Time to chat with the founder of Our Remedy, Rachel, about her experience of a total hysterectomy and CBD oil. She shares answers to the questions you may have if you too are facing the surgery and are wondering if CBD might help.
These are questions she found herself asking before the op. If there are any other questions you’d like to ask, get in touch with us @OurRemedyCBD
Firstly, a total hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and cervix, the surgeon may also remove ovaries and fallopian tubes during the surgery. This is the type that Rachel had.
How did you feel when you found out you needed a hysterectomy?
Devastated. I have one son and really did want to have more children so there really is no other word to describe how I felt. When I got home I just sat on the sofa and cried.
I didn’t really speak to anyone, friends or family, for about a week after. I cried a lot and really felt very depressed.
After about a week I pulled myself out of this and started to try and think of all the positives. I even wrote a list and would read them when I felt sad about having the hysterectomy.
- Sex any time of the month
- Wear white
- Swimming without worrying about the string
- No period pains
- Better for environment
I joined groups on facebook and started speaking to other women in very similar situations as me. This was a massive help. I really recommend this group on Facebook – hysterectomy support and shared experiences.
Why did you have to have a hysterectomy?
My hysterectomy was due to stage 3 borderline ovarian cancer cells found across my womb, ovaries, cervix and omentum. So as much as I did feel devastated and upset, I was also happy it was found when it was.
For some women with painful conditions such as endo, it can be a huge relief to hear you are having this op.
What type of surgery did you have?
I had my surgery done via keyhole which I was very relieved about. I have had open stomach surgery before and the recovery is tough. Whereas with keyhole I have been back on my feet after just a few days.
How long was the recovery?
Recovery is generally 6-8 weeks after hysterectomy, but I felt really quite well and back on my feet after around a week.
There are still lots of restrictions such as having a bath or any penetertrive sex for around 8 weeks, but your doctor advises you on this based on your check ups.
I waited 8 weeks for a bath and 12 weeks for sex and I would never ever advise doing anything before you are given permission by a doctor as recovery from tears of the ‘cuff’ (where they sew up where the cervix was) can take longer to heal than the hysterectomy itself. It’s just not worth this risk!
I was back at my desk after a week but working from home. My son was almost 2 at the time and pretty heavy, so I didn’t pick him up for around 4 weeks.
Has it effected your sex life?
Honestly, not at all. The amount of times I googled ‘does sex feel the same without a cervix’ or before the op was insane! But it does feel the same, at least for me anyway.
Lots of poeple report a drop in labido for many reasons after a hystectomy but there are things you can do to help this. I take maca root tablets and CBD, both of which might help with sex drive.
The groups I joined on Facebook were amazing at answering very personal questions on this subject, the women are so honest, open and understanding and there are no boundaries! Also, it is a private group so it won’t share to all your friends and family on Facebook like it does when you put something on Marketplace…!
What was your biggest worry?
Aside from how I would have another child, my biggest worry was the surgical menopause. I kept thinking that I wouldn’t feel womanly and that I wouldn’t want to act like a normal 31 year old.
I really was concerned I was going to end up wanting to ditch the bottomless brunches for puzzles and knitting, but that hasn’t happened at all. If anything, when you face something like this in your life it makes you appreciate things a lot more, so I think in a way it actually improved my life.
How did you find CBD for hysterectomy helpful?
I take CBD to help with anxiety and my sleep, both of which are things I struggle with when I’m facing something I’m worried about, like the hysterectomy.
I found a dose of CBD in my evening chamomile tea or hot chocolate really helped me get into a chilled state of mind and deep sleep.
Symptoms of surgical menopause from a hysterectomy may also be helped with CBD, so I take it daily along with my other supplements.
The symptoms it may help with are:
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Sleep issues
I find CBD really helpful. On the days I don’t take it I really notice a difference. Before starting Our Remedy I struggled to find a CBD I liked the taste of. I knew it was helping me but I dreaded taking it, so that’s why you’ll find peppermint in Our Remedy.
Mint masks the taste of hemp, which can be a little unpleasant. I find the minty taste really refreshing and look forward to taking it.
I’ve had a really easy time of it when it comes the surgical menopause, I do think CBD has helped but also keeping fit and eating well plays a big role.
Besides CBD for hysterectomy, what other supplements do you take?
- Magnesium – Strong bones and sleep
- Maca root – For energy
- Vitamin D – Get calcium to the bones
- B12 – As I am veggie
- Flaxseed oil – Natural estrogen booster
- Collagen – You stop making this at age 25, so super important!
If you are facing a hysterectomy and have some questions that you want honest answers to, drop Rachel a message on Instagram or email hello@Ourremedy.co.uk | Insta @ourremedyCBD