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Do I Need Hormones After 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
High hormone levels 2 yrs ago. Hysterectomy last yr with 5.6 CM cyst ovary, left in 1 ovary. No one said stuff about hormones yrs ago. What to do?
Check with: Your doctor. Not sure what you're asking. It is impossible to evaluate this problem over the internet as we don't have adequate info. ...Read more
There is varying: Opinions as to the efficacy and safety of HRT. Best discussed w/your physician or even multiple opinions. ...Read more
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
Had TOTAL hysterectomy at age32, does losing estrogen cause premature ageing from being thrown into menopause, if not estrogen what hormones can be caus?
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Is 10mcg of vagifen for a 57 yo women with vaginal dryness too much? I am 57, very healthy and I am trying vagifem for vaginal dryness. I am taking the lowest dose-- 10mcg. I had a total hysterectomy in 1998. My question is, as doses go for hormones, is 1
No: That would be an appropriate dose. It should help greatly for your symptoms. ...Read more
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?
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