Menopausal symptoms after partial hysterectomy

by Lori
(Canada)

I am a 48 year old woman, and had a partial hysterectomy 10 years ago. After my surgery, it was discovered that I suffered from adenomyosis. I still have one ovary, but my cervix was removed also. My surgeon at the time stated that I wouldn't need to go on hormones for at least 10 to 15 years.

In the past five to six years, I have gained a fair bit of weight, and have bad anxiety problems. I really tend to sweat easily, but lately, I have found that I do not have to do anything physical at all, and I will suddenly start feeling really hot in the top part of my body, and I will really start to sweat. (Not sure if these are hot flashes). After the heat passes, I feel chilled. I have had some night sweats too. I have been exercising regularly now and the weight just doesn't seem to be coming off that easily.

I am on anxiety medications and sleep medications. I am depressed a lot; but not to an extreme degree. Another symptom is that I bloat a lot, even after eating a small amount of food.

Do you believe that the progesterone cream would benefit me? I really hope so. Any help would be appreciated.

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Sep 23, 2011
Symptoms of Menoupause
by: Cheryl

Lori, you poor thing. You definitely are having hot flashes. I remember when I first started having menopause symptoms; I had just quit smoking (a 35 year habit) and a month later I started having hot flashes almost every hour, my ears rang all the time, my asthma was almost uncontrollable - and I didn't know what symptoms were from quitting smoking or from menopause. But I do believe I threw my body into a shock which lasted for two years. My husband bought me one of those fans that has a water mister in it also (which was awesome). And then I learned about progesterone - wow I started at 200mg per day and never quit - some days I use more or less, but I don't have asthma any more and I don't have hot flashes any more! Any time I have a sore muscle, I put progesterone on it. I will never go without it again, I truly think progesterone saved my life.

Sep 25, 2011
Thank you!
by: Lori

Cheryl: Thank you so much for your kind words and adivice. It is such a comfort to hear from other women going through symptoms similar to my own! I would much rather hear of other women's experiences and their advice, than to go see a doctor who probably want to prescribe the pill for me instead of bioidentical hormones.
I was wondering, did you see a doctor for your symptoms, or did you just start using the cream on your own?
Again, thank you so much!!

Oct 05, 2011
Menopausal symptoms after partial hysterectomy
by: Wray

Hi Lori As Cheryl says you are having hot flushes. Your one ovary would have been making some progesterone, but after a few years it stops. I normally recommend 100-200mg/day, more if symptoms are severe. So agreeing with Cheryl again, please experiment with the amount, you might find you do need the 200mg/day as she did. And use it as and when you need it as she does, it should never be used in a fixed daily amount. For one thing stress drops levels, so symptoms come back, therefore more is needed during any stressful time. Hot flushes are stressful! In fact I've found 400mg/day and more are needed to reduce or stop them. We do have a few pages you might find helpful, Peri-menopause, Menopause and Oestrogen Dominance. Please read this last page if you should consider using progesterone. There are many natural anti-depressants, there's a list on our Anxiety page. And progesterone does help sleep too, see here. Take care Wray

Oct 05, 2011
Menopausal symptoms after partial hysterectomy
by: Wray

Hi Lori As Cheryl says you are having hot flushes. Your one ovary would have been making some progesterone, but after a few years it stops. I normally recommend 100-200mg/day, more if symptoms are severe. So agreeing with Cheryl again, please experiment with the amount, you might find you do need the 200mg/day as she did. And use it as and when you need it as she does, it should never be used in a fixed daily amount. For one thing stress drops levels, so symptoms come back, therefore more is needed during any stressful time. Hot flushes are stressful! In fact I've found 400mg/day and more are needed to reduce or stop them. We do have a few pages you might find helpful, Peri-menopause, Menopause and Oestrogen Dominance. Please read this last page if you should consider using progesterone. There are many natural anti-depressants, there's a list on our Anxiety page. And progesterone does help sleep too, see here. Take care Wray

Oct 05, 2011
Symptoms of Menoupause
by: Wray

Hi Cheryl Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, they're always so welcome. Take care Wray

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