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Hysterectomy Association Newsletter July 2014

Welcome to the Hysterectomy Association Newsletter – July 2014. Phew! It’s been a hot few weeks here in the UK hasn’t it and the weather has brought out a rash of emails and questions about coping with hot flushes. Inevitably, if you are suffering from menopausal symptoms, heat is going to make you wilt. Last year, we put together a quick update on our Facebook page about staying cool in hot weather – this seems like a good time to share it again. You can find it here: 5 top tips for staying cool in the heat. Continue reading Hysterectomy Association Newsletter July 2014

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My HRT Question – Joan’s Story

Two years ago I found a lump in my pelvis which turned out to be a fibroid. I was offered a hysterectomy then which shocked me as I felt it was a drastic step in relation to my symptoms ie.pressure effects and heavy periods which though a pain  have always been regular. I declined this and asked about embolization at which my consultant basically said was not an option as I am not concerned about preserving my fertility. Continue reading My HRT Question – Joan’s Story

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The Effect of Taking Long Term Medication

I have been contacted by four students from the Medway school of Pharmacy who are looking for participants in a research study into the effect of taking long term medication. The most likely candidates for such a study with the Hysterectomy Association would be women taking HRT. However you may be taking something for other conditions you live with as well. I’ve added the message they sent through below and you can find the link at the end of the post. Continue reading The Effect of Taking Long Term Medication

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Menopause and weight gain

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Many women approaching the menopause will experience a number of symptoms, including vaginal dryness, hot flushes and a lack of sex drive. However another symptom that may arise as a result of the menopause is weight gain. Most commonly occurring around the hips and abdomen, this menopausal symptom for the majority of women is considered to be the least desirable. Continue reading Menopause and weight gain

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Synthetic vs Bio-identical HRT

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Dr Bram Brons offers his take on the main differences between bio-identical and synthetic variants of HRT (hormone replacement therapy).

Despite the effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms of menopause, many women are afraid of the associated risks, particularly with synthetic therapy. Consistent negative feedback, perhaps most famously brought to the public’s attention during the Women’s Health Initiative Trial, which continues to be highlighted by mainstream media, has embedded itself in the psyche of women. As a result, the emergence in popularity of bio-identical therapy practices has increased, in no small part to common perceptions associated with the synthetic version. Continue reading Synthetic vs Bio-identical HRT

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Superwoman (or maybe not!) – Sue’s Abdominal Hysterectomy Story

I had a full abdominal hysterectomy on New Year’s Eve 2012. Great way to see in the New Year – on a morphine drip! This was due to a massive fibroid which I didn’t even know I had until I started getting severe leg pain. Having ruled out blood clots etc, I was sent for a scan which revealed the fibroid. It was apparently already too big to have any treatment other than a hysterectomy. I didn’t have to wait long for the operation which was probably a good thing because I am a complete wimp when it comes to anything to do with hospitals and I’m sure I would have backed out if I’d had longer to think about it. Continue reading Superwoman (or maybe not!) – Sue’s Abdominal Hysterectomy Story