Hysterectomy: It’ll Do A Number On You [and Your Skin]

Lake Superior Sunset Sep 2016

I believe that everything happens for a reason.  My experience has been that sometimes we don’t know why, which can be frustrating and difficult to accept (I have a strong faith which helps me).  Then there are times when someone I know is faced with a difficult situation and while being there for them a light bulb goes off, “Um, I’ve already been through this or something similar and it prepared me to help this person.”

In the last month I’ve had a hysterectomy (I’m fine, everything is good) so I’m at home recuperating.  I’ve decided that I’m going to write about my journey and what I experience because there are other women who don’t know anyone that has been through this.  The men in their life also don’t have someone to turn to so I hope this will help them understand a little as well.

Some of you are thinking what on earth does this have to do with skincare and makeup?  Well, a lot.  I’ve had 3 organs removed (uterus and 2 ovaries) which happen to be reproductive organs and they involve hormones.  Hormones can have such a huge effect on the skin.  A few years ago my hyperpigmentation became worse and instead of spots I had splotches (melasma – which you can read a prior blog post here about hyperpigmentation).  Some women experience an increase in acne, others get very dry skin.  There’s a whole range of emotions you might go through that others don’t understand.

I had someone recommend www.hystersisters.com and it’s chock full of information for pre- and post- hysterectomy, the types of procedures, support forums, etc.  If you, or someone you know, either has or will be going through a hysterectomy let them know about this website.  They can also reach out to me.

Men:  there’s a site for you too – www.misterhystersisters.com with helpful information.  I wish I had realized this website was available for my husband before the surgery.  Lucky for me he’s been amazing – thank you to my mother-in-law (and father-in-law) for raising him to be this way.

My future posts on this subject will have “Hysterectomy” in the title and may not always involve skincare.  The other aspects that I share will involve healing from a hysterectomy which can be emotional and deals more with how we perceive ourselves.

Have you had a hysterectomy or know someone who did?  Do you have advice that you would like to share?

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      • I didn’t really have a choice. A questionable tumor a week before Christmas. They did mine vaginally which helped with the healing time. My sister Barb had hers the year after for the same reason.
        I chose hormone replacement because I was 39. I take both oral Estroldial and use an Estring. I still have hot flashes and dry skin. The mood shifts and the migraines lessened significantly.

      • I might ask for your feedback as I write other blog posts on this subject. Have you tried an oil to help with your dry skin?

      • The doctors recommend amalactin… It smells horrible. My favorite at the moment is by Naked Bee Orange Blossom Line. Body lotion, face moisturizer and even hand sanitizer. At church yesterday I was told I smelt like candy…

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