In this post, we are answering some of the great questions we’ve received from the Hormone University community! Thank you all for taking the time to reach out to us – we love hearing from you, and we hope we can help you find the knowledge you need to continue your wellness journey.
Can a hysterectomy lead you to develop estrogen dominance?
Generally, a hysterectomy will not lead to estrogen dominance, a condition in which estrogen levels are significantly higher when compared to the relative amount of progesterone in the body. If only your uterus is removed, temporary hormonal imbalance and early menopause are generally more likely.
However, if your ovaries are removed, you are very likely to experience significant hormonal changes. Since most estrogen is produced in the ovaries, removal of the ovaries significantly decreases estrogen levels. Because of this, many women take estrogen therapy to aid in hormonal imbalance and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Please consult your doctor before making any final decisions regarding your health! Pre-existing conditions, age, and the type of surgery you have had all play a major role in determining what the right treatment options are.
Are there any ways to diagnose endometriosis other than a laparoscopy?
A laparoscopy is the only way to 100% confirm if a woman has endometriosis. In this procedure, a small incision is made in the abdomen and a camera is inserted to check for signs of tissue growth outside the uterus. Some tissue may be excised to analyze in the future during the surgery.
However, some doctors may be able to use other methods to detect symptoms of endometriosis as well. Here are some common procedures!
Ultrasound: Ultrasounds use waves to create pictures of your uterus and may be used to detect cysts or tissue growth that is indicative of endometriosis. A transvaginal ultrasound could also be used to view other reproductive parts such as the ovaries, uterus, and cervix.
Pelvic Exam: A pelvic exam is a physical test conducted by your gynecologist, who examines your pelvic region. Sometimes, cysts can be detected through this method and point to a likelihood of being diagnosed with endometriosis.
MRI: An MRI scan creates images of your organs including your uterus and can detect signs of endometriosis-like tissue growth outside the uterus. This procedure could potentially detect cysts as well.
Can Menopause Magnets relieve your menopause symptoms?
The simple answer? No.
Menopause magnets claim to use magnet therapy to balance the autonomic nervous system and calm your breathing and heartbeat. Some companies claim that menopause magnets can reduce stress, ease hot flashes, and treat other physical symptoms of menopause.
However, most scientists have not found research proving that magnets can be used to treat menopause. Most believe it is unlikely that the purported connection exists, and more research needs to be done to determine if magnet therapy could effectively treat your symptoms.