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Unread 07-23-2005, 06:35 PM
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I'm 28 and facing a "partial" hysterectomy (just removing the uterus, not ovaries or cervix)...I'm really confused by something I came across on the net. It said that even if a woman keeps her ovaries, she can still go into menopause within 1-3 years post-op because removing the uterus stops the blood flow to the ovaries and then they can fail. This definitely scares me because I have to keep my ovaries because HRT is not an option for me...I have a connective tissue disease and any form of synthetic hormones cause major flares of the disease. I thought I was okay with the surgery then I read that, and now I don't know what to think...please if anyone can help out with the confusing data...I would appreciate it.
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Unread 07-23-2005, 06:54 PM
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Hi belle28,

It is true that during surgery the blood supply to your ovaries can be compromised. It is not uncommon for them to start failing in 1 - 3 years.

You say you cannot take synthetic hormones. Have you asked about bio-identical hormones? Here is a link for that: https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/hsarticle.php?id=97267

Have you gotten 2nd or even 3rd opinions about your surgery? Have you investigated possible options? Here is a link for possible options: https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/view.php?pg=opt

I am glad you are wanting to get more information. You need to have as much information and be completely convinced that it is the right thing to do before you consent to a hysterectomy.

Unread 07-24-2005, 09:08 PM
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I'm glad you've found a spot where you can help to get more answers to your questions.

I agree with Kay, have you investigated all options for your dysfunctional uterine bleeding? Some doctors have been trying Uterine Artery Embolization for adenomyosis and excessive bleeding.

Have you considered ablation and have you had tests done like a hysteroscopy or D&C to try to figure out what's causing it?

The most recent study I read about ovarian failure seems to indicate that women who have hysterectomies end up going into menopause an average of 4 years earlier than women who arrive at menopause with their uterus intact. The study didn't differentiate why the women had hysterectomies (cancer, fibroids, heavy bleeding, prolapse, complications in childbirth, etc) nor did they make any distinctions about the type of surgery (vaginal, SAH, TAH, etc.). What does make sense, however, is that the majority of women who have hysterectomies are in their forties - and that 1-3 year number may match up very well with the 4 years early number, if you understand what I mean. If a woman is 45 years old and has a hysterectomy and goes into menopause in two years, that means she's 47 and about four years early from the average age of menopause.

It's definitely something to discuss with your doctor and perhaps a reproductive endocrinologist to see if there are viable options for you in conjunction with treating your lupus.

Remember, just because 4 years is the average does not mean that it will happen to you, there are some women who go on to menopause at the normal time and some whose ovaries fail within a year. But the risk to ovaries with hysterectomy is clear.

For the record, my sister had a hysterectomy at age 34 (almost seven years ago) and her ovaries are doing just fine. I'm almost a year out from surgery and I've ovulated right on time as far as I can tell without missing a cycle at all.

I think it's incredibly important to have a specific conversation with your doctor about your condition, his experience with his patients going into premature menopause as to how you should proceed.

Take care and let us know how it goes.
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Unread 07-25-2005, 06:24 PM
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Thanks for the replies. Lots of food for thought. I appreciate it! Lots for me to consider before I agree this is the right thing.

Thanks again,

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