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Hysterectomy and weight gain

Many women complain about gaining weight after a hysterectomy and they often put it down to the surgery itself. However, it is entirely possible that weight put on after a hysterectomy is simply down to not modifying the amount eaten to take account of the hugely reduced amount of exercise being taken and comfort eating.

It is unfortunate as well, that the majority of hysterectomies take place when women are entering a phase of life where it is more difficult to shed the extra pounds due to changes in the metabolism.

If a woman has an abdominal hysterectomy, she may also appear to gain weight simply because of where the scar is situated, which can seem to create a sort of ‘pouch’ effect. The swelling in this area does go down in time, but the abdomen will never be completely flat again.

214 thoughts on “Hysterectomy and weight gain

  1. I am at my wits end , doctors have told me that hysterectomy is now my only option, I’m worried about Wright gain, no sex, cancer , and a heap of other things , but I can’t cope with the pain anymore have four large fybroids for the third time , help any advice before I take the leap

    1. Had abdo hyst 6 weeks ago for large fibroid causing me lots of discomfort, whilst it still feels a little bruised around scar line I totally feel it was the best decision I made as no pain. As for
      weight gain it is fair to say have put on few pounds but that due to inactivity and belly still swollen. Just getting back into Sex slowly and all feels ok. Hope some of this helps and you make the right decision for you.

  2. There IS a scientific reason why women put on weight after hysterectomy, if their ovaries are taken. The thinking is that the body seeks to boost sources of oestrogen from elsewhere to compensate. As well as the adrenal glands, fat cells produce oestrogen and so the body piles on more of these. This could also be the reason post menopausal women with no hysterectomy put on weight. I’ll look for the link to the article I read this in and post it

  3. Did any of you had robotic surgery? I did and although I am in my 70s recovered quickly. Have kept my weight down through regular exercise.

  4. I don’t think I have put on weight as a result of the vaginal hysterectomy ( not ovaries), but I seem to have changed shape. My stomach sticks out more even though I kept active, gradually building strength with short walks, day 3, building to 3-5 miles 3 times a week, after 12 weeks; swimming from 1 month, and Pilates from 12 weeks to strengthen my core.

    When I am walking I practice pelvic floor pull-ups. I still look 5 months pregnant at night!

    I had the op 4 moths ago at 66yrs. Very glad I had the op. Post op I had urine retention , followed a week later by an infection, but quickly resolved. Very thankful I had the op ( for prolapse) as my histology revealed precancerous cells and no further treatment because I had the hysterectomy. I feel very well 4mths on.

  5. I had a abdominal hysterctomy 2 weeks ago had a bad time they disturbed my bladder and bowel and was in longer I have lost all my appetite and don’t know what I want to eat am OK in myself and having little walks my tummy still swollen is this normal

    1. Yes this is so normal the same thing happen to me it’s a side effect but not eating a lot is really gud cause it makes u loose weight. I did mines 2 months ago and in the first I lost 13 pounds which made me really happy some days u feel like eating a lot and then other days u feel full all day off of one meal. I kinda like it like that cause a lot of ppl complain about weight gain and I’m so lucky I don’t have that problem right now

  6. All I want to know is, will I gain weight after having a laproscopc partial hysterectomy? My doctor will leave both ovaries, which are healthy.
    Please help…. surgery scheduled for September 9th.

  7. I had a hysterectomy 3 weeks ago and am in my early 40s with 3 preschoolers. Am amazed at how pain free the procedure was although it does come with some challenges due to the ages of my kids but already I am feeling so much better. I had a few issues and then discovered I also had quite bad undiagnosed endometriosis so I am confident life will be better. I have had quite bad food intolerances over the last ten years or so and since my surgery have had no issues …. It may be a coincidence but I am loving the difference. I am a little nervous re the weight gain thing however I do believe it will mostly be from lack of activity and I am already doing some basic cycling and swimming. Based on my recent experience (and I appreciate I still have some healing ahead of me) I know it has been the best decision for my family and me. I am full of a head cold and don’t have to worry about crossing my legs every time I sneeze or cough. I believe I will be able to get back to all my pre child birth fitness activities. And finally I have had one c-section and 2 x VBAC’s and this recovery is much easier than post c-section …..

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