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High Estrogen Levels after Hysterectomy

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Woman asking about high levels of estrogen after hysterectomyMy estrogen levels are high since my hysterectomy. What's causing the?

It can seem odd to have high estrogen levels after a hysterectomy. This is especially true if you've also had a bilateral oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries).

Estrogen plays a role in almost every cell in the female body and its levels can be affected by different body functions. If you use hormone replacement therapy (HRT), how your body processes the various delivery systems can also influence your levels. Finally there are health conditions which can affect estrogen levels as well.

If your estrogen level is high after your hysterectomy and oophorectomy, here are some of the possibilities:It’s important to treat high estrogen because it can put you at risk for developing new health problems. Weight gain could contribute to higher estrogen production while increasing your risks for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. If you have endometriosis, it may worsen and become more symptomatic. It can also affect your mental well-being and lead to depression, agitation, anxiety, and mood swings. You may find you aren’t interested in sex or life in general because you are too tired and irritable. Your risk for breast cancer could increase as well.

Since symptoms of high estrogen can be similar to PMS or menopause, it can be confusing when it comes to diagnosis. If you use hormonal treatments for menopause symptoms but they don’t improve, it could be a sign that your levels are high rather than low. Your doctor can order hormone testing to check your levels and diagnosis and potentially treat any underlying health concerns. Work with your doctor to find the right hormone balance 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.

07-28-2016 - 01:44 PM


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