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How can I balance my hormones? Post hysterectomy..

How can I balance my hormones? Post hysterectomy..

Steady as she goes!: One nice thing about hormonal replacement is that you can get on estrogen (no need for a progestin when you've had a hysterectomy) and basically be in the same hormonal status on a continuous basis without the fluctuations that accompanied ovarian function earlier in life. Talk to your doctor about different preparations and ways of taking estrogen. It's not a balancing act anymore! ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


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Hysterectomy is causing my to depend on hormone pills?

Hysterectomy is causing my to depend on hormone pills?

Only if Ovaries gone: Women who have had their ovaries removed at hysterectomy need to replace the estrogen hormone contained therein, if they are pre-menopausal and recently post-menopausal. The hormone replacement (estrogen) is given in pill, topical, or vaginal forms. Hot flashes, irritability, difficulty concentrating, etc are often signs of a lack of estrogen post-surgery without hormone replacement. ...Read more

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When after hysterectomy did you notice the hormones change?

When after hysterectomy did you notice the hormones change?

Depend.: If hysterectomy only (removal of uterus only), there may be no change in harmones. But hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries will result in harmone change almost immediate. ...Read more

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How can I get my hormones back to normal after a hysterectomy?

How can I get my hormones back to normal after a hysterectomy?

Depends: You are very young (on average for women who have their uterus removed). Probably your ovaries were not removed. If I am correct then you should not experience significant changes in your hormones because little was done to affect them. However, some women do experience hot flashes from short term changes in the levels of estrogen. This is unlikely to last more than a few weeks. ...Read more

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How long after having a hysterectomy will you notice the hormones change?

How long after having a hysterectomy will you notice the hormones change?

Varies: It is key to understand that hormone changes do not occur after removal of the uterus but rather after removal of the ovaries. If you still have your ovaries then you should not experience any hormonal changes. After removal of the ovaries menopause symptoms can occur almost immediately or not at all. For some the symptoms are severe enough to take estrogen replacement therapy. ...Read more

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How long after total hysterectomy did you notice the hormones change?

How long after total hysterectomy did you notice the hormones change?

Depends: Technically, the term 'total hysterectomy' refers to removing the uterus and cervix only. However, if a woman has also had her tubes and ovaries removed, 'bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy', she could notice a change almost immediately if she is premenopausal, or not at all if she is menopausal. ...Read more

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I have to take hormones for the rest of my life after my hysterectomy total?

I have to take hormones for the rest of my life after my hysterectomy total?

No.: This is a ongoing discussion with your doc. Too complicated to answer here. You will have to strike a balance between the good effect of the med and the potential downsides. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 42 I have had a total hysterectomy what are foods I can use for hormonal replacement & how does it affect?

What to do if I'm 42 I have had a total hysterectomy what are foods I can use for hormonal replacement & how does it affect?

No effective options: You could get some estrogen from dietary sources. Yams are know to contain estrogen similar to what is contained in prescription medications. However, a woman would need to consume 24 pounds of yams each day to just to get the lowest effective dose of estrogen usually prescribed for menopausal women. There are no reliable and safe non presciption forms of estrogen replacement. ...Read more

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Having a complete hysterectomy done, what does hormone theropy consist of?

Having a complete hysterectomy done, what does hormone theropy consist of?

Estrogen: Hormone therapy is given to women after removal of ovaries, or at the time of menopause. Typically most doctors will do everything they can to spare a women of 28 years from having her ovaries removed, as removing ovaries prematurely puts you at increased risk of bone loss and cardiovascular disease. Often reserved solely for diagnoses of cancer. Hormone replacement would be estrogen. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy and I don't take hormones. Will I gain weight after my gallbladder removal?

I had a hysterectomy and I don't take hormones. Will I gain weight after my gallbladder removal?

Not from the surgery: You will only gain weight if you eat more calories than you burn. The same rules will apply as before the surgery. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Any thoughts on bhrt using the biote pellet procedure for my hormone replacement after my hysterectomy?

Any thoughts on bhrt using the biote pellet procedure for my hormone replacement after my hysterectomy?

Balance is Key: If the surgical procedure included the removal of both ovaries, then one will experiece a sudden decrease of progesterone, testosterone and estrogen. Compounded pellet implants for women come in the forms of Estradiol and testosterone. Progesterone is rx as a topical, inj or oral. The advantage of the pellet implant tx is the steady-state delivery over 3-6 months. ...Read more

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Had a full hysterectomy. 43 years old. What are my options as far as hormone therapy?

Had a full hysterectomy. 43 years old. What are my options as far as hormone therapy?

There is varying: Opinions as to the efficacy and safety of HRT. Best discussed w/your physician or even multiple opinions. ...Read more

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I was 37 years old when I had a hysterectomy, 5 years ago. Istill have hot flashes, anxiety and insomina. Are hormone patches safer?

I was 37 years old when I had a hysterectomy, 5 years ago. Istill have hot flashes, anxiety and insomina. Are hormone patches safer?

Depends: You need to consult with your md. Taking any kind of hormone replacement depends on you general health, other medical conditions and reason for the hysterectomy. It would be very common for a 37 year old to have these symptoms after having her ovaries removed. If you are a good candidate the patch may work well for you. ...Read more

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Had TOTAL hysterectomy at age32, does losing estrogen cause premature ageing from being thrown into menopause, if not estrogen what hormones can be caus?

Premature: menopause can alter your body's metabolism. There is some difference of opinion, but many physicians would have given you a few years of estrogen replacement therapy. Other medical problems are also possible, and you need a full evaluation with your physician. ...Read more

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Will I gain weight after a hysterectomy? I know there will be hormone issues after my hysterectomy. Does this mean I will gain weight? How can I prevent weight gain during recovery? .

Will I gain weight after a hysterectomy? I know there will be hormone issues after my hysterectomy. Does this mean I will gain weight? How can I prevent weight gain during recovery? .

That: That is a good question. Women have different responses to the hormonal changes after hysterectomy. As always, any exercise program you can start once your doctor clears you will help. Some women can consistently walk a mile every day, some prefer to go to a gym. Find a nutritional program that is right for you. While in the hospital, you could ask for a nutritional consult to get advice. Ask your doctor whether you will need hormone replacement after surgery as this can affect weight gain and loss. Many women do not have weight gain after surgery but it is good that you are planning ahead for your health. ...Read more

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I wake up at night drenched in sweat but it's only from lower abdominal down. Hysterectomy 2005 w/hormone replacement. S/S only last 2 weeks.

I wake up at night drenched in sweat but it's only from lower abdominal down. Hysterectomy 2005 w/hormone replacement. S/S only last 2 weeks.

Night sweats: Hi. Night sweats could signal some serious conditions including infections and leukemia/lymphoma. Have you had any loss of appetite or weight loss? Any cough or fever? I recommend you see your doc. Hopefully it's nothing, but you need to be seen and evaluated. ...Read more

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What is a good hormone replacement after a hysterectomy when the ovaries are left?

None: If the ovaries are left behind, no hormone replacement is necessary as they are still producing estrogen. After moenopause, only estrogen will be needed if desired to treat symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a good hormone replacement after an hysterectomy with the ovaries left in?

No need: If the ovaries have been left behind after a hysterectomy in a woman before menopause, there is no need to replace hormones, because the ovaries will still provide all hormones. Because of the surgery a woman may experience hotflashes for up to 8 weeks, after which things are usually back to normal. ...Read more

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Why am I in menopause 5 years after my hysterectomy? I took hormone therapy for 2 years

Why am I in menopause 5 years after my hysterectomy? I took hormone therapy for 2 years

Low hormones: Your body needs hormones daily! Taking them for 2 years was great for 2 years if that's how long you wanted to feel well. Now you need to go to a4m.Com website and use the physician locator to find a local functional medicine doc to help you evaluate your hormone levels and then get you started using safe bio-identical hormones rather than prescription synthetic ones so you'll feel well to 99 yrs. ...Read more

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Would a pituitary tumor cause hormonal harm to a woman's body where she ends up needing a hysterectomy?

No, and yes: Pituitary tumors ordinarily won't interfere with a hysterectomy, unless dangerously large and need to be addressed first. So no, it won't cause harm with reference to the hysterectomy. However pituitary tumors can cause significant problems with vision, headaches, abnormal hormone levels, etc. This is a serious but separate problem. Seek consults from neurosurgery and endocrinology. ...Read more

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What causes intermittent vaginal itching. I'm 62 and have had a complete hysterectomy years ago. I do not take hormones.

What causes intermittent vaginal itching. I'm 62 and have had a complete hysterectomy years ago. I do not take hormones.

Postmenopausal: For most women, their ovaries begin to decrease their function around age 35. This results in decreasing production of estradiol, progesterone and testosterone. The lack of adequate estradiol allows a condition called atrophic vaginitis to develop. The symptoms include vaginal itching, dryness, & painful intercourse. ...Read more

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Can a woman after having a full hysterectomy take other hormone medicine besides taking viovelli patches and how can I get rid of the weight gain.

Can a woman after having a full hysterectomy take other hormone medicine besides taking viovelli patches and how can I get rid of the weight gain.

There are other: Forms but if not taken sadly the weight gain is even worse. It is really hard to get weight off especially around the middle after menopause ...Read more

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After having a partial hysterectomy about 6 months ago, I've started noticing extremely bad pain in both my breasts. I'm sure it's hormone related but?

After having a partial hysterectomy about 6 months ago, I've started noticing extremely bad pain in both my breasts. I'm sure it's hormone related but?

Get it checked: It may be hormonal. But partial hysterectomy without removing the ovaries will not have any affect on your hormones. We don't know how old you are. Since you are having bad pains in your breasts it may be a good idea to get it checked by your family doctor or gynecologist.Are you taking any meds including hormones etc, as that may be causing the pain. ...Read more

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Do I need to take hormone pills if I've had a total abdominal hysterectomy?

Do I need to take hormone pills if I've had a total abdominal hysterectomy?

Usually: Depends on multiple factors nicotine use or other health issues. If no contradiction hormones for 5 years helpful ...Read more

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I am scheduled for a hysterectomy on Friday. I am worried about the effects of the changing hormones and what that can do to my bipolar?

I am scheduled for a hysterectomy on Friday. I am worried about the effects of the changing hormones and what that can do to my bipolar?

Weight gain: Bipolar meds can be adjusted. Hot flashes and weight gain are usually a bigger issue early on. You'll need to dial in some replacement estrogen more than likely. Work with the Gyn doctor closely. ...Read more

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I have pernicious anemia and take b-12 shots. I also have had full hysterectomy. I take hormones, pill form. Do I need the hormone in shot form?

No, no need to: No I don't thing so. But you should d/w your gp or gyne. Make sure you understand there is a little increase risk for breast cancer that was related to hormonal replacement- especially with the use of progesterone. Age appropriate cancer screening is recommended. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more