Women who have not yet entered into menopause and have their ovaries removed may enter surgical menopause because they can no longer produce estrogen. Women who only have their uterus removed during a hysterectomy will not enter surgical menopause.
Estrogen affects multiple parts of the body including the brain, skin, heart and blood vessels. Estrogen levels drop severely after a hysterectomy, which means hormone replacement therapy could be extremely beneficial. Hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy with estrogen and/or progestin may counteract the menopausal effects after surgery. Women who only have their ovaries removed will need both estrogen and progestin because estrogen by itself can increase the risk of cancer on the uterus. Women have both the ovaries and uterus removed only need estrogen.
The Pros of Hormone Replacement Therapy After a Hysterectomy:
There have been links to severe side effects of hormone replacement therapy in older women. The risks of hormone replacement therapy may be less severe in younger people. If a woman is entering menopause due to a hysterectomy that means she must be young since the onset of menopause comes with old age.
Women who have their ovaries removed are at a higher risk of heart disease. Hormones after a hysterectomy could decrease this risk. Women who have their ovaries removed have also been linked to dementia and Parkinson’s disease. It is recommended that women who are using hormone replacement therapy after a surgical hysterectomy stop therapy once they reach the natural menopausal age of 51. Hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy has been linked to reducing menopausal side effects as well and as a decreased risk of osteoporosis.
To find out more about menopause after a hysterectomy and hormone replacement therapy, please contact the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care office today. Our oncologists treat each individual patient’s needs with specialized care and compassion while educating patients throughout treatment to ensure understanding and peace-of-mind. Visit our website for more information at nvscc.com or call us at 702-739-6467.
Estrogen is named for its importance in menstrual and estrous reproductive cycles, Estrogen is commonly used in hormone replacement therapy after hysterectomy. Although estrogen is found in both male and females, estrogen levels are much higher in women. The hormone promotes the development of secondary sexual characteristics and helps regulate the menstrual cycle. Progestin is synthetic progestogens used in hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy. Progestogens are involved in the menstrual cycle and during pregnancy.