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Firstly, if you’ve landed on this page chances are you’ve had this op. I hope you’re okay, it’s a very difficult thing to go through.
I’m Rachel, the Founder of Our Remedy and I have been through it and written all about my experience here, if you want to have a read. I had everything taken and 18 months post op, I have totally nailed my supplement routine, so wanted to share it with you!
After a hysterectomy you might find you need a little extra boost to help you feel yourself again and to look after your body. One way you may do this is looking at the ideal options for supplements after hysterectomy.
These 6 supps may help you to feel your best, sleep better and keep your bones strong. They’re not just to take right after the op, but more something that you’d add to your daily routine and lifestyle.
The supplements after hysterectomy we are going to suggest are all based on my own research and findings post surgery. I’ve also have chatted to lots of people who have had the surgery about their supplement routine.
Why bother with supplements after hysterectomy?
When you have a hysterectomy it will put you in the surgical meno. There are some side effects that go alongside this, some which you’ll probably be familiar with, such as hot flashes, difficulty sleeping and feeling more anxious.
Other problems include higher risk of osteoporosis and heart disease, mood changes, anxiety, lack of sex drive, vaginal dryness and poor sleep.
Hormone changes, namely the drop in estrogen, is responsible for these uncomfortable, annoying and sometimes embarrassing symptoms.
What supplements should I take after hysterectomy?
Our Remedy CBD really helped with my sleep which was disturbed after surgery. I actually took CBD before surgery too, but obviously then I wasn’t aware of it’s benefits for using after a hysterectomy.
My levels of anxiety were higher than ever pre and post op and this caused lots of tossing and turning at night. CBD is thought to give your serotonin levels a boost, if they are low you’re more likely to feel anxious.
Serotonin is a hormone that will be likely be affected after your surgery as your hormones fluctuate. Low serotonin can make you feel anxious, depressed and stressed – so you need to think of giving that a boost now.
I put the oil in a herbal tea or hot chocolate and it helps me to relax, unwind and drift off. It also contains Omega 3 and 6 which may also be good for healing wounds (great for post surgery!)
Cannabidiol has been very beneficial in many menopausal symptoms as well as mental relaxation when it comes to stressful times (like this surgery!)
2. Menopause multivitamin
I really like a multi vitamin aimed at the menopause as you get lots you need in one tablet, rather than buying it all individually (save some money!)
Look for one that contains magnesium which you need as these levels drop quickly and it can lead to struggling with sleep. It also plays a vital role in reducing stress and depression associated with menopause as proved by individual researches. It’s also needed for bone health, something really important now as our bones get weaker much more quickly.
3. Vitamin D
You can get Vitamin D from the sun, but its pretty much certain we don’t get enough vitamin D here in the UK so chances are your level will be low. You can also get it from foods such as mushrooms, eggs, red meat, fish, cheese, liver, cod liver oil and more.
Vitamin D helps with low mood and keeping your bones strong. After your surgery you will be more prone to osteoporosis so keeping those bones tip top is important.
Vitamin D supplements are really important in menopausal women no matter the cause of menopause.
4. Maca Root
Low energy and low labido are something lots of people struggle with post surgery. The two can go hand in hand! Maca Root can be sprinkled on porridge, or taken as a capsule each day. It’s all natural and has a sweet and earthy taste. Personally I take the capsules and if I want an extra boost I may put some in a smoothie. I swear by maca! Read a little more about maca here.
Women can lose up to 30% of their skin’s collagen within those first 5 years of the meno. It is main structural protein in the body. It is something that is responsible for keeping skin taught and wrinkle free among other important functions like wound healing, bone and muscle formation, etc.
You can take it as a capsule, in food or smoothies. There are lots of companies doing the sachets at the moment, they can seem a little pricey but I think worth it! Do a little research and you can find some that do them in recyclable sachet packs.
One thing I noticed as I went into the meno post op, is that I was more prone to thrush.
Taking probiotics daily can really help with this uncomfortable symptom. It can be caused by dryness too, we wrote about ways to help vaginal dryness here. I’ve taken them for a year now and not had thrush once.
And there you have it! These are the supplements to take after hysterectomy that I use myself and recommend to people who ask.
I really rate any company who has plastic free options. Those plastic pots do add up quickly and seem pretty wasteful! Our Remedy do plastic free re-fills and I always search for companies like this!
As always, if you have any questions or are facing surgery and are worried about anything, drop me a message or use the live chat, Im always happy to help!