Progesterone and Partial Hysterectomy

by Ann

I had a partial hysterectomy in 1998, they left my ovaries. However, I wasn't given any advice afterwards and wasn't offered any hormone therepy.

12 Years on I don't know if I have been through or am in the menopause but I do have a lot of the Estrogen Dominance symptoms. My biggest struggle at the moment is with tiredness, lethargy, foggy thinking, weight gain. My doctor has put me on antidepressants. I am not sure this is what I need. Can I ask your thoughts please?

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Oct 25, 2010
don't take anti-depressants as the first choice
by: Michele


Why doctors just prescribe pills right off the bat, is annoying. Did your doctor do any type of tests, i.e. blood tests, hormone tests, etc? I would go back and ask for hormone tests [saliva is supposed to be the best vs blood tests] at the minimum, and mention you want to try bio-identical progesterone cream as you want to first see if you can fix your problems without resorting to popping a pill!

I started on bio-identical progesterone on 01 September of this year - so it's been almost two months - I haven't felt this good in 7 years! I have gotten rid of Chronic Fatigue, candida and foggy thinking. It does put a bit of weight on you, though - read this website and everyone seems to say the same thing...but I work out 3-4 times per week so I have only put on a few pounds....which I will take over my previous condition. I am so happy and energetic - I want to run down the street screaming with joy - please take control of your life like I did and do your own investigation and change your doctor if you have to. GOOD LUCK!

Oct 26, 2010
by: jackie uk

Hi Ann, I had a hysterectomy 1 year ago and have 1 ovary. For a long time i had suffered from oestrogen dominance symptoms but didn't realise it.
For the past 3 months I have been using usp natural progesterone cream and I have to say I am feeling so much better! It has taken quite a few weeks to work and I did feel worse for a while but it was worth it. I feel more positive, more alert and have more energy especially in the afternoon when I used to feel so tired I felt druged! Give it a try and persevere with it because as I said you will probably feel awful at first. Good luck, I don't think any of us deserve to feel so awful and I really hope it works for you. Kind regards.

Nov 15, 2010
Partial Hysterectomy
by: Wray

Hi Ann Extraordinary he gives you antidepressants for those symptoms, seems like a panacea for every problem a woman has. If it's not HRT she's given. Almost like...this will keep her quiet! I would agree with your diagnosis, excess oestrogen. You might like to see our page on Oestrogen Dominance. Excess oestrogen can lead to insulin resistance, those symptoms you've given also fit that, please see our page on Insulin Resistance. IR can be caused by a lack of vitamin D too, and living in the UK you are more than likely low in it, please have a test done. For more info please see the Vitamin D council website. And please see this paper here. Although it mentions bone, it is indicative of the low levels of the vitamin in the UK. A lack of vitamin D also causes weight gain. We do have a page on anxiety/depression, you could look through it here, to see if you really need those AD's. There are plenty of nutrients which are all essential if depressed. The only safe way to suppress excess oestrogen is with progesterone. If you should consider using it, I recommend between 100-200mg/day, but please see this page on Menopause for more info. I'm not sure of your age, but in view of the hyst, you most probably have reached it. The average age is 51. Before you start it please read through that page on oestrogen dominance, as this can occur when first using it, most disconcerting if it does! Take care Wray

[Note from webmaster... sorry Ann, Wray posted this the day after your post but a glitch in the systems caused this delay.]

Dec 20, 2012
by: Anonymous

i had partial hysterectomy at 24 three months ago i had blood clot so ended up getting blood now i was diagnosed insulin resistance today can this be caused by surgery. iam not over weight i was 105 now 120

Dec 21, 2012
by: Wray

Hi there I'm not aware of surgery per se causing Insulin Resistance, but the stress of the surgery could have disrupted your hormones and neurotransmitters. Plus many of the antioxidant amino acids drop during surgery. Many of these are involved in preventing IR. It is possible to reverse it, there's a list of nutrients on the page I've given you. Take care Wray

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