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What should you expect after a laparoscopic hysterectomy?

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The recovery period for a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the least invasive of all hysterectomy procedures, ranges from six days to two weeks, according to WebMD. Menopausal symptoms typically begin for women who are not post-menopausal prior to the surgery if their ovaries are removed with the uterus.

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Many women begin hormone replacement therapy before leaving the hospital to help control the sudden changes in hormone levels resulting in hot flashes, vaginal dryness and mood swings, states WebMD. Hormone replacement therapy is not advised for women with cancer, but there are alternative medications, such as antidepressants and seizure and blood pressure medicines, that can treat hot flashes, while vaginal estrogen creams can relieve vaginal dryness. If pre-menopausal women keep their ovaries after a hysterectomy, they may experience menopause at an earlier age, adds Mayo Clinic.

Bladder or bowel problems related to pelvic weakness are a possible result of hysterectomy; Kegel muscle strengthening exercises are helpful, suggests WebMD. Some women experience pain during intercourse after a hysterectomy, and often a sense of loss or grief is felt. Some women experience more sexual pleasure due to the cessation of the pain and bleeding caused by the previous uterine condition along with an enhanced sense of well-being and relief, explains Mayo Clinic.

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