Do you use estrogen replacement therapy? How has it helped you?

f you’re a woman, you know menopauseis going to arrive some day in the future, if it hasn’t already. Whether you enter menopause naturally or surgically, it’s going to bring with it a host of unpleasant and annoying symptoms. It can even bring with it some health concerns. So the big question becomes, “Should I use estrogen?

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What are some tips that helped you resume intimacy following your hysterectomy?

Following your hysterectomy, your doctor will restrict your intimate activities until you have healed enough. You may have to wait for intimacy after hysterectomy for a few weeks or even a couple months. For some women, all sexual activity can be off limits during recovery, while for others outercourse after hysterectomy may be allowed earlier than actual intercourse.

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Did you need assistance following your hysterectomy?

Although HysterSisters members report varying experiences, you will undoubtedly need some sort of help after your hysterectomy. This may range from having someone stop in each day for a little while, to needing someone to stay overnight with you for a time.

Some of the things you will most likely need help with:

Showering/bathing. At least the first couple of times you shower or bathe, you will want to have someone close by. You may be less steady on your feet than you realize.

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Did you have a urinary tract infection during your hysterectomy recovery?

A bladder infection (more commonly called a urinary tract infection) is a common condition, usually caused by a bacteria from the anus entering the urethra and then the bladder. This leads to inflammation and infection in the lower urinary tract.

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What helps with your hot flashes?

f you have considered moving to Antarctica and living among the penguins in your bathing suit to manage your hot flashes during menopause, you may want to consider other solutions that are more practical.

And to get your started, below is a list of tips you can try to help ease your hot flashes and keep yourself cooler. They’re a lot easier to follow than moving to another continent!

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What were your top dos and don’ts for your hysterectomy recovery?

A hysterectomy is a major surgery with a lot of variables that can affect its outcome. There can also be a lot of unrealistic expectations following this surgery. Your boss may expect you to be back work earlier than your body is ready. Your family may believe you only need a few days break before you will be able to return to all of your normal tasks. Friends who are not HysterSisters may wonder why you can’t meet them for Girls Night Out.

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Did you start your period before your hysterectomy?

Being on your period is usually not a problem and rarely is a hysterectomy cancelled because of it. But because there can be a higher risk of infection and blood loss for women on their period, some surgeons do prefer that their patients not be menstruating for surgery. If it were going to be an issue for you, your surgeon likely would have mentioned it when you were scheduling your surgery. However, to be safe and to put your mind at ease, give your doctor’s office a call and explain the situation.

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Have you had bladder spasms following your hysterectomy?

It is not uncommon for the bladder to develop spasms post-op and range from feelings of the bladder being asleep and not willing to empty to pain during urination. Some women describe other bladder sensations that sound similar to a bladder infection.

Usually this is the bladder acting quirky from the surgical shock.

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What was life like for you after your hysterectomy?

In the early days of hysterectomy recovery, life may not be as pleasant as you would hope. As your body heals and adjusts, you could deal with swelly belly, fatigue, insomnia, hormonal issues, an emotional rollercoaster, and even some aches and pains.

A hysterectomy is a major surgery. An organ is removed from your body. That means there is cutting, stretching, stitching, and a basic disruption to your pelvic and abdominal region.

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