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Unread 03-15-2012, 01:29 PM
Loss of hormones/side effects

I had a shot of Lupron, the anti-puberty drug. Just one shot and I woke up the next day with severe muscle pain.
I assume it's a side effect, but weeks later and my muscles still hurt more than usual.

Is it the loss of hormones that is partly causing the pain? If anyone has had their ovaries removed or gone through menopause, please answer.

Will hormone replacement help with the pain?

I should have my hysterectomy in a few weeks. My ovaries will be removed, and I won't be on artificial hormones at first because I want to wait to see how I feel without them.

I've wanted to keep my cervix because I don't want to risk changes to my vaginal shape or sexual pleasure. And I really don't want to have my bladder slip into the vagina.

But I don't know if the endometriosis will cause problems with the cauterized cervix.

I haven't had children, but I do lift heavy weights and I do advanced yoga, which is why I'm afraid of pelvic prolapse.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Unread 03-15-2012, 05:04 PM
Re: Loss of hormones/side effects

Hey there

These are all very good questions that your doctor might be able to answer as it all pertains specifically to you, but I can share that I did not have muscle aches related to the loss of my ovaries. Everyone's different, though, and certainly it could be related in your case.

Hormone replacement is something that also varies quite a bit from one person to another. It can be a tricky balance; many go through trying different potions before finding the one that suits best.

I'm not sure about prolapse; I always thought that yoga and pelvic floor exercises would help strengthen and decrease the likelihood of prolapse, but I could be wrong.

Sorry I'm not being very helpful here; perhaps others with first-hand experience closer to yours will be along to share some insight. I did want to stop by and welcome you to the site! I hope all goes well for you ~ we are certainly here for support every step of the way!

Best,
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Unread 03-15-2012, 06:19 PM
Re: Loss of hormones/side effects

I read in another post here that heavy lifting could be a danger in regard to prolapse, and in addition to weights, I do armstands/ headstands supporting my body weight.

I don't know if kegel exercises are enough to maintain the structure of the pelvic floor. I've had surgeries on my abdominals and back, so I've spent years developing my core strengh, including the kegels.

I know it really depends on whether the endometriosis is on the cervix at all. My gut says to keep the cervix, to try to maintain the vagina as it is.

I don't worry about hot flashes. It's vaginal dryness, atrophy, etc. that concerns me.

I'm 32, so I want to have a lifetime of good sex.
But for all I know removing the cervix could improve sex.
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