• What might I expect after total hysterectomy and not being able to have hormones?

    Asked by miabearfan on Friday, February 1, 2013

    What might I expect after total hysterectomy and not being able to have hormones?

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had my tubes and ovaries removed but still have my uterus...instant menopause is not fun, but its not horrific either!!!! When I was on AI's, I was having awful joint pain and was taking gabapentin...and a nice side effect of the gabapentin is it helped with my night sweats...like they went away.....Layer clothing, keep windows open....all the best to you...

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

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      over 3 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I had a total hysterectomy, then started chemo - it took longer than usual to start chemo because my oncology team needed to agree on a diagnosis. Anyway, I did not feel or notice any hormonal changes. I know that might be unusual, but I assumed that it was due to the chemo drugs - or maybe I couldn't differentiate between hormonal changes and chemo side effects?

      over 3 years ago
    • maralyn's Avatar

      when i had my surgery, nobody told me you go straight into menopause!!! i thought i was just going crazy!!! i never had any signs of menopause before, like hot flashes or extreme mood changes,,, but i got some meds to balance me out some, sought some counseling and other than getting warm a few times a day, i haven't had any problems!!! we all are different as to how our bodies react to things, even with out cancer in the pic!!! my prayers to you for a successful surgery and recovery, and keep us posted as to how you are doing!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I had a total hysterectomy and the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes. My doctor told me I could not have any hormones also. I felt like my body lost its means of regulating my temperature. I went from cold to sweating hot and sweating hot to cold many times a day. I learned to dress in layers to keep comfortable. At night I had different thicknesses of sheets and blankets so I could take off and put on layers as needed. I tried to avoid situations where it was hot and I could not cool off. Sometimes I would where baseball caps outside to cover my bald head and put ice or wet paper towels in the top of the cap to keep cool.

      over 3 years ago
    • Marianne's Avatar

      I went through menopause several years ago and sailed right through it... one or two hot flashes, but other than that, no problems. So when I had the "hysterectomy deluxe," as I call it, I didn't expect any problems, since my hormones had long since retired. And for the most part that's true, except that I have a harder time regulating my body temperature, as Cindy mentioned. But it's not severe. I don't know how much hormone is produced by cells other than the ovaries. I've read that estrogen is also manufactured in fat cells (of which I have too many, I'm sorry to say). Maybe that's why I didn't suffer through menopause as some other women do. Maybe my fat cells are still producing estrogen. I haven't thought to ask my doctor.

      over 3 years ago
    • mjs24's Avatar

      I was already menopausal when I had my hysterectomy but I did have a hard time with vaginal dryness and pain. There are some things your Dr can recommend to help with the transition, if not holistic doctors may be able to help. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago

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