Link between hysterectomy and depression?

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Callie T
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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I have struggled with depression off and on most of my life.  However, my depression seems to have worsen within the last few years.  I had a complete hysterectomy about 4 years ago and cannot take HRT because of the side effects.  I'm beginning to wonder if this is contributing to my worsening anxiety and depression.  
After I had the surgery, I went for a checkup and the nurse put an estradiol patch on me and gave me a prescription for estradiol that the doctor had written out.  I asked her what would happen if I do not take the HRT.  She responded this way, "Let's just say that some women refer to the medication as their "anti-psychotic" pills!"  So now I'm beginning to wonder if maybe this is the cause for my worsening condition.
Also, I was wondering if any of you have had a hysterectomy or are going through or have went through the post-menopausal stage?  If so, how has it affected you?      

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   Posted 1/13/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Callie,

I havent' had a hystorectomy, but I had my tubes tied quite a few years ago and they punctured my uterus. I have been trying to go into menopause ever since, but havent'. Now I am getting to the age of natural menopause. And yes it does effect us. Especially when we have a hystorectomy (sp). I guess our bodies go through a lot of changes. I hope things calm down for you. Try to go with it. Relax as much as possible. You will make it. You might need an anti depressant to get you through.

Best of luck with this and I hope that you have a wonderful day. Sorry that I wasn't much help.

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   Posted 1/13/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Callie,  I read your post but am not clear on if you use the estradiol patch or not.  It sounds like you are not taking any hormones.  I don't know how old you are but if you are younger and not near true menopause age the lack of hormones is an imbalance in your body and can make you feel very down.  I have been through menopause and had the hot flashes, night sweats and moodiness.  But I am now 63 so am well past all of that and I feel fine now.  So you might want to reconsider that patch or possibly speak to your dr. about an anti depressant.  Women go thru menopause for many years before it all stops and you begin to feel like a normal person again.  And many women need hormones for a brief time to get through the bad phase.  Talk to your dr. and find out what will work for you.  I wish you the best and hope you will post again on how you are doing.


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   Posted 1/13/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Callie,

A complete hysterectomy is not the same procedure as a total hysterectomy, although many people use the terms interchangeably. The uterus, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed during a complete hysterectomy. Only the uterus and the cervix are taken out in a total hysterectomy.

Can you share with us which procedure you had done? Your post said "I had a complete hysterectomy about 4 years ago "

With a bit more info I might be able to give you a more accurate answer.

Sorry to hear you are having problems. 

Take care of you.


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