Although there are many benefits to hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy, there are some adverse side effects that women considering HRT should consider.
Some women may not have strong menopausal symptoms after a hysterectomy. If this is the case, hormone replacement therapy may not be necessary. There are other forms of treatment women can consider if they are having minor symptoms.
For women that are 50 or older, hormone replacement after a hysterectomy is not necessary since this is the natural time women would be typically be entering menopause. There is some evidence that suggests the older women are when they start hormone replacement therapy the higher cardiovascular risks are involved.
Estrogen pills can put a lot of stress on the liver, therefore, if a woman has liver disease, taking estrogen orally in pill form may not be the best option. Patches and gels may provide a better option.
Hormone replacement therapy may also cause symptoms that may resemble premenstrual symptoms like swollen or painful breasts, nausea and headaches.
Women who take hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy are also at higher risk of health problems like strokes, blood clots, or heart attacks. Evidence also suggests that hormone replacement therapy may result in an increased risk of breast or ovarian cancer.
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.
Increased risk of breast or ovarian cancer – Some studies have suggested that hormone replacement surgery after a hysterectomy may increase the risk of breast cancer. Although, mounting evidence shows this is only after long-term use. Many doctors are hesitant to prescribe estrogen to women who previously had breast cancer fearing it may trigger cancer. Hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy may cause an increase in ovarian cancer. However, these risks are very low.