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Time to look forward and not in the past – Tara’s Story

My story began in 2007 when I was 22 years old when I had to go in for a simple keyhole operation to have a look at my ovaries. it was day surgery so I was sent home a few hours later, only to find that the following day I was rushed back in to A&E by my partner, and got rushed in to theatre as my bowel had been scraped. I had to be opened up to fix my bowel and was in HDU for 7 days. Later on to find out that if I hadn’t gone in when I did I would only have had up to five hours to live was a very scary thought.

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Is it any wonder women are confused about ovary conservation at hysterectomy?

I’ve just read a research report that suggests that all women should consider having their ovaries removed when they have a hysterectomy because “women who had their ovaries taken out had lower rates of ovarian cancer and were not more likely to get heart disease or a hip fracture – which had been a worry in this group because of the quick drop in hormones that happens once the ovaries are gone.” The self same report goes on to do a comparison with an earlier piece of research which “found that women who had their ovaries removed were more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease and die than women who didn’t.” Continue reading Is it any wonder women are confused about ovary conservation at hysterectomy?

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Removing the ovaries may increase the risk of dementia

There has been a long debate about the role that HRT may play in the prevention of dementia in later life, this is because it is felt that oestrogen may be key to it’s development in women.  Researchers who studied 1,489 women have now found that some who had one or both ovaries removed before menopause may be at increased risk for dementia.  They compared the women with another group of 1,472 who had their ovaries retained and studied both groups for between 25 and 30 years.  Continue reading Removing the ovaries may increase the risk of dementia

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June 2008

Hello Everyone, and it is finally here – our latest newsletter. I realise I have been promising this for several months now, but time has run away from us in the office and it is already the end of June – I can’t believe that the last one I wrote was in January, I’m shocked at how quickly time has passed. I do promise though that in the future, I will be making every effort to make sure that there is at least one newsletter every month!  One of the reasons for the delay is that I’ve been very busy finishing my latest book: How To Build A Brilliant Business With The Internet: 101 Essential Hints & Tips For Every Successful Small Business and Entrepreneur – which is now finally published!

Our Brand New Website

Perhaps the most important piece of news is the launch of our brand new website in April this year – we do hope that it is somewhat easier to use than the previous version although we are aware that the online shop is not functioning quite as well as it should be doing. To this end we will be launching a brand new online shop within the next week or so which should be much easier to use for everyone.


The next item on the agenda is our latest research. Those of you who have been around for more than 12 months will remember that last year we did a quick survey about post hysterectomy experiences. Well you can click to see the results here.

We have also launched two new surveys which are designed to run until the end of this year and for 12 months. We would be really grateful if you could take the time to complete them – neither should take more than a few minutes to do, but the results will be invaluable in determining the reality of women’s experiences post hysterectomy.

The Information Needs of Hysterectomy Patients – this survey is designed to re-run the original research that actually started off The Hysterectomy Association in 1996, we are looking to see what, if anything, has changed in the last 12 years.

Your Post Hysterectomy Experiences – this survey improves on the quick one we did last year and we are hoping to have around 100,000 women complete it in the course of the year that it runs.

Preparing for Hysterectomy Workshop

Our next ‘Preparing for Hysterectomy’ workshops take place in Reading on:

  • Saturday 5th July 9.30-12.30 – Reading
  • Saturday 11th October 9.30-12.30 – Reading

They start at 9.30am and are a perfect way to investigate your options in a friendly and supportive environment. They are focused on the needs of the participants and as such have a very fluid approach to the subjects covered. Past workshops have considered all sorts of topics; which includes sex after hysterectomy, what factors influence whether ovaries should be removed and hints and tips for recovery. In addition, all participants will receive free copies of 101 Handy Hints for a Happy Hysterectomy, The Pocket Guide to Hysterectomy and Losing the Woman Within.

The cost of the half day workshop is just £35 and you can book your place by calling Laura on 0845 3881507.

Your Stories, Your Experiences

Those of you who took part in this activity will know that we have still yet to complete the new book. Huge apologies are extended to everyone involved, but we have had some difficulties that have been impossible to manage thus far – it will all happen very soon though, so keep your eyes out.

The Latest Information

Last, but not least though, we are now working with a wonderful company called RT Promotions to help us determine what promotional gifts and giveaway items we should be taking to the WOW Show which will be taking place in London at the RCOG on the 20th September. We’d be really grateful if you wouldn’t mind having a look at their website to see if you can spot something that you think would a really useful promotional gift or giveaway that would make The Hysterectomy Association stand out from the crowd! More about the WOW Show in our next newsletter though!

Love and hugs.

Linda x

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Increased risk of dementia following removal of the ovaries

1500 Women in a 30-year follow-up study who had ovaries surgically removed before menopause had nearly double the risk for developing age-related dementia later in life.   However, this increase in risk was not seen in women who had both ovaries removed and were also treated with oestrogen until at least age 50. Continue reading Increased risk of dementia following removal of the ovaries