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What do you believe? Are you prepared to open your mind to new facts? Cognitive psychologists tell us that most people cling to what they already believe and are so averse to changing their minds ...

Estrogen Therapy Reduces Breast Cancer Risk After Hysterectomy: True or False?

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The date for Heather’s hysterectomy arrived. They checked in on the morning of the surgery and talked with the doctor who would handle Heather’s anesthesia. Then Dr. D came in. She said to ...

Our Hysterectomy: About the Vagina

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When Heather and Ken were in Dr. D’s office to discuss the question of retaining Heather’s ovaries, they brought up another important topic. They asked Dr. D if and how the hysterectomy was likely ...

Facing Hysterectomy Together: How is a Hysterectomy Likely to Affect Our Sex Life?

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Before proceeding with a hysterectomy, Heather’s (our imaginary patient) gynecologist suggested that Heather have a D&C (dilatation and curettage) during which the lining of the uterus is scraped ...

Our Menopause: When Facing a Hysterectomy Should You Retain or Remove Ovaries?

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In a series of new articles we want to share ideas to help a woman and her partner face a hysterectomy. We’ll talk about a fictional couple, Heather and Ken, who are in their early 40s with two ...

Our Menopause- Facing a Hysterectomy Together

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We think we haven’t written enough about men and vaginismus. In the spirit of our focus on “our menopause” we want to tell you about how men may be helpful in reversing the problem but how, ...

How Men Can Help Their Partner Deal With Pain During Sex

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When we (Phil and Lorna Sarrel) worked as a sex therapy team, we treated more than 500 cases of vaginismus and the success rate was close to 99 percent. We say this, not to toot our own horns, but ...

Treating Your Vaginismus

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This is the second of four articles that will be on EmpowHER dealing with the problem of vaginismus. The third will describe how you can treat vaginismus. As we described in the first article, ...

How a Couple Can Deal With Painful Sex

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An EmpowHER reader writes: In the months after my hysterectomy and removal of my ovaries, my vagina just stopped lubricating even when I felt sexually excited. So my husband and I went to the drug ...

Why Has Intercourse Become Painful After My Hysterectomy?

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Ahah was founded in 2014 to combat widespread fears about estrogen that were based on a misunderstanding of the results of one study-The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Ahah focuses on the 40 ...

Welcome to Ahah (The Advancing Health After Hysterectomy Foundation)

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In a recent article on EmpowHER titled "Facing Menopause Together" we concluded with this advice, "So, turn from the computer to your partner and say 'I really need your help. I think I’m facing ...

Our Menopause: Talking About It