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I'm not sure that I should post this here or where but here it is -

A good friend of mine had breast cancer and as a result of the cancer had a complete hysterectomy. I question the need for the hysterectomy but she and her dr. felt fine with the decision. She and her dh have some problems now to say the least.

As a result of the cancer she cannot take hormones.

Can the removal of the ovaries and uterus affect a sexual orientation if you are not taking hormones? What exactly do the ovaries produce. I know they make either estrogen or progesterone. But can their removal make you into some kind of sexual neutral or what exactly?

I know this is a weird question but it's a weird situation.
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Yes, a hysterectomy can reduce sexual desire(make it nonexixtent) esp. if she can't take hormones. Does she know if she will ever be able to take them? I keep seeing comercials for avlimil(like viagra for women:LOL) perhpaps she could ask her dr. about it?
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Yes, removing the ovaries can effect sex drive.

But, are you asking if removing the ovaries can cause a change in sexual orientation? As in your friend is now attracted to women instead of men?

If that's what you're asking, the answer is no. I do not think that is possible.

Forgive me if that's not what you were asking.

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The ovaries produce 3 primary hormones in a woman--estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. They also have a great effect on the basic make-up of the endocrine system, resulting in changes in our thyroid producing hormones.

Removing the ovaries completely and not replacing the hormones they make can be mentally and physically devestating to a woman. I have not had a hysterectomy, but went through a very early menopause in my early 30's. I am now on bio-identical hormones--and without them I would feel horrible and it would have a profound affect on my life. I also have osteopenia, a condition that means that my bones have thinned out significantly due to estrogen loss.

Is your friend on anything like Evista? This is a new designer estrogen that is suppose to help with bone loss and prevent further breast cancer. I honestly don't know much about it.

There is a great website she should check out where there are other women in her position (hyst after cancer and no hormonal support):
www.hystersisters.com

Just be there for her as a friend and validate her feelings of loss. Her life is now profoundly changed, but she may have other options. She may need a second opinion from another doctor--a specialist in treating women with breast cancer.

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If that's what you're asking, the answer is no. I do not think that is possible.

Forgive me if that's not what you were asking.
Yeah that's what I was asking. I didn't think it was possible either but it actually came up in a conversation between my dh and her dh. I know they haven't been intimate in a while.

I am pretty sure that she isn't taking anything. Even synthetics. Her dh complained that her whole personality has changed. And I have no idea why.

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Removing the ovaries completely and not replacing the hormones they make can be mentally and physically devestating to a woman. I have not had a hysterectomy, but went through a very early menopause in my early 30's. I am now on bio-identical hormones--and without them I would feel horrible and it would have a profound affect on my life. I also have osteopenia, a condition that means that my bones have thinned out significantly due to estrogen loss.
Why would you need a complete hysterectomy if the only thing one was affected by was breast cancer? I have to admit when she admitted to me that was what she had done I was stunned. I always thought that the ovaries makes the stuff that makes you YOU (a woman) and I couldn't beleive that she would allow them to remove them so easily. I figured that the cancer made her overly cautious. Is this normal?
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Lisa Thanks for the Hystersisters.com site. It's pretty interesting. There's a whole section there about women who can't take HRT.
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