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Treating Side Effects of Hysterectomy

You may want to consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease some symptoms. Your age, medical history, and whether you have had ovaries removed are factors to consider when deciding on HRT. Talk the issues over with your doctor. If you have had breast cancer, HRT is not appropriate for you.

There are non-hormonal treatments that can help. Effexor and other SSRI antidepressants, Clonidine (a blood pressure medication), and Neurontin (prescribed for seizures and chronic pain), have been found to be effective in treating hot flashes.

Some women experience pain during intercourse after a hysterectomy. It helps to try different positions and lubricants and moisturizers (like K-Y oils or Replens). A low-dose vaginal estrogen cream, suppository or ring can also help relieve vaginal dryness.

Pelvic weakness sometimes develops after a hysterectomy. If you had some pelvic weakness before surgery, it may get worse afterward -- leading to bladder or bowel problems. Kegel exercises can help strengthen pelvic muscles to help control urinary incontinence problems. For some women, corrective surgery is necessary.

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD, FACOG on May 17, 2014
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