Total Hysterectomy and Progesterone

by Yvonne
(Calgary, Canada)

I am a 47 year old women who had a total hysterectomy when I was 30. I have been on estrogen for 17 years and no progesterone. The whole time on estrogen I never felt good but dealt with it and moved on in life. I suffered terribly from panic attacks and anxiety and always felt sick and had many other symptoms.

Recently I watched Oprah and Dr. Phil on their topics for bio identical hormones. This made me look into it more and I found a docter who works with bio idential hormones. Also she has put me on progesterone. I am very estrogen dominent as my levels are high when I do the spit test and my progesterone levels are low.

Since starting my progesterone therapy I definitely sleep better at night and I'm not quite so anxious anymore. I think the anxiety will go once we get the estrogen therapy on the right tract as that has still been a struggle.

Traditional docters are telling women when they have had total hysterectomy's they don't need progesterone and that is not true. Get your levels tested and you will see that you do need it. I have suffered for 17 years now and probably more as my periods prior to the hysto were not great too.

Good luck.

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Aug 28, 2009
Total Hysterectomy and Progesterone
by: Wray

Hi Yvonne. It's a great pity that so many women are only given oestrogen and the synthetic progestins after a hysterectomy. They are no substitute for the real thing. I can't agree with you still being given oestrogen though, it makes no sense, particularly if you're oestrogen dominant. That is why you are finding it's still a struggle. I suggest you only use the progesterone and a high dose too, about 200mg/day, if you're still anxious. Please see this web page on oestrogen dominance.
Take care, Wray

Jul 20, 2014
thank you Yvonne
by: Fiona

Thank you Yvonne. It helps to hear what someone in the same situation has to say. sorry for your 17 + years of misery, I hope yr doing better now x

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