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Ovarian failure

By October 28, 2011 - 9:01pm
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I am a 42 yo female that had a hysterectomy (uterus and cervix) on March 28th, 2011. This was for mass that was in Uterus, and several nabothian cysts on cervix. My doctor kept ovaries in place so I would not need synthethic hormones for 10 -12 years. I had a complication in my surgery..internal bleeding. The pedicle and intrafundi ligament were oozing, and I needed 4 units of blood. My pre surgery horomone levels were normal. Now my LSH and FH are over 70. I am post menopausal. I believe that the lack of blood supply to the ovaries destroyed them. Any thoughts? I appreciate any and all feedback.

With Gratitude & Positive Intentions for YOUR Success,
Stacy :)

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Hi Rosa,
Sorry to hear about your difficult postoperative experience. I had a total hysterectomy when I was 23 due to endometriosis. That 35 years ago and I never took hormones. I also was on prednisone for many years due to having rheumatoid arthritis since age 19. A side effect of the prednisone is that it causes osteoporosis which I have. My osteoporosis has always been contributed to my steroid use not my lack of hormones. So if you have osteoporosis maybe you should go to an endocrinologist. This is a doctor who specializes in hormones and maybe you have other hormones in your body such as excess corticosteroids causing the osteoporosis.

November 30, 2011 - 10:31pm

Hi Stacy,

It is possible that there may have been some damage done to your ovaries due to your surgical complication. However, this is a question best reserved for your surgeon. Unfortunately, we do not know exactly what happened during the surgery and what the ultimate outcome was. Your high FSH and LH levels, are consistent with Ovarian Failure so your doctor should look further into this and be honest with your as far as the extent of the damage to your ovaries.

Here's a great group on life post-hysterectomies: http://www.empowher.com/groups/and-After-Hysterectomy

Wishing you the very best,


October 29, 2011 - 10:51am
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thank you for your response Rosa. I am pursuing a lawsuit against surgeon, so am getting 2nd and 3rd opinions. I have both operative reports, and now have osteoporosis, and broke my leg (by standing up) due to ovarian failure.

November 1, 2011 - 7:21am
(reply to StacyRosas)


I am so sorry to hear about all of the effects the surgery has had on you. Please keep us posted with your health status.



November 4, 2011 - 7:52am
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