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Hysterectomy for PCOSWill a hysterectomy or oophorectomy cure my PCOS/PCOD?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disorder (PCOS) is a disorder of the endocrine system. While one of the symptoms can be polycystic ovaries, it is only one of many symptoms. Some women have polycystic ovaries, but do not have PCOS. Other women have PCOS, yet do not have polycystic ovaries. Unfortunately, at this time there is no cure for PCOS.

An oophorectomy will obviously put an end to polycystic ovaries by removing them. It will not alter the other symptoms, which can include insulin resistance. If you were suffering from other symptoms before your surgery, they will remain after your surgery. One possible exception is that since the ovaries produce up to 60% of your body’s testosterone, when they are removed, it may be enough of a decrease in androgens to no longer cause unpleasant side affects.

Are there any special HRT requirements after an oopherectomy?

There has been very little, if any research concerning PCOS and HRT therapy after an oophorectomy. From experience, we see that it can take longer for the woman with PCOS to attain a balance of their hormones. This is because of other issues with additional hormones which may also need to be addressed. One thing that seems to be agreed upon by all is that the woman with PCOS should rarely be given testosterone or DHEA supplements.

It is very important that the woman who has PCOS find a doctor who understands PCOS and surgical menopause. Not everyone in the medical community is up-to-date with the latest research and treatment options. It is important to get treatment for insulin resistance.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

05-05-2006 - 01:51 PM


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