It’s tough to have a hysterectomy and be told that because you are in post-menopause, your symptoms will go away. But they don’t.
There’s a reason for this. Your uterus is full of oestrogen receptors and when the uterus is removed, other hormones produced by our adrenal, thyroid and pituitary glands are working harder to compensate and maintain normal homeostasis (balance). Because there is a powerful connection between our pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and ovarian hormones, a hysterectomy often causes these other hormones to get out of balance as they try to correct the internal environment.
As such, for numerous women like Sherri, the hot flushes and night sweats can become worse, as does sleep, even if the hysterectomy was long ago. furthermore, as women move into post-menopause, the decline in oestrogen and progesterone levels, impact blood vessels, causing a reduction in their elasticity and inflammatory changes that cause heat generation in the body.
On top of this are the changes to sleep hormones. Hence, not sleeping, can be the slippery slope towards weight gain as well as sore joints and other health problems as women age.
As Sherri says,
“I am 55 and I had a hysterectomy at age 34 due to cervical cancer. I have always struggled with weight but this seemed to kick it up a notch. Having luckily kept my ovaries, but due to no periods, it was hard to judge my menopause stage, until I hit 50, but then my symptoms got worse.
When I got to the point that something needed to change, I joined MyMT in early April, 2021. I wasn’t sleeping, I had night sweats and I had put on 12 kilos over the past 12 months. I felt confused and desperate.
Over the past 12 weeks, my sleeping has improved dramatically and now sleep through on most nights. I no longer have night sweats so not having to kick off blankets is keeping my husband happy too. I’ve lost 7kgs so far in only 12 weeks.
Following the program and suggestions, swapping meals around as Wendy suggests, eating in a different way that I have been and increasing my water intake and following Wendy’s suggestions for changing up my timing of eating to help my gut and liver health, is all i have changed so far. I do a tabata style workout (40 mins) 3 days a week but now due to working from home during covid, I follow the programme for more walking every morning. It helps to get out of house and have some sanity. I’m feeling so much better.
I always found that women didn’t want to admit they were going through menopause as if it was taboo to mention it. But with Wendy’s programme, the facebook coaching community is wonderful. It is amazing to be in a group of like-minded women, having the same issues with menopause and able to share the experiences and reading Wendy’s posts and getting help from so many others.
Even though I have done my 12 week transform me program I am definitely staying with Wendy’s program, as I’m finding the support of not only Wendy, but everyone in the facebook coaching group is what has kept me at it.
Without the support I think it would be way too easy to slip back into old habits and because I still want to lose more kilos, I’m sticking around.“
Sherri, P., Australia.