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Are You Feeling Older Than Your Age After Your Hysterectomy? 3 Physical Benefits Of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

by Mae Ferguson

When you had your hysterectomy, you might have been warned that you would experience some of the symptoms of early menopause. While many women often expect to be slightly uncomfortable, it is common to suddenly realize that the long term effects of having a hysterectomy can interfere with your everyday activities. 

Feeling older than your years can alter your quality of life, but the good news is that you have options for improving how you feel and reducing the long term effects of having a hysterectomy on your body. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is designed to recreate the hormonal balance that your body once had to make you feel better, and beginning this form of therapy can provide you with these potential physical benefits that will help you feel your age again.

Retain More Bone Mass

Estrogen plays a role in how well your body builds and retains bone mass. After premature menopause, your body's lack of estrogen can put you at risk for osteoporosis. While you might not feel your bones losing mass, you may experience symptoms such as fragile bones that are more prone to fractures. Some women also complain of issues such as joint pain after menopause that can be improved through using bioidentical estrogen to replace your body's natural hormone balance once it is lost.

Reduce Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Those hot flashes are a hallmark sign of going through menopause. While some women breeze through menopause without having severe hot flashes, you may find that you are unable to go about your normal activities due to issues such as heavy flushing in your face and chest and sweating. Night sweats are another issue that can occur. Hormone replacement therapy helps to reduce or even stop these incidents so that you feel your best.

Improve Your Sleep Patterns

Insomnia is common during early menopause, and being unable to get enough sleep impacts both your physical and mental health. Using replacement hormones can help to stop irritating night sweats that interfere with your rest, and you'll find that restoring estrogen levels in your body also helps with stopping common sleep-related issues in women after their hysterectomies. For instance, you may not wake up too early anymore, and you should find that your overall sleep is more restful. Improving your sleep patterns also helps to benefit the rest of your body's processes, such as strengthening your immune system, so that you feel better all around.