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I had a complete hysterectomy 6 years ago and I am now 44. I battle belly fat even after loosing 25 lbs. I've been told it is because I don't have hormones any more and I have never been on HRT since my hysterectomy. Would a natural HRT help me?

By Anonymous January 13, 2009 - 8:48pm
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I've been told without hormones, I will continue to store fat in my abdominal region, and there is nothing I can do. I recently lost 25 lbs. and still suffer from embarassment because of my dimpled belly fat. I vowed I would wear a bikini as soon as I lost weight, and fact is, I am repulsed at the sight of my own abdomen. I work out 5 days a week with no changes. Would natural HRT help me? I am not interested in pill popping, but hope maybe there is a natural alternative for me out there.

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A woman cannot exist as such without estrogen, IMO.

Another result from having a hysterectomy that so many doctors try to hide from us or skip over. The only thing that will really work is a tummy tuck. But unless one has the money, it's not an option since insurance won't pay for it. And don't forget the huge increase in breast size. Some women are pleased, while those of us who were already "blessed" with large breasts now are carrying around udders. Again breast reduction would be the only solution, and it's considered cosmetic unless you can get a sympathetic doctor who will try to write up something that will convince insurance to pay for at least part of it.
The weight gain is another wonderful side effect of the surgery and again is either not addressed or is blamed on the woman (not eating right, not exercising etc.) which is a crock of you know what. My wonderful pain management doc gave me a supplement that the body thinks is estrogen. I don't weigh myself, it's too depressing, but my clothes are a lot looser and even my waist is emerging.
My suggestion is to do a lot of internet research; not just on supplements but also forums where women discuss the ridiculous shape that this horrible surgery left us in.
So many of us have been deceived.

February 6, 2016 - 7:54am
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Anonymous (reply to LizziesAxe)

What was the supplement? Please!

August 26, 2016 - 8:37am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

This is LizziesAxe. I got tired of wasting time trying to reset my password so I'll just reply. I don't think I can mention a brand or the supplement's name here. Do a search on Amazon under "All" for breast health protective (hint). When I did it, it was the first product that showed up for me; it might not for you. Used to buy from my doctor but he ran out and discovered it was on Amazon. It is a doctor's formula.

Be sure to read reviews and comments. Remember that some of that "apron" is fat but it will always hang like that due to lack of those abdominal support ligaments that they severed. (something they just happened not to tell me pre-surgery along with a bunch of other horrid side effects that developed over the years.) I did experience weight loss (or my body became able to rev its metabolism again) without any real effort. Not a huge amount but I got somewhat of a waist back.
I made my own decision to take it. I could not bear living with the body they left me with. I felt like a fat, lumbering cow with huge udders. Let them live like that; I couldn't. What about QUALITY of life? That doesn't seem to factor into the equation.
P.S. When I go out I wear "shapewear" which helps to push and lift the apron a little. I notice when this is worn that my lower back muscles stop aching and seem to breathe a sigh of relief. Not a girdle-that would be too much! Just something with a bit of control. Good Luck. Remember, what works for one person may not do the same thing for another.

August 26, 2016 - 10:39am

I'm glad that I had the hysterectomy as I no longer have to deal with the continuous fibroids and the endometriosis. It has been 7 years since my surgery and I had gained over 125lbs. I made the decision 3 months ago to have gastric sleeve procedure. Since my decision, I have lost 30lbs by working with a nutritionist. I have lost a lot of the belly fat but still have the pouch from the hysterectomy. The pouch is mostly loose skin and after I loose more weight I will have a procedure to remove the pouch. There are a lot of foods that will eliminate the pouch but from what I am experiencing, surgery to remove the pouch is my only resort. I encourage every woman who has had a hysterectomy to connect with a nutritionist to educate you on the foods that will assist you in loosing the pouch. Also, depending on your health insurance it maybe a covered expense. My gastric sleeve has been approved and my procedure is this Wednesday, Sept 9th. I am looking forward to the additional weight loss as well loosing the pouch forever. Educate yourselves on what procedures are covered under your insurance plan to remove the pouch. If there is a will there is a way. Good Luck Ladies and I will keep You updated on my procedures.. Be Blessed

September 5, 2015 - 5:13am
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Yes, I absolutely HATE the bulging belly along with the many other issues from this surgery. It is no wonder our bellies bulge even if we haven't gained weight. Our pelvis' support structures (ligaments) were cut causing our midsections to settle / shorten making them thicker / fatter...no more waist here! For me and most other women I know who've had hysterectomies, it is a ledge at the navel. I used to have completely flat abs with protruding hip bones. Now all that protrudes is my belly and it is not symmetrical either. :(

August 23, 2015 - 7:56am
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I sit here reading with tear filled eyes, because Christmas of 2012 I took a picture with my husband I was then at 189lbs. March of 2013 I lost my job and out of pure bordum went for a walk, not realizing it I walked 4 miles, so I decicided while looking for work during the day I'm going to start walking by that summer I was down to 145. I couldn't believe I had lost so much weight, fast forward a year I started weight training and could nearly see abs after not even being able to see my feet a year a 1/2 before. I had gotten down from a 14 to a 6 smaller then before my first child and 135 10 lbs shy of age 18 weight. I was extatic. Then came Nov 2014 worst period I gad ever had cramps so bad I thought I was going into labor, periods had been heavy filling pads in an hour, but this was bad, i bleed down my leg. Went to the hospital found out I had fibroids, my doctor worned me you don't need a hysterectomy, we can freeze them off. But I had Cervical Cancer that was non active, that had all tge sudden become active, but was not attacking my cells yet! All the pain and i would work, hm, sleep, make dinner, sleep, eat, shower, sleep everyday. I thought hysterectomy was my best solution. But I've gained 10 lbs in the 3 months after the surgery, and i am craving sweets like crazy. I'm going to hsve to take control of this now, but how, is there a Dr. out there with tge answer. I couldn't read past the first page. I'm not taking in sodas,white sugar, i drink decaf green tea w stevia water and coffee w stevia only. And usually try to eat a salad half of the plate with every meal. But am I wishing on false hopes due to lacj of hormone. Someone help.

June 15, 2015 - 9:17pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I was tearing up too. I had a sudden hysterectomy (only one day to consider everything) in 2014 at 32 years old. I have gained so much weight especially around my abdomen. My sex life has changed as well. I don't even feel like the same person anymore. All the symptoms I have experienced were not explained to me at all. I think I would have reconsidered this surgery if I had it to do all over again.

February 14, 2016 - 3:43am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I had a hysterectomy a year ago. At that time I was at 130 lbs. I had everything removed except for one over that remains. Because my mother just got over hormonal breast cancer I didn't not think it would be a safe option for me to take hormone replacement. I now at 140 lbs, I exercise 3 days a week and eat an organic diet. I can not lose weight. I haven't weighed this much since my girls were born. I feel defeated and depressed. It goes in waves for me. There's days I wake up amd think, I'm going to do it I'm going to lose this stomach. Then a week in I start to feel low again. I have lived my life active and always fit. I feel like a failure. I feel what you're going through and hope you have success losing your weight.

November 18, 2015 - 9:43am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Stevia and salads makes my stomache bloated because my stomache could not digest them. Maybe you should try to stay away from them, other foods that cause bloating. And take probiotics. I hope this helps.

July 13, 2015 - 12:31am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

So sorry. Your body can be messed up post surgery for many reasons. I think it can be different for different people, but the common thing I see here is the immoveable abdominal fat. I hope the laser Lopo will help me. We shall see. .

June 15, 2015 - 9:38pm
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