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i have had a hysterectomy due to heavy bleeding and ovarian cysts.can i still suffer from pcos

Posted by denise

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Dear Denise,

Good question - my research turns up that  PCOS is a disorder of the endocrine system, so even if you had your ovaries removed with your hysterectomy, it is still possible that you will have symptoms.  Here's an excerpt of an article from a website called

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"Will a hysterectomy or oophorectomy cure my PCOS/PCOD?

Unfortunately, there is no cure at this time for PCOS.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disorder is a disorder of the endocrine system. While one of the symptoms can be polycystic ovaries, it is only one of many symptoms. Some women have polycystic ovaries, but do not have PCOS, while other women have PCOS yet do not have polycystic ovaries.

An oophorectomy will obviously put an end to polycystic ovaries by removing them. It will not alter the other symptoms, which can include insulin resistance. If you were suffering from other symptoms before your surgery, they will remain after your surgery. One possible exception is that since the ovaries produce up to 60% of your body?s testosterone, when they are removed, it may be enough of a decrease in androgens to no longer cause unpleasant side affects. "

For more information and support for PCOS symptoms and treatment,check out

Good luck! Let us know how you are doing!

Lynette Sheppard RN

Wellsphere Health Maven, Menopause

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