What helps you keep your hair healthy during menopause? Check out our list!


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Along with hot flashes, menopause brings a number of changes to your hair. It becomes thinner, drier, and maybe even a bit gray. Your old hairstyle doesn’t work, your hair products are useless, and you get frustrated every time you look in the mirror.

But before you assume it’s all menopause, talk to your doctor. Thyroid and other health issues can also cause changes and damage to your hair, so you’ll want to treat them, too.

Read more about Managing Hair During Menopause.

Did you have genetic testing? What helped you decide whether or not to have genetic testing? Add to our list of pros and cons.


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Whether or not to seek genetic testing is a difficult decision. There are pros and cons for either choice, and each decision comes with different responsibilities. To help you decide if genetic testing is right for you, it is best to seek the services of a genetic counselor who can help you consider the big picture of either decision.

Finding out you are positive for a specific genetic mutation can allow you to make proactive health decisions. However, not everyone who is positive for a genetic mutation will develop that particular health issue or cancer. Thus, knowing you are positive doesn’t offer you a black and white answer for how to deal with your increased risk factor.

Read more about Genetic Testing: Deciding If I Should Be Tested.

Did you try chewing gum to restore your bowels following your hysterectomy? What helped you restore your bowel function?


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Recent studies have concluded that chewing gum after surgery could help restore bowel function more quickly. Further research is needed, but other findings are leaning toward the same conclusion.

Anesthesia and surgery disrupt the function of the bowel for a time. The trauma can make the bowel unable to pass its contents, which can then lead to pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms can be especially uncomfortable following a hysterectomy.

Read more about Restoring Bowel Function with Chewing Gum after Hysterectomy.

Were you concerned with intimacy following your hysterectomy? Does your cervix play a role in intimacy?


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Many studies have indicated that sexual response is the same for women who have undergone supracervical or total hysterectomy. Some studies indicate an increase in sexual pleasure for women who have had a hysterectomy. Whether or not the cervix plays a role in intimacy could depend on you and your specific situation.

For women who have been dealing with painful intercourse and frequent bleeding issues, sexual pleasure can increase after a hysterectomy as those issues are resolved. This can be true for any type of hysterectomy.

Read more about Hysterectomy, Cervix, and Intimacy.

Did you feel broken and sad following your hysterectomy? What did you find helpful in coping with your feelings?


Many of your HysterSisters can relate to the feeling of being broken after a hysterectomy. They understand how the pain increases with each new pregnancy and birth announcement. They’ve cried a river, too. You are not alone.

Grief after hysterectomy over the loss of your reproductive organs, especially if you were not ready to give up your fertility, is normal. It’s not easy to watch friends and family have babies while you can’t. It can cause anger, resentment, and pain. You feel guilty for not sharing in their joy, yet you are angry that you’ll never be the one making an announcement. You feel emotionally battered, broken, and bruised.

Read more about Feeling Broken Since my Hysterectomy.

Are you heart healthy? What tips do you find helpful to stay heart healthy?


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As a woman, you are already at higher risk for heart disease. When you enter menopause, your risks increase. So what can you do to help keep your heart healthy and reduce your risks? Lots!

There are several steps you can take–both big and small–to help you have a healthy heart. You don’t have take heart disease lying down. In fact, getting up and moving is one of the things that’s good for your heart!

Read more about Do This – Not That: Heart Disease during Menopause.

Did you experience being dizzy and light-headed following your hysterectomy? Read more about what might be causing it!


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There are a number of things that can cause you to feel light-headed or dizzy after a hysterectomy, but you should never take these symptoms lightly. Light-headedness and dizziness can also be signs of a some serious health concerns, so you should consult with your doctor. Below are some of the most commons reasons HysterSisters have reported feeling dizzy or light-headed after surgery.

Read more about Dizzy and Light-headed after Hysterectomy.

Did you keep your cervix to support your pelvic floor? Wondering what you should do?


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There is a lot of controversy surrounding supracervical (or partial) hysterectomy versus complete (or total) hysterectomy. Prior to the 1950s, most hysterectomies were supracervical. The trend then changed to total hysterectomies. Today, retaining the cervix is once again in vogue. Yet, studies are mixed regarding whether or not there are benefits for keeping the cervix. Both physicians and women with strong opinions remain steadfast on each side of the topic.

Read more about Hysterectomy, Cervix, and Pelvic Organ Support.

Experiencing discomfort and gas from your laparoscopic surgery? How are you managing your symptoms?


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During a laparoscopic surgery, CO2 is used to fill the abdomen and lift it away from the internal organs, giving the surgeon a better view for the procedure. Even though the CO2 is removed following surgery, the gas can become trapped against the diaphragm, causing pain and discomfort that can then radiate into the shoulder because of pressure on the phrenic nerve.

Heat and pain medications often bring relief. Try using two heating pads–one on the front and one on the back of the affected shoulder. If you are not taking medication for pain, ask your doctor which one might work best to alleviate your gas related pain.

Read more about Alleviating Symptoms Caused by CO2 Used during Laparoscopy.

Were you diagnosed with cervical cancer? Do you wonder if it’s hereditary?


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You’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer and now you are looking for answers. Why you? Where did it come from? Could it be genetic?

Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). So cervical cancer is not hereditary. Except…

There may be an indirect hereditary link with regards to how your body reacts to HPV.

Read more about Cervical Cancer – Is It Hereditary?