Just over 2 years ago I had a vaginal hysterectomy for a prolapsed womb, cystocele and retrocele repair. Post operative pain from the retrocele repair went on for a year due to scar tissue making sex painful and then a few months after the surgery my sex drive went completely. Despite keeping my ovaries blood tests revealed that my oestrogen and testosterone levels had completely flatlined. The hysterectomy had caused my ovaries to stop working altogether.
I had an hysterectomy when I was 42 years old. Ovaries were left in. At 68 years of age I had to have them removed. At 72 years of age having not had any HRT for 10 years I suddenly starting getting the most dreadful hot flushes and palpitations.
You may or may not be aware that the NHS have recently removed Testosterone implants from the NHS prescription lists. Whilst it may be possible to pay for a private prescription these are expensive and potentially unnecessary. Testosterone in women helps to regulate mood and libido and it’s production continues mostly unaffected by the menopause, unlike oestrogen and progesterone. In addition to these benefits for women post menopause it also supports the immune system and assists the body in the production of muscle tissue as well as helping to boost your appetite.
Although testosterone is a male hormone women still produce small amounts. Testosterone is produced by the ovaries and helps to regulate sex drive (libido), energy and mental state.