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Unread 10-16-2010, 07:02 AM
Anyone no ovaries, no HRT, who lost weight and feeling good

Is anyone feeling good (general sense of well being) who does not have ovaries and not taking HRT? Are you able to lose weight (or keep your weight where you want it)? If so, would you mind sharing your age, how long it took after surgery for your body to balance, and any tips you can share with us for your success? Thank you so much.
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Unread 10-16-2010, 09:20 AM
Re: Anyone no ovaries, no HRT, who lost weight and feeling good

I am curious to see answers to this post. I am only 2 weeks post op, so I don't have much to offer. I am 37, and not currently taking HRT, but not opposed to it either.
I have heard many horror stories of weight gain following hyst - with and without ovaries, with and without HRT.
I am trying to be proactive about my health. I have my LAVH/BSO two weeks ago. I have been walking daily since my operation - up to 3 miles a day now. I am taking Estroven multivitamin. I am eating a lot of yogurt, fruit, and vegetables, trying to avoid junk food. I think it is easier to prevent weight gain than to wait till it happens and then try to take it off.
I have not used any HRT yet. My dr said yesterday to use it if I need to, but I haven't needed it yet. I have had a few hot flashes, but nothing big. I do take Celexa for depression (and have for many years) so that may be helping too. The dr thinks the combination of exercise, healthy diet, and my Celexa may be enough.
Unread 10-16-2010, 09:42 AM
Re: Anyone no ovaries, no HRT, who lost weight and feeling good

Hi Cheryl, I had a total hysterectomy 6 months ago and decided to go the no-HRT route. I have had no weight gain, in fact I am now lighter than before the surgery. Lost 4 kgs after the surgery and have kept it off. In many ways I have felt much better than before the op, when I was suffering from severe anaemia caused by heavy bleeding/ fibroids (not to mention the days in each month when I was unable to live a normal life and got very little sleep) However, it has not been all easy. My hot flashes/ night sweats are pretty wild at times - fluctuating from weeks of nothing much to weeks of very intense. Same for my moods - I am mostly very positive but every so often have a week when I feel weepy, depressed and very anxious. I also have periodic bouts of strange tension headaches that go on for days some times.

I am dealing with it all by very strict adherence to what I eat - very healthy diet: high fibre, low fat, little sugar, lite salt, alcohol only on weekends, lots of fresh veg (either salad or wilted/ lightly cooked) fruit, lots of protein but mostly fish and chicken - using herbs and spices to flavour , low fat yoghurt and milk, lots of vitamin supplements. Plus I exercise daily - long runs, weights, crunches., swimming, yoga...physically I am in better condition and more toned than I have been for years and it really does make me feel better when I am having a bad week. I used to hate running but the more you do it, the easier it gets until now I look forward to my daily run and hate a day without it. Am even in training for a 10k coming up.

Same thing for the food. I do allow myself treats - dark choc, ice cream, a martini from time to time - but most of the time, I don't really want the bad stuff any more. You lose interest in it and the toxins make you feel sluggish the next day. I can feel it in my body when I exercise and the hot flashes are always worse after a heavy meal or a lot of wine. After a while you lose the taste for fried food, sugar, heavily salted fast food- even alcohol! Portion control, sensible diet and exercise - it really works!

I do not believe menopause and weight gain necessarily go hand in hand. Weight gain is still a matter of calories in and calories out, just as at every other time of your life. Some people say this is the hard way to do it but when you get fit and establish a good eating regime, it becomes the easy way to do it.

Good luck with your journey!


Forgot to mention. I'm 55 and now weigh 55 kg (height 5'6'')
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Unread 10-16-2010, 10:36 AM
Re: Anyone no ovaries, no HRT, who lost weight and feeling good

Thank your for replying. I'm also trying to make a decision, but actually I feel good. I'd rather not go for the hormone roller coaster ride again, although I successfully navigated it during menopause (I'm 63). I like the way I feel now, lost 20 pounds during pre and post op, and would like to lose some more. I found a wealth of information at this hystersisters' link:
God bless you with health and joy.
Unread 10-16-2010, 08:34 PM
Re: Anyone no ovaries, no HRT, who lost weight and feeling good

thanks for the link. I am 47, LAVH/BOS and no HRT. To date, no real symptoms either. No hot flashes, night sweats, weepiness. I am off on my sleep schedule but I think that has to do more with napping than anything else. Going to work on that this week and next since I hope to get back to work on the 1st. I am also overweight, and diabetic. Since surgery, I have lost 15 pounds and my sugars have been better than ever. Hoping this trend keeps up.
Unread 10-16-2010, 08:35 PM
Re: Anyone no ovaries, no HRT, who lost weight and feeling good

Just tried the link.... it links to this thread. Was there another one you were trying to link? DO you know the title so I can find it that way? Thanks so much.
Unread 10-17-2010, 06:43 PM
Re: Anyone no ovaries, no HRT, who lost weight and feeling good

Hello All,

I had the LAVH, no ovaries and no HRT since my surgery in Oct 2009. I have lost 15 lbs since then, feeling great! Actually, mood, sleep, workouts and energy have all improved greatly! I originally had the surgery because of my BRCA2 status and also I was a heavy bleeder. I had no idea how miserable I was before the surgery, until after the surgery. I was anxious about the no HRT until my doc, who knows me well, said I would do fine. He also does not really want to use any HRT considering my BRCA status. Had a check up a few weeks ago and everything looks great. Only thing to keep in mind is to regularly use a vaginal moisturizer (I like Replens) to keep things supple. Don't believe everything on the internet, remember alot of people only post problems, not successes!
Unread 10-18-2010, 10:58 AM
Re: Anyone no ovaries, no HRT, who lost weight and feeling good

Hi, Cheryl A...

You can search on thse two old threads...I don't have a this forum:

Is anyone OK without HRT?


How much have you changed as a woman without ovaries and no hrt?

They both have some inspirational information if this is your choice.
Unread 10-18-2010, 11:35 AM
Re: Anyone no ovaries, no HRT, who lost weight and feeling good

Thank you so much!
Unread 10-19-2010, 10:49 AM
Re: Anyone no ovaries, no HRT, who lost weight and feeling good

Hello ladies I had a oopherectomy on Aug.20,2010 and the Dr. placed me on the estrogen patch right away. I continued to have pain and cramps 7wks post op along with spotting. Consulted a ovarian cancer specialist that removed me from the patch and I have began to feel better every day. I am having few symptoms of menepause yet in fact I had more hot flashes on the patch than I am off. I know this could all change but I pray for a continues success. I have been through years of mysery due to endometriosis and several surgeries. I go back to work on Monday the 25th and hope to get my life back. Good luck to all and thank you for all the support.

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