Why Hormone Replacement Therapy after a Hysterectomy?

Doctors often recommend hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy, as it has a number of long-term benefits for those who have had the operation.

Replacing Hormones

Until menopause, the ovaries make most of the body’s estrogen. When the ovaries are removed during a hysterectomy, estrogen levels drop. Hormone replacement therapy will replace some or all of the estrogen that the ovaries would be making until menopause.  

Women who undergo a hysterectomy before menopause need to replace the estrogen the body loses, because it can no longer produce estrogen on its own. Most women who are in surgical menopause are advised to consider hormone therapy.

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy involves providing medications containing estrogen and other hormones, as needed, to replace what the body can no longer make after menopause.

This used to be a standard treatment for women with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. However, today it is generally prescribed for women who undergo hysterectomies.

Benefits of Hormone Therapy

Systemic estrogen is the most effective treatment for relief of hot flashes and night sweats. Hormone therapy not only reduces the number of hot flashes women experience, it can also make hot flashes less severe.

Estrogen can also help ease the vaginal symptoms of menopause, which include dryness, itching, burning and discomfort during intercourse. Hormone therapy also helps with other early menopause symptoms. For example, estrogen can help women sleep better during menopause. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved HRT for the prevention of osteoporosis, as well, because without estrogen, women are at risk for weaker bones later in life. Hormone therapy lowers this risk by slowing bone thinning and increasing bone thickness.

Additionally, some data suggests estrogen can decrease the risk of heart disease. Estrogen has been proven to be the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms.

Low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen can help to treat vaginal symptoms and a number of urinary symptoms, as well.

Women who have had hysterectomies, and undergo hormone replacement therapy, also have a lower risk of most types of breast cancer.

Turtle Creek Medical Center

While there are some risks with hormone replacement therapy, the benefits outweigh these risks when it comes to hysterectomies. Women who undergo a hysterectomy in their 20s, 30s or 40s should look to hormone therapy. Those who have already gone through menopause may benefit from it as well.

Women who are looking for hormone replacement therapy in Dallas Texas should contact Turtle Creek Medical Center today. Our medical staff will consult with you to determine if HRT would be beneficial in your case.