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Unread 02-19-2003, 07:41 AM
Male Hormones?

Went to doctor last night - had problems with cramps and discharge - he says this is normal - re no sex drive, he is sending me for blood test to check hormone levels and my thyroid. He says that if these are normal he probably will subscribe male hormones - he also says that there are side effects - has anyone been on these with any major side effects
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Unread 02-19-2003, 08:12 AM
Male Hormones?

Buddy:

You will probably get really good feed back on the hormone jungle board on this site. Those ladies have great information to share. Check it out when you get time.

If your testosterone is low (our ovaries produce testosterone) then he may supplement you in order to increase your sex drive. That is pretty common practice and if the level of the supplement is correct, the side effects should only be the ones you are wanting .... increased sex drive.

I don't know much on this subject.. just giving you my two cents... take care!
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Unread 02-19-2003, 08:13 AM
Male Hormones?

Did you keep your cervix? I wonder why the dr. said the discharge is normal. If you kept your cervix that would be my only guess that he would say that. My cervix was the culprit for a continous discharge before my hysterectomy. As far as cramps, I have read on here where women that have kept their cervix could continue to have cramps and mini-periods. Sometimes this is seen when women keep at least one ovary or if the hyst was for endometriosis or adenomyosis because sometimes the lining in the cervix can be shed every month.

Since I lost my cervix with my TVH, the dr. said if I had any discharge to come in for a culture or see if there was granulation (scar tissue where the cervix used to be). My discharge went away after the infection and granulation got treated.


I don't have any experience with male hormones. Hopefully someone will be along soon to help you out.
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Unread 02-19-2003, 08:15 AM
OOOPS Lost my way

Buddy....A little crazy this morning and apparently lost. ... I am on the wrong board. Looks like you are in the best place to get your questioned answered ... the hormone jungle board!!

Best wishes to you
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Unread 02-19-2003, 08:20 AM
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Yes, I kept my cervix and both overies, that's why I couldn't understand why my sex drive was affected
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Unread 02-20-2003, 08:20 AM
Male Hormones?

Hi buddy,
Sorry to get back later. I will your post back up to the top in hopes that someone else with more knowledge can answer you question about the hormones and no sex drive. I've heard that when there is a problem with hormones or lack of them, the sex drive can be decreased. Hopefully it's something that can easily be taken care of.
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Unread 02-20-2003, 09:45 AM
Male Hormones?

If I'm not mistaken, I have read that it often times takes a while for the ovaries to kick in and start working. You may be throwing off enough hormones at this time to cause some discharge and cramping, especially since you still have your cervix also. Do you have any itching with this discharge? When your uterus is removed it takes away the major source of blood supply to the ovaries and they have to adjust and find another source. I have also read on emedicine that there is a 50% chance of ovarian failure within 3-5 years of uterus removal. Don't get scared though that's just a study and most studies are relative at best. I have more than one co-worker that still have ovaries and are doing fine without any type of hrt~and have been for years. See what your doctor says, educate yourself as best you can and know that all the sisters are here when you need them. s and healing.
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Unread 02-20-2003, 12:26 PM
Male Hormones?

Hi buddy there are a lot of us here in the who are supplementing with testosterone with no side effects. The trick is to make sure you need it before you start using it, by having your serum levels of free and total testosterone checked, and not to use too much. Testosterone is definitely a hormone where a little can be a wonderful thing, and a lot can be just awful.

Even if you kept your ovaries, as the others said it is possible for them not to work properly for a while.... also, if you are perimenopausal even with those ovaries, the amounts of hormones those ovaries are producing can be dropping. The libido is often one of the first things to go, as the testosterone level drops off. So, many perimenopausal or menopausal women who have not had hysterectomies at all still supplement with testosterone.

I'm glad your DR is having your hormone levels tested and your thyroid too. It sounds like he is looking out for you. If he prescribes compounded natural testosterone, there is plenty of support and information available here from those of us who are using it, just ask!
s,
-Linda
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Unread 02-20-2003, 01:27 PM
Male Hormones?

It really is important, I think, that those with ovaries try to allow their ovaries to kick back in thoroughly without adding hrt in any form to the mix.

Many times we jump in to add supplements when the real ovaries will produce for us...we just need to wait. Otherwise, we might mess up what our own ovaries would do for us...

Testosterone is *not* for everyone. Just as progesterone is *not* for everyone. This isn't something to decide and tamper with without the input of your own physician who will do hormone level checks.

Like for me, I take progesterone successfully, but not testosterone. WHy? I don't know...but I do know that by taking progesterone, my testosterone levels are fine My body converts it.

We are all different and can *not* suggest that testosterone will fix it all. It takes a journey through the jungle with a knowledgeable personal physician to find the right mix for *you*.

HOpe this helps and I hope you feel better soon.
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Unread 02-20-2003, 09:48 PM
Male Hormones?

I agree with Kathy. I was ten months post op before even starting to think about any HRT. And I had my hormone levels checked and did alot of research on it. Most of us that keep our ovaries do find that they tend to shut down for a while or just aren't as active as they were before surgery. My Dr. explained that our uterus nourishes our ovaries also so when we lose our uterus our ovaries lose some of their nourishment and it takes time for them to make up for what they lost. Sometimes we get frustrated right away when things are not the way they used to be and we want a fast fix. I know that my Dr. did tell me to take natural progesterone cream, which I'm doing good on and I had to find the right dose that was good for me. And I was on it for two months before I even started on a compounded testosterone. And even with that, when I found that maybe I was getting too much, ie by noticing pimples and my skin oilier than normal, I cut it down a bit. To me it's a slow process that we have to really be attuned to our bodies to figure it out. But it's not going to be a fast fix no matter what we do.
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