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March 16, 2013 1:51 PM
Hi a year and half ago I had partial hysterectomy done and I really wish I knew about the weigh gain issue!!-- I have gained 35# since then and I have read countless articles about this and people responding that it is hard to lose weight after--but have not heard anything from anyone who has successfully lost weight and would love to know how the struggle worked out i am doing great but only losing about .40# a week- hard when you work so hard and nothing happens (I know losing but not like what I would think I would lose) anyone else in same boat? or WAS in this boat and beat it??
March 16, 2013 1:57 PM
If you didn't have your ovaries removed there should be absolutely no reason why there would be any difference with weight loss now than before or any weight gain. I had a partial when I was 28 and actually lost weight after because I was more active without all the pain and cramping.
March 16, 2013 2:05 PM
I had a full hysterectomy in my early 30s (late 40s now) and I couldnt stop putting weight on. Even now, watching what I eat, and exercising hard every day, I still struggle to lose weight at the same speed as many people, 1-2lbs over a 6 week spell is hard going!. I have lost though, so I am thankful for that... and until I get to my goal, I'm not stopping.
March 16, 2013 2:07 PM
It can't be worse that menopause. My metabolism slowed down at 42 - with no hysterectomy. It has slowed down more since I've began menopause.

Over those 10 years, I did gain perhaps 20 pounds by not slowing my food intake to my new metabolism. But I have now and am back to my college weight - 35 pounds down from my highest weight with a BMI just under 22.

The hysterectomy can explain why you gained weight. But you can lose it again. If it's only been a year, your body isn't really committed to it. It will come off if you're persistent.
  22310201
March 16, 2013 2:08 PM
QUOTE:

I had a full hysterectomy in my early 30s (late 40s now) and I couldnt stop putting weight on. Even now, watching what I eat, and exercising hard every day, I still struggle to lose weight at the same speed as many people, 1-2lbs over a 6 week spell is hard going!. I have lost though, so I am thankful for that... and until I get to my goal, I'm not stopping.


You could be right with the estrogen regulation of weight and weight deposition.
  22310201
March 16, 2013 2:12 PM
Total Hysterectomy in my early 30's - on HRT since then - lost quite a bit of weight after the surgery - then pretty much gained - dieted/lost/gained/dieted/lost/gained. - I am able to lose about a pound a week average - sometimes more - sometimes less - but it takes me really watching my caloric intake and EXERCISE! I have lost without exercise - but find it is a lot easier when I do exercise.

Every body is different of course - best of luck and don't give up!

flowerforyou
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March 22, 2013 3:54 PM
Thank you all- just wish could lose faster (like I did before surgery) just seems like working soooo hard and not getting the results looking for---I will keep on keeping on!!
March 28, 2013 4:24 AM
I (43) will have a hysterectomy in 2 weeks and already had issues the last few years due to slower metabolism, to lose weight or keep it off. Even though I eat right and am very active. Someone said, it is not so bad, when you keep the ovaries? Thats my only hope.
March 28, 2013 8:25 AM
I had a full hysterectomy 5 years ago, and weighed 10 lbs. less after the surgery. That was a start, and I kept it off! A couple of years ago, I joined MFP and lost another 30 lbs. in 7 months. I followed the 1200 net calorie plan and did a lot of cardio, but I think lifting weights is what really helped my metabolism. Good luck!
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March 28, 2013 8:13 PM
Im 30 and I had a full hysterectomy about 2 weeks ago and ive lost like 22 pounds or so since then
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March 28, 2013 9:02 PM
Full hysterectomy ten years ago, I'm 43 now. Woke up in the recovery room in 'medical' menopause. That lasted about 3 years and since then my metabolism is as slow as a snail. I didn't do HRT until two years ago because I was so frustrated at the enormous weight gain and such a difficulty to lose. With the HRT I lost 70 pounds in a year but have gained it all back and then some. I did not realize that I would have to continue my 'diet' after I lost it all. Boy oh boy was I wrong! Now days I can just look at something high in calories and I gain weight...or so it seems.

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April 26, 2013 6:42 AM
Ok, I lost 6 lbs since my hysterectomy almost 2 weeks ago. Maybe the fibroid weighed a lot, lol. But I feel so much better now except my bloated belly at the end of the day. Lets see, what happens in the next weeks or month. Hope, I don't gain it all back laugh
April 26, 2013 7:14 AM
Hello all- just a week post total hysterectomy, nice healthy ovaries left- I am 46, and have been exercising and watching my diet for about a year now. I will check back in as the weeks go to let you know if there is any issue with weight, I hope not, but will let y'all know.
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April 26, 2013 7:27 AM
A friend of mine on bioidentical estradiol transdermal patches says her weight has been stable.
April 26, 2013 7:51 AM
I had a total hysterectomy about 10 years ago, struggled on HRT with side effects and stopped using it, gained 59 pds. I have lost 23 of those pds over the last 1.5 years and started on MFP in Dec. for the support factor. I was wondering, does anyone know how much approximately to drop the calorie count to reflect no longer having this process going on in my body? Or what drop has worked for you?
April 26, 2013 8:09 AM
I did not have a hysterectomy, but Chemo threw me into early menopause at 42. Yes, put on a lot of weight. I am slowly losing it....(I gained about 60 lbs). I have lost about 35 lbs of and now I have found something that really seems to work. MFP has helped me when I stalled. I have lost about 11 lbs with MFP., doing TDEE - 20%. It took a few weeks, but now am losing 1- 1.5 lbs a week. For the first few weeks, my weight did nothing because I was only eating about 1200 calories and working out. Now I eat more and weight is really coming off.
April 26, 2013 8:20 AM
I totally understand your frustration!

I'll be 42 in November and had a partial hysterectomy -- full vertical incision and all! =( -- at 40. Losing the weight post-surgery has definitely been a struggle, much harder than when I did it before. I just keep chugging along trying to stay focused and positive. Given how hard and slow it's been, I'm even MORE determined to keep it off this time. I simply can't do this again.
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April 26, 2013 8:26 AM
I am 42 years old and had a full hyst with a full-length vertical incision (belly button all the way down!) when I was 32. I use a HRT patch, but it took a couple of years to figure out what strength worked best for me.

I gained almost 20 pounds over those couple of years and have struggled very hard for the first 7 years to pull 10 of those back off. In the next 3 years, have dropped another 7 pounds, but still have 3 to go. It's a struggle and I have found that I absolutely have to count each and every calorie that goes into my body because of the way my metabolism slowed down.
April 26, 2013 8:30 AM
I am 24 and I am having a partial on May 6th. They are leaving my ovaries in and I was concerned about weight gain. I am extremely active and am hoping that I will still be fine. It will difficult "relaxing" for 6 weeks! (no heavy lifting or running)
April 26, 2013 8:30 AM
I an 46. I had a full Hysterectomy 3 months ago. I also have Hypothyrodism. Got serious with MFP after the surgery and seeing better results. Just curious as to what others are experience and wondering if this will last.
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April 26, 2013 8:31 AM
I'm 39 and I had a hysterectomy 2 years ago and have gained about 30 lbs and am having a hard time losing too. I kept my ovaries but they stopped working anyways. I take estrogen and that helps. My mom who is 58 said to just wait out menopause and then the weight will come back off but I am continuing to try anyways. I think exercise is really the key to it all. Your metabolism slows down when you hit menopause so the exercise helps speed it back up.
Edited by Amyirene74 On April 26, 2013 8:31 AM
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April 26, 2013 8:43 AM
You can get to a healthy weight and maintain it after a hysterectomy! I gained lots of weight after mine and 40's were my unhealthiest decade ever. Now I'm 57 and just several lbs. shy of my goal after losing 75 lbs. total. You are fortunate to be aware of it now, before your weight gets out of hand. I wish I had known how to be healthy and successful at losing weight much sooner! What turned my life around was getting rid of mindless eating with the help of MFP. Logging food and exercise has made all the difference for me. And teaching myself about good nutrition by reading many books. Also dumping the ridiculous low calorie "diets" that only mess up your metabolism further and cause you to gain the weight back and then some more! I have also learned to love being active and not avoiding exercise and sweating! Feel free to read my profile for more details. Best wishes for claiming your best health NOW!!
  11325691
April 26, 2013 8:55 AM
QUOTE:

I'm 39 and I had a hysterectomy 2 years ago and have gained about 30 lbs and am having a hard time losing too. I kept my ovaries but they stopped working anyways. I take estrogen and that helps. My mom who is 58 said to just wait out menopause and then the weight will come back off but I am continuing to try anyways. I think exercise is really the key to it all. Your metabolism slows down when you hit menopause so the exercise helps speed it back up.


Your metabolism doesn't slow down with menopause or age. The reason we gain weight more easily as we age is that we become less active and replace muscle with fat which doesn't burn as much. Staying active, lifting to increase or maintain muscle mass and eating properly will keep you healthy.
April 26, 2013 1:21 PM
Had a partial at age 37 and didn't gain right away. Didn't do HRT for health reasons so I had to exercise religiously and really watch what I ate.

Exercise is the key-really no way around it even if it's regular fast paced walking.
  20974556
April 26, 2013 1:24 PM
Sorry
Edited by SusanLovesToEat On April 26, 2013 1:26 PM
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