Ladies — your hormones are nothing to mess around with. When you have a hysterectomy, things will change — there's no way around it. If you're preparing to have, or have recently undergone hysterectomy surgery, you are about to experience feelings like you've never felt before. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you get through the hormonal chaos that you're about to experience.
Be Open and Honest with Your Gynecologist
One of the hardest things for a lot of women to do is to speak openly and honestly with their gynecologist about what they're feeling and experiencing. This is a real downfall — discussing your feelings and what you're going through will only help the doctor help you. Tell them if you're feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or distraught in any way. Explain what your physical symptoms are. Only when they know what you're going through can help be offered.
Take the Hormone Replacement Pills
Lots of ladies make the mistake of thinking they can get through the hormonal changes after a hysterectomy on their own — don't do it — it will only make things harder for you. Think about what it is like for a smoker to quit cold-turkey — you are about to make your body quit hormones cold-turkey and it will not go well.
The hormone replacement pills aren't going to do bad things to you — yes, you will eventually want to get off of them, but you'll be able to wean yourself off, not just quit. Without the pills, your emotions will be all over the place, in a way that makes pregnancy hormones seem minor, you will have night sweats, could get the shakes, anxiety issues, depression, insomnia — the list goes on and on. One pill each day can reduce the symptoms — it'll take some time to eliminate all of the symptoms, but with patience and dedication to taking the pill, you will feel better.
Go to Therapy
If you are struggling after the surgery, don't hesitate to seek out a good therapist. Your family can only offer so much support, and in some cases, they offer none at all. Having a support system in place outside of your family will give you an outlet where you don't have to worry about hurting anyone's feelings while trying to manage your own.
These three tips will make a huge difference in how well you recover emotionally and physically after your surgery. Talk with your doctor to learn more about how your hormones will change after your hysterectomy.
For more information, contact a gynecologist like George L Stankevych, MD.