Every year, approximately half a million women in the US undergo a hysterectomy. In fact, this surgery is the second most often performed surgery among American women, with childbirth by cesarean being the most common surgical procedure conducted on females in the US.
While typically performed after childbearing years, a hysterectomy may be necessitated at any point in a woman’s life. This surgery can take place when a woman is premenopausal, perimenopausal, and postmenopausal. And whatever age a woman is when she undergoes this procedure, she experiences an immediate change in her natural hormone levels.
The Different Types of Hysterectomies
There are a variety of ways a hysterectomy may be performed. In some cases, the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes are removed. In other surgical treatment plans, the ovaries and fallopian tubes are preserved. There are also several other “in-between” surgical options that maintain other parts of a woman’s reproductive anatomy as well.
Whatever your unique surgical plan, this is for sure – you’ll experience a sudden and immediate change in your female hormones, mainly estrogen and progesterone, after your procedure.
How a Hysterectomy Affects a Woman’s Hormones – And May Cause Several Unwanted Side Effects, Too
It’s unfortunate, but many women who’ve had hysterectomies report a rollercoaster ride of symptoms due to the lack of hormones their bodies are no longer creating, which can produce side effects such as insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, low libido, memory loss, depression, and weakening bones which may lead to osteoporosis. For some women, these side effects are downright disabling.
Traditional pill-based hormone replacement therapy prescribes a one-size-fits-all remedy for these imbalanced hormones, which may not meet your unique needs.
Balancing Out Your Hormones After a Hysterectomy with BHRT
At Archway Apothecary, we help many women who’ve undergone hysterectomies balance out their female hormones through a compounding treatment program known as (BHRT). This process involves our board-certified, licensed pharmacists creating creams, gels, capsules, troches – all of which are used daily. We compound injectables, as well. These solutions supplement your hormone levels using hormones that are identical to human hormones on a molecular level.
Talking to Your Doctor About BHRT
Whether you’re currently planning a hysterectomy, or you’ve already had one and traditional hormone replacement therapy isn’t working for you, if you’re interested in BHRT, we encourage you to talk to your doctor about this option.
While many OB-GYNs are used to prescribing typical pharmaceuticals, many in our area are becoming more aware of the benefits of BHRT for women who’ve had hysterectomies, especially those who experience debilitating side effects of hormone changes after their surgeries despite taking traditional replacement hormones.
If your doctor is unsure about BHRT, refer him or her to us. We have a page on our website specifically designed to reach out to Northshore and Metro New Orleans physicians to discuss the benefits of compounding solutions as an alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals.
Contact Us to Learn More
Whether your OB-GYN has informed you that you need a hysterectomy, or you’ve already had one and are suffering from hormonal imbalances, we’re happy to talk to you about the benefits of BHRT. To reach out to us, call us Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm at (985) 801-0800 or click here to fill out our contact form.