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Unread 08-24-2011, 02:46 PM
Hysterectomy and Thyroid

Hello! I'm Julie, new to the forums. I had a total hysterectomy 15 years ago. I'm now 45. Would I still have a "menopause" or the symptoms of, at this time? Also, in removing the ovaries/uterus in a total hysterectomy, will the thyroid hormone levels be interrupted? I have done nothing but gain weight in the last 15 years since my hysterectomy.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 05:10 PM
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Are you taking hormone replacement? The ovaries and thyroid are two separate organs. However; going thru menopause, surgical or natural, can cause a disruption in the thyroid. That is not true for everyone, but it is for some.

Have you spoken with your doctor about the weight gain?

Unread 08-24-2011, 05:49 PM
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No, I surely am not on any HRT of any kind. I tried taking it for a year but would get severe headaches. I used a patch for a while and then took Estrotest. But that's been 14 years ago. I haven't talked to the doctor but that is my next step. I wanted to arm myself a little before doing so. Any help would be most welcome!
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Unread 08-25-2011, 07:42 AM
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Thyroid is a hormone, and it is not uncommon to hear women say that their thyroid levels changed after having their ovaries removed. The only way to really know though would be to see a Doctor and have your thyroid levels checked. I personally prefer testing by an endocrinologist, because they tend to test a little more thoroughly, and are more experienced in reading the results.

My thyroid levels are definitely affected by my estrogen levels.

Let us know what you find.

Unread 08-25-2011, 03:24 PM
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Another to keep in mind is that too little as well as too much estrogen can cause weight gain. If you're not taking estrogen and your levels are low, that can cause weight gain.

You really should talk with your doctor, it is time for you to schedule an appointment.


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