Hysterectomy Induced Menopause
What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus (womb). In some cases, the ovaries and fallopian tubes also are removed. The ovaries are organs that produce ovum (eggs) and estrogen. Hysterectomy is one the most common surgeries for women of reproductive age, second only to cesarean section.
Hysterectomy and Hormone Replacement Therapy After Hysterectomy: Surgical Menopause
Surgical menopause, more commonly referred to as a hysterectomy, results if a premenopausal woman's ovaries are removed during a hysterectomy surgery. Because her ovaries are no longer present to produce estrogen (one of the hysterectomy hormones), her estrogen levels drop immediately post hysterectomy and her system is thrown into complete disarray, with possible effects including: fatigue, joint pains, decreased short-term memory, dwindling libido, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, decreased resistance, and weight gain. These symptoms associated with hysterectomy induced menopause are identical to those experienced by women who undergo perimenopause and menopause, except instead of developing gradually, they can have a profound and sudden effect. Bioidentical hormone therapy is an important adjunct when hormone function is compromised - naturally or surgically.
The Center for Disease Control found that two thirds of the approximate 600,000 hysterectomies done in the United States every year are unnecessary.
When a woman is facing a decision to undergo a hysterectomy, or has had the procedure and is experiencing related after effects involving hysterectomy hormones, bioidentical hormone therapy provides relief along with a return to health and balance.
BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone doctors have found that with proper diet, lifestyle changes (exercise and stress reduction), nutritional supplementation combined with bioidentical hormone therapy, many women can avoid undergoing a possibly unnecessary hysterectomy. If surgery is necessary, natural hormone therapy can correct hormones after hysterectomy.