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.
Levels of diabetes are increasing and so are levels of pre-diabetes/glucose intolerance. Some research has suggested that the menopause may be a factor, particularly the high levels of testosterone that some women can develop post menopause. These high levels can occur post menopause because the other two female sex hormones reduce their production levels whilst testosterone remains roughly the same.
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.
A systematic study at Monash University in Australia has found that the addition of testosterone to hormone therapy in women after menopause enhances their sexual function.
Testosterone is also a female sex hormone. Total hormone replacement means restoring the natural balance of all hormones to the levels of men and women’s physical and mental peaks.
The Scottish Medicines Consortium have today issued guidance denying the use of the testosterone patch manufactured by Intrinsa to NHS patients in Scotland saying "Testosterone transdermal patch (Intrinsa) for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in surgically induced…