hospital for 3 days and came home with 41 staples in my wound and feeling a little apprehensive Needless to say I am now 4 wks on from having the op and can honestly say I'm feeling ok, can still feel tired some days. I've had a few days where I've felt very tearful but have been told that's only to be expected. One thing that's bugging me are the night sweats I've started having, I'm normally such a cold fish in bed but now find myself throwing the quilt off. I'm not too keen on going down the HRT route so am going to see how it goes and perhaps go and have a chat with my GP. To anyone out there that's due to have this operation I won't lie it's very daunting but as long as you listen to the advise you're given and most importantly listen to your body you should be ok. It's very frustrating not being able to do anything but well worth it in the long run.

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bilstonia said on 19 September 2013

in 1998 i had an hysterectomy the doctor who operated came after the operation and said he had left my ovaries i am now 57 i have degenerative bones problems i was tols 5 years ago i had started the menopause bet two years ago in 2011 i was told when having a scan i had no ovaries does any one know wich is the truth i seem to get no answers has anyone had the symptoms like this please help

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midgetharlequin said on 18 September 2013

I am 47 and in the last 2 years I have noticed a distinct change in my periods. I have gone from 'regular as clock work' 28 day cycle to the most erratic pattern. Some times I won't have a period for 2 to 3 months and when they do come, they seem to last longer. They are not any heavier but more drawn out. I also experience the most awful pains like groin strain all around the pelvic region which can be crippling and impede walking . I went to the doctor and she dismissed my suggestion that I may be starting the menopause and didn't really give me any advice. I have read several comments and it sounds to me that I am going through the menopause. Bearing in mind that I might be and have absolutely no intention of having any more children (not at this age) - do you think I should investigate having a hysterectomy and get it all over and done with and relieve the pain I suffer every period. I intend to go back to the doctor very soon to get confirmation. Your comments would be most appreciated.

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zeus95 said on 26 August 2013

I am 18 years old and suffer from abnormal periods (i can go up to 4 months without having one and then come on extremely heavy). I don't plan to have any kids, and if so i would rather adopt through personal beliefs. Would a hysterectomy be something to look into?

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lillynv said on 29 July 2013

I am 46 and had a laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomy, it has been 8 weeks and everything seems to be ok but I always feel bloated. I just had sex for the first time since the surgery and it hurt, and now I am having the painful bowel movements like I did the first to weeks after the surgery. They are so painful I drop to my knees
Has anyone had this problem and will it go away?

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sally1957 said on 26 July 2013

To anyone who is worried about the operation let me put your mind at rest. I had my full hysterectomy 10 July 2013.
I came out of hospital with 40 clips after 2 days. I felt really goodand not at all tired. I did get an infection treated with antibiotics and it cleared up well. I went back to work after 3 weeks to my office job with more energy than I had had for years, I was walking well and doing small jobs in the home. I like many of you worried so much about the op BUT I would be happy to do it all again.
I am now almost 7 weeks post op and doing every thing and more than I was before. I had a mass of 10in removed thankfully wasn't cancer, So don't lose any sleep over it .. the dentist is worse.

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telbel99 said on 19 July 2013

I have been suffering heavy periods and abnormal bleeding for yrs. 4 yrs ago I had leasions removed ive since had 2 more children equalling 4 all together. Before finding out I was pregnant last yr gynaecology wanted to do a laperoscopy to find out why I was in so much pain and had excessive bloating. Ive just got my smear results back n again im boarderline and hpv is present first time ever tested for it n ive been with my partner 11 yrs were both faithful so must have had it from b4 then or he is the carrier im just wondering seems ive had all these problems n family history of polips n early stage cervical cancer both which my aunt n mum started menopause at around 35. Im early 30s too, whether I would be offered a hysterectomy. Im esp scared from this test as I am bleeding more often than normal n very bloated in my pelvic area

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ItsMeganD said on 08 July 2013

I'm 16 and I'm having severe problems with my abdomen and has been like that for a few years. Would a hysterectomy be a good idea? I'm not planning to have kids in the future.

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sly50 said on 03 June 2013

Zara Lilly, thank you for your post. I've been told that this too would be the best option for me. Sounds very similar, but I haven't found anyone of a similar age (late 40's) to talk this through with. If you search too hard on the internet, it is all doom and gloom and how the medical profession are taking control of women, etc. Like most of the women who have left messages, it is a big decision and scary, but it is so refreshing to read of happy results and ladies bouncing back with renewed vigour. Your and others Positive Metal Attitude statement has given me confidence and a calmness. Obviously I hope for a smooth and successful operation, but for me it is also about mood / hormonal swings, sex, libido, etc., hopefully the latter also comes back with renewed vigour!!! Again thank you!

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zara lily said on 02 June 2013

I had a subtotal hysterectomy on 21st May because of fibroids and a bulky uterus causing me discomfort and bloating. I had to go on prostap injections (and oral synthetic hormones to help with flushes from prostap). The prostap put me into the menopause as it is designed to stop oestrogen production which fibroids need to grow.I felt better physically but was initially tearful as I was thrown into the menopause and had to come to term with loosing a "part of me". I was on prostap for 3 months. I then had a hysteroscopy to "explore" if my fibroids had decreased in size as well as uterus ready for the planned ease of surgical removal. It had gone to plan. So....I had the op.I'm 2 weeks post surgery, had the uterus and fallopian tubes/ovaries out, I feel relief, am on the same HRT that I was on pre op and feel really well. I'm resting up and enjoying exercise, did 45 min walk today in sun and really enjoyed it. I was fit and well before so it's worth getting fit before the op to enhance quicker recovery (and still enjoy the post op choc and treats people bring you!) I am a great believer in Positive Mental Attitude, find out and talk to people who have had the op from like minded positive people, you'll thank them for it....I did! I feel so relieved it's all over and will continue on HRT as at 46 yrs of age will need it. Thanks to my surgeon and Gloucester Women's Centre at Glouc Royal Hospital. You won't look back I didn't!

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Michelle02 said on 28 May 2013

I am 50 years old and going to have a hysterectomy next week due to really heavy periods and fibroids. However, the surgeon asked me if I wanted her to remove my ovaries and although we discussed the pros & cons I'm still not really sure what to do. There is no family history of ovarian cancer but about a year ago one of my ovaries did have a cyst but that went away. The surgeon said I may need HRT as removal will bring on surgical menopause.The more I read online the more confused I get. Help anyone???

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sally1957 said on 20 May 2013

I am 55 and due to have an hysterectomy in next couple of weeks. I had a scan an it showed a large lump of about 9cms on my overy. I have to say I am very nervous at the outcome has anyone else had the same. I have to have a full procedure with a cut from navel down.

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Cammys mum said on 16 May 2013

I am 45 and after suffering very heavy, painful and long periods (minimum of 10 days every time) for almost 9 years, I finally had a scan, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy which showed up fibroids in the uterus. Following discussions with my gynaecologist, have decided to opt for a hysterectomy. I am told that this will be a sub total hysterectomy carried out by keyhole surgery, which may change to open if there are complications. The doctor also mentioned removal of the top of the cervix, and I'm note sure what the implications of that are - anyone had this done? What concerns me is the recovery time as I have horses which need riding and I'm not sure how long it will be before I will be able to ride. Has anyone else been in the same situation? I am hoping to have my surgery by July/August.

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rachell123 said on 15 May 2013

i had an total hysterectomy in July 2010. I found this very painful during the first three weeks sleeping was difficult. I got very tired very quickly. Needed help getting in and out of the bath. Needed help for first 3 weeks. But `i did improve i think you have to take your time and give yourself around 12 weeks to recovering. My work were brilliant letting me do a few hours a day until i built my strength back up. Looking back this was the best decision that i made. No more pain and feel so much better in myself i have my life back. Just remember we are all different we all take different amounts of time to heal.

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karennina said on 12 May 2013

Hi Barrelbumm
I am just over two weeks post op and so far so good.. You really do need people to do everything for you for the first few weeks, it is very tempting on a good day to do a few things and I learnt the hard way by starting my blood loss up!after that I did nothing... It is a case of being a "patient patient", the time will soon pass and you will benefit in the long run by resting up a lot in the first few weeks, I am now just doing a little bit of polishing and a few household tasks were I do not need to bend, you become very adapt at using your feet in the first few days if you drop something... I was the scaredest person in the whole world and it took 5 years for it to finally happen and I am so so glad I have had it done hopefully you will be the same, all the best for your surgery...

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Barrelbumm said on 05 May 2013

I am due to have a vaginal hysterectomy in 3 weeks due to total prolapse (I am 57) and although I am prepared with all the practical things, people to look after me and time off work I am already getting myself worked up about not being able to do things and dependant on others. I have never had health problems, I consider myself lucky, but I know I will be a lousy irritable patient and my poor husband will suffer because of it. I would gladly love to hear from anyone else in a similar situation, or anyone I could chat to to help get me through this.

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Debz1966 said on 23 March 2013

Hi I am 7 days post op I had a abdominal hystorectomy tubes overys womb n part of my cevix I am 46 felt good on waking after op drain was a. Problem getting out took 3painfull attempts was home on my 4th day had my Bowles open in hospital no probs with wind had runs till the Monday so went to docs she said I might of picked a bug up not to worrie that nite was in pain trying to open my Bowles so rang docs he sent me some micro lax which helped pas some hard stools now I feel a little more comfy but I am havering a lot of pain and pressure in my belly and hips n lower back when I have my Bowles open is this normal think am expecting to much in recovery time :( advise would be great

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wis said on 21 March 2013

What's the chances of me having an hysterectomy, im 36 yrs old with 4 kids, I was sterilised 10 yrs ago and have suffered with terrible pain and heavy periods since, ive tried the merina coil, tranexami acid and mefenamic acid and nothing worked, I just cant cope anymore its stops my daily routine

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BusyLizzi said on 27 February 2013

Hi Lar1... Your situation sounds a lot like mine and I was going for my op the you left your post. I don't know how old you are but you say you're getting married soon, do you want children? The answer to that question should inform your decision as to whether to have the op or not.
I was offered Zoladex & hormone replacement as an alternative to surgery, but there are others, just search on-line.
I'm in my early 50's (how did that happen!) so children weren't an issue but in the end I took Esmya for 3 months to shrink my fibroids (largest went from 10cm to 6.5cm) and had sub-total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo - oophorectomy & thanks to my surgeon it was a great success. If you do go for the op don't be worried! Good luck!

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LAR1 said on 21 February 2013

I have large fibroids and my last period lasted 23 days on and off. I went back to my GP and now im going back to the gyno. Last time I was there we spoke about treatment and was mentioned hysterectomy, well i was shocked because I thought I would be offered the other paths. however because over the past 6 months my periods had got better as I had the 3rd coil fitted then would you believe they signed me off cos my periods are under control and the 22 day period happens. So here we go again and the more I think about it hysterectomy sounds like the best option. I dont want to suffer with bad periods any more I get married in September i want it all sorted well before then. Im very scared of the operation im a bit of a worrier but if it helps me get my life back on track then its got to be worth it. I have read lots of what other ladies have said and it does help calm me but still a bit scared. Does anyone have any advice that could help me. Lar1

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ilda said on 30 October 2012

How bad is the bleeding after the hysterectomy? I'm on clopidogrel and aspirin for a heart condition and I'm concerned about undergoing surgery. My consultant recommends keyhole surgery. At this stage I am still undecided. should I just live with the pain and heavy bleeding or risk the surgery?

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Neens said on 27 September 2012

I had a total hysterectomy with an anterior prolapse repair on the 2nd July 2012, I am 48 years old and had suffered very heavy periods and also fibroids. I have to say it was the best thing I ever did!! I was terrified going into theatre, but no sooner had I gone in, I was waking up in recovery!! I made a really quick recovery, 6 weeks and I was ready to run a marathon!
I just want to reassure anyone facing the same operation that it is the best decision they could make, your life will be so much more normal, no pain, no awful periods and best of all .,.. you can cough and sneeze without widdling!!
I am a new woman and so grateful to my surgeon.

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samped1 said on 19 August 2012

hi i'm having a total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy from what i've read here :-S i have endometritis, a large blood filled cyst a large fibroid and altered cells in the uterus so i have been told that they are taking it all. any ideas how long i will be in hospital for and how long i am looking at before i can safely go back to work....i am on my feet all day doing a lot of bending and stetching and heavy lifting and pulling. any enlightenment will be helpful.
thank you

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Penny black said on 30 June 2012

Im 44 and go in for my hysterectomy on the 6th July. I have been a long term sufferer of over 10 years, but always put myself after the family (as you do). Now I'm having to cope with being a single mum and the prospect of recovering from the operation without a husband to help.
I cannot go on HRT as I reacted rather badly to oral contraceptive, so they are leaving my ovaries in place. They are not sure until I go under which way the hysterectomy will be done, so I have to prepare myself for every eventuality. I was fitted with a coil 18 months ago, but my body has been trying to reject it ever since, and I am almost constantly bleeding. The pain is sporadic and is similar to that of childbirth contractions when really bad; the last 6 months have been unbearable. Although I am apprehensive about the operation, I am also looking forward to being pain free! I live in Cornwall and have no family to help out as they all live 300 miles away. I have tried to explain to my two teenagers that they will have to do a lot for me, but I don't think they appreciate just how much they are going to have to do; even though I have told them everything!

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carer66 said on 18 June 2012

Well i had my hysterectomy on 13th, come home on 15th and i feel fantastic, it wasnt what i expected at all, i am now only on voltarol pain relief and really do feel fab,i found the only bad and really painful part was the wind but once you are up and moving about it goes.
My whole life has changed in just a few days, every bit of pain that showed on my face before my op has gone and everybody has noticed and commented on how well i look, i feel as though im in my 20's all over again, Good luck to any ladies having theirs soon,just go in with a positive attitude,refuse to suffer in pain and look to the future because i can tell you it's the best thing ive ever done.

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carer66 said on 22 May 2012

I'm booked in for 13th of june and i am so scared,they have said i will have to be cut from my belly button down and i keep getting told different recovery times,work are denying me my holidays until two days before my op and are putting me under so much stress its making me ill, the pre-op nurse said i will not be able to do anything for 3 weeks yet the nurse at my gp surgery says 6 weeks or i risk injury to my bladder, can anybody enlighten me..

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mummyk said on 03 January 2012

musicals it all depends on the waiting lists at your local hospital. They are usually around 12 weeks. I had a vaginal hysterectomy on the 29th Dec after being placed on list 14th September, I was discharged 31st Dec and since then been resting even though i feel i could do with a bit more moving around but got to limit the walking for the 1st 10 days. Im in very little pain or discomfort and i had a full pelvic repair too. So far so good

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musicals said on 29 December 2011

i have been refered to see the gyn doctor to talk about about ahysterectomy i was wondering how long it will be till i get an apiontment for the op afther i have seen the gyn doctor

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nickyfoley said on 02 December 2011

Hi i have just had a sub total hysterectomy key hole, I must say i feel well though its only been a week part from being a bit weak , I was in hospital for 3 days including the day of theater I had a good surgeon dont be afraid to ask for help or advice I was very scared but so pleased it is done now

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Andirem said on 28 November 2011

I've been told I have a large fibroid that is causing problems and I'm having a hysterectomy in Jan. I'm wondering, will it be an open procedure? How long will I be in Hospital? I know they plan to leave my ovaries and cervix and just remove the uterus. Any advice is appreciated.

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KFKG said on 25 March 2011

" non-cancerous tumours (fibroids) " , cut and pasted from the article above...seems to mention fibroids after all!. It doesn't actually mention the reason I need mine but i won't complain.

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