Hysterectomy Pre-Menopause Increases Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Fri, 05/20/2011 - 08:16
Submitted by Betty Dodson

My good friend Cindy Pearson reports that US doctors are performing hysterectomies for benign conditions which is damaging to women's health:

"The Swedish study, published late last year, reaffirms what we have been warning women about for so many years: hysterectomy, especially when done before menopause, increases women’s risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke and heart attack.

The Swedish study involved over 800,000 women, enabling the researchers to identify a small, but meaningful, increased cardiovascular disease risk of 18%. Given how common cardiovascular disease is – it’s the leading killer of older women – an 18% increased risk is very important, and reducing the unnecessary risk could save lives. (Remember, just an 8% decrease in the U.S. breast cancer rate, which occurred after women stopped the unnecessary use of menopause hormone therapy, resulted in 16,000 fewer cases of breast cancer every year.) This risk wasn’t statistically significant in women whose hysterectomies were performed after menopause."

If you’ve already had your uterus removed, there are many things you can do to maintain good heart health – stay active, don’t smoke, limit salt and eat nutrient rich foods. If a physician suggests a hysterectomy, take the time you need to explore other options. Many women find other options that effectively treat conditions such as fibroids, heavy/painful periods, or endometriosis. If you’ve done your research and you’re sure that hysterectomy is the right choice for you, hold on to your ovaries!

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There seems to be a lack of

Fri, 05/20/2011 - 19:16
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There seems to be a lack of accessible information about issues related to periods out there. I'm quite frankly amazed that it took me 14 years to realize that there was something I could do about my painful, heavy periods, which would often leave me dizzy and ultimately depleted my iron stores. My mother wasn't at all squeamish about these things, and gave me books and magazines with matter-of-fact information to read at a quite young age.
Still, I wouldn't have known that ibuprofen is a treatment for heavy periods if I hadn't happened to notice that a single dose noticeably decreased the amount of blood I was losing and subsequently done a search on pubmed. I didn't even realize that there was anything unusual about the amount of blood I was losing until I got a mooncup in the size recommended for a nulliparous woman under 30 and started overflowing the damned thing every couple of hours, although the testimonials suggested I should be able to keep it in all day and not worry about it. You know something's up when removing and re-inserting a menstrual cup for the upteenth time becomes painful.
If people talked about these things more, I might have had a frame of reference, other than my mother, who is also a member of the heavy bleeding club (in absence of any "lifestyle risk factors", as in my case). It probably also doesn't help, that I tend to be stoic. The worst part? I have a science education, soon to be complete with PhD. My former workplace was house in an ob-gyn clinic, and yet I was oblivious. Still, I now know that I can reduce the bleeding by maybe 30-40% using non-hormonal treatment, and it makes a real difference when I'm travelling or otherwise out of the house (i.e. most of the time). Plus, no more blood on the sheets in the morning.
Now, I'm not claiming that everyone with a heavy flow needs treatment, not if it doesn't affect their quality of life, but I do think that people should talk about these things, so women know about the options available to them, should there be an issue. I get the impression that putting people on combined oral contraceptives is sometimes the knee-jerk response to anything period-related, but they're often not actually the most effective option at all on top of being unsuitable for migraineurs.