What Is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy refers to a surgery wherein the uterus is removed. There are several kinds of hysterectomy surgeries. After a hysterectomy is complete, symptoms of low hormones often ensue. For those who are being significantly affected, certified BioTE providers offer treatments that may help relieve symptoms in women.
When Is a Hysterectomy Needed?
A hysterectomy is done to alleviate uterine fibroids, chronic pelvic discomfort, gynecologic cancer, abnormal bleeding, and uterine prolapse. A common reason for a hysterectomy is to resolve the issue of uterine fibroids, which is when the uterus produces noncancerous growths that cause low back discomfort and prolonged menstrual cycles.
What Are the Different Kinds of Hysterectomy Surgeries?
A hysterectomy involves complete or partial removal of the uterus, ovaries, and other adjacent organs. There are six different kinds of hysterectomy surgeries, the most comprehensive being a radical hysterectomy. This involves complete removal of ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, and uterus, the result of which typically causing intense hormonal imbalances in women. Another type of hysterectomy is a total hysterectomy, this is when the uterus is removed as well as the cervix. While a partial hysterectomy is when the upper part of the uterus is removed, but the cervix and ovaries are left in place. When a woman’s ovaries are removed, this is called an oophorectomy. If the fallopian tubes are removed, this is called a salpingectomy. If both the fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed, this is called a salpingo-oophorectomy. The kind of hysterectomy a patient receives ultimately is determined by her medical provider’s recommendation, based on her symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms of A Hormonal Imbalance After a Hysterectomy?
After a hysterectomy, a woman will immediately feel the full effects of menopause, meaning that she will be dealing with a severe hormonal imbalance. This is rarely a comfortable transition for women, and it can have extreme physical and emotional side-effects. The effects of sudden menopause, in addition to recovering from the surgery, can be very challenging for women to get through on their own and many will consider hormone replacement therapy to make the transition more tolerable.
What Is BHRT?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, involves hormones that are identical to human hormones on a molecular level. The BioTE method provides BHRT in subcutaneous pellet form which allows for normal administration of the hormone. This may prevent fluctuating effects that can happen from pills or other forms of hormonal supplementation. BHRT may relieve hysterectomy symptoms in women.
How May BHRT be Able to Lessen the Effects of a Hysterectomy?
BHRT pellets may be able to supplement the hormones that the body no longer produces following a hysterectomy. Use our Find a Provider tool to locate a certified BioTE provider and learn more about relieving your patient’s hysterectomy symptoms today!