Life After a Hysterectomy

I still cannot believe that it was three short months ago that I spent one night in the hospital after having my uterus removed.  You know, uterus as in part of the body that grows, nurtures and keeps a baby safe from the outside world.

When I first learned that my uterus wasn’t a happy uterus and having a hysterectomy was one of my options, I cried.  Losing my uterus would mean no more children for me and I wasn’t ready to face that point in my life.   The option of being able to have more children was going to be gone.  No more three years down the road and then decide to have another baby.

I wasn’t going to be able to get pregnant ever again.  I wasn’t going to be able to breastfeed a baby ever again.  It was depressing.  I still wanted to try to get pregnant and have a fifth child but my husband wasn’t agreeable to my idea.  I knew that I had to do what was best for my health and having a hysterectomy was just that, the best thing for me.   It was a very hard decision for me to make since I was just 36 years old and had a lot of baby making years ahead of me.

But I did it.  I had a hysterectomy.

So, here we are, three months after my surgery.   I get sad from time to time when I see my children get older; three of the four have celebrated a birthday since my hysterectomy.  The sadness passes pretty quickly but it’s still there.  I don’t think I regret having the surgery; I just miss not having the option of more children.

Not having a uterus means I don’t have to worry with a period anymore.  Not that it matters since I have THREE daughters to raise with one already having her monthly visitor.    Doesn’t seem fair does it?   I admit that it is super swell that I don’t have to worry about tampons or pads though!  I can go on vacation without counting the days to see if I have to worry about a period.  I can wear light colored pants as much as I want!  Not that I would with small kids because they just use me as a human napkin anyway.

Another perk of not having a uterus is I don’t have to worry about birth control.  Yes, I’m going there.  I don’t have to worry about a period or about getting pregnant.  I can have sex anywhere at any time if I so desire.  It is liberating.    Before you ask, sex hasn’t changed since I don’t have a uterus.  In fact it may be better because there are no worries.  Trust me, I asked my doctor before the surgery about sex and orgasms after a hysterectomy because those are a “must have” for me.    Know what I mean?

I’m here to share with you that life after a hysterectomy has been pretty good.  I don’t feel any different.  I’m still that crazy woman that has four kids and now a puppy.  Yes, we got a puppy.  I was feeling a motherly tug and had to get something to fill it with.  So, I guess you can say I did get my fifth child.  She just has more hair than my human kids and I don’t have to worry about putting her through college and paying for her wedding.

Yes, life after a hysterectomy is good.