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Testosterone Therapy, a Personal Experience – Sally’s Story

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.

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HRT and gallstones

Gallstones (Cholecystitis) is a disease where stones become lodged in the gallbladder ducts. This can cause infection and inflammation with a great deal of pain. Around 75-80% of gallstones are known to ‘cholesterol stones’, the majority of the remainder are bilirubin pigment stones.

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Latest ‘news’ about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the heart

It would be true to say that for every study that claims benefits for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), there is another that says it isn’t beneficial. There are host of reasons why this might be the case and this is not really the place to have this debate – suffice it to say that the latest information from the 49th Annual Meeting of the American College of Cardiology, which was presented in March this year has stated that the claims that HRT can be beneficial to the heart may have been overstated.

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Women and HRT

A meta study of data from more than 3000 women who were prescribed HRT between 1989 and 1997 has found that women do not want to take HRT on a long term basis.
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