Your feelings after a hysterectomy

It takes time to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis. You’re likely to experience a number of emotions, from shock and disbelief to fear and anger. Major surgery can often leave you feeling vulnerable.

Younger women in particular often find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that they can no longer have children after a hysterectomy. You may feel as if you have lost some of your identity as a woman. These are all natural, understandable emotions to have at this time.

Everyone has their own way of coping with difficult situations. Some women find it helpful to talk to friends and family, while others prefer to get help from people outside their situation. Some women prefer to keep their feelings to themselves.

There is no right or wrong way to cope and help is there if you need it. Counselling can usually be arranged by the hospital or your GP. We can give you information about counselling in your area.

We have more information about how cancer may affect you emotionally. You may also find some of the following organisations useful:

The Daisy Network Premature Menopause Support Group

The Daisy Network has a confidential service for women who have had an early menopause. You can shares experiences and it has a list helpful books.

Fertility Friends

Fertility Friends is a web-based information and support community. Message boards allow you to ask a nurse questions and you can chat with other people affected by infertility.

National Osteoporosis Society

The National Osteoporosis Society has a national helpline answered by experienced nurses, publications and a network of support groups.

The Hysterectomy Association

The Hysterectomy Association provides information to women who are facing a hysterectomy.

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What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman’s womb (uterus). It is used to treat cancers of the female reproductive system.