What are the best vitamins and supplements for after a hysterectomy to protect my bones? My doc just says Centrum, but I am curious...any other suggestions? I am also curious about supplements but there is just sooo much info out there, what to really think of it all?
I had the same question after my surgery three months ago. I am 39 years old and was confused...do I take "Women's One A Day" regular or One A Day Silver because despite my young age, I don't have my ovaries (they took everything) and when I look at the dosage list between the two vitamin bottles, there were a lot of differences between the two. I didn't know which one was better for my post-op body.
I sought the advice of my nutritional counselor (I used to see her pre-op when I had debilitating migraines) and she said despite my age, I should be taking the dosage recommendations of a menopausal 50+ woman (same with skin cleanser/moisturizer products).
She recommended: Womens One A Day Silver. In addition, she recommended Biotin, 1200mg-1500mg Calcium, magnesium, Coenzyme Q10, Fish Oil, and Black Cohosh. Surprisingly she said no Vitamin C (I used to take 1500 mg during the winter).
I started taking a multivitamin and calcium supplement at the age of 40 and I think it has made a difference. I think that age 40 is the time to actively work on bone health. I read that there are 2 types of calcium supplements (calcium citrate & calcium carbonate) and it is good to take both kinds. My multivitamin contains one type of calcium and then I take the other type of calcium with magnesium as a supplement.
Weight-bearing exercise is also great for maintaining bone and muscle mass. Even 3 to 5 pound hand weights can help.
At the time of my hysterectomy, I was also taking a fish oil supplement for cardiovascular health and I continued to do so. I think the fish oil also helped to minimize post-surgery constipation which was a good thing.
As I approached age 50, I started taking an acidopholus (pro-biotic) supplement for digestive health and a cranberry capsule supplement for urinary tract health. I have virtually no digestive or urinary tract problems these days and I attribute it to the supplements.
I hope that this information is useful. Even over-the-counter vitamin supplements can interact with certain prescription medications, so be sure to discuss any supplement you plan to take with your doctor.
I was advised by a Harvard MD specializing in HRT to not take black cohosh for more than 6 months. She said it has possible carcinogenic properties that have not been properly vetted. I took my last black cohosh Friday, and am waiting to see if I see any fall out.
I take a good multi-vitamin, flax seed oil (for dry eyes), a B vitamin supplement, and Move Free every morning. Because I take thyroid meds, I have to wait to take any calcium supplements until later and I tend to forget them but try to take them 2x a day. Other than the joint pain that started after my surgery, I feel pretty darn good. I've been a consistent exerciser, both cardio and strength training, for many years and I think that helps.
i take a flinstone vitamin..sometimes 2..lol..its just easier with a 5 year old...lol...also a calcium supplement, fiber supplements,biotin, and an aspirin as i have a blood clotting genetic disorder...
I take a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement, 1000 mg calcium, 1000 IU fish oil, and 3 fiber caps for bowel help. I stopped taking the estroven. I had to wait 6 months after surgery to take anything due to endometriosis and when I started taking the estroven again, my hot flashes were unbearable. I can live with the brief ones I have now, and since it's winter, I hardly get any. I think I can work through them.
I have a rare neurological condition that does not alow me to have Vit A. This said, I can take ANY multi-vit found at WalMart & GNC and it not bother me. But I cannot even think about taking any vitatmin that is vegitable based like Juice Plus or Melaleuca brand. (Just like I can eat regular carrots, but forget about organic!)
This just goes to show that how a vit is made, will determine how well the body absorbs it. I hope this helps some.
Huh. I am... I dunno 3ish months post op, and I have been feeling great, except tired - sometimes suddenly VERY tired - and then I realized I have been forgetting to take my supplements. I think I will do that... right after my nap. Thanks for the reminder lol