Category Archives: Menopause

Can you change your risks for breast cancer? What did you do to alter your risk for breast cancer?

Breast cancer risk factors

There are several risk factors for developing breast cancer. Some of them you can change, and some of them you cannot. Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean you will develop breast cancer, nor does each factor carry the same risks. Conversely, not having these risk factors does not guarantee you will not develop breast cancer. Knowing about the various risks for breast cancer can allow you to be proactive with your health so you and your doctor can work to minimize them in your life.

There are risks you can’t change. There are some things you CAN change.

Read about Breast Cancer Risk Factors.

What helped you with weight loss after hysterectomy? Add to our list. Do this. Not that. Weight loss after hysterectomy

Weight loss after hysterectomy

What are some do’s and don’ts I should follow when trying to lose weight after my hysterectomy and during menopause?

Losing weight after a hysterectomy and during menopause can require a commitment on your part. Though it can take some time and effort, it’s possible to lose weight and make positive changes for your health.

Knowing some basic tips for weight loss can make the process easier. But before making any changes, you should talk to your doctor about an exercise and diet plan that is best for you. When you are ready, here are some simple do’s and don’ts that you can follow to help you lose weight less stressfully.

Read more: Do this Not that – Weight Loss after Hysterectomy.

Have you had a breast biopsy? Share your experience. How did it go?

Breast Biopsy

If you, your physician, or an imaging test find a suspicious lump, you may need to undergo a breast biopsy. A biopsy can allow your surgeon to remove a small amount of tissue, which can then be examined by a pathologist to determine if there is a cancer concern. There are several different types of biopsies, with pros and cons for each option, so talk to your doctor about which choice is best for you.


During a fine needle aspiration biopsy, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area, and a very fine needle is inserted through the skin, into the lump. Depending on the size and location of your lump, your surgeon may guide the needle using touch or image guidance. Once the needle is inserted, a syringe is used to remove some of the tissue. Your doctor may take more than one sample, and the samples could consist of fluid or tissue cells. Read more about Breast Biopsy.

What do you know about your pelvic floor? Here are some surprising facts.

15 Surprising Facts about Pelvic Floor

Though you may be aware you have a pelvic floor, you may not realize exactly what it does or what makes up your pelvic floor. You also may not realize how health, lifestyle, activities, and circumstances affect your pelvic floor, or how important it is to have a healthy pelvic floor.

Below are 15 surprising facts about the pelvic floor of which you may not have been unaware. Being knowledgeable and informed about the pelvic floor can help you work to have a healthy pelvic floor and minimize your risks of pelvic floor disorders. Read more about 15 Surprising Facts about Your Pelvic Floor. Read more about 15 Surprising Facts about Pelvic Floor.

Anxiety? Stress? Are you experiencing anxious feelings during menopause?

Stress and Anxiety during Menopause

Why do I feel so stressed out with menopause?

Whether it arrives naturally or following the removal of your ovaries, menopauseis inevitable. You probably expect it to bring hot flashessleep issues, and some brain fog into your life. What you may not expect is the stress that can go along with menopause.

Prior to menopause, you may have been generally happy with yourself and your quality of life. You were healthy and happy, secure in your career, and satisfied with life in general. But then menopause symptoms began to arrive. Between hot flashes, heart palpitations, and brain fog, day to day tasks at work and home become difficult. Mood swings and irritability make it harder to get along with your coworkers, family, and friends. Sleep issues leave you exhausted and restless. Rising cholesterol and weight gain aren’t good for your health. And there’s the fear of an increased risk for heart disease and osteoporosis.  Read more about Anxiety and Stress during Menopause.

Add to our list. What have you done to protect your heart during menopause?

healthy heart during menopause

What can I do to take care of my heart during menopause?

Because your risk of heart disease increases during menopause, it’s important that you do all you can to keep your heart healthy and strong. While you can’t avoid menopause, you can avoid habits and lifestyle choices which have a negative impact on your heart.

Whether you are in perimenopause, natural menopause, or surgical menopause, make it a point to start today to make better choices for better health. Following a healthy lifestyle before and during menopause can keep your risks for heart disease lower. As there are several factors affecting your risk, it’s also important to talk to your doctor about your personal and family medical history, lifestyle, and medications to determine if you are already at high risk for heart disease.

Here are 10 ways you can be heart healthy and work to prevent heart disease.

Read more about A Health Heart during Menopause.

When should HRT begin? Did you begin in the hospital? Once you got home?

Starting HRT after Hysterectomy

When should HRT begin? I have read some posts that say patients wake up with a hormone replacement patch on, and I have also heard that the body has some stored estrogen so it doesn’t need the HRT right away. 

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) after a hysterectomy is not always necessary, and some women opt against it even when menopausal symptoms are present. Some doctors assume HRT will be required, though, and prescribe it to be used immediately after surgery. Others prefer the wait-and-see approach, gauging a woman’s need for HRT as hormone levels drop off and menopausal symptoms begin to appear. You should discuss your doctor’s approach before surgery if at all possible. Conduct research on your own and ask the HysterSisters about their experiences with and without HRT to help you understand the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy in surgical menopause. Here are some example responses to this question from the HysterSisters forums.

Read more about Starting HRT after Hysterectomy.

Feeling Crazy? Is it a menopause symptom? Anxiety, too!


Before you hit menopause, you were likely expecting the hot flashes and sleep issues that go along with that stage of life. Those are, after all, common menopause symptoms. What you may not have been prepared for are the anxiety, panic attacks, and depression which can also arrive with menopause.

Menopause can both directly and indirectly cause all sorts of symptoms, including mood and stress issues. For one, perimenopause brings with it a lot of hormonal imbalance as your hormone levels follow a roller coaster of ups and downs.

Estrogen also plays many roles when it comes to your sense of well-being. It influences brain function through blood supply, nerve growth, and estrogen receptors located there. It also affects neurotransmitter chemicals, like serotonin, endrophin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which are associated with stress and moods. When your estrogen levels fluctuate widely, the levels of chemicals in your brain can also fluctuate, affecting your anxiety levels.

Read more about Anxiety and Menopause – No You’re Not Crazy!

Are you experiencing vaginal atrophy with menopause? What treatment helped you with your symptoms?

vaginal estrogen for vaginal atrophy

Oh menopause…the condition that can have you fanning yourself from hot flashes one minute while managing one or more other aggravating symptoms the next minute.  One of those symptoms may be vaginal atrophy.  Decreased levels of estrogen can cause the vaginal tissues to become thin, dry and inflamed which leads to several annoying, and sometimes painful symptoms, which can often be relieved with vaginal estrogen.

Read more here about Vaginal Estrogen for Vaginal Atrophy


Are you wondering what Estrogen Dominance is? Have you been treated for Estrogen Dominance?

six surprising facts about estrogen dominance

If you’ve heard of estrogen dominance, chances are you don’t know much about it.  So, we’ve put together 6 Surprising Facts about Estrogen Dominance to help you learn the causes, symptoms it creates and the age at which it may occur.

If you believe you are dealing with estrogen dominance, schedule an appointment to discuss it with one of your doctors. As not all doctors feel strongly that estrogen dominance is a valid diagnosis, don’t feel discouraged if you need to seek a second opinion.