Do you have low serotonin? How do you help your symptoms?


Whether you are dealing with PMS or menopause, you’re familiar with mood swings, irritability, and grouchiness. Depression and anxiety can be your companions, too. It doesn’t help that you are bloated, craving munchies, and exhausted.

Yes, it can all be related to your hormones. But there’s another culprit, too – serotonin.

Serotonin a chemical in your brain responsible for stabilizing your moods and helping you feel calmer. It helps you feel happy and less anxious, too. It plays a role in eating, sleeping, and lots of other bodily functions. And like your hormones, its levels fluctuate with your cycle and drop with menopause.

Read more about Serotonin: Your Key to Emotional Health

How do you keep your skin healthy and glowing during menopause?


As a teenager, you were religious about your skin. You wanted to look good and definitely didn’t want blemishes to mar your complexion. You washed your face diligently, kept your skin tan, and avoided sweat and dirt.

When you look in the mirror now, you see you’re not a teenager any more. And despite your best efforts, age and menopause have arrived and they’re showing on your skin. Your skin needs some age appropriate help and quickly.

Read more about ABC’s of Skin Care after 40

Did you manage your pain with medical marijuana following your hysterectomy?


Although no cannabinoids are currently FDA-approved as pain relievers, there is ongoing research on their efficacy. There may be some doctors who recommend it after a hysterectomy in states where it is legal, but most doctors will still prescribe FDA-approved painkillers.

One study of about 65 patients in the UK* has shown that a cannabis plant extract, Cannador, effectively relieves pain after major surgery. Another recent study on use of nabilone in patients with fibromyalgia also found a significant reduction in pain compared with placebo. In fact, other studies show that cannabinoids from marijuana appear to be similar to codeine for treatment of pain. Extreme sleepiness and other central nervous system effects, however, make cannabinoids undesirable.

Read more about Medical Marijuana for Pain after Hysterectomy

Are you considering a hysterectomy? Did you have a hysterectomy? What facts did you find helpful?


A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, or womb. Over 500,000 women in the United States have this surgery for a number of gynecologic reasons. A hysterectomy can be done in many different ways, using either open or minimally invasive procedures.

COMPLETE VS. PARTIAL

The uterus is made up of the fundus (the upper portion) and the cervix (the bottom, or neck, portion). A complete hysterectomy involves the removal of the complete uterus. A partial hysterectomy is the removal of only part of the uterus–the fundus. With a partial hysterectomy (sometimes referred to as a supracervical or sub-total), the cervix remains.

Read more about Having a Hysterectomy. What Do I Need to Know?

Did you have a hard time eating healthy during chemotherapy? What tips helped you get proper nutrition when you weren’t feeling well?


While you are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, you want to stay as comfortable and healthy as possible. This keeps your body strong and best equipped to fight infection and restore healthy blood values. Good nutrition during treatment can make a big difference in helping you achieve this goal.

Unfortunately, side effects from chemotherapy can affect the entire digestive system – from mouth to bottom – making it difficult to eat, or making you crave the wrong foods. Below are 15 nutrition and digestive system tips to help you feel better and stay healthy during chemotherapy.

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What tips have you found helpful when treating your skin during menopause?


Despite drinking what feels like gallons of water every day, menopause may leave your skin dry and uncomfortable – especially on your face. You may become discouraged and frustrated as you find your regular skin care routine no longer works. Perhaps you’re looking for some affordable suggestions to help your skin be moist and clean.

If so, your HysterSisters are here to help! They’ve walked this road before you and know the frustrations you’re feeling and seeing in the mirror, so they’re willing to share some tips. Here are some of the suggestions they’ve shared in the forums for fighting back and restoring your skin.

Read more about 24 Tips for Treating Your Skin During Menopause

Did you have heart palpitations following your hysterectomy? Do you wonder if they are connected to the anesthesia?


Heart palpitations, the feeling that your heart is pounding or racing, can occur for several reasons before and after a hysterectomy. Many women find they experience heart palpitations at one time or another, and many HysterSisters report having them more around the time of their hysterectomy. There are a lot of reasons you could have heart palpitations around this time, but anesthesia is not usually one of them.

Though there are some aspects of anesthesia that can cause heart palpitations, any anesthesia-related heart palpitations should resolve themselves within an hour after surgery. If they last any longer than that, they are probably caused by something other than anesthesia.

Read more about Anesthesia | Can Anesthesia Cause Heart Palpitations?

Do you remember waking up from your hysterectomy? How were you woken up following your surgery?


When and how a patient is awakened following a hysterectomy can depend on the type of anesthesia used. Under normal circumstances, when a patient has general anesthesia, the awakening process, known as emergence, begins in the operating room using a step-by-step process.

If you were given muscle relaxants during your hysterectomy, you will be given reversal agents as needed to counteract them as part of the process to awaken you from surgery. Next, the anesthetic agent will be reduced and then turned off, and you will be ventilated with oxygen.

Read more about Anesthesia: When Will I Wake Up After My Hysterectomy?

Did you have endometriosis following your hysterectomy? How did you and your doctor handle it?


You knew that a hysterectomy wouldn’t cure endometriosis, but with all your issues it seemed like the best treatment option for you. But now you’re worried. Will endometriosis recur and how will you know if it does?

Whether or not endometriosis is going to rear its ugly head again, worrying won’t help or stop it. In fact, it might make things a bit worse – for one, stress isn’t healthy.

Read more about Endometriosis After Hysterectomy. What Do I Do? 

Has menopause effected your skin? Do you wonder why?


Trivia time. What’s your body’s largest organ? Here’s a hint. It’s 20 feet long.

Are you stumped? It’s your skin. Strange isn’t it? You wouldn’t have thought of your skin as being an organ. But it is, and it’s marred by time.

Age and menopause make it harder to keep skin healthy and hearty. Not only does the skin care routine you followed in your younger years not work so well now that there are some extra candles on your birthday cake, some of your daily habits may be marring your skin, too.

Read more about 10 Surprising Reasons for Marred Skin During Menopause