Hormone Replacement Therapy after Hysterectomy
After a hysterectomy, a woman’s body will change dramatically. One of the most difficult changes to deal with is the resulting hormone imbalance that can affect everything from mood to overall health.
For many women, hormone replacement therapy can be the solution.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
After a hysterectomy, the ovaries no longer produce estrogen. Hormone replacement therapy replaces estrogen and testosterone to prevent early onset menopause symptoms. In the past, HRT was recommended for all women after undergoing a hysterectomy. Now, the therapy is less widely recommended, but is still a great option with plenty of benefits for many women.
Relieving Symptoms of Menopause
A major concern for many women facing a hysterectomy is the idea of entering the phase of menopause earlier than normal. It’s easy to understand this concern, as symptoms include hot flashes, insomnia, changes in mood, and discomfort during sexual intercourse, among others. With the HRT, these symptoms are eased and women can live a more comfortable life.
Osteoporosis is a big concern for older women. A lack of estrogen leads to weaker bones which can result in osteoporosis, which is why the disease is a primary concern for post-menopausal women. HRT replaces the estrogen and slows the process of bone weakening. In fact, the therapy can increase bone density to make bones stronger.
Studies are continually being conducted to determine how replacing hormones will affect the likelihood of other future medical issues. Research continues to show that hormone therapy can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, colorectal cancer, and dementia.
Stabilizing the Body
When a woman enters menopause naturally, estrogen in the body slowly decreases over time. On the other hand, when the ovaries are removed during surgery, the decrease occurs suddenly and completely and, thus, throws off the body’s natural hormone balance. That change can affect every part of the body, including the brain, bones, heart, and skin. Hormone replacement therapy slows the process to more closely mimic the way the body would naturally experience the decrease in estrogen.
Turtle Creek Medical Center
Every person is different and there is no single answer that fits with every case. If you’ve had a hysterectomy, or if you’re considering the procedure, contact the professionals at Turtle Creek Medical Center to discuss HRT treatment options. We work with each woman individually to help determine what treatment, if any, would suit them best.