Taking care of yourself at home
Your recovery time after a hysterectomy will depend on the type of surgery you had, your age and general health. In most cases, you will feel better within 6 weeks.
Rest upTake things easy for the first few weeks after the surgery and only do what is comfortable. Ask family or friends to help you with household chores so you can rest as much as you need to.
Activity and exerciseWalk regularly if your doctors say it is okay to do so. Gentle exercise can help speed up recovery. Speak to your doctor about when you can start more vigorous exercise or go swimming.
WorkDepending on the type of work you do, you will probably need up to 4–6 weeks leave from your job.
LiftingAvoid heavy lifting for about a month, although this will depend on the type of surgery you had.
SexYou’ll need to avoid sexual intercourse for at least 6 weeks to give the vaginal wound time to heal properly.
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