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Balancing Hormones After A Hysterectomy

Hysterectomies provide relief for women who suffer from anything from endometriosis to fibroids.  Once a hysterectomy is performed women often experience hormone imbalances temporarily and over the long-term.  If treated, these imbalances can become regulated and improve a woman’s overall health.  Treatment options for balancing hormones after a hysterectomy include the following:

Hormone replacement therapy

Health care providers often prescribe synthetic hormones following a hysterectomy.  A combination pill containing estrogen and progesterone is often prescribed.  Hormone replacement pills are highly effective in balancing a woman’s hormones during the early stages of post-surgery.

Supplements and vitamins

Natural supplements and vitamins may be used to balance hormones following hysterectomy surgery.  Natural methods may include herbs such as dong quai, black cohosh, wild yam and ginseng.  Daily doses of vitamin E and melatonin prior to bedtime also aid in the regulation of hormone levels by stimulating estrogen production in the body.  Small daily doses of soy protein provide estrogen mimicking vitamins and minerals in the body that help to balance hormone levels. 

Cardiovascular exercise

Hormone balances following a hysterectomy can be managed through routine cardiovascular exercise.  Intense workouts are not advised due to the increased hormone levels that can occur in the body’s system.  A heart rate monitor may help to manage the level of intensity.  Working out at a low to medium target zone is the most optimum level.  Cardiovascular exercise three to four times per week can help to combat symptoms of depression and anxiety that are common after a hysterectomy.  It is important to check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine following surgery to ensure the surgery site is healed enough to begin.

Diet and nutrition

Eliminating processed foods from your diet is a healthy way to combat imbalanced hormone levels post hysterectomy.  Organic foods provide a great alternative to products affected by chemicals and toxins which can increase and decrease hormone levels in the body.  Organic produce, free range eggs and raw foods should be incorporated into the diet.  Red and marbled meats should be avoided due to elevated hormone amounts.  At the very least, hormone free meat can be consumed.

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