As we interact with the HysterSisters, we hear many of you struggling with whether or not to have a hysterectomy, dealing with family or friends’ opinions of what to do and wondering what else can be done to best take care of your health.
A hysterectomy is a major surgery, so it is important to take time to research the options, discuss a treatment plan thoroughly with your medical team and even a second, or even third, opinion.
Read here about Is a Hysterectomy Right for Me?
If you are experiencing either natural or surgical menopause, you may have been prescribed an estrogen patch. Estrogen patches work differently for different women and it may take trying more than one brand before you find the one that works best for you.
There are benefits to using this type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as well as drawbacks. We have many articles on our website describing the various types and delivery systems of HRT. However, if you have been prescribed a patch, read Estrogen Patch HRT – How Does it Work?
Today is ‘I want you to be Happy Day’, but many of you may be feeling unhappy as you battle with recovery boredom.
Read our list of Dos and Don’ts for Boredom Busters for Hysterectomy Recovery.
Please remember to follow that little voice inside that says “you’re doing too much” because that means you probably are – it’s always best to be overly cautious for the best recovery outcome. And…we hope after reading this list that we’ve helped you be a little more happy!
You know the old adage about waiting being the hard part sure rings true for many woman that are awaiting their hysterectomy surgery date to finally arrive, especially if the waiting involves pain!
Some women find relief with over the counter remedies, but as always, be sure to keep your doctor in the loop if your pain progresses.
Read more here about Waiting for Hysterectomy Surgery – Pain.
If you’ve been diagnosed with fibroids, you may have questions now about what kinds of tests you are facing as your work with your doctor to determine the best treatment for your specific case.
While many women have heard of ultrasounds being utilized, there are actually many other kinds of tests that can be done.
Read here about Testing and Diagnosis for Fibroids.
With over 231,000 new cases of breast cancer happening each year, it’s no wonder that so many women are worried about getting breast cancer and wanting to know what they can do to minimize the risks.
Read here about Reducing Breast Cancer Risks.
If your hysterectomy incision is feeling strange to you, you are not alone. Many women report a feeling of numbness, prickliness and/or soreness with their tummy scar.
Considering all that was done during your surgery, it’s to be expected that your incision would feel strange and while the numbness fades over time, you may still continue to have odd feelings in your scar area for many years.
There are a number of products available in the HysterSisters Store that can help along with some things you can do. Read more here about Tingly Incisions after Hysterectomy.
In the past, the appendix was considered an unnecessary organ, so whenever there was a surgery being done in which the appendix could easily be reached it was removed at the same time. However, recent research has indicated that the appendix may actually store good bacteria so now the decision of whether or not to remove the appendix isn’t as easy as it once used to be.
As with so many other surgical procedures, it is best to discuss the pros and cons of elective appendix removal with your medical team.
Read more here about Appendectomy with Hysterectomy.
If you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis, you may now be contemplating whether or not you need to pursue Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), a surgical procedure or just take a wait and see approach.
If you haven’t already done so, you may schedule a visit with an endometriosis specialist who can work with you on the best course of action given your specific endometriosis diagnosis.
Read here about 4 Myths about Endometriosis and Hormones.
Whew! You’ve made it through surgery and are now recovering. However, recovery brings about a whole new list of questions for many women including questions about their personal care just after surgery.
For women that enjoy taking a bath, nothing may sound more relaxing and soothing than doing just that. However, taking a bath too soon after surgery can actually cause an infection. For optimal post-surgery results and comfort, be sure to follow your doctors orders.
Read here about Bathing after Hysterectomy.