Don't know what to use or take

Had a hysterectomy just leaving the left ovary due to fibroids of the uterus cysts on both ovaries and overgrowth of scar tissue from 3 cesarians. Relieved symptoms for a while but developed a cyst on the ovary that was left. And had milk production which I told the doctor before the surgery. Had prolactin level checked and was high and was told all of this was caused by high prolactin levels and a possible prolactinoma.

So therefore causing more fibroids ovarian cysts now vaginal dryness muscle soreness that I didn't have prior to surgery. Also was very active sexually before the surgery and now still am but not as enjoyable. No hotflashes as of yet and thinking of trying progesterone cream.

My thoughts are to examine all aspects before a hysterectomy. When my prolactin levels were found to be high and I went to an endrocrinologist. It was stated that with therapy I could have alleviated the need for the hysterectomy and just had the excessive scar tissue removed. And one ovary and maybe could have saved the rest and maybe my chance for more children. I have since then lost my ability to have health insurance and looking for natural ways to boost my dopamine levels. And now have to find ways of helping other symptoms that I didn't have prior to the surgery. And still have to cope with the cysts that I'm still developing and fibroids and scar tissue growth from hence the hysterectomy itself.

I'm hoping the progesterone cream will help with the sexual libido excessive vaginal dryness and muscle soreness that I'm now having. The depression and emotional outbursts that I have now I don't know if it is the high prolactin or other. My thought is check all of your avenues before you have a hysterectomy because you may end up with the same issues you had befor but also new ones because of the hysterectomy itself. Be very very informed.

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Apr 29, 2011
Don't know what to use or take
by: Wray

Hi there A hyst can throw women into hormonal turmoil, unfortunately it's only too readily performed on women. As you found out there are often alternatives. It appears your oestrogen is too high, this causes cysts and Fibroids. It can cause muscle and joint pain too, it's an inflammatory hormone, unlike progesterone which, together with it's metabolite, allopregnanlone, is a potent analgesic, see here and here. Progesterone can help vaginal dryness and inflammation if applied directly in the vagina. Oestrogen increases mitotic and secretory activity of several cells in the pituitary, but particularly the proliferation of prolactin cells. If progesterone is high enough it suppresses prolactin, this is why pregnant women don't produce milk. It's only after birth when progesterone levels drop, that prolactin rises. It's often regarded as the hormone of lactogenesis, ie causes milk to be produced, but does have inflammatory properties too, see here, here, here, here, here,
here, here here and here. A lack of protein, in particular the amino acid tyrosine, slows down the production of dopamine, which is made from tyrosine, see here. Normal dopamine levels suppress prolactin, if dopamine drops due to a lack of tyrosine, prolactin rises. Dopamine also drops with stress, principally because tyrosine is also the precursor to the two stress hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline. I'm running our of space, so will start a new comment below. Take care Wray

Apr 29, 2011
Don't know what to use or take
by: Wray

Hi there If you should consider using progesterone, please see our page on How to use progesterone, plus our page on Menopause too, as the hyst has stopped all periods. These pages give info on how to use it and how much. I recommend 100-200mg/day, dependant on symptoms. But before doing so, please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance. The more severe the symptoms, the higher the oestrogen level, the more likely this is to occur. Please use some of the cream in your vagina too, rubbing it directly on any painful area also helps. There are a number of nutrients which help pain and depression, please see our page on Anxiety. Progesterone does help libido, in fact we have many men using it for this, see here. Although this study was done on men, progesterone plays the same role in both sexes. Finally please have a vitamin D test done. This is low in most of us, it's a potent anti-inflammatory. For more info please see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. This is an excellent video to watch too, see here. Take care Wray


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