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Retain Healthy Lifestyle After Hysterectomy With HRT
Posted on July 25, 2016 11:15 AM by Dr. Mac
Women strive for a long-term healthy lifestyle which is free from risks that may potentially cause complications in the future.  During a hysterectomy, the uterus is removed which often leads to a decision about removal of other organs such as the ovaries.  Many gynecologists decide to remove the ovaries with a hysterectomy if the woman is younger than 51 to reduce the risk of cancer.  What will influence the extent of your hysterectomy procedure?
 
Evaluate The Risks & Live Healthier
 
There are several different types of a hysterectomy but frequently the procedure involves an oophorectomy where the ovaries are removed.  The decision to have a hysterectomy is usually due to any of the following reasons: fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, uterine prolapsed, endometriosis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and cancer of the uterus, ovaries, or cervix.
 
Ovaries removed during a hysterectomy are believed to reduce the risk for ovarian cancer by 80-90% and breast cancer by 50-60% with no further HRT.  However, hormone levels drastically drop after the ovaries are removed since they are the main producer of estrogen.
 
After a hysterectomy, immediate hormone replacement therapy is vital towards feeling your best as healthy hormone levels are maintained.  Dr. Mac or Kristi guide many women to make a long-term decision in their best interest and retain a healthy lifestyle with hormone replacement therapy.  Will you choose HRT to counteract the hormones you have lost?
 
Why You Should Choose HRT
 
A hysterectomy treats numerous conditions and lowers a woman’s risk for cancer.  With hormone replacement therapy, a woman’s quality of life is greatly improved since hormones affect the body in a variety of ways.  Non-replacement of hormones would increase the aging process and lead to an earlier possibility of dying. Additionally, other chronic conditions may develop that include arteriosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, and osteoporosis.
David McLaughlin, MD