Category Archives: Menopause

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.

Are you wondering about Perimenopause? What symptoms did you have with Perimenopause?

woman curious about what perimenopause is

As you approach your 40s, you will probably start hearing the term Perimenopause as it’s about that age that women will start seeing signs of it.  So, what is IT exactly?  Perimenopause is the time period when your body starts transitioning into menopause and may last for a few years or up to a decade.

Read more here to help you get more information as you search for the answer to the question of What is Perimenopause? 

Are going to be seeing your doctor soon about your Hot Flashes? How did you determine the severity of your hot flashes?

how hot really are my hot flashes?

Have you ever had a doctor ask you how severe a symptom is only to look back at them with a blank face because well…you just don’t know how to answer!  Because every woman is different, what is only an irritation for some may be a great deal of pain for someone else.

If you are going to be seeing your doctor soon and discussing your menopause and/or hot flashes, this info about Hot Flashes:  How Hot is Hot? may help you avoid the “blank stare” and instead be able to engage in conversation that is beneficial for both your doctor and for you.




Has menopause left you searching for sleep? What did you do for insomnia during menopause?

five reasons you can not sleep

If before menopause, you found it easy to “catch 40 weeks but now find yourself chasing, and hoping for, more “ZZZs”, you are not alone!  Sometimes insomnia can be fixed with lifestyle change whereas some women will have to seek medical treatment.

Here is some information about 5 Reasons you Can’t Sleep.  Another good resource for you can be found with the HysterSisters in the forum area.  Here’s to getting a good night’s sleep very soon!