Author Archives: HysterSisters

Should you have a hysterectomy for ovarian cysts?

Its a hard decision anytime you are faced with surgery. Most ovarian cysts are harmless and resolve on their own. Depending on symptoms, initial treatment may only require a watch and wait approach. In other cases, symptoms and pain may require medical or pharmaceutical intervention. Cysts in menopausal women may be treated more quickly and aggressively because they may have a higher malignant risk.

A functional cyst forms on the surface of the ovary during the normal monthly menstrual cycle. At the time of ovulation, the cyst opens and releases the maturing egg. If the cyst does not open to release the egg, it can fill with fluid forming a follicular cyst. A corpus luteum cyst can occur if the egg has been released but the cyst closes again.

Read more about ovarian cysts.

Do you have endometriosis? Do you think its hereditary?

What do you think? Is endometriosis in your DNA? Is it hereditary? If you think your endometriosis may be genetic, you may be on to something.

One theory about the origin of endometriosis revolves around genetics. Consequently, research is being conducted around the world to try to determine if there is a definite genetic component involved with this condition.

In their article “Advances in the Genetics of Endometriosis,” published in 2010 in Genome Medicine, Dun et al summarize various studies which have been conducted on twins and within families. They conclude that the studies seem to indicate that there is an increased risk of endometriosis within families. Further, when endometriosis occurs in families, the second generation tends to have a worse case of the disease. Finally, first-degree relatives of those with endometriosis have a sixfold increased risk of developing endometriosis themselves.

Read more about endometriosis and genetics.

Did you have bloating after hysterectomy? Tummy discomfort?

If you had a laparoscopic hysterectomy, you may experience discomfort in your belly and even in your shoulders from CO2 gas used during surgery. During a laparoscopic surgery, CO2 is used to fill the abdomen and lift it away from the internal organs, giving the surgeon a better view for the procedure. Even though the CO2 is removed following surgery, the gas can become trapped against the diaphragm, causing pain and discomfort that can then radiate into the shoulder because of pressure on the phrenic nerve.

Heat and pain medications often bring relief. Try using two heating pads–one on the front and one on the back of the affected shoulder. If you are not taking medication for pain, ask your doctor which one might work best to alleviate your gas related pain.

Read more about managing CO2 discomfort after hysterectomy.

Did you have any emotional changes after your hysterectomy?

“I never felt a strong need or desire to bear children; however, I do feel a sense of loss, and a sense of being displaced.”

“I have moments when I feel hollow and emotionally extremely neutral.”

“Emotionally bankrupt is how I describe the way I feel. There is just a nothingness. It is weird. I don’t get angry and I don’t laugh the way I used to.”

“I was such an intense person before; it was as if I felt with every cell in my body. Now I just exist from day to day—not happy, not sad, not anything. Just breathing, eating, sleeping, doing…without feeling.”

Recovering from a hysterectomy does not only involve physical recovery. Even women who experience a return to physical good health often struggle with psychological ramifications of a hysterectomy. Not all women have these types of challenges, but many do. Don’t be alarmed if you have similar feelings

Don’t be alarmed – read more about emotional changes following hysterectomy. 

Have you been able to lose weight after your hysterectomy? How did you do it?

You are not alone. Are you bothered by extra pounds that you can’t seem to shed? Have you found a solution? Instead of sitting down in defeat, take small steps. Once you get started and start seeing success, the easier it will be. Don’t look at the big picture of weight loss. Break down the process into manageable pieces. What simple steps can you take that will make a difference?

Here are some simple swaps you can make in your diet and daily routine that will add up to weight losssuccess. You can start with a few and slowly make more changes. You’ll be surprised at the difference in your weight and health! Its a matter of swapping this for that.

Read more about Weight Loss after Hysterectomy.

Did your refills get cutoff after your hysterectomy? How did you manage your pain after your surgery?

pain medication refills after hysterectomy

If you’ve tried to get Pain Medication Refills after Hysterectomy, but found that your doctor is not authorizing those refills there can be several reasons for that.  Read more here about pain medication and other tips that can help a woman work with her medical team so she has adequate pain control for her recovery without causing new problems.



Do you have endometriosis? Are you considering a hysterectomy to treat your endometriosis?

can endometriosis return after hysterectomy

Some women have the notion that having a hysterectomy is a cure for endometriosis.  Others wonder Can Endometriosis Return after a Hysterectomy?   Unfortunately, there is no medically-proven cure for endometriosis so if you’ve heard the rumor that endometriosis can occur after a hysterectomy that is unfortunately true.

It is important to remember that not all women have problems with endometriosis after their surgery. Each patient has to do what they feel is best for them and hope for the best. While there is no guarantee that one’s future will be free from endometriosis after surgery, there is also no guarantee that it won’t be, either.


Does cancer run in your family? What steps are you taking to take charge of your health despite your family history?

being proactive with a family history of cancer

If you have a family history of cancer, then you may be on the lookout for ways you can minimize your risks and/or increase your chance of finding your cancer issues while they can still be favorable treated.

There are several steps you can take to Being Proactive with a Family History of Cancer.  You can read more about those steps here and you can also chat with other HysterSisters that may be taking the same steps as you are to take charge of their health despite their family’s medical history.



Have you discovered lumps in your breasts? Are you familiar with Fibroadenoma?

fibroadenoma lumps in your breast

If you are doing regular breast self-exams, you may find a lump and while that can make you anxious, many lumps are benign tumors.  One such benign tumor is a fibroadenoma.

Any time you find a breast lump during your breast self-exams, you should contact your doctor immediately. Even though the lump could be a fibroadneoma or other non-cancerous issue which may resolve on its own, it is best to have it checked out by your medical professional. Your doctor can order appropriate testing to help determine what your breast lump is and how best to treat it. As with any diagnosis, you should also consider a second opinion to help you determine the best treatment path for you