1 week post op full hysterectomy and feeling good – Linda’s Story
Hi all. It’s 9 days since I had my full hysterectomy op (uterus and cervix) removal for prolapsed uterus. The symptoms pre op were really frustrating as although I didn’t have pain or bleeding and my monthly cycle was regular, I constantly felt like my womb was falling and it restricted my day to day activities. At 47 I really didn’t want to carry on with this feeling anymore as it was affecting my day to day life. I was put in touch with a fantastic surgeon who put my mind at ease and had my operation for hysterectomy and repair on the 30 April. WOW recovering at home and feeling pretty good already. I a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 14, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories prolapse Source Type: news

My hysterectomy – Marie’s Story
I am 8 days post op after a abdominal hysterectomy I wanted to share my hysterectomy story as I have read many stories and some if the put me off having a hysterectomy. I have always had really painful periods since they started aged 13. I am now 39 I have really suffered heavy and painful periods the pain being that bad I would be physically sick and they prevented me from doing things I wouldn’t go on the pill or have medication as there is a family history of thrombosis which caused my dad to die aged 49 so medication was not a option for me. I have one child always wanted more but this never happened for me so I ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 14, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories abdominal hysterectomy heavy bleeding Source Type: news

Total hysterectomy at 29 – Alyssa’s Story
Well my name is Alyssa and I had a total hysterectomy after I suffered with endometriosis for yrs. At age 21 I had my first surgery. 3 months later I was pregnant with a miracle baby girl. I say that b/c I had 6 total surgeries in 8 yrs trying to have another baby. That bleeding got so bad it lasted over 30 days so I set up a surgery my Dr talked about a hysterectomy I signed a release just in case it ha to be done but my Dr assured me they wouldn’t do that.. After I awoke from surgery I noticed my stomach stapled 14 times the Dr told me endometriosis was wrapped around my kidneys it could have grown into my organs a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 14, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories endometriosis total hysterectomy Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition Newsletter – May 2014
Welcome to the May Hysteria Writing Competition newsletter. I don’t know what your expectations are about things like entries and the amount of competition, but at the moment we’ve only a tiny number of entries so the chances of winning are extremely high indeed. You can find out more about the competition and submit an entry from the Hysteria Writing Competition mini site on the main Hysterectomy Association website. Our writer in residence, Bridget Whelan has also shared this month’s blog post with some extremely useful advice on How to Write a Short Story. For everyone that’s a bit nervous about ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 14, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition tracy fells Source Type: news

How to Write a Short Story – Bridget Whelan
I recently came across the WikiHow entry on how to write a short story. The actual article contains good advice, but I arched an eyebrow when I read the introduction. “While writing a novel can be a Herculean task, just about anybody can craft and, most importantly, finish, a short story.” No, they can’t – unless the writer means that almost anybody can produce 1000+ words of grammatically correct sentences that somehow link up together, but that’s no more a short story than a roll of material pinned into a tube is a dress. I resent the idea that short stories are an easy option. The very...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Bridget Whelan Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition bridget whelan hysteria 2014 writer in residence Source Type: news

What are the odds of endometrial cancer! – Gwynneth’s Story
Having felt unwell and totally exhausted for about a year, after many tests and a tentative diagnosis of ME, I retired at the age of 61 from a job I loved. This was October 2013. I must have had every test going and the only diagnosis was would I accept ME or CFS as a diagnosis……ugh No! I know that I was not well. I had an appointment for some results from a scan I had the previous week, when the day before my appointment I had a bleed. I was not unduly concerned as the Dr. has prescribed an oestrogen cream for me some months before and I was aware that bleeding was one of the side effects. The Dr. was very e...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 23, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories endometrial cancer vaginal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Testosterone Therapy, a Personal Experience – Sally’s Story
Just over 2 years ago I had a vaginal hysterectomy for a prolapsed womb, cystocele and retrocele repair. Post operative pain from the retrocele repair went on for a year due to scar tissue making sex painful and then a few months after the surgery my sex drive went completely. Despite keeping my ovaries blood tests revealed that my oestrogen and testosterone levels had completely flatlined. The hysterectomy had caused my ovaries to stop working altogether. HRT patches solved the absence of oestrogen but this did not improve the lack of libido which had been fine before having the hysterectomy. I had my surgery done private...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 17, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: HRT News testosterone Source Type: news

Inspirational Woman Semi-Finalist in the Venus Awards
What an honour, Linda Parkinson-Hardman, the founder and CEO of The Hysterectomy Association is a semi-finalist in the Inspirational Woman section of the Venus Awards here in Dorset. The Venus Awards were set up by Tara Howard after being inspired by the Dorset and Southampton Business Women Awards, the Dorset awards began in 2009 closely followed by the Southampton awards. With the success of these regions in mind the Venus Awards is ever expanding taking over the country a step at a time. Venus Awards has been set up to recognise woman around the country for all of their achievements. We believe it is important those wom...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 17, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Latest News awards linda parkinson-hardman Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition 2014 – Latest Updates
April is always a busy time for the Hysteria Writing Competition, mostly because we launch on the 1st and then spend the month introducing our volunteer judges and telling the world the competition has begun. This year we’ve also added another element to our mix in the form of a Writer in Residence. Our WIR, Bridget Whelan is an experienced writer and creative writing teacher. Her role is to provide some insight, suggestions and ideas for everyone thinking of entering. And you can find her first blog post ready to read here: Why a writing deadline is a ‘very good thing’. I’d also like to introd...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 16, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition hysteria 2014 Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition Judges – Abigail Wyatt
Each year we interview our volunteer judges for the Hysteria Writing Competition and I’d like to introduce Abigail Wyatt. Tell me one thing no-one knows about you. This is a really probing question and, being in many ways, a very private person, I am almost tempted to answer it with a scarlet and shocking lie. Instead, though, I will tell reveal to you one of the great guilty secrets of my childhood, the fact that, aged eleven, which was old enough to know better, I stole some jade coloured stone chippings from my grandfather’s grave for no other reason than I thought they were beautiful.  Predictably, per...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 16, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition abigail wyatt hysteria 2014 hysteria 2014 judges Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Association Newsletter – April 2014
Welcome to the April 2014 newsletter. For the last couple of years April has been an exciting month for The Hysterectomy Association. That’s because on the first we launch our Hysteria Writing Competition. That means we’re busy meeting our judges, getting the first few entries in and generally promoting the competition to the writing world. You may be wondering why the Hysterectomy Association gets involved in something like this and the reason is two-fold: Firstly, it’s a great way for us to reach a brand new audience of women who don’t know anything about us; who may need us or know someone who d...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 16, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Newsletters hysteria writing competition in my own words: women's experience of hysterectomy Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition Judges – Veronica Bright
Each year we interview our volunteer judges for the Hysteria Writing Competition and I’d like to introduce Veronica Bright. Tell me one thing no-one knows about you. For the first seven years of my life I lived in a house in a Hertfordshire village called Breachwood Green. My parents kept chickens and grew vegetables, and my mum taught me the names of wild flowers and birds. Sounds idyllic? In some ways, yes, BUT… All the water we needed had to be fetched from a shared tap beside the road; the toilet was in a sort of shed in the garden (two seats, one for adults, one for children; no flush!); my mum chopped wo...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 16, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition hysteria 2014 hysteria 2014 judges veronica bright Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition Judges – Tracy Fells
Each year we interview our volunteer judges for the Hysteria Writing Competition and I’d like to introduce Tracy Fells. Tracy was also the winner of last year’s short story competition and you can read her winning entry here: Fibonacci’s Tree. Tell me one thing no-one knows about you. When sending short stories in the mail I use a paperclip to hold the pages together. For good luck I always choose the most appropriately coloured paperclip from my little tub – ‘appropriate’ in that the colour somehow matches or compliments the story. When I was younger I would think of particular colours ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 16, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition hysteria 2014 hysteria 2014 judges tracy fells Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition Judges – Sophie Duffy
Each year we interview our volunteer judges for the Hysteria Writing Competition and I’d like to introduce Sophie Duffy. Tell me one thing no-one knows about you My great-great-great grandfather made Napoleon’s coffin (actually some people know that fact but it’s so good I need to share it with the world). What do you enjoy reading the most and why? A story that takes me to another place and a narrator with a fresh turn of phrase. If there was one book or piece of writing you wish you had written what would it be? ‘Fingersmith’ by Sarah Waters. For the big shock moment and stunning writing. Wh...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 16, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition hysteria 2014 hysteria 2014 judges sophie duffy Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition Judges – Amanda Quinn
Each year we interview our volunteer judges for the Hysteria Writing Competition and I’d like to introduce Amanda Quinn.Tell me one thing no-one knows about you. That I usually lie when asked this question. I wasn’t school cross country champion. I’ve never appeared in Dangerfield. And I can’t speak German. What do you enjoy reading the most and why? Anything and everything but most of all a good comic novel like Three Men on a Boat or Billy Liar. If there was one book or piece of writing you wish you had written what would it be? The Great Gatsby which reveals something new and beautiful with every...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 16, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition amanda quinn hysteria 2014 hysteria 2014 judges Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition Judges – Sarah Hegarty
Each year we interview our volunteer judges for the Hysteria Writing Competition and I’d like to introduce Sarah Hegarty. Tell me one thing no-one knows about you. I have to read books according to the weather. For example, I always read ‘Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow’ (by Peter Hoeg) in the winter – January works best. What do you enjoy reading the most and why? Anything that is well written – from journalism to poetry and everything in between. Especially if it makes me think, or takes me somewhere new. If there was one book or piece of writing you wish you had written what would it b...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 16, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition hysteria 2014 hysteria 2014 judges sarah hegarty Source Type: news

Hysterectomy, it’s not all bad .. honest! – Sarah’s Story
I was told I needed a hysterectomy 2 years ago but I felt scared and concerned about how I would cope being a single mum – also how it would affect me as a woman, so instead I opted, against my consultants wishes for an ablation.  As he predicted, things did not improve and after much procrastination on my part, I was booked in for a vaginal hysterectomy and repair on the Tuesday 18th of March. My time leading up to the op was spent trying to organise my work load (I am self employed, single mum), stock the freezer and try to be as organised as possible for my recovery.  I read endless posts and stories and...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 11, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories vaginal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Sometimes wish I had never bothered – Debra’s Story
My story begins in January 2009 when a routine smear test revealed CIN3 cells and I was advised I would need treatment as soon as possible. I had these cells removed under general anaesthetic in March 2009. My general health at this time was fine but I was then unexpectedly made redundant from a job I loved so went through a bit of low period. I underwent a follow-up smear a year later which revealed the CIN3 cells were still present but in a less severe form so I was advised to return for a follow up check the following year. After a period temporary employment I was then lucky enough to find a new permanent job in Decemb...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 11, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories cervical cancer total abdominal hysterectomy Source Type: news

I survived my hysterectomy – Diane’s story
Hi my name is Diane and I survived my hysterectomy. I say survived because of everything that happened before, during and after my procedure. After being in pain for over three years and many gynaelogical visits involving scans, cameras, injections and the pill it was finally decided that due to suspected adenomyosis and being unable to find any resolve for the unbearable pain I was constantly suffering the best course of action would be to have an hysterectomy. This I was informed would be a vaginal hysterectomy where my uterus would be cut away and everything else would be left intact. I was informed that I would be...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 9, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories abdominal hysterectomy adenomyosis Source Type: news

Total hysterectomy age 40 – Lynn’s Story
Since I started my periods at age 13 I suffered from painful periods. The pain got gradually worse over the years. I tried every possible type of contraceptive to help with the pain including Depo-Provera injections and the Mirena Coil but nothing helped much. I had numerous scans and laparoscopies but other than a few lesions and small spots of endometriosis there was nothing to explain the pain I was in. From age 30-37 the pain gradually worsened to the point that I had to go to casualty pretty regularly for morphine injections as it was the only form of pain relief that actually did relieve the pain. I have to say as we...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 4, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories adenomyosis total hysterectomy Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition 2014 Launches for the Hysterectomy Association
Major Women’s Health Social Enterprise Launches 3rd International Writing Competition The Hysterectomy Association, the UK’s leading organisation for women having a hysterectomy, today announced the launch of it’s third annual Hysteria writing competition. The competition is open to any female writers of short stories, flash fiction and poetry. Top winners in each category will each receive a cash prize and publication in Hysteria 3, due for publication in November 2014. A further nine winners in each category will also have their entries included in the anthology. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 1, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Writing Competition Source Type: news

Illprepared for hysterectomy – Paula’s Story
I was told a hysterectomy was my only option for the endometriosis I had suffered from for many years, as it was so bad a total removal of my ovarie,s tubes, womb and cervix by cutting along the bikini line was my only option. At the age of 45 and not really understanding the enormity of this op I agreed with the advice of my consultant. Now 5 mths later I’m stunned at the lack of pre-op information as well as post-op. After 3 days I was sent home with an exercise leaflet and no foretelling of what was to come. Pain like I’d never experienced but coped with, a bladder that could no longer function right, a brai...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 31, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories endometriosis total abdominal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Clinical Trials and Hysterectomy
Over the last few months we’ve been sharing blog posts about how important clinical trials are to the future of medicine. This month I’d like to share how such research impacts directly on women undergoing hysterectomy and related treatments for gynaecological conditions they often present with. When the Hysterectomy Association first began life in the mid 1990’s, the standard hysterectomy performed was a ‘total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo oophorectomy’. What this means is that everything was removed; the womb, the fallopian tubes, the cervix and the ovaries. At the time almost every ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 24, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Latest News clinical trials covance hysterectomy Source Type: news

The Craziness Of It All – Liz’s Story
In July 2013, I was down in London for a friend’s big birthday and had a wonderful weekend staying with relatives. We arrived home happy and tired on the Sunday night. At 3am I was awoken by a pain in my stomach. At first I thought maybe it was food poisoning, or a stomach bug but the pain increased and I ended up crying out for help. I got back to the bedroom and asked my husband to call an ambulance thinking that so much pain may be a burst appendix, or that my umbilical hernia had got blocked, or something. I was 49 and had been through 6 years and 10 tries of IVF. We had eventually ended up being successful at ha...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 15, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories endometriosis total hysterectomy Source Type: news

Total hysterectomy after endometrial cancer – Jay’s Story
I felt I had to write this after reading so many negative stories about other people’s hysterectomies. I know many women do have a hard time after the op, but not everyone does. Many say it’s the bet thing that happened to them. I had painful, frequent and heavy periods most of my life, but always hated ‘doctor stuff’ so put up with it knowing it would end one day anyway. I had an uneventful and welcome menopause, and thought all my problems were over for about three years, then I started bleeding again. A reluctant trip to the GP led to scans, biopsies, and the endometrial cancer diagnosis. I had a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 14, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories endometrial cancer total hysterectomy Source Type: news

HRT Problems – Lisa’s Story
Hi, My name is Lisa and in July last year I had to have a full hysterectomy via keyhole surgery at 43 years old due to heavy painful periods. I had the option to keep my ovaries but after careful consideration I decided to also have them removed. I chose this route because a) if I had problems in the future with my ovaries I didn’t want to end up having further surgery and b) my theory was as I already had 3 children and at my age planned no more I thought I didn’t need them? With HRT available I guessed life would carry on as normal afterwards? The op itself went really well and I was amazed that after the ini...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 14, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories hormone replacement therapy Source Type: news

Awaiting a Subtotal Hysterectomy – Karina’s Story
Hi. Having taken Norethisterone pill for the past 3 years to stop my bleeding that was a result of the Mirena coil not being effective. I was diagnosed with a large fibroid that was outgrowing my womb. The only option was to have a subtotal hysterectomy which I was adamant I wasn’t going to have. However after extensive research I realised I had no choice, although I did speak to my consultant requesting only just the removal of the fibroid along with my womb leaving my ovaries and cervix. I am due for surgery 31st March and am petrified even though since I received the date I am trying to remain positive. My st...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 14, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids mirena coil Norethisterone subtotal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Total Hysterectomy – LaTrice’s Story
I’m 36 years old a wife, mother of four and am currently serving active duty in the army for the past 7 years. I have abnormal periods but extremely painful! However, a breast examination sent me to my ob/gyn which informed that I would need a total hysterectomy removing my uterus and cervix. I haven’t told anyone that I work with only my family and husband knows I’m terrified I’ve heard so many stories of women having extreme pain, low sex drive, depression and inability to really do anything. Due to my age I’m told I will experience menopause in 5 years. Needless to say this is the scariest ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 14, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories total hysterectomy Source Type: news

Adding insult to injury – Karen’s Story
I am 50 years old. In July 2011 my GP found a large lump on my left ovary. While the NHS dragged out the endless tests my body got fed up of waiting! I didn’t even have a date for surgery when, in the early hours of September 20th I woke up in severe pain which rapidly worsened. I was at home alone at the time and called 999. They sent an ambulance immediately and kept me talking on the phone until it arrived about 10 minutes later. By the time I arrived I was lying on the floor with the phone near my ear as I was in so much pain I thought I was going to pass out. I was taken to A&E & from there to the gynae ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories breast cancer total abdominal hysterectomy unilateral salpingo oophorectomy Source Type: news

Day 3 After Hysterectomy – Natalie’s Story
I am now day three after my hysterectomy and wanted to share my story. I have suffered with heavy, painful periods due to endometriosis since I was in my late teens. That coupled with 6 ovarian cysts over the years meant many laparoscopic procedures in a bid to remedy both the cyst and endometriosis symptoms. In December 2009 aged just 29 I had microwave ablation treatment and sterilisation with the hope of finally reducing my pain and heavy bleeding which was making normal life difficult. The ablation helped for a short time by reducing the flow of my period however things slowly returned to normal over the next few years...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 7, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories endometriosis heavy bleeding laparascopic hysterectomy microwave endometrial ablation Source Type: news

Hysterectomy and breast pain – Ann’s Story
I had a hysterectomy but fallopian tubes left in May 2013 because of 20 years of being anaemic due to heavy periods pain in my groin left me breathless and doubled over in pain, it was the final straw for me as nothing word work to stop my heavy periods. When I had the hysterectomy I was told I had fibroids inside my womb and on the outside and this had caused my heavy flow, but since then my breast have gone 2 sizes bigger from DD to F cup but my right breast aches I am 43 years old and my mum had breast cancer but in her left side just a tad concerned. My daughter is 18 and she suffers terrible with her periods just don&...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 4, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories breast cancer fibroids heavy bleeding Source Type: news

Types of Anaesthetic
There are a number of different types of anaesthetic and most hysterectomies are performed while the patient is under a full anaesthetic. This will knock you out throughout the operation and you will eventually come round in the recovery room. However, this type of anaesthetic can have side effects which may include nausea and dizziness, an incredible tiredness for several days, not being able to think clearly for at least 24 hours after your surgery.  It can also take several months for the anaesthetic to work its way out of your body completely (drinking plenty of water and taking enough exercise can help this enorm...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 22, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysterectomy anaesthetic epidural Source Type: news

Unbelievable hysterectomy – Linda’s Story
I have called my story “unbelievable hysterectomy” because you would not expect this to happen. I am 60 years old and having a hysterectomy in 4 weeks, and I’m scared. Ten years ago I had a mirena coil fitted. Long story short, I had lots of pain and problems in the early years and have had lots of health problems too. When it was time for the coil to be removed several doctors tried to get it out but could not. I then had a camera in my womb and they found that the coil was not in my womb and never had been. It had been pushed through the uterine wall into the muscles in my body on the outside of my womb...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 19, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories mirena coil neutropenia Source Type: news

How I Got Here….and it feels good! – Mandy’s Story
My periods always gave me problems, I started early, at 8, and suffered for years with bad cramps, passing out, being sick, on and on and on. Fibroids would have stopped me getting pregnant but a major operation to remove them still didn’t make any difference and we gave up after 3 IVF attempts and one miscarriage. So all I had to look forward to was more cramps, flooding, feeling sick and spending 2 days a month in bed. The doctor offered me a way out and I grasped it with both hands. A hysterectomy! Maybe I could have done more research, but I didn’t I just wanted this final op so I could move on, in more way...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 18, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids heavy bleeding Source Type: news

My Little Ovarian Cyst – Elaine’s story
My name is Elaine age 57 and had TAH 11th July 2013. About end April, early May I was aware of putting on a little weight, and tried to do a few easy exercises to get rid, as we had a holiday booked for Portugal end of June and wanted to look good in holiday clothes. Tummy seemed to be getting bigger, so goes onto internet (bad move for anything medical) and found it could be possible IBS or food intolerance tried cutting out certain foods, didn’t seem to make any difference. Because of holiday thought better go to GP and maybe he could give me some tablets to get rid of tummy, he examined me, kept fairly ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 15, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories night sweats ovarian cyst tah total abdominal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Association Newsletter – February 2014
It’s always satisfying to do a round up of what’s been going on at the Hysterectomy Association and we’ve got even more ‘first’s’ than usual this month. Perhaps the first ‘first’ is the recording of the live Q&A session we did with consultant gynaecologist, Mr David Griffiths, in January. You can see if on the website and in our Facebook page as well and the links to both are further down in the newsletter. The second ‘first’ is the launch of our brand new online education centre, designed especially for professional counsellors who want to work with women hav...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Newsletters Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Q&A with consultant gynaecologist Mr David Griffiths
On the 21st January we had our first live hysterectomy Q&A session with consultant gynaecologist Mr David Griffiths to talk about some of the questions that had been sent us by the lovely ladies that use the website and our Facebook page. You can see the recording below or watch it in our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/HysterectomyUK We are planning to do more in the future, probably focusing on different topics and next time we’ll broadcast the live event more widely now that we know the technology works. The post Hysterectomy Q&A with consultant gynaecologist Mr David Griffiths appeared first...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Events david griffiths Q&A Source Type: news

Hysterectomy to diagnose endometrial cancer – Cynthia’s Story
I am 50 and had an endometrial ablation 4 years ago for very heavy periods. The specialist removed some uterine polyps at the same time but left a fibroid. The polyps were benign. The ablation stopped all bleeding with my periods so I only knew I was menopausal when I started getting hot flushes 18 months ago and had my hormone levels tested. I started on HRT about 4 months after that (combined estrogen and progesterone). I spotted several weeks ago and went to the Dr even though it was very minor spotting. He did a pelvic exam and took a smear test. Both were fine. He sent me for an ultrasound which found a thickened endo...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories endometrial cancer Source Type: news

From zero to full hysterectomy in a few short weeks – Lucy’s Story
I went from nothing to a full hysterectomy in just a few short weeks. I can still see the consultant’ s fountain pen inscribing the words “Total abdominal hysterectomy” in my hospital record, as I looked on in total shock. A few months back I had never even set foot in a gynaecology department, except for the birth of my two children, how had it come to this? I had never had any problems to speak of, not even morning sickness when I was pregnant, no major stuff with periods. I sat in stunned confusion.. I say no problems with periods, a few months before this moment, my periods were becoming increasingly ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids total abdominal hysterectomy Source Type: news

5 weeks after hysterectomy – my story
Hi – I’m 52 and last October during my usual run along the river, I experienced severe pelvic pain. To cut a long story short, two cysts were found, one on each ovary. I was advised by two consultants to have a hysterectomy as the larger of the cysts contained a mass, which combined with high levels in the CA125 bloods taken, indicated a possibility of ovarian cancer. However, these CA125 levels kept changing and both consultants were of the opinion that I probably had endometriosis, but because of the question mark over the levels, they would continue as though I had ovarian cancer. It was decided that I shoul...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories abdominal hysterectomy ovarian cyst Source Type: news

New lease of life after awful bleeding – Angela’s Story
I have had a year if awful bleeding, clots the size of my hand etc. in May last year I had a scan which showed I had quite large fibroids and an enlarged womb the decision was made to have a hysterectomy after I had 3 months on the injection to put me in temporary menopause to try to reduce fibroids to make surgery easier (which didn’t work they didn’t shrink and I even had a couple more little one appear!). I had to decide whether to have my ovaries out or to leave them in, as I am 43 it was my choice. I decided to leave them in as I have never had any trouble and I wouldn’t go through the menopause imm...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories heavy bleeding LAVH vaginal hysterectomy Source Type: news

My unplanned hysterectomy – Chrissie’s Story
I had been complaining of pain in the abdomen and heavy virginal discharge since my periods had stopped 15 months prior to my visit to the GP in January 2013. The GP referred me to a gynaecology clinic at the local hospital. After some tests I was informed I was suffering from stress and if the problems re-occurred then I should re-visit my GP. The pain and heavy discharge continued and began to increase, I ignored them both and carried on work/ home/ family life as normal as I could and put any worries to the back of my mind. Well, I had been told my `problem` was stress related. Early November I went for my three year sm...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 12, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories total abdominal hysterectomy uterine cancer Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Association New Year Newsletter
Happy New Year and welcome to the first newsletter of 2014. The year has started off with a bang for The Hysterectomy Association as our brand new online education centre for counsellors is due to go live in the next couple of weeks. We’ve been working hard on getting it ready over the last couple of months and the first few participants who will be trialling it for us will be starting very shortly. We’re also hosting our first live Q&A session with consultant gynaecologist Mr David Griffiths on Tuesday 21st January at 9.30pm. To register your interest and get more information about how to join us click her...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 15, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Newsletters education Source Type: news

29 Quick Remedies for Relieving Constipation After Hysterectomy
Towards the end of November last year I asked our Facebook ladies if they could share what they had used for relieving constipation after hysterectomy and I’d like to share there various answers here with you. This is not an exhaustive list, and it doesn’t mean that everything suggested here will work for everyone, but with a bit of trial and effort you should find a solution if you are having this problem. They are not in any particular order – just as I picked them up off Facebook. Colts foot rock. Get it at old fashioned sweet shops. Kiwi fruit smoothie, curries, fibre Punes and prune juice Over the c...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 15, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysterectomy Recovery constipation wind Source Type: news

Clinical Trials – A Nurse’s Perspective
Clinical trials, by their very nature are complex and time consuming. They also involve a lot of different people from participants to researchers to medical staff. Each person has their own responsibility and in this instance I was interested in finding out more about what the role of a nurse within a clinical trial. Steve Jepson of Covance was happy to help out by answering my questions. What are your responsibilities when it comes to clinical trials? All the nurses and technicians are responsible for ensuring that each trial is carried out to the highest standards of safety and competency.   Following training...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 15, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Latest News clinical trials covance Source Type: news

Hysterectomy at 50 – Lisa’s Story
I had my hysterectomy at 50. I was told that I had a large fibroid after a routine examination but was told that I didn’t need treatment unless I started having problems. One year on I was having increasingly heavy periods and my stomach looked like I was 5 months pregnant. After various scans and a visit to a consultant I was told that my only option would be a hysterectomy. There was concern over the very rapid growth of the fibroid and cancer couldn’t be completely ruled out until it had been removed. I did feel extremely frightened at this point. I was also advised to have my ovaries removed due to my age b...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 13, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories abdominal hysterectomy fibroids Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Ruined My Life – Lydia’s Story
My hysterectomy ruined my life. I was given the option of having a full hysterectomy including ovaries removed as a precautionary measure when I had a potentially cancerous cyst at the age of 42. The alternative would have been to have the cyst removed and potentially have a second operation if it proved to be cancerous. I was warned that if I had a full hysterectomy I would have to go on HRT which brought a risk of cancer similar to that of taking the pill. I was given a leaflet that told me I would be able to have sex normally after a hysterectomy. There followed two and a half years of chronic fatigue. I felt like a com...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 13, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories bilateral salpingo oophorectomy cysts total hysterectomy Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Runied My Life – Lydia’s Story
My hysterectomy ruined my life. I was given the option of having a full hysterectomy including ovaries removed as a precautionary measure when I had a potentially cancerous cyst at the age of 42. The alternative would have been to have the cyst removed and potentially have a second operation if it proved to be cancerous. I was warned that if I had a full hysterectomy I would have to go on HRT which brought a risk of cancer similar to that of taking the pill. I was given a leaflet that told me I would be able to have sex normally after a hysterectomy. There followed two and a half years of chronic fatigue. I felt like a com...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 13, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories bilateral salpingo oophorectomy cysts total hysterectomy Source Type: news

Premenstrual Syndrome
Whilst it is extremely rare for a woman to have a hysterectomy due to Premenstrual Syndrome alone, it can be a contributing factor in overall gynaecological health. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) (also known as Premenstrual Tension or PMT) is the name given to the physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms that can occur in the two weeks before a woman’s monthly period. It is estimated that almost all women of child-bearing age have some premenstrual symptoms, although it is usually at its worst between the late 20′s and early 40′s. About one woman in every 20 with PMS gets symptoms which are severe en...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 10, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health Conditions PMDD pms Source Type: news

I can now live life to the full – Diane’s Hysterectomy Story
My periods were always heavy and extremely painful, even from the onset of puberty. When I became a teenager I went on the pill to help with pain etc, this was ok for a while but then by the age of 21 I wanted children. So I came off the pill and had three children in just under 6 years! My husband then went for vasectomy so I didn’t need to be on contraception anymore so back came the pain and the heavy bleeding. My marriage eventually broke up and I was on my own for a while. I met my second husband on the internet and went back on the pill, but this time the pains etc stayed so we decided together that I would get...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 5, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories ablation fibroids heavy bleeding vaginal hysterectomy Source Type: news