Feeling overwhelmed? This is where to start 🙂 Having a hysterectomy – or even just thinking about it – can be scary. There’s a lot of information out there, and there’s a lot of questions you might have. I’ve put this page together to guide you through the basic info on this website; the main things you might want to know about.
If I could give you just one piece of information it would be this:
Make the decision that is right for you.
Now that might sound vague, but it’s really not. Don’t let others tell you a hysterectomy is right for you, and don’t let others tell you it’s the wrong choice. It’s your body, it’s your life, you need to decide for yourself. So research, educate yourself, weigh up the options, and make the decision. Go into everything with your eyes open and you *will* be able to handle it. Things go wrong when we don’t know what we’re getting into, or we do what someone else tells us without believing it’s the right thing to do.
I hope the information on this site will help you empower yourself to make the right decision for you, whatever that is.
Do you need a hysterectomy?
Check out this flow chart to help you work out your options and give you an idea of what to consider.
How well do you know your anatomy?
Do you know where your uterus is? How big it is? How it works? What your cervix is? If you’d like to get the basics on your female plumbing, here’s some information:
What is a hysterectomy?
Believe it or not there is confusion out there online about what a hysterectomy actually involves! Here you can find information about what the surgery is, and different options available:
What other options do I have?
If you are here because you have fibroids and your doctor has said ‘hysterectomy’ there are other options you can consider if you’re not sure about having a hysterectomy.
What’s surgery really like?
Even if you have the best doctor and surgeon one question they probably can’t help with is this one. I had a hysterectomy in 2015 so you can read about my experiences, and I’m hoping to add some other womens stories here soon!
How to deal with your doctor
I wish everyone could have great doctors, GYNs and surgeons. Life would be much easier! But all doctors are different, and you may have to advocate for yourself. Here’s some useful info – and remember, your doctor is there to help you!
Coming soon – worksheet – what to ask your doctor
I’m so stressed/worried about all this!
I hope you are not stressing too much, but I know this can be a scary time. The best advice I can give you is to gather information. I love the saying ‘knowledge dispels fear’, and it’s true, even though sometimes it can be hard to bring yourself to look for that knowledge. Here are a few articles I’ve written which might be useful.
My doctor has told me I need to lose weight….
Losing weight isn’t easy at the best of times, and it’s harder if you have a genuine reason for wanting to comfort eat!
I’m working on an e-course with loads of useful information, but for now you can check out this article:
I read something on a website and it’s really scared me….
Sometimes I hate the internet. It brings a lot of great opportunities, and it provides so much information to your fingertips, but there’s no information gatekeeper. That’s OK for some things, but it’s not good when you’re looking for medical information.
Be careful of Dr Google!
I know I know, you got here thanks to Dr Google! But I’m not trying to sell you a snake oil treatment or sign you up for some $500 miracle email course (which too many people are doing). If you’re worried about something specific you’ve read online, check my articles, I might have come across it and written about it. If you’d like some general info on what’s true and what’s not, and what’s trustworthy and what’s not, here are some good articles to start with:
So I hope that has given you some useful information to start with. There is a lot more on this website; you can use the menu at the top of the page to navigate around. You can check out the ‘articles’ section for more in-depth information and the ‘resources’ section for worksheets, checklists and more.
e-course on losing weight and getting fit, pre- or post-surgery
e-course on how to relax and destress
More worksheets and printables!
And most importantly – the survey! One of my main goals of this site is to put together a substantial survey on hysterectomy to gather information from women who have had hysterectomies. I’ll then publish the results on this website. I’m hoping to create a useful, factual resource of women’s experiences of the surgery.
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It will all be fine 🙂