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Help for Sleep without HRT?


Ever since I hit menopause, I’ve had trouble sleeping (insomnia, night sweats, etc.). I hear hormone replacement therapy helps, but that’s not an option for me. Are there any alternatives?

Yes, there are alternatives, and it is good that you are seeking them. Adequate sleep is incredibly important for your overall health and well-being, so finding an effective sleep aid is just as important.

Valerian: Valerian is an herbal remedy known for its sedating effects. There are multiple studies that indicate that it helps with insomnia, though its effectiveness for anxiety is still uncertain. As with any treatment, be sure to ask your doctor before taking valerian. It may be natural, but it can still have negative reactions with other medications.

Trazodone: Trazodone was actually approved by the FDA as an antidepressant, but it has since proved itself an effective sleep aid as well. Doctors are allowed to prescribe it for this purpose.

Lifestyle changes: If you are prone to eat big meals, drink alcohol, smoke, exercise, or watch TV before bedtime, consider replacing some of those activities with healthier ones. Having a small snack and a warm glass of Ovaltine, meditating, or stretching at night are much more conducive to a good night’s rest. Having a consistent bed time and wake-up time also help you sleep better. For more suggestions, see Sleeping – Dealing With Insomnia after Hysterectomy.

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Can I Get By Without Hormones?


One member asks: I have decided to go through with the hysterectomy and oophorectomy, but I had such horrible reactions to hormone treatments in the past that I am scared to take hormone therapy after the procedure. Can I get by without HRT? 

Some HysterSisters do not use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and experience only minor symptoms after their hysterectomy and oophorectomy. On the other hand, other HysterSisters must use HRT to effectively treat their unbearable menopause symptoms. There is no way to tell in advance what your individual experience will be. Read more: Can I Get By Without Hormones?

HRT Or No HRT?


One of the problems with the news media is their tendency towards sensationalist headlines and their coverage of studies with all of two sentences. For example, “Coffee is better for you than tea.” However, when one studies the article itself, it would appear that wasn’t really the conclusion at all. Yes, coffee drinkers were healthier than tea drinkers in a small group of people studied, but it was pointed out that this meant nothing as the tea drinkers were older and poorer in this particular group. There are also poorly designed studies which stumble across an odd piece of information in a group of people who are being tracked across the years. This odd piece of information is then studied from all different angles.

Each study is like a little snapshot and it’s only by putting all the snapshots together that you have a good sense of the picture. The news media announce each snapshot as if it’s the “whole truth.” But, of course, it’s contradictory. Read More.

Coming in November – Non-HRT Rx for Hot Flash Treatments


Are you walking down Menopause Lane?

Many women are unable to use any type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for a wide variety of reasons. These can include cancer concerns, blood clot issues, or a hormonal dependent diagnosis such as endometriosis. Some women who could use HRT still choose not to as a personal preference. As a result, managing menopausal symptoms can be frustrating, especially when it comes to hot flashes.

Fortunately, a new option is on the horizon. In February of 2013, HysterSisters.com asked members to complete a personal hot flash survey. The results were compiled and reported at the FDA Advisory Council for Brisdelle™. This made the FDA aware of the interest in a non-HRT prescription drug that could be used in the treatment of hot flashes. The FDA has recently approved the first, non-hormonal treatment therapy prescription for menopausal hot flashes. This new medication, developed by Noven Therapeutics, LLC, could be available in pharmacies as early as November 2013.

Read more about Non-HRT Rx Brisdelle and visit their website: Brisdelle.com to sign up for email updates on availability in November 2013!

Anyone Having Luck Without HRT?


I have decided to go through with the hysterectomy, not sure when it will be, but I had such horrible reactions to the hormones they gave me to stop the growth of the endometriosis (Lupron, 2 different BC pills and various other hormones I’m petrified to have my ovaries out as well as whatever the HRT will do to me. I just want to be me again! My hormones have been a wreck since I had children. Has anyone had good luck not taking HRT or using natural products? I don’t want to be depressed & anxious anymore! I obviously don’t want to have chronic pain any more from the stage 4 endometriosis hence the decision to have surgery which I have very much struggled with! I would love to hear about any positive experiences!

Come join her discussion in our forum here.

Doc Talk – Replacing Hormones


If you had your ovaries removed, it is very important for you to consider how you will replace the hormones your body provided to you through your ovaries. Many women, especially young HysterSisters, are confused about the need for hormone replacement therapy.

They often stop taking HRT within a few months after their surgery and then after a few months of misery return to their doctor’s office complaining of many medical issues. Your ovaries provided hormones essential to your health. Do not overlook this important aspect of your post-hysterectomy and oophorectomy (ovary removal) needs.

Talk to your doctor! Read more about menopause symptoms at HysterSisters.

Hormone therapy in younger women may curb heart disease risk – Los Angeles Times


The “hormone therapy replacement” question is complicated. Back and forth, in and out, we are given news reports from studies that prove HRT is good for us. Or bad for us. Or good under some circumstances. Or bad under those circumstances.

Here is another new study. Healthy women who go through menopause naturally may lower their risk of heart disease if they take hormone therapy in the early years of menopause, according to a new study.

Read more about this study here:

Hormone therapy in younger women may curb heart disease risk – Los Angeles Times.

Answer Those Questions


In the HysterSisters forums we ask our members to answer a short list of questions which sometimes inserts information into your profile like: What type of hysterectomy will/have you had? Did you keep your ovaries? Will you take HRT?

If you haven’t filled out your member survey, now is a great time!

Your member survey is a fast, easy questionaire that helps the staff serve you better!

Thanks for filling it out!

It’s Hard to Be Menopausal during a Texas Summer


Every year about this time we are given a list of ways to conserve energy in Texas. That’s because, in case you don’t live in the South, our air conditioning blows full speed throughout vents in the house, forging off the heat that is creeping in wherever it can find a spot. It gets down-right hot in the Lone Star State.

We are encouraged to have our themostats set to 78 or above. We are encouraged (and sometimes city ordinance induced) to only water our lawns twice a week. Or just on Mondays. Or just at night on Thursday of a full moon.

So, you should get the picture that living in Texas, in the summer, can be a challenge with utilities.

Now, add in another layer of the uncontrollable: Menopause.

I don’t know about you but I think its cruel that the basic requirement to manage through the hot flashes and the night sweats makes a girl to feel guilty.

I follow the “themostat” at 78 rule during the day. But lordy, girls, I can’t sleep if I’m hot. My husband will have dropped off to sleep by evidence of the snoring. That’s when I make my move. I quietly get out of bed, head to the thermostat which is on the wall in our bedroom (thankfully!) and I crank the temperature downward. Or upward. Whichever it is to make it cooler. Colder. So I can sleep.

And in the morning, I sneak over to push it back up to 78.

I can’t be alone in this deception. Here’s to sleeping well – in the summer – during menopause.

We have forums for menopause at HysterSisters. Stop over there if you are managing with HRT or without HRT.

Making Sense of Hormone Therapy After Menopause


Over the years the news about estrogen therapy has been ambivalent. Some news is good. Other news is not so good. And if you are a woman who has had a hysterectomy and oophorectomy (ovaries removed) and you were pre-menopausal when you had your surgery, its even more frustrating. HRT is important to those of us who are on the young end of things.

Recently, more news has come out that points to the notion that the health risk post hysterectomy for younger women (this includes women in their 50′s) is not as high as previously reported.

Making Sense of Hormone Therapy After Menopause

Read over this report. I think its not only good news – but helpful!