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I'm not sure that I should post this here or where but here it is -<br><br>
A good friend of mine had breast cancer and as a result of the cancer had a <i>complete</i> 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.<br><br>
As a result of the cancer she cannot take hormones.<br><br>
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?<br><br>
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.<br><br>
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?<br><br>
If that's what you're asking, the answer is no. I do not think that is possible.<br><br>
Forgive me if that's not what you were asking.<br><br>
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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.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
There is a great website she should check out where there are other women in her position (hyst after cancer and no hormonal support):<br><a href="http://www.hystersisters.com" target="_blank">www.hystersisters.com</a><br><br>
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.<br><br>
Hugs,<br>
Lisa <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">If that's what you're asking, the answer is no. I do not think that is possible.<br><br>
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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.<br><br>
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.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">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.</td>
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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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