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Default What does weight gain have to do with a hysterectomy? - 01-11-2009, 08:31 AM

I may have to have a hysterectomy. Everyone says you gain weight after the operation. Why? What does one thing have to do with the other?
   
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Default 01-22-2009, 08:13 AM

If a woman's ovaries are removed during a hysterectomy (a complete hysterectomy), her body is instantly pushed into menopause. The ovaries produce estrogen, progesterone, and androstenedione. When they are removed the levels of these hormones drop dramatically and the effects on a woman's body can be varied. One of the frequent complaints of women who have had a hysterectomy, is weight gain, particularly around the waist. This a complaint they share with many women who experience a similar type of weight gain as they grow older and go through menopause.Abdominal weight gain is believed to be tied to an excess of androgens, and a relative decrease in estrogen. Men tend to gain weight in their waists rather than in their hips or thighs, where women more commonly gain weight. Decreased levels of estrogen can lead to a similar effect in women. Androgens are the"male hormones"that are normally present in a woman's body. Menopause or a hysterectomy can skew the balance of these androgens against estrogen. Other elements that may be at work are a slowed metabolism, and water retention. It is yet unclear whether estrogen treatment itself has these effects on women.The best way to manage a weight gain that finds its source in hormonal imbalance is to better address that source. Any woman who is menopausal or has had a hysterectomy and is experiencing discomfort, should ask her doctor about customizing her hormonal treatment. The answer is often found through trial and error. She should try changing doses, and changing hormone combinations
   
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Default 02-08-2009, 08:21 AM

dont believe everything u hear!my friend had a hysterectomy and after,joined weight watchers.she is now at her college weight,at nearly 50,and hasnt looked so slim and beautiful in years!and i am missing one ovary(cysts) and i have lost 2 dress sizes since then,and still osing.it gets harder to lose after hysterectomy,etc because ur circulating hormones keep ur metabolism running high,but if u pay attention to diet,appropriate portion size,and proper excercise,u can offset this tendancy to gain.she and i have kept the weight off about 2 years now.eat good foods,nothing fried or fatty,dont go for seconds,excercise 5 times a week.(i walk for one hour,thats all).and u should be fine.
   
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