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 What are the risks of not being on any estrogen after my hysterectomy and oophorectomy?What are the risks of not being on any estrogen after my hysterectomy and oophorectomy? How crucial is it?

Are you thinking about forgoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after your hysterectomy or bilateral oophorectomy? Before you make your final decision, you need to know how important estrogen is for your body and overall health. Estrogen is essential for your physical, mental, emotional, and sexual health. Going without it can be not only uncomfortable, but also harmful. Consider these interesting facts about estrogen as you make your decision:
  • Estrogen can affect one’s emotional well-being. No or low estrogen can lead to mood swings, depression, irritability, anxiety, and insomnia.
  • Estrogen helps maintain good brain function and the development of nerve cells. Thus, a lack of estrogen can lead to brain fog, cognitive impairment, and dementia.
  • Estrogen helps with cardiovascular health, especially elasticity of the blood vessels and tendency to resist plaque formation. Too little or no estrogen can lead to heart palpitations, blood pressure issues, and other heart concerns.
  • Estrogen can increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and decrease LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), so not having estrogen can create cholesterol issues.
  • Estrogen plays a roll in the health of the skeletal system. Without adequate estrogen, one is at higher risk for osteoporosis and bone loss.
  • Estrogen affects the body’s production of oil and collagen which is necessary for healthy skin and vaginal tissues. Without collagen, skin can become dry and lose its elasticity. Vaginal atrophy can also occur which can lead to painful intercourse, bleeding, and urological issues.
  • Estrogen is important for a healthy urinary tract system and pelvic floor. Without adequate estrogen, vaginal and urinary tract tissues deteriorate, leading to urogenital atrophy and an increase in urinary tract infections. In addition, the bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor structures can become weak, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, bowel issues, pelvic pain and discomfort, and more.

While estrogen produced by the body can be essential for overall health, there are pros and cons for using estrogen replacement therapy. Work closely with a knowledgeable doctor to determine if and which estrogen replacement hormone delivery system is right for you.

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.

09-16-2011 - 07:27 PM


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