What is recovery like after having a vaginal hysterectomy?

Hi I’m 33 and have to have a hysterectomy due to PCOS and Endometriosis that cause me constant cramping and pain even on continuous birth control. I was wondering has anyone of you ladies had to have a vaginal hysterectomy and what its like after and recovery and all? I’m a bit nervous and freaked out and was curious what anyone elses experience if they had one done was like???


Had it done in February. My stomach incisions were sore for a couple weeks and achy. I had no pain vaginally at all and minor bleeding

I had a vaginal hysterectomy in 2011. Recovery was pretty easy. I took 4 weeks off of work and had very little pain. I couldn’t lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk per my doctor’s orders for 6 weeks. I flew to Italy for a 10 day bus tour 6 weeks to the day of my surgery. I had no laparoscopic incisions.

Just wondering what this is. I am going to be 40 soon. I ask dr. Said I was to young still. Lol no more babies for me I am 1 and done. I have cysts on my ovaries as well.

I just had mine yesterday. So far just my belly incisions are painful, but overall it’s not painful at all. I’m only taking ibuprofen today.

I had a complete by “robotic” done at north side hospital in 2015. I had very little pain afterward surgery pain mostly.
It sent me into menapause and hot flashes and no drive sexually is the worse part. I am so happy to not have the horrible periods and cramps anymore.

In a vaginal hysterectomy, the position you with your legs pulled up over your body to your shoulders. So if you have any sort of back problems this could really hurt your back after you wake you may be in a lot of pain.
So consider this if you have a back problem!:sleepy:

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I’m 10 weeks post op from a hysterectomy (due to uterine cysts, fibroids, adenomyosis and a uterine prolapse), removal of my fallopian tubes, a bladder repair and sling (due to bladder prolapse), and an anterior and posterior wall repair (I have 5 kids so the damage done to my body was a little more involved than just needing the hysterectomy). The 1st week was the hardest. Advice: stay ahead of pain management. They prescribed ibuprofen 500mg and Tylenol 3, to be alternated. The worst part, for me, was the discomfort caused by the catheter (my bladder was slow to wake, so I went home with it for 1 day). By my 2 week post op checkup, I was able to move around fairly well. I couldn’t pick anything up heavier than a gallon of milk. I could hold my toddler or cuddle her in my lap but not stand with her in my arms. Walking up/down stairs was slow but doable. I couldn’t do any chores that required bending over or rotating my abdomen. The doc said to hold off on anything like that for at least 4-6 weeks…of course that might have been due to all the other things they had to fix. I have 4 or 5 tiny (@ 1 inch or less) laproscopic incisions between my belly button and pubic region. Those were pretty inconsequential. They sealed them with glue. They were sore and itchy, but not much else. They gave me a pelvic girdle for abdominal support. It helped a lot. I had some vaginal bleeding but not too much. It was less than a period and only lasted 2 or 3 days post op. Initially, I was really scared about needing surgery. It took a few weeks to wrap my head around going under. The morning of my surgery, I checked in and was taken to pre op. They put an IV in. I waited in pre op for a few hours until it was my turn. Then, they took me into the OR, put my legs up (kind of like when using stirrups for a pap exam) and asked me to count from 10 to 1. I didn’t get far in my countdown. The next thing I knew, I was awake in recovery. I was observed for 1 day and sent home. It was the best decision for me. I no longer have cramps. I no longer have to deal with periods. Personally, it has not negatively effected my sex drive. I have not experienced any adverse side effects, thus far. The last couple of months I have had a little aching in my abdomen around what should be “that time of the month” but it’s nothing compared to actual period cramping. It was definitely worth it, IMO.

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I had mine 2 years ago and recovery was really good. I had some pain for about 2/3 days. Then some discomfort for about 2 weeks. Haven’t felt or had any issues since.

I had it back in 2013 but it wasnt to bad. Just dont lift anything over 5 pounds and rest. But i didnt have much pain

I had it done 6 years ago. Was lightly sore, had to walk very slowly for first few days but I was home the next morning.

I had a partial hysterectomy due to the same reasons in 2010 both part vaginally and laparoscopically. Due to the partial not working I had a full one 6 mo this later and the had to do a c-section incision. The recovery for the partial was about a few weeks and my full was 12-15 weeks recovery. I was the exact same age as you

Recovery was a breeze…wish I would have done it sooner…


No pain… but follow instructions! They know what they’re talking about! If you follow directions recovery isa breeze. I’m 8 yrs out and loving it!!

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I had the same surgery and I was back to work after a week. I didnt have any problems and the doctor gave me the ok. I was a very active person, that may have been a big factor in the recovery time. Reminder…every person recovers differently! Good luck


I had a vaginal hysterectomy 30 years ago, I was 51 years old. I had two children already so the Dr did a repair job also during this surgery. No more menstrual cramps which was wonderful. The Dr will prescribe hormone pills if he takes your ovaries out. The recovery was so simple, a lot easier than doing the surgery thru the stomach. You will not regret it. Best of luck

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I had one years ago. The next day they had me take a short walk around the hospital hallway and that was probably the toughest part of the whole recovery. I felt like a ton of bricks and just wanted to lay back down so badly. The next few days I walked hunched over but little by little I started feeling better. Just follow dr orders, take it really easy the first couple weeks and you’ll get stronger each day.


If you are having alot of female problems have the surgery. I waited till I was 45 and I had endometriosis really bad. I was scared to have surgery and I ended up having a long recovery. If your doctor recommends surgery you should do it while your young and don’t end up with more problems. In the end you will feel like a new woman. Best thing I did and I feel so much better. Especially not having a period is awsome. Good luck.


I had mine when I was 24, I would give yourself a week and get plenty of rest. The first few days are the hardest. Good luck to you.