bleeding after hysterectomy

Full recovery from a hysterectomy usually takes six to eight weeks. It is normal to expect some amount of bleeding during this time. However, if the bleeding doesn’t get lighter over time, that’s not normal.

This article will explain the difference between normal and abnormal bleeding, and how to know when to call your healthcare provider.

normal and abnormal bleeding

The key sign of returning to normal after a hysterectomy is that the bleeding will begin to decrease in the days and weeks following the procedure. A sudden and significant increase in bleeding is considered abnormal.

At any point in your recovery, the bleeding shouldn’t be too heavy. Heavy bleeding during recovery should be reported to your surgeon immediately. This also applies to any symptoms of infection, such as fever. You should also call your healthcare provider if you have any signs of neurogenic bladder. This is a condition in which the nerves that control the bladder are damaged, making it difficult to urinate.

When to call a healthcare provider

  • If there is bright red vaginal bleeding
  • If your temperature exceeds 100.4 F
  • If you have severe nausea or vomiting
  • If the pain gets worse
  • If the incision site is red, swollen, or draining
  • If you have difficulty urinating or painful urination

Bright red blood indicates active bleeding. If you pass a large blood clot, it means that a lot of blood has accumulated, usually while you are sleeping. If you experience any of these conditions, seek medical attention immediately.

other problems

Excessive bleeding after surgery can lead to anemia. Anemia occurs when the number of red blood cells in the blood is lower than normal. This can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and easy bruising. (You should also call your doctor if you experience extreme fatigue, with or without bleeding, a few days after surgery.)

Blood tests can be used to confirm the diagnosis of anemia. Imaging tests can help pinpoint the source of the bleeding. Anemia can be treated with iron supplements. Blood transfusions are sometimes needed to restore your red blood cell count (RBC) and prevent complications.

You should be able to resume sexual intercourse eight weeks after surgery. Having sex too early can not only be painful, but it can eventually lead to bleeding. If you notice any bleeding after resuming intercourse, be sure to report it to your provider.

According to published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Postoperative infections occurred in 10.5% of abdominal hysterectomies, 13% of vaginal hysterectomies, and 9% of laparoscopic hysterectomies.


Some bleeding is normal after a hysterectomy. However, the bleeding should decrease over time. Heavy bleeding can be a sign of complications and, in some cases, can cause you to be anemic.

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Knowing which types of bleeding are normal and which are not will help you know when to call your healthcare provider and avoid any complications.

please remember, Once you’ve recovered from a hysterectomy, you shouldn’t have vaginal bleeding at all.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I still get my period after a hysterectomy?

    No, you no longer have periods after a hysterectomy. If you start vaginal bleeding after a hysterectomy, you should contact your healthcare provider. This can be a sign of various diseases, including:

    • atrophic vaginitis
    • cervical cancer
    • tumor
    • Endometriosis (especially the gut)
    • Bladder disease

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  • How common is endometriosis recurrence after hysterectomy?

    If a hysterectomy does not remove the ovaries, the risk of recurrence is quite high. One study found that the prevalence was about 62% when the ovaries were preserved and 10% when the ovaries were removed.

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  • What to do with constipation after hysterectomy?

    After surgery, you will need to wait for the anaesthetic, which can cause constipation, to wear off. As you heal, make sure you stay well hydrated, start walking regularly as soon as possible, and include fiber-rich foods in your diet to help regulate your gut.

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