They hit 40, 42, they notice a little change going on in their periods. They're putting on a little more weight. Their breasts are a little more full, sometimes tender. They have headaches more. They lose interest in sex. Their body's changing and they don't like what's happening. They're not sleeping as well. They go to the doctor and he says, "well my dear, you're approaching menopause, you need estrogen." The doctor never measures the progesterone. What it means to me is they've been low on progesterone for 5 or 6 years already. And these things are happening.
So he puts them on estrogen and after a month or two they come back and say, "I don't think that's working so well, I'm bloating up even more, my breasts are even more swollen....," he says, "oh, that's because I didn't give you ENOUGH." So he raises the estrogen level. Then she starts getting spotting and more blood and starts getting clots along with her period because this is stimulating to the lining of the uterus, to make more stuff. So he says, "oh, this might be cancer, we'd better do a D&C (scraping of the lining of the uterus)." So they have a D&C and they find guess what? Hyperplasia. He MADE the Hyperplasia! That's the whole function of estrogen, is to tell those cells to multiply, divide, make more. He made the Hyperplasia. And he says, "hyperplasia's the first sign you're developing cancer of the uterus, we've got an appointment for you next Wednesday to have your uterus out." Every single one of them went for it. Isn't that something?
Hysterectomy is big business and physically, mentally, and emotionally expensive for women who undergo them. The effects of a hysterectomy are frequent and include fatigue, depression, headaches, heart palpitations, mood swings, hair loss, loss of sex drive, vaginal dryness, and urinary tract problems. Women are then put on estrogen so they have to deal with all the side effects of unopposed estrogen. And when a progestin is added, those side effects as well.
Doctors will save the ovaries because of the hormones they create however they often quit functioning in two to three years. Unless you clearly have a malignant cancer think before you submit yourself to a hysterectomy. The reasons often given for hysterectomies are fibroids, uterine prolapse (the uterus falls from its normal position), and endometriosis. Fibroids and endometriosis can usually be helped with some natural progesterone cream, and there are numerous ways to deal with uterine prolapse. For more information and reasons not to have a hysterectomy, read The Hysterectomy Hoax, a book by Dr. Stanley West.
Those with a hysterectomy should use natural hormones. Dr Lee usually had his patients wean themselves off of HRT gradually reducing their dosage over a period of 3-4 months using progesterone at the same time. If hot flashes or vaginal dryness persists he would recommend estriol cream to use intravaginally tapering off that over a couple months.
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