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WS Comments Share: Here are some of the anatomical and skeletal changes that occur post hysterectomy. This all changes after hysterectomy. Four sets of ligaments hold the uterus in place.
When the ligaments are severed to remove the uterus, the spine compresses causing the rib cage to gradually fall toward the hip bones and the hip bones to widen.
This causes a shortened, thickened midsection, protruding belly, and loss of the curve in the lower back, giving the appearance of a flat derriere.
In some women, these changes cause those hated rolls of fat weight gain or not. In others, it looks more like a pregnant belly.
This can be particularly distressing for women whose hysterectomies denied them the chance to have more children. It also explains Cross culture adjustments, even absent osteoporosis, hysterectomized women lose height.
With all these changes to the skeletal structure, I wonder if hysterectomy can also cause spinal stenosis. It would certainly seem plausible. Evidence of my spine compressing started 12 to 18 months post-op. A crease started forming about two inches above my navel.
It gradually lengthened over the next 6 months to a year until it became visible all across my midsection. And contrary to what most women experience after hysterectomy, I lost weight. My hip bones became less prominent in the front as my belly pooched out and more prominent in the back since my rib cage had fallen onto my hip bones.
And I now have intermittent back, hip, and rib cage pain as well as tingling in feet. Internal Organs Post Hysterectomy And how does the body change on the inside? Well for one, it affects the bladder and bowel.
The uterus separates the bladder and bowel and holds them in their rightful positions. Removal of the uterus causes these organs to fall impeding function. Complete emptying can be problematic as can incontinence.
Bowels may alternate between constipation and diarrhea. Adhesions can further hamper bowel function even to the point of a life threatening obstruction. Chances of bladder, bowel, and vaginal prolapse and fistula also increase leading to more loss of quality of life and future risky surgeries.
Hysterectomy has even been shown to increase risk of renal cell kidney cancer likely caused by damage to ureters. Nerves and Sex Post Hysterectomy And what about sensation after all those nerves and blood vessels are severed? How can it be? And if you enjoyed uterine orgasms, those are obviously a pleasure of the past.
Even nipple sensation can be lost because nerve endings are found all along the spine.When an individual leaves his or her own culture and goes into another, they naturally carry with them their own background and personality, sometimes known as their "cultural baggage." People's reactions to the new culture, and how well they adjust to living in it, therefore depend upon them.
WS has a passion for educating women (and men) about the overuse and harm caused by gynecologic procedures. She also wants to raise awareness that health care has evolved from being patient centered to being profit and quota driven. Figure 1.
The U-curve of cross-cultural adjustment The different stages suggest a transition in cultural understanding and perceived quality of living when relocating. Initially, difficulties of adjustment may be overridden by a cultural infatuation caused by the newness of the environment.
Cross Cultural Adjustments during Pre-Departure details what your student may experience prior to departure. It also provides advice to help you and your student prepare emotionally for their coming adventure. While Abroad. Cross Cultural Adjustments While Abroad discusses the impact of culture shock and ways to help your student adjust to life abroad.
Four Common Stages of Cultural Adjustment* STAGE 1: “The Honeymoon”—Initial Euphoria/Excitement Excitement with new sounds, sights, smells. Superficial involvement in the host culture (like a tourist). Intrigue with both similarities and differences between the new culture and your home culture.
Cross-cultural adjustment is a process where a person interacts with and adapts to a foreign environment. Although the existing literature has shed light on the impact of personality on cross-cultural adjustment.