This is probably the most ridiculous question. I had a TAH/BSO almost 4 weeks ago. I have chosen not to take hormones at this point. My question is this. How long does it take for your natural hormones to completely leave your body? Is it immediate? I have been on an antidepressant (well before surgery) so depression isn't the problem, but some times I feel a little pms-like. So are these "old" hormones still floating around in there? Thanks!
I am six months post op (tah/bso) and have wondered about this too. So far I have only had occasional sleep problems and warm spells....and those seem to come about one week a month. Its like I am still "cycling"!! I wondered if it was still possible I still had estrogen stored in my fat cells. (got plenty of those! ) My doctor said that some women notice an immediate difference, and others are fine without HRT. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, but so far, so good.
I saw my doctor today and asked about when the stored up hormones would be gone and she told me if I'm already "flashing", which I am, that this is as bad as it will get. I'm 4 weeks post op now. She also told me that those symptoms may go away shortly. I had ovaries out, and am trying no HRT although I bought some black cohosh today and am putting on a little OTC progesterone cream.
I also had (though had planned on a TVH) a TAH/BSO, five weeks ago yesterday.
By my one-week appointment I had been having at least one
"out of the blue" crying spell a day for five days, and was having insomnia. Although my doc said she normally waits 2-3 weeks to start someone on an estrogen patch, she said after asking me some questions that it sounded like I should start then, which I did, and it helped tremendously. I am using the .075 mg. Climara weekly patch.
I know that my ovaries were working very well (despite cysts and bleeding) prior to surgery, and she said that when someone's body has still been producing a high level of hormones then maybe they will notice the drop in estrogen level sooner after having the surgery that we had. ( I also had had PMS most of my adult life - so maybe if people are very sensitive to hormone changes it makes a difference too).
My impression from what I've read here is that everyone is different. I would go by how you are feeling - if it interferes at all with your daily functioning, or you feel easily overwhelmed or other symptoms unusual for you, I would call your doctor and talk it over with him/her.
I was kind of afraid of sounding like I was "already" complaining, but am I ever glad I did, because I really feel okay now.