by Eve Vawter
I no longer bleed. I no longer bleed because I had a hysterectomy four years ago and I sometimes forget that I no longer have a uterus. Before I had my hysterectomy I was scared about what it would be like when it was all over. Would I feel differently? Would my body feel the same? The short answer is, yeah I would feel differently because I was no longer hemorrhaging and spending all of my milk money on personal feminine protection™. Other reasons I love not having a uterus? Let me count 'em down.
1: No More Babies
I love me some babies, but I've had plenty. Now that I'm done birthin' babies but not quite post-menopausal I no longer have to worry about birth control. Total bonus.
2: No More Cramps
I used to have the sort of debilitating cramps that would send me to bed or at least the sofa for a few days during my period. I can remember going to the ER because at times my cramps were so bad. Now I never get them. So women still experience endometriosis after a hysterectomy — I was not one of them.
3: No More Bleeding
Yeah, I was a special circumstance because of my menorrhagia, but even before I suffered from that I still ruined many a pair of white pants with my heavy flow. I am so so beyond ecstatic to never bleed from my hoohah again I cannot even tell you.
I still get emails from women asking me about my hysterectomy and what they can expect after they have one. Every person is different so I can't predict if you will love your hysterectomy as much as I love mine, but if you have been suffering and your doctor suggests one it may be time to consider it, especially if you have tried other treatments. It's been a few years and it's like I never even had the surgery. That's how great it was for me. I can't even remember life before having one. It may not be the right choice for everyone, but it was the right choice for me and if I could go back in the wayback machine I would have done it a lot sooner. So if you are considering one or your doctor is suggesting one, I can at least assure you that I'm one person who feels like they are the greatest thing ever.
I can't speak to how you will feel mentally or emotionally, because every circumstance is different, but from my own experience I felt waiting for the surgery was the most difficult part. Physically I was sore and tired for awhile, but even that wasn't as bad as I had expected. If you are considering a hysterectomy or scheduled for one, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. Except the one where you ask who will bring you ice cream or keep the house clean the first week or so after the operation. That was the most important thing I had to figure out.