Surgically Induced Menopause? “HysterSisters” Might be a Resource for You!
Because I get a fair number of questions from readers asking if I have any information on surgically induced menopause – hysterectomies – I decided I should take the time to research it and learn as much about it as I possibly could.
I came across the website and forum “HysterSisters,” a site devoted entirely to women who have had hysterectomies. It is a comprehensive site, which offers not only support from other women who have had hysterectomies, but also excellent and informative medical articles which address a variety of issues that women who have had hysterectomies might face.
Though I’ve never had a hysterectomy, I was still quite impressed with the site. It is far more than merely a gathering of women who want to talk about their hysterectomies. It is a medically sound and very professionally run site. Because I sincerely wanted to learn about surgically induced menopause (one of the many topics discussed on the site and in their forums), I signed up to become a member.
The sign-up process is quite detailed, and I was required to disclose if and when I had my hysterectomy, how extensive it was, and if I had chosen to use hormone replacement therapy or not. Since I have never had a hysterectomy, my answers were basically N/A all through the survey.
I’m not sure if my answers to the survey had a bearing or not on the response I received when I posted my introduction in the forums. But, unfortunately, I was kindly shown the door. They removed my post and said I had violated their website rules by declaring I was a women’s health writer. Apparently, by disclosing that information (and here I thought I was just being friendly), it was presumed I was soliciting, which is not allowed.
Okay. I was disappointed. But I certainly respect their position. It is their site, after all, and they get to make the rules.
I was really hoping I could frequent their forums and gather information from their members in order to help my own readers. But, given their very stringent rules and requirements to be a member, I won’t be able to do that. However, I still think it’s probably one of the best sites and resources out there available for women who have experienced surgically induced menopause.
So, if any of you ladies have had hysterectomies and are also experiencing symptoms of menopause as a result, check them out. Sign up and join the forums. You will find a wealth of up-to-date medical knowledge, in addition to a vibrant community of like-minded women to provide what I assume must be, much needed emotional support.
As for me, I’ll probably cruise their site reading as much as I can, and try not to look like a puppy thrown out in the cold.
You can find HysterSisters.com right here.
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women's health and a women's freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.