Are you aware of the consequences of this hysterectomy and the motivation for your doctor to perform it? How much money will he make performing it, and is it life-saving because you have malignancies? It should be the LAST resort. It can turn a bad situaton worse. Both the uterus and ovaries continue to perform health-enhancing functions throughout a woman's life. The ovaries produce at least four hormones that we know of: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. Doctors can be unaware of the important role testosterone and DHEA play in balancing hormones, energy levels, and good health as we age. Testosterone helps maintain muscle and bone, and tones the body structure. It protects libido, and promotes a sense of well being. It helps prevent osteoporosis. Women feel weak and fatiqued, uninterested in their lives, work, and relationships without it.
DHEA is the anti aging hormone and helps us cope with our stressors in life. Many of us suffer from adrenal weakness caused by pumping out too much cortisol, and this prevents the adrenals from producing DHEA, which leads to deficiency. Symptoms of low DHEA include sleep disturbance, mood swings, and fatigue. DHEA is the precursor hormone that is needed for your body to produce estrogen and testosterone. Since many of us are overstressed and dificient in DHEA, we are susceptible to hormonal deficiencies and imbalances that lead to conditions such as fibroids. If a woman has a hysterectomy, she risks an even greate deficiency in DHEA.
Now imagine your body with OUT these hormones. The surgery takes up to a full year to recover from and there can be complications. Ironically, women who undergo this surgery to cure their fibroids are often advised after surgery to have supplemental estrogen - THE VERY SAME HORMONE THAT FUELED THE GROWTH OF FIBROIDS.
Some doctors feel estrogen is the only hormone needed, but both estrogen and progesterone receptor sites are found in many areas of the body such as breasts, colon, brain, muscles, and bones. Hormone balance is necessary for other functions outside the uterus.
And HRT = hormone replacement therapy can aggrevate an existing imbalance that you had before the surgery, setting a woman up for gallbladder disease, diabetes, breast disorders, and blood-clotting problems. The list of post hyterectomy complicatations is long.
Severe bleeding impaired bladder function bowel injury vaginal vault prolapse lowered sexual response negative emotional effects.
Did your doctor tell you what TYPE of hysterectomy?
Vaginal myomectomy Laparoscopic myomectomy Abdominal myomectomy Supracervical hysterectomy total hysterectomy Total abdominal hysterectomy- with removal of uterus, cervix, both ovaries, and fallopian tubes? A radical hysterectomy removes supporting ligaments, tissue, the upper portion of the vagina, and possibly the pelvic lymph nodes.
Another good book for under $1.00 (used) on the Amazon web site is
"Fibroids, The complete Guide ot Taking Charge of your Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Well Being by Johanna Skilling"
Thanks for commenting on my blog. Soy is not a topic I want to lightly discuss. I drank it for years after going through the menopausal phase, and I still had my period until age 56. Then I had horrible fibroids, like my mother did. Now I'm in trouble with estrogen dominance. I'm staying away from soy now, but I've gotten worse. Uterus is gigantic - hyperplasia.
From what I know, soy is a phytoestrogenic legume that contains plant estrogens called isoflavones that compete with harmful animal estrogens for estrogen receptor sites within the uterus and fibroid tumors. Genistein and daidzein are two soy estrogens that discourage fibroid growth by beating the harmful estrogens to receptor sites. They help balance hormonal levels. This information came from a book written by a doctor who MENTIONS the brand name of breakfast drinks so I am skeptical of this because of the promotion in the book. After he promotes several products and gives recipes for breakfast shakes, he further writes on the next page "some soy products are loaded with sugar and they should be avoided. Many contain high amounts of soy isoflavones. Some contain low amounts and some high, but studies are suggesting that large amounts of soy isoflavones may be detrimental. The possibilities of high risks of growing fibroids are connected to large amounts of phytoestrogens, genistein in particular. Most studies show soy's benefits on estrogen dominance. Studies that raised suspicions about genistein's possible stimulation of grown in hormone-sensitive tissues like fibroids were conducted in vitro, which means carried out in test tubes not uteruses. Most complimentary and holistic health-care providers are convinced soy helps prevent estrogen dominance.
However eating too much soy can cause low thyroid function and low thyroid can interfere with estrogen progesterone balance. But the protease inhibitors found in soy which can interfere with protein digestion and absorption, are also anticarcinogenic which means they prevent cancer. And that is a benefit of soy.
Do you see why I cannot help you with a decision? Everything in moderation. The doctor in this book, "Healing Fibroids, A Doctor's Guide to a Natural Cure" states that women who eat too much soy complain over time of bloated stomachs and cramps. And we can develop soy sensitivities. He recommends soy protein not exceed 25% of total daily intake of protein. And total intake of protein can range from 50 - 70 grams of total protein. He said this daily amount mimics Asian diets. Asian women who eat this traditional way experience lower incidences of hormone-dependent health problems.
Read, study, journal, track your foods, be aware of your bodies reactions after eating. Eat simple foods. See how you feel.
Amazon Books has this book for sale. 280 pages. under $5.00 used.