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Weight Gain after Hysterectomy

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Weight Gain after hysterectomyIs it true the women usually gain weight after having a hysterectomy? What about if I take HRT? Will HRT make me gain weight?

This is a common misperception about hysterectomies and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) — that they cause weight gain. Scientific studies do not support this belief. Having a hysterectomy doesn’t “make” women gain weight. Taking HRT doesn’t “make” women gain weight. Some women gain weight, some lose weight, and others stay the same.

Dieticians and nutrition scientists agree that in human beings, weight gain and loss is about “calories in versus calories out.” Simply put, if the calories you consume in food and beverages outweigh the calories you expend in exercise and other physical activity, you gain weight. Likewise, those who burn more calories than they ingest, lose weight. Just like before you have your surgery, or before you take HRT, it’s all about the dietary choices, eating habits, and lifestyle decisions that you make.

A relatively rare exception would be patients who develop a metabolic disorder that can affect their weight. This can also occur in individuals who have not had a hysterectomy. If you have concerns about your weight after your hysterectomy, ask your doctor. S/he can make a diagnosis and determine the course of action to bring your weight back into the normal range for your body type.



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.

02-29-2008 - 09:48 PM


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