Hi, I am new to the board and am starting week 4 of the whole 30 and have been 100% thus far. I have had great results so far, I am 24 years old 5'10" and started Paleo at 158 pounds, I am now down to 147, although most of it was the result of losing my nice pregnancy-esque bloated belly. I had a vaginal hysterectomy in November 2011, my uterus and cervix were removed however I still have both ovaries. I am wondering if anyone else arounf here has had a hysterectomy and how their paleo experience has been. More specifically do you feel there are any supplements/important foods that should be a part of my daily life as a result of the surgery in order to gain optimum health?
I have not had a hysterectomy, but I was in the medical field and specialized in women's health for 13 years.
If your ovaries are still in place and, presumably, working (which, at 24 they should be) then you shouldn't need to do anything different than a person with a uterus. The uterus and cervix do not secrete any kind of hormones or really do anything other than menstruate, carry a baby and fill up space. The uterus is influenced by hormones, but if its not there your body doesn't really know the difference and should still do everything as if the uterus is still there.
Since its only been 4 months, your system may still be "shocked" from the surgery, but a younger woman who has had a hysterectomy with the ovaries still intact still has a monthly hormonal cycle and will go through menopause eventually. In other words, you may still experience PMS as you did before the surgery.
I hope that all makes sense...I haven't had my coffee yet! Also, I'm sorry for whatever caused you to need a hysterectomy at such a young age :-(
My mother had an emergency hysterectomy, and she is now going through menopause in a normal fashion (lucky her, haha). After the surgery she was pretty exhausted and lost quite a bit of weight, more from the stress of the circumstances the surgery happened in, but she went back to cycling normally. As Andrea said above, if you've got the ovaries, everything should function normally! Your needs are the same as most women, except a slightly lower iron requirement due to the lack of monthly blood loss. The only supplements I usually recommend for people is a good vitamin D (especially if you live up north!) and omega-3's if you are not getting enough through your diet.