Can You Still Retain Symptoms Of PCOD (Acne, Obesity, Etc.) After Hysterectomy?

Last Editorial Review: 1/11/2018

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Can you still retain symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Disease (acne, obesity, etc.) after hysterectomy, which confirmed multiple ovarian cysts on both ovaries? I cannot find information about treatment of symptoms for post hysterectomy. 

Doctor's response

Hysterectomy is removal of the uterus.  I believe you mean that the ovaries were removed (oophorectomy) in addition to the hysterectomy.  Therefore, I think your question is whether oophorectomy can cure the symptoms from PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease)--a good question.

Although all of the factors involved in PCOD are still being defined, it is clear that the ovaries are not the only cause of the symptoms from PCOD.  (You might think the name PCOD is misleading if the ovaries are not the only malfunctioning organ).  For example, changes in adrenal gland function are involved in PCOD as well.  Therefore, removal of the ovaries does not really cure the problem. 

The treatment of symptoms of PCOD after oophorectomy is similar to treatment before oophorectomy, meaning acne medications, exercise, consultation with a qualified dietician, and most importantly consultation with a physician on a regular basis regarding reducing heart disease risk association with PCOD.

Carolyn Janet Crandall, M.D.
Editor:   William Shiel, MD, FACP, FACR