As you prepare for your weight loss surgery, you may have some questions about your body and how it will change after your life changing procedure. Ladies, your concerns have been answered we have browsed through forums and learning of the concerns each of you have. Gentlemen, this post may not be for you but you can always read on to support the women in your lives who are preparing for bariatric surgery.
“Will I still be able to have babies?”
You can still have children after having weight loss surgery, but you may want to put off the baby making for a while. During the recovery period of weight loss surgery, it is important to lose the excess weight and ensure your body is functioning before adding a little human into your life. We read over an article published by Baby Center, ensuring women you can still have babies. “A report in a November 2005 issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing found that women with fertility problems linked to obesity who have the surgery can start ovulating regularly for the first time in years.” Meaning, your chances of unplanned pregnancy also goes up after weight loss surgery. Be careful ladies, it is recommended that you should wait 12-18 months after surgery to try having babies. Speak with your doctors to ensure that this is a healthy weight time, everyone is different.
“Does my surgery negatively influence my birth control?”
This depends on the type of birth control you take, the type of medicine you are prescribed, and maybe even the type of procedure you endure. Condoms and non-oral forms of birth control, like diaphragms or lady condoms, can still be used. These are considered barrier methods of contraceptives. But be sure to ask your physician about how soon you can partake in sexual activity after surgery.
If you have undergone an absorptive procedure, such as gastric bypass and duodenal switch, you may want to check with your doctor as well. After those specific procedures, the way your body absorbs nutrients and vitamins may be affected. But there is not enough medical evidence it affects your birth control pills, it is best to speak with your doctor in order to make the proper decision when it comes to your birth control and your body. Some women look to alternative birth control methods such as “the shot”, “the ring”, and the patch contraceptives because it bypasses your intestines where nutrients can or cannot be absorbed.
“Will ‘the twins’ be affected”?
Unfortunately, they can be, women’s assets usually do experience a change of appearance after weight loss surgery. Excess skin, sagging and flattening of the breasts may occur after weight loss surgery, but some women have found ways to improve their twins.
Most women undergo breast reduction surgery to “fix” the appearance after bariatric surgery and extreme weight loss. According to an article posted on Plastic Surgery, “…Patients who are considering bariatric procedures should be encouraged to pursue that operation before proceeding with reduction mammoplasty.” Ladies, weight loss surgery first then breast reduction surgery to ensure that they will look right.
In some cases, you may not need breast surgery, depending on the size of the breast you can also look into fat transfers to the breasts or other forms of augmentation. Speak with your physician your options to improve the look of your twins.
“Will it affect my breastfeeding and my child’s nutrients?”
Depending on how soon after bariatric surgery it can and the type of procedure you went through, it can. As mentioned before certain surgeries affect how your body absorbs nutrients. When breastfeeding during this time there is a risk your baby may not be receiving the nutrients it needs because your body does not have the essential nutrients to pass on. In order to prevent vitamin deficiencies in the mother and child, we sure to take your daily vitamins.
Vitamins and supplements are very important during the recovery stage of bariatric surgery. In order to prevent infections and illnesses based on deficiencies, you need to take plenty of vitamins. Stay awake from “gummy” vitamins because your newly reconstructed stomach may not be able to handle the non-soluble material of said vitamin.
Luckily for you bariatric patients in need of vitamins that meet your doctor’s strict criteria, we sell a large variety of vitamins and supplements at an affordable price. Browse through to find all that you need for a speedy recovery.
“Will I experience menopause?”
Menopause after weight loss surgery depends on the age of the patient and their system. Most women experience irregular, sporadic, or absent bleeding after experiencing weight loss surgery. But do not be alarmed, it may not be menopause just a hormonal change in the body. In some cases, it can actually help women regain a normal menstrual cycle if they had irregular periods beforehand. Menstrual cycles are affected by the body weight gain or weight loss. If you are concerned about a long period of a ceased menstrual cycle, speak with your doctor.
“Will I lose my hair?”
You may notice after a certain period after weight loss surgery, your hair has become thinner and in some cases, it may even be falling out. It is fairly common, so don’t panic when your shower drain is clogged with your hair. Hair loss after bariatric surgery is called telogen effluvium, it occurs due to a “shock” to the system or under extreme stress. Extreme weight loss surgery and weight loss can be stressful, especially to those who are used to an unhealthy lifestyle. Not all your hair will fall out and once your body becomes used to your bodily changes, hair growth will return to its normal state. Taking vitamins containing biotin can help your hair growth and prevent excess hair loss.
If you are ever concerned with the amount of hair loss is present, see your doctor to be tested for any other illnesses that may cause your hair to fall out.
“Will this surgery affect my sex life?”
I definitely can, whether it does negatively or positively varies on the body’s recovery and your personal love life. Most women report an increase in their libido and overall sex lives. Even men report an increase in their libido, sex lives, and overall confidence thanks to bariatric surgery.
“How can I prevent freakishly excess skin?”
After weight loss surgery you may be excited to lose the weight quickly, truth be told if you do that you may experience an excess of unwanted saggy skin. In order to prevent that it is recommended to not lose weight too quickly. See our two-part articles on causes of loose skins and prevention to learn more.
“Can I eat the same foods as before?”
Absolutely not. In order to maintain promote weight loss and reach your target weight loss goal, your lifestyle has to change. Meaning, you must change your diet and become more active to achieve the body and optimal health that you want. Ditch the fast food and eat something wholesome and nutritious for your body. If you are unsure what you can and cannot have, have a look at our diet programs, specially formulated for bariatric patients to lose or maintain their weight.
If you believe you qualify for weight loss surgery, speak with a qualified bariatric physician or your primary care doctor about your health and to better understand your options.
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