I am going to have a total hysterectomy done the same time as a bladder removal in August. The reason for the hysterectomy is because my doctor thinks that because of how many extensive abdominal surgeries I have had over the years, that if I were to get ovarian or uterine cancer (I have had 2 relatives who died of ovarian cancer on mom's side) and need surgery, it would be too dangerous to go back in because of the amount of adhesions and scar tissue. Since I can't have kids, I agreed to this.

I am curious as to if any of you had a hysterectomy and how long it took for you to recover? What was your experience with hormone replacement therapy? Are there any natural hot flash remedies that worked for you?