Hysterectomy & Hormone Balance | Part 2: Testosterone & DHEA

Hysterectomy & Hormone Balance | Part 2: Testosterone & DHEA

Last month, we discussed the use of estrogen and progesterone after a hysterectomy for symptoms of menopause.  While these are extremely important for relieving menopausal symptoms caused by hormone imbalance, testosterone and DHEA (androgens) are also hormones that can decline after a hysterectomy and many need to be supplemented in order to feel your best.  Estrogen is the main hormone produced by the ovaries that, when gone, causes the most noticeable symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, etc.

However, testosterone is also produced by the ovaries and may need to be supplemented as well.  Fifty percent of your testosterone comes from the ovaries when they are gone, your levels drop by about half.  Low testosterone levels can cause low libido, decreased muscle mass andbone density, low mood and fatigue.

Supplementing with testosterone and/or DHEA after a hysterectomy can help improve these symptoms,  If you have had a hysterectomy, it is important to test your hormone levels and supplement what you need to prevent symptoms of menopause.

If you’ve had a hysterectomy and are having symptoms of hormone imbalance, call (402-462-2929) and schedule an appointment to talk to one of our hormone specialists today.