Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus and is done for many different reasons. One common reason is fibroid tumors (benign growths in the uterus that can cause problems). Other reasons for which a hysterectomy is performed include endometriosis and prolapse of the uterus.

Symptoms that lead women to consider hysterectomy are varied; but, include: urinary tract problems or incontinence; unusually long or heavy menstrual periods; a constant, heavy bloated feeling; unusual swelling in the abdominal region, due to fibroid tumors; intolerance to the medicine therapy prescribed for endometriosis; and infertility, due to fibroid tumors or endometriosis.

There are three different methods in which hysterectomy may be performed:

- Total hysterectomy - the cervix is removed along with the uterus.

- Partial hysterectomy - the uterus is removed but the cervix and other female reproductive organs are left intact.

- Pan hysterectomy - the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed.

Significant problems can result for many women who have one of these procedures performed. The most obvious of these occurs when the ovaries are removed together with the uterus. Because the body is suddenly deprived of estrogen; menopause begins abruptly, with its difficulties and discomforts.

This hormonal loss in turn can lead to an increased likelihood of heart disease; a greatly increased risk of bone mass loss, which often precedes osteoporosis; as well as depression, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, joint pain, loss of libido and urinary tract problems.

Even women who keep their ovaries often experience a reduction in estrogen production and menopause comes earlier than it would have naturally. Over half of women who have partial hysterectomies experience early menopause.

The following nutritional supplements may help to counteract the unpleasant side effects of hysterectomy. A vitamin and mineral supplement regimen can reduce the risk of severe estrogen deprivation. However, discuss all supplements and medicine you are taking with your doctor; as there may be some that could have adverse effects on your surgery.

Nutritional Supplements:

Vitamin A is important in immune function and promotes tissue repair. Take 50,000 IU daily.

Vitamin B complex is needed for the nervous system and to reduce stress. Use a high stress formula. Take 100 milligrams twice daily with meals.

Vitamin C is an anti-stress vitamin also needed for tissue repair. Take 3,000 to 6,000 milligrams and up daily, in divided doses.

Vitamin E is important in estrogen production. Start with 400 IU daily and increase slowly to 1,200 IU daily.

Boron aids in calcium absorption and prevention of bone loss that can occur after hysterectomy. Take 3 milligrams daily - DO NOT exceed this amount.

Calcium is needed for the central nervous system. A lack of estrogen blocks calcium intake. Take 2,000 milligrams daily at bedtime.

Magnesium enhances the absorption of calcium. Take 1,000 milligrams at bedtime.

Potassium is needed if hot flashes occur to replace electrolytes lost through perspiration. Take 99 milligrams daily.

Zinc boosts the immune system. Use zinc gluconate lozenges for best absorption.
Take 50 milligrams daily. Do not exceed 100 milligrams daily from all supplements.

Essential fatty acids helps the body manufacture estrogen. Primrose oil is a good source. Take 1,000 milligrams 3 times daily.

L-arginine and L-lysine are essential amino acids important in recovery after surgery. Both are needed to avoid an imbalance in amino acids. Take 500 milligrams each daily an an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 milligrams vitamin B6 and 100 milligrams of vitamin C for better absorption.

Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant. This hormone is important in the production of estrogen, testosterone and other hormones. It aids sleep and stimulates the immune system. Take as directed on label.

Herbal Nutrition Supplements:

Herbs that may replenish natural estrogen levels include anise, dong quai, fennel, fenugreek, ginseng, licorice, red clover, sage and suma.

Herbs that may ease symptoms of ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids include black cohosh, black haw, blue cohosh, dandelion root, milk thistle, Pau D'arco and yarrow.

Caution: Ginseng should not be used if you have high blood pressure, hypoglycemia or a heart disorder. Licorice should not be used if you have high blood pressure, liver or kidney disorders or are pregnant. Sage should not be used if you have a seizure disorder.

Author's Bio: 

Edith Lingenfelter-webmaster of Age-old Herbs shows how "self defense" is natures oldest law on how to prevent your health concerns with natural healing herbs and herbal nutrition supplements. Learn how to protect your health by visiting www.age-oldherbs.com.