Progesterone Replacement Therapy
Is progesterone replacement therapy necessary if you have had a hysterectomy?
I have had a complete hysterectomy, including my ovaries at age 47. I was afraid to go on HRT and it hurt my bones. Since I do not have ovaries would I need projesterone?
I probably need hormones but I do not know what to do. I am now 56 and have no sex drive and vagina dryness. Please let me know what you think.
Yes, you do most certainly need hormones even if you've had a complete hysterectomy, perhaps even more so.
Your body uses hormones for much more than just fertility and reproduction. Proper hormone balance is necessary for overall good health.
When your hormones are out of balance you can experience a lot more than vaginal dryness, hot flashes, migraines, PMS, and low sex drive.
Poor hormone maintenance can lead to some of the "big" illnesses, like osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.
According to Dr. John R. Lee, a renowned hormone specialist, very few women need added estrogen, even after a full hysterectomy. In some cases a small amount of natural estrogen cream (estriol) may be needed to help eliminate hot flashes or vaginal dryness if natural progesterone alone doesn't do the trick.
Even in those cases, the natural estrogen is only a temporary measure to be used for a few months and then tapered off.
However, natural progesterone cream is almost always
appropriate for women to use regularly for the rest of their lives.
Women who are menopausal, post-menopausal, or who have had a hysterectomy should use natural progesterone cream every day for 3 weeks and then off for 1 week (simulating the body's natural cycle of hormone production).
I use one of the best natural progesterone creams that Dr. Lee recommends in the list in his book on hormones. I would encourage you to try it for yourself to see if that alone will give you the relief you need.
Some people notice a difference within days of use, while others have taken up to a month or two before seeing a major difference.
Natural progesterone cream is so inexpensive, and it has been shown for over 30+ years that there seem to be no negative side effects of natural progesterone use. Why wouldn't a woman try it?
In fact, the benefits you receive are well worth it. You can reduce your chances of several types of common cancers in women, improve your bone density, improve your skin condition, improve or eliminate arthritis pain, and more.
So, to me, progesterone replacement therapy is a must. I've been using natural progesterone cream for at least 8 years now and will continue to do so.
I hope this helps to answer your question regarding progesterone replacement therapy and whether or not you need progesterone even though you've had a hysterectomy.