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Do women need estrogen supplements after hysterectomy?

Do women need estrogen supplements after hysterectomy?

Maybe: Multiple factors need to be reviewed-- age, whether or not the ovaries were removed, past history of blood clots or cancer, and overall health. For most patients if the ovaries were removed the answer is yes. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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What are your thoughts on DHEA supplement after total hysterectomy vs the traditional estrogen and testosterone therapy?

What are your thoughts on DHEA supplement after total hysterectomy vs the traditional estrogen and testosterone therapy?

Don't bother w/DHEA: DHEA is a dietary supplement that garnered a lot of press at one as mother of all hormones but there's no proof of clinical benefit despite theory. There are definite risks as well as benefits to hormone replacement. Individual answer depends upon your personal & Family History. Total hysterectomy refers only to removing uterus which means ovaries are left behind. Ask if BSO necessary which means ...Read more

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Menopause after hysterectomy weight gain tired knee and ankle. Foot pain no estrogen pill what supplementes work best?

Menopause after hysterectomy weight gain tired knee and ankle. Foot pain no estrogen pill what supplementes work best?

Why no estrogen?: Have you considered estrogen replacement therapy? Do you have any medical conditions like blood clotting disorders or breast cancer that prevent this? Supplements are hit and miss. No good data to say that any are terrific. Black cohash is one of the more well studied but even this does not do much better than placebo (fake medicine). Careful as not all supps are same. Seek out quality products. ...Read more

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How come a woman who has had a hysterectomy and only takes estrogen replacement, doesn't become estrogen dominant without the progesterone?

How come a woman who has had a hysterectomy and only takes estrogen replacement, doesn't become estrogen dominant without the progesterone?

Because the theory: Is flawed. Estrogen dominance is a theory about a metabolic state where the level of estrogen outweighs the level of Progesterone in the body. This is said to be caused by a decrease in Progesterone without a subsequent decrease in estrogen. The theory is popular among natural health practitioners, but is generally not recognized by mainstream medicine. It's another internet scam. ...Read more

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Per my blood work, my estrogen level is 7. I got a prscriptn for divigel but my mom had breast cancer 3 yrs ago. Pls advs. Currently in great health for 51. Black female, straight, otr, cdl driver. Hysterectomy 4 yrs ago for fibroids. I get a physica

Per my blood work, my estrogen level is 7. I got a prscriptn for divigel but my mom had breast cancer 3 yrs ago. Pls advs. Currently in great health for 51. Black female, straight, otr, cdl driver. Hysterectomy 4 yrs ago for fibroids. I get a physica

I: I share your concerns. I do not know what symptoms you are having that you were prescribed Divigel for, but I assume that you are having menopausal symptoms that you are suffering from. My concern with you would be your family history of breast cancer. In addition, there is increased cardiovascular risks in women over 50 and in women who are overweight. I am very concerned that you could have consequences from taking this medication, so please discuss your risk factors with your doctor. My concern with herbal medications is that they carry the same risk with their estrogen-like substances as regular estrogen, so the herbal medication or bio-identicals have not been proven safe in large peer-reviewed studies either. There are other non-hormonal medications that can help menopausal symptoms, such as neurontin, (gabapentin) but there are several others that you can read about or ask your doctor about as well. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy had everything took out taking and taking estrogen will it cause some sort of cancer?

I had a hysterectomy had everything took out taking and taking estrogen will it cause some sort of cancer?

Perhaps: For elderly women given estrogen years after their hysterectomy there was a concern about breast cancer. You must talk to the doctor who is prescribing the estrogen about your risk based on your family history and how long you will be on estrogen. ...Read more

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Had a hysterectomy several years ago and on estrogen and testoserone but hard to lose weight what can I do?

Had a hysterectomy several years ago and on estrogen and testoserone but hard to lose weight what can I do?

Try Metformin: Metformin is very effective for helping lose body fat. As we grow older, we all tend to become Insulin resistant. Insulin's function is to move sugar from the blood into the cells where it is stored as fat. I routinely prescribe metformin to my overweight patients (mostly non-diabetics) with overwhelmingly gratifying success. They feel better, have more energy, and lose their carb cravings. ...Read more

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Questioning reading of 255 estrogen reading on recent labs! 289 estrogen reading! Is this harmful I'm 60. Had complete hysterectomy at 40.

Questioning reading of 255 estrogen reading on recent labs! 289 estrogen reading! Is this harmful I'm 60. Had complete hysterectomy at 40.

This seems high,: For your age, are you taking an estrogen supplement?
If so may need less. OR If not you should discuss this with your doctor ...Read more

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Had everything took out during my hysterectomy is a 2mg estrogen pill to much?

Maybe: Typical doses for oral estrogen are 0.5, 1 and 2mg per day. Most physicians start women at a lower dose and then increase the dose if their symptoms are not well managed. There's likely no harm at the 2mg dose. Depends on how your body is reacting and responding to the loss of your ovaries. Every woman is different. If you are concerned, have a conversation with your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Been on estrogen patch since hysterectomy in 2001, I'm 50yrs old now, do I really need to still be on it, Is it necessary. Tyvm?

Been on estrogen patch since hysterectomy in 2001, I'm 50yrs old now, do I really need to still be on it, Is it necessary. Tyvm?

No: Hormonal replacement is elective and for treatment of menopausal symptoms. This is a quality of life issue. Stopping it may increase hot flashes, insomnia and vaginal dryness. There is no increase risk of breast CA with estrogen use alone ...Read more

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A co-worker told me that she doen't produce estrogen due to a hysterectomy with 1 ovary, my bc feed off estrogen can I get a hystro 2 help me?

A co-worker told me that she doen't produce estrogen due to a hysterectomy with 1 ovary, my bc feed off estrogen can I get a hystro 2 help me?

Estrogen who?: Hi I believe you are telling me you had breast cancer that has estrogen receptor positive. A hysterectomy is removal of the uterus which does not produce estrogen. Ovaries produce estrogen in declining amounts as we age. Tamoxifen is a drug that stops the effect of estrogen in the breast-but not always-there is a question about patients who don't respond to tamoxifen. See your oncologist-please. ...Read more

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6 weeks postoperative total hysterectomy, vaginal itchy. Why? I am taking estrogen

6 weeks postoperative total hysterectomy, vaginal itchy. Why? I am taking estrogen

Candida possible: You might have a candida (yeast) infection, especially if you received any antibiotics around the time of surgery. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy and take Estropipate 1.5 mg can I take estrogen pills as well will it hurt me?

I had a hysterectomy and take Estropipate 1.5 mg can I take estrogen pills as well will it hurt me?

You need to be balan: If your uterus was removed and the ovaries were left in, you may not need any sort of hormonal therapy. With that being said if your ovaries were removed then attention should be paid to if you need to have hormonalsupplementation examples would be testing to check your bones and cardiac status. Estrogen and progesterone need to be given together. ...Read more

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I am 44 had hysterectomy 3 years ago left one ovary. Blood work showed my estrogen to be 708.6. I am worried.?

I am 44 had hysterectomy 3 years ago left one ovary. Blood work showed my estrogen to be 708.6. I am worried.?

Premenopausal E2: No worries. You are normal. It depends on what point in your cycle. You are just premenopausal female. The lone ovary ...Read more

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If I have not had a hysterectomy, will soy lecithin granules effect my estrogen levels in a negative way? (1tbsp per day)

If I have not had a hysterectomy, will soy lecithin granules effect my estrogen levels in a negative way? (1tbsp per day)

No: Oral intake of soy products is not likely to effect your overall hormonal balance. Not sure why you would want to take this supplement though? ...Read more

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Why is it bad to go through early menapause? Why is it important to take estrogen after a complete hysterectomy to prevent early menapause?

Early Menopause: When the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, some degenerative processes start, such as bone loss leading eventually to osteoporosis, and changes in cholesterol that can increase risk of heart disease, and cognitive decline. If menopause is early, these processes start up sooner. Hormone replacement delays the process. ...Read more

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I wear an Estrogen. 75mg patch since Hysterectomy in 2001 but for the last 4 days I've been sweaty hot even when it's cool, any ideas. Tyvm?

I wear an Estrogen. 75mg patch since Hysterectomy in 2001 but for the last 4 days I've been sweaty hot even when it's cool, any ideas. Tyvm?

Hot flashes: There are many other circumstances that cause hot flashes such as thyroid disease, anxiety, illness etc. You might want to see your MD for an evaluation. She might want to talk to you about lowering the estrogen dose or weaning it. ...Read more

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I'm on. 05 estrogen patch (hysterectomy) was thinking of stopping, my Dr said it's more benificial to keep it health wise. Is that true, is hrt bad. Ty?

No simple answer: Books are written about this! This is a very reasonable treatment and you may very well feel better on it. It is harder to say you will be healthier. Side effects and complications are rare but can be serious, so it is mostly a question of quality of life and how much benefit you are seeing. I see no reason why you can't stop for a while to see how you feel. You can always return to it. ...Read more

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Can estrogen replacement after hysterectomy make your breasts larger?

Can estrogen replacement after hysterectomy make your breasts larger?

Yes: Estrogen does stimulate breast tissue. If your does is too high it can also cause persistent tenderness. Tell you prescribing doctor if this occurs. ...Read more

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Could a hysterectomy help with pure menstrual migraine with add back estrogen?

Could a hysterectomy help with pure menstrual migraine with add back estrogen?

Yes: But at 29 years old, wouldn't you rather try a reversible medical castration first rather than a permanent surgical method? ...Read more

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Does anyone know how long it takes for estrogen to go down after an abdominal hysterectomy?

Does anyone know how long it takes for estrogen to go down after an abdominal hysterectomy?

? Ovaries?: The uterus does not produce estrogen, the ovaries do. If you had a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and the ovaries were preserved (and you are not menopausal), you will continue to produce estrogen at the same level as before the surgery. You really need to ask if the ovaries were removed. If the ovaries were removed, estrogen levels drop quickly. ...Read more

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What could cause me to stop producing estrogen even though I've not had a hysterectomy & gyn says I'm not in menopause but has no idea why?

What could cause me to stop producing estrogen even though I've not had a hysterectomy & gyn says I'm not in menopause but has no idea why?

Several causes: If the ovaries fail prematurely it could be one cause. Has your gyn checked your pituitary gland? Your adrenals? Your liver? Have you gotten very thin? Theses are all areas I would suggest looking into. ...Read more

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Total hysterectomy 1 year ago. I have been on estrogen. 075 patches for a year. Lately I have been tired and bloating. Could I need higher dose?

Total hysterectomy 1 year ago. I have been on estrogen. 075 patches for a year. Lately I have been tired and bloating. Could I need higher dose?

Most likely: Most likely yes either you need higher dose or different delivery mechanism either way you need to discuss it with your doctor and talk about the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy thank you for using health tap and good luck ...Read more

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5 months ago I had supracervical hysterectomy/ bilateral oophorectomy. Now taking estrogen. I day of spotting 28 days apart in the last 2 months.

5 months ago I had supracervical hysterectomy/ bilateral oophorectomy. Now taking estrogen. I day of spotting 28 days apart in the last 2 months.

Not unusual: One of the drawbacks to supracervical hysterectomy is some bleeding afterwards-approximately 17% of women will experience cyclic bleeding. Cautery of cervical stump may eliminate it or stopping estrogen. ...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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Should I start taking estrogen as I have under gone hysterectomy 6 years back, one ovary removed, I am 46 years of age. Worried about facial wrinkles.

Should I start taking estrogen as I have under gone hysterectomy 6 years back, one ovary removed, I am 46 years of age. Worried about facial wrinkles.

Not for wrinkles: The current recommendations are to use hormone replacement therapy for moderate to severe perimenopausal symptoms. Wrinkles (or fear of wrinkles) do not fall into that category. ...Read more

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Had hysterectomy in 2001, all gone but one ovary. It quit producing estrogen 2 years ago, can I still get ovarian cancer?

Had hysterectomy in 2001, all gone but one ovary. It quit producing estrogen 2 years ago, can I still get ovarian cancer?

Yes, you can.: Any ovary can develop ovarian cancer, even if it has stopped producing estrogen. In fact, the risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. The median age at diagnosis is 63. The good news is that ovarian cancer is rare, and accounts for only 1.3% of all new cancer cases in the U.S. ...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


Estrogen (Definition)

Estrogen is a hormone that is secreted by the ovaries and affects ovulation, ...Read more