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Hysterectomy to treat depression – Deborah’s story

I have had problems with my periods all my life. My first period lasted 10 days, and I soon got into the routine of 2 weeks of bleeding, and 2 weeks of crying. My Mother took me to the Doctor, and I was on the pill at the age of 14. This helped a lot, but I still had painful and heavy periods, but at least they only lasted 5 days, and the PMT wasn’t as bad. Came off the pill at 19 due to DVT scares, and carried on suffering. Doctors didn’t believe I had heavy periods as I was never anaemic.

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Depression after hysterectomy

Most women will have low days following a hysterectomy, but it’s wrong to assume it’s always going to be full blown depression of the type we tend to think about. Depression following surgery, any type of surgery and not just a hysterectomy, is very common indeed. There are a variety of things that can trigger it in women having a hysterectomy and they include a reaction to anaesthetic and pain killers, and the hormonal imbalance caused when the womb or ovaries are removed.

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Balancing testosterone in women naturally

You may or may not be aware that the NHS have recently removed Testosterone implants from the NHS prescription lists. Whilst it may be possible to pay for a private prescription these are expensive and potentially unnecessary. Testosterone in women helps to regulate mood and libido and it’s production continues mostly unaffected by the menopause, unlike oestrogen and progesterone.  In addition to these benefits for women post menopause it also supports the immune system and assists the body in the production of muscle tissue as well as helping to boost your appetite.

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Although testosterone is a male hormone women still produce small amounts.  Testosterone is produced by the ovaries and helps to regulate sex drive (libido), energy and mental state.

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