- Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water each day.
- Eat high-fiber foods. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grain bread are good options.
- Don't strain with bowel movements, and don't use an enema.
- Take a stool softener or laxative if your doctor recommends it.
- Call your doctor if you can't relieve constipation with the measures listed above.
1 AnswerConstipation after a hysterectomy can add to your discomfort. Here's what to do to prevent and relieve constipation:
1 AnswerMany women have gas after a hysterectomy. Here are some things to do to prevent or treat gas:
- Walk more often or a little farther every day.
- Stay away from carbonated drinks -- and don't use a straw. Drink warm drinks.
- Lay on your left side, with your knees drawn up to your chest. Or get on your knees and lean forward, placing your weight on your folded arms with your buttocks in the air.
- Take a few deep breaths. Blow out slowly.
- Place your hands below your navel with the fingertips touching.
- Take a deep breath and hold it for 5 counts.
- Breathe out slowly and completely through your mouth while pressing in and down on your abdomen.
- Move your hands a half-inch closer to your incision, and repeat steps 2 to 4.
1 AnswerDuring your recovery after a hysterectomy, light activity is good for you. It helps prevent problems such as gas, stiffness, weakness, and blood clots. The trick is being active at the right level. Here are a few guidelines:
Take it easy for the first 2 weeks. This means:
- Don't sit or stand for more than half an hour at a time.
- Don't push, pull, or strain.
- Don't lift anything heavier than 5 pounds. And when you're picking things up, bend carefully at the knees and lift slowly.
- Don't do housework or yard work. Get your family to pitch in, or hire help.
- You can drive as soon as your pain is gone and you are not taking narcotics.
- Take short walks several times a day. Ask someone for support if you feel shaky or dizzy. Start with short distances, and work up to longer walks.
Ask your doctor when it's okay to return to work or do more strenuous exercise. (Most patients can return to work within 2 weeks.)
1 AnswerIf you've had an abdominal hysterectomy surgery, your incision will take longer to heal than the smaller incisions from a laparoscopic surgery. But basic care for the incisions is the same. Here's what to do:
You may take a shower after the first 48 hours, but do not soak in a bath, hot tub, or swimming pool. Wait until your incision is well healed (and any tape covering the incision has fallen off). It's okay to sit in a few inches of warm water -- just don't let the water reach your incision, and don't put soap or shampoo in the water.
Call your doctor if you have any of these signs of infection:
- Ongoing red bleeding from your incision. (It's normal to have a small amount of bloody discharge -- but not red bleeding -- at home.)
- Redness, swelling, separation, odor, or yellowish drainage from your incision.
- Fever of 100.4 degrees F (38.0 degrees C) or greater.
- Flulike symptoms (for example, chills, body ache, fatigue, or headache).
- Increase in pain, or pain medication that isn't working.
1 AnswerAny surgery will leave you feeling tired. Your body is healing. Try these tips to help speed the process after a hysterectomy:
- Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Rest throughout the day.
- Eat well-balanced, healthy meals.
- Tell your family what they can do to help you get the rest you need.
- Call your doctor if you become more tired (rather than less) each day or if you're dizzy for more than a few seconds at a time.
1 AnswerYour doctor may recommend hysterectomy to treat a medical problem with your uterus. Possible problems include:
- Uterine fibroids (noncancerous growths in the uterus)
- Endometriosis (uterine tissue growing outside the uterus)
- Pelvic support problems (such as uterine prolapse)
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
Chromium: Chromium picolinate may help improve glucose tolerance in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). However, chromium does not appear to alter hormones. Additional research is needed to confirm these findings.
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1 AnswerMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredAcne can be a warning sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common hormonal condition in women of childbearing age. PCOS alters a woman's hormones, menstrual cycle, and fertility. Symptoms include missed or irregular periods and small cysts in the ovaries. PCOS also causes an increased production of insulin in a woman's body. Extra insulin increases androgen, a steroid hormone in the body. Hormonal changes make women more sensitive to an increase in androgen and that can lead to acne. Talk to a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions) about how to treat acne that's a symptom of PCOS.