Do you have interstitial cystitis? What foods do you avoid to help your symptoms?


One of first things you can do to manage your interstitial cystitis (IC) is modify your diet. But which foods should you eat or avoid?

Certain foods tend to be a common problems for everyone with IC, but triggers are unique to each individual. In other words, what causes a flare up for you may not in others. To help you figure out what you should and should not eat, it’s important to keep a very detailed food journal and write down symptoms as they occur.

Read more about 20 Foods to Avoid if You Have Interstitial Cystitis (IC).

Did you have abdominal uterine bleeding? Did you need a hysterectomy?


There are many reasons you can deal with abnormal uterine bleeding at some point in your life. Some of these reasons are minor and may even resolve on their own, while others can be more serious and require medical attention and possibly a hysterectomy.

Any time that you experience hormonal imbalance, you can have abnormal bleeding. Stress, a new exercise plan, or even big changes to your diet can also affect your cycle. While abnormal uterine bleeding can occur at any age, it may worsen during perimenopause.

Read more about Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.

MRSA Infection. What is it? How can you prevent it?


MRSA is not a risk specifically reserved for hysterectomy patients, but it is important to keep in mind during stay at the hospital for your hysterectomy. MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In about a third of the population, staph bacteria is found on the skin or in the nose. Less than 2% of the population carries the strain of staph that can lead to MRSA. This particular strain of staph has become resistant to antibiotics. MRSA acquired after a stay in a health-care facility—health-care associated MRSA (HA-MRSA)—tends to be severe.

Read more about MRSA Infection and Hysterectomy

Where did you look to research doctors? Check out our list!

Yes. The HysterSisters have started a list of online resources for the specific purpose of researching surgeons and doctors. It’s a great idea to look yours up if you can.

The American Congress of Ostetricians and Gynecologists Physician’s Directory

American Medical Association Doctor Finder

Read more about Researching Doctors for Hysterectomy.

What habits did you break to reduce your risk for heart disease? Add to our list!


You know eating well and exercising regularly is good for your heart. You may also know you should watch your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar. But what else can you do, or not do, to reduce your risk of heart disease? Are there other steps you can take to have a healthy heart? Yep!

It’s important to keep your heart happy and healthy if you want to reduce your risks for heart disease. Here are 10 unhealthy habits you may have that are not good for your heart. Breaking them can reduce your risk for heart disease and increase your overall health.

Read more about 10 Habits to Break for a Healthy Heart.

What is abdominal wall endometriosis? What causes it?


Abdominal wall endometriosis is a rare, often misdiagnosed, form of endometriosis. It can cause an extensive amount of pain, often related to the menstrual cycle.

Almost all abdominal wall endometriosis develops after a surgery, and almost all women with abdominal wall endometriosis have had at least one c-section. Abdominal wall endometriosis can also occur after other pelvic surgeries including a hysterectomy and myomectomy.

Read more about Abdominal Wall Endometriosis.

Did you suffer from keloid scarring following your hysterectomy? What is it? What did you do about it?


Scars form where the skin has been broken and then healed. As part of the healing process, a protein called collagen gathers around the wound to seal it. When collagen invades surrounding tissues, a keloid scar forms. These scars tend to be larger and bumpier than a normal scar, affecting tissue beyond the original wound. They can also be tender and itchy, and they can be irritated by clothing and other contact.

Unless a keloid scar bothers you, it often does not require treatment. However, these scars do not tend to fade or shrink. Furthermore, if exposed to the sun, they can darken permanently.

Read more about Keloid Scarring Help after Hysterectomy.

Did you have fibromyalgia and a hysterectomy? What was helpful during your recovery?


Having any type of chronic health condition requires that you be diligent with your health. By itself, a hysterectomy is a major surgery that requires some planning. Combine surgery and fibromyalgia, and you will need to be prepared and proactive to allow for the best and smoothest outcome.

First, make sure your entire medical team is fully aware of the upcoming surgery so you can start working together to help the whole process go as smoothly as possible. The doctor who primarily treats your fibromyalgia may have some specific tips for you to prepare you for surgery. S/he may also want to adjust any medications you are using and see you more frequently during recovery.

Read more about Fibromyalgia and Hysterectomy.

Did you have anxiety and depression during menopause? What treatment helped you?


If you find yourself dealing with anxiety or depression during menopause, you’ll want to find a treatment plan that will ease your symptoms. Keeping a symptom diary can help you and your doctor determine the intensity of your symptoms and if there are outside factors causing them. From there, you can work to find a treatment that addresses your needs and circumstances.

Living with anxiety and depression can range from using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to modifying your lifestyle to seeking professional counseling. You may find that a combination of treatments is what is best to relieve your symptoms. What might be best for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms and if you have a history of anxiety and depression.

Read more about Living with Anxiety and Depression during Menopause.

What is a symptom diary? What’s the purpose? Did you use a symptom diary?


Good question! There are actually two main reasons for keeping a symptom diary: specifics and consistency. Because our memories are faulty, we don’t always remember what our exact pain level was from week to week, or how our symptoms today actual differ from those last week. Was my headache today worse or better than the one last week? Did I have as many hot flashes today as yesterday? Was it tomatoes or coffee that caused my bladder spasms? Being specific and consistent makes it easier to determine triggers and patterns for your symptoms, leading to better diagnoses and treatment plans.

Read more about Symptom Diary.