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Can a hysterectomy cause hypothyroidism?

By April 27, 2010 - 6:51pm
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I had a hysterectomy approx 6 years ago. I still have my ovaries, but uterus and cervix is gone. My body has not been the same since. I can be very moody, poor concentration, depressed, started to get melasma approx 6 mon to a year after having the hysterectomy. I have been diagnosed recently with hypothyroidism. So my question is, Can a hysterectomy cause hypothyroidism?

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I had my uterus taken take out a little shy of six month ago, I now believe (as I'm writing this) that I too now have underactive thyroid, my temp is low, low energy and quite a few of the other symptoms. I have my ovaries but this is still happening. I now weight 171 a good 20 pounds more than after I had the surgery (took out huge fibroids too) the 171 is more than I've EVER weighed in my life. Wish docs cared about womens health, all these years and no one has done long term studies about what happens after these types of surgeries

December 1, 2018 - 9:25pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello, Anon.

If you have gained that much weight but your diet has not changed, see your doctor about your suspicions. Blood tests can be taken to find out. Treatment consists of thyroid hormone replacement and can help greatly.

Keep us updated.


December 2, 2018 - 6:44am
EmpowHER Guest

I had also an Hysterectomy, I still have my ovaries, but immediately after the surgery I started feeling tired and gaining weight. After many doctor finally one checked my Thyroid and I was diagnose Hypothyroidism. I have been taking medicine since then 4 years ago, but I have never feel the same.

November 23, 2016 - 10:31pm
EmpowHER Guest

Yess it definiy is related!! I have a slightly underactivr thyroid after having a radical hysterectomy a year ago. I am seeing a natural wellness clinic to fix the issue.

September 25, 2014 - 2:37pm
EmpowHER Guest

I had a total hysterectomy then a year later was told I have a NON-FUNCTIONING thyroid prior my thyroid was perfectly fine so there is a connection.

May 21, 2014 - 3:37pm
EmpowHER Guest

I underwent a hysterectomy and now I too have a thyroid condition. I was given a hysterectomy with the understanding that I had fibroids. Unfortunately, I didn't need the surgery and now I have hypothyroidism which initially, changed from hyperthyroidism. I would really like to know if this is true.

January 18, 2012 - 12:55pm

That is a great question (and, I'm sorry you are suffering with so many conditions)! Let us look into this further, as this could be a complicated (and sensitive) issue. It does make sense that they are both hormone-related conditions, that there could be an association....but if one specifically caused the other condition..that would be more difficult to know. It could be that the reason you needed a hysterectomy was due to hormone imbalances, the very same hormone imbalances that are causing your thyroid condition, as well as some of your other symptoms. This would be my educated guess, but again, we will do some more research and write back.

Can you tell us why you had a hysterectomy?

April 27, 2010 - 7:55pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Chronic pain, 2 years later thyroid issues

November 3, 2017 - 8:45am
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Omg I just decided to Google what causes thyriod issues and can relate to all these women ....now I know it's stems from a hysterectomy.....this surgery should only be done in a life threatening situation ....

November 2, 2017 - 9:48pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I had a total hysterectomy two and a half years ago and now, I have a very slow thyroid. I think you all are right. I googled it for a reason! Starting on Dessicated thyroid today. Already feel a difference!

March 20, 2019 - 12:08am
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