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Can my hormone levels be misleading?

By Anonymous September 14, 2010 - 1:46pm
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I'm 39 and had a uterine hysterectomy in '01. For 6 years or so I had a hyperactive sex drive which was FABULOUS! For the past 2 years or so it has been almost nonexistent. I still enjoy sex during the actual act, but it is not nearly as pleasurable as it was. I have always been pretty aggressive when it came to initiating sex with my husband, but now I can go days without even thinking about it. My Gyn checked my hormone levels and although they are on the "low" side of normal, he says they are within normal ranges and I don't need any type of HRT. Is it possible that I've had a significant enough drop in my levels (while staying in the proposed normal levels) and this has caused my decline in sexual desire? And if that is the case, would HRT still be an option?

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No, that's the problem. I have no way of knowing what they were before. I guess I'm just assuming that there must be a significant drop because of the difference of interest in sex from that time until now. I'm just searching for any explanation (and subsequent treatment) that might be plausible for my own sanity. My husband and I have always had an incredible sex life (and we've been together since we were young teens) and although my lack of interest is not presently not causing any major problems, I know that eventually it may. I feel like I've lost part of my identity and I just want it back.

September 15, 2010 - 6:23am

That is an interesting question. I would not think that HRT would be recommended if you are still within normal ranges, but I will do some more research on this.

You mentioned that you are wondering if there was a significant drop in your levels. Do you have the levels/test results from 2001 when you had your surgery (as a baseline), and any tests since this time?

September 14, 2010 - 2:18pm
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