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Hysterectomy and varying results

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 01, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Hi, I am new to the board and am starting week 4 of the whole 30 and have been 100% thus far. I have had great results so far, I am 24 years old 5'10" and started Paleo at 158 pounds, I am now down to 147, although most of it was the result of losing my nice pregnancy-esque bloated belly. I had a vaginal hysterectomy in November 2011, my uterus and cervix were removed however I still have both ovaries. I am wondering if anyone else arounf here has had a hysterectomy and how their paleo experience has been. More specifically do you feel there are any supplements/important foods that should be a part of my daily life as a result of the surgery in order to gain optimum health?

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on June 22, 2012
at 01:19 AM

This is what worries me about having a hyst. It is on my to-do list, for good reason, but I still worry. But I do know a pelvic PT in town, so I'm going to go see her for "rehab" if necessary.

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on April 02, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Haha, yeah my mom says she can chart her cycle not by days but by number-of-smoked-oysters consumed. Oh cravings!

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on April 01, 2012
at 03:40 PM

It totally makes sense! Thank You, I'm not sure I would do it again if given the choice I was in a lot of pain for many years. I had varicose veins covering my uterus as well as endometriosis that had attached my uterus to my bowel. (Although the pain associated with my bowel did not get better after surgery, until 3 weeks ago when I cut out grains..) I am guessing that most of my issues could have been addressed with less sever means but at the time I was ignorant and desperate. I'm really glad I didn't let my Dr. talk me into taking out my ovaries as well which is what he wanted to do.

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on April 01, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Good point about the iron. I didn't think about that because I crave bloody, raw meat during that time of the month and, well, its that time.

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on April 01, 2012
at 02:16 PM

I have not had a hysterectomy, but I was in the medical field and specialized in women's health for 13 years.

If your ovaries are still in place and, presumably, working (which, at 24 they should be) then you shouldn't need to do anything different than a person with a uterus. The uterus and cervix do not secrete any kind of hormones or really do anything other than menstruate, carry a baby and fill up space. The uterus is influenced by hormones, but if its not there your body doesn't really know the difference and should still do everything as if the uterus is still there.

Since its only been 4 months, your system may still be "shocked" from the surgery, but a younger woman who has had a hysterectomy with the ovaries still intact still has a monthly hormonal cycle and will go through menopause eventually. In other words, you may still experience PMS as you did before the surgery.

I hope that all makes sense...I haven't had my coffee yet! Also, I'm sorry for whatever caused you to need a hysterectomy at such a young age :-(

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on April 01, 2012
at 03:40 PM

It totally makes sense! Thank You, I'm not sure I would do it again if given the choice I was in a lot of pain for many years. I had varicose veins covering my uterus as well as endometriosis that had attached my uterus to my bowel. (Although the pain associated with my bowel did not get better after surgery, until 3 weeks ago when I cut out grains..) I am guessing that most of my issues could have been addressed with less sever means but at the time I was ignorant and desperate. I'm really glad I didn't let my Dr. talk me into taking out my ovaries as well which is what he wanted to do.

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on April 01, 2012
at 03:50 PM

The uterus helps separate and keep the bladder in it's natural position and the bowel in it's natural configuration.So make sure you keep them healthy through diet and supplementation if necessary

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on June 22, 2012
at 01:19 AM

This is what worries me about having a hyst. It is on my to-do list, for good reason, but I still worry. But I do know a pelvic PT in town, so I'm going to go see her for "rehab" if necessary.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 01, 2012
at 02:27 PM

My mother had an emergency hysterectomy, and she is now going through menopause in a normal fashion (lucky her, haha). After the surgery she was pretty exhausted and lost quite a bit of weight, more from the stress of the circumstances the surgery happened in, but she went back to cycling normally. As Andrea said above, if you've got the ovaries, everything should function normally! Your needs are the same as most women, except a slightly lower iron requirement due to the lack of monthly blood loss. The only supplements I usually recommend for people is a good vitamin D (especially if you live up north!) and omega-3's if you are not getting enough through your diet.

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on April 01, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Good point about the iron. I didn't think about that because I crave bloody, raw meat during that time of the month and, well, its that time.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 02, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Haha, yeah my mom says she can chart her cycle not by days but by number-of-smoked-oysters consumed. Oh cravings!

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