Do you take estrogen now that you’re in menopause? Share your experience.


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The news media is filled with sensational headlines and stories written to attractive a lot of attention. When the articles are about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), they can end up being misleading or completely inaccurate. Especially since HRT can mean different things to different people!

The eye catching news can focus on just a piece of the puzzle, leaving out critical information that would allow you to fill in the missing pieces. Stories based on poorly designed studies, odd pieces of information, or fad products can be misleading and plant seeds of misinformation in your mind. They leave you confused and concerned, unsure of what HRT is and if it is safe for you.

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Did you lose your hair after your hysterectomy? Do you know why?


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There are a number or reasons why women lose extra hair following a hysterectomy. Thankfully, with time many of the issues can resolve on their own. In some cases, however, medical treatment may be necessary.

Here are some of the reasons why women can suffer from hair loss which you can discuss with your doctor.

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How did you help your family prepare for your surgery? What did they find helpful?


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The HysterSisters created a special area just for the hysterectomy patient’s family: Mister HysterSisters.
It’s full of helpful tips and information for them as they take care of you.

Further, we created the “Mister HysterSisters Guide to Hysterectomy”—an e-book for the Kindle, iTunes, and simple PDF—which provides great insight and help for your husband and other family members. Eighty pages of great information and help for the family of the hysterectomy patient are available with a simple download.

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Did you have enough hormones after leaving one ovary? What symptoms, if any, did you experience?


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If you are having one ovary removed, you may be wondering what will happen to your hormone levels. The good news is that your hormones should be fine! You shouldn’t notice a change in hormone levels when you have only one functioning ovary.

Each month, ovulation occurs on only one side. So rather than both of your ovaries producing hormones and releasing a mature egg each month, they take turns. When there is only one ovary, the remaining ovary simply does the job each and every month.

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Are you dealing with menopause symptoms that are annoying you? How are you dealing with these common symptoms?


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Menopause
. It brings with it a number of annoying symptoms that leave you itching, sweating, yawning, and grouchy. As if you don’t already have enough on your plate!

The annoying symptoms mess with your mind, body, and emotions. They can even put a damper on your love life. All and all, they can make you feel lousy.

So what are the most annoying menopause symptoms and what can you do about them? Knowing these answers can let you take charge of menopause so it can’t have so much control over you. Of course, the symptoms are the result of low or no estrogen, so hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be the key.

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Did you take a road trip after your hysterectomy? What tips did you find helpful?


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Your doctor is really the only one who can advise you on how long to wait after your hysterectomy before traveling. Many HysterSisters say they couldn’t handle even short car rides for the first few days, and long car rides were out of the question for several weeks. Some women don’t have a choice because their hospital is hours away from home, but if you have a choice, you should avoid car rides for those first few weeks.

One HysterSister compared early post-op car rides to riding a mechanical bull. Keeping yourself upright through the stopping, going, and turning in a car uses more abdominal strength than you may realize. Also, small bumps in the road that were negligible before your hysterectomy may be intolerable for a while afterward.

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Wanting to shave or wax before your hysterectomy? Is hair removal specific to certain areas before surgery?


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Hair removal as part of regular grooming varies from woman to woman, but most feel it to be a very personal choice when and where they shave or wax. Whether you normally wax or shave, you need to check with your doctor before doing either in the days leading up to surgery. This includes not only surgical sites, but your arm pits and legs as well. Each doctor and medical facility will have different policies regarding shaving prior to surgery. Instructions can vary and only your medical provider will be able to tell you what is okay for you. Shaving or waxing too close to surgery can cause it to be cancelled.
Shaving can cause tiny cuts and abrasions. Where the skin is damaged, bacteria can grow and multiply which can then infect the nearby surgery site. Using a razor can also irritate the skin, making it easier for an infection to develop.

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Are you looking for ways to deal with a rectocele without having surgery?


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Having a rectocele doesn’t mean you will have symptoms that require surgery. There are lifestyle and dietary changes you can make, some exercises you can do, and a few medications/supplements that can help you manage your symptoms.

It’s important to stay on top of your rectocele so it does not worsen. Without some self-care, the prolapse can become severe enough that surgery will be necessary.

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Are you dealing with menopause arthritis? What have you found that helps your symptoms?


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Is menopause arthritis slowing you down? Do you feel aching and sore, especially in the morning, and has your quality of life degraded?

Menopause arthritis – it’s the joint pain that shows up around the time of menopause – adds to your list of menopause-related maladies. It’s definitely not what you wanted or needed in your life.
But don’t despair! Before you give up, try some of the following do’s and don’ts to help you make lifestyle changes that will let you manage – and maybe eliminate — your symptoms.

Read more about Do This – Not That – Menopause Arthritis

Are you dealing with Gas Relief after Laparoscopic Hysterectomy? Wondering how long it will last?


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During a laparoscopic surgery for hysterectomy, CO2 gas 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.

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