Loss of Sexual Desire After Hysterectomy
Q: I had to undergo a complete hysterectomy when I was only 34, and since
then I've lost all sexual desire. I've heard there are things women can do when
they experience loss of libido during natural menopause. Is there any help for
women like me who go through premature menopause due to surgery?
Dr. Donnica: Women who go through menopause "naturally" also do
so gradually, over several years. Women who have a surgical menopause go through
meno-STOP in which they go through the whole process in one day! Help is available
and should come from a conversation with your gynecologist. Your options depend
upon why your uterus and ovaries were removed. If it was for a non-cancerous reason
and you have no other contraindications, hormone replacement therapy would probably
help you considerably. Since you do not have a uterus, you do not need progesterone.
While estrogen replacement is very important for you, you may also benefit from
a prescription that includes an androgen as well (e.g. Estrotest). While known
as "male hormones", androgens have an important impact on libido in
women as well.
Created: 2/22/2004  - Donnica Moore, M.D.
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