I had my TAH because of endometriosis every. Dr. does not want to put me on estrogen yet. But, I feel grouchy, tired, moody and sad. I am 2 weeks post op. What are other endo women out there doing as far as HRT. Is anyone on estrogen? what type? What is your exerience with it? Has the endo come back?
Thanks for your support.
My DR also did not want to put me on estrogen until 3 mos after surgery. But in the meantime he gave me progesterin which really helped me sleeping and my night sweats. You should discuss with your DR if you are experiencing any difficulties and see what he/she recommends.
My doctor immediately put me on the patch and I haven't experienced any night sweats or hot flashes. I know there are positives and negatives to estrogen but I am 2 weeks post op and am not experiencing those things......How is your healing going? Perhaps you can talk to another specialist if this is causing you problems.
My doc was real stand offish about getting on Estrogen. He never said why. I did have fibroids and endometriosis, but he kept telling me to follow up, hormonally, with my family doc. I told him the night sweats and hot flashes were making me crazier, so he wrote me a script for Premarin .625mg. The night sweats and hot flashes are gone, and I am at two weeks post op, but now I started having a lot of crying and depression for no apparent reason. So, I dedicid to try Progesterone cream from the herbal options at Wal-Mart. Crossing my fingers for improvement. Wish I knew the answers, I just keep searching. Let me know how you do...Hugs, Janet
I have/had Stage IV Endometriosis.. The Dr. doesn't want me on HRT ever! He said if I couldn't handle the Menopause that he is adamant about my waiting at least 6 months. I had my TAH April 27th.
I was on Lupron for 6 months after the Lap I had in May 2003. They removed all the Endo they could see at that time. I know first hand that Endo can return and with a vengence!! The Lupron shut down my ovaries and was supposed to kill off any remaining Endo.
When I had my hyster not only did the Endo return but it spread.
I will fight to stay HRT free for as long as I can. I am taking an herbal supplement called Remifemin. I just started and it can take 4-12 weeks to see any change so I am hoping for the best.
I am only 36 and the risks of HRT are not favorable.
I had my hyst/bso on March 19 of this year. My doctor doesn't want me to do any HRT until at least 6 months out. She did have me start paxil the day after surgery, and I haven't had any mood problems (you may want to double check with my husband, ha ha). I generally feel pretty good. I also think the paxil is helping to lessen the effects of sudden surgical menopause (I'm 34).
I had my surgery for endo and fibroids. My doc immediately put me on progesterine and estratest. The estrogen in Estratest is pretty low, and taking progesterine in combination with the estrogen helps to keep the endo from coming back (rather than taking estrogen by itself). Of course, no HRT would probably be better for the endo, but I'm only 34, and I think the risks of being without hormones I should have had for another 20 years are greater than my risks of taking HRT.
For ideas of how to deal with symptoms during the time period between surgery and when, if ever, you can start HRT, check the forum called No-Hormone Desert Oasis. The ladies there can't or don't want to take HRT and may be able to offer suggestions to run by your doctors.
Be sure to click on Resources near the top of the page, and then click on Hormone Jungle - No Hormone Desert for articles about dealing with or without hormones.
This is one of those bizarre areas where so many different docs have such different ideas. While it might seem reasonable, there is NO EVIDENCE that delaying HRT will reduce or prevent recurrance of endo after a hyst. With a BSO, chances of recurrance are between 2 and 10% and many of those that recur have incomplete surgeries (docs think that taking the ovaries will cause the remaining endo to "dry up") or had very large areas of endo at the time of surgery. Bottom line, a very few women will recur after surgery, but HRT does not seem to be a factor.
I've read the actual studies and will be happy to post a link to a few if anyone would like to read the data for themselves.
I am 23 weeks post op almost 6 months. I had endometriosis too and my surgeon wanted to put me on estrogen at 7weeks. But during those 7 weeks i had hot flashes, fatigue, joint & headache pain you name it I had it! Anyway I would suggest getting your hormone levels checked because everyone is different. I started progestrone cream that helped alot but I still had alot of the same stuff going on. Another issue was I didn't want to take synthetic hormones I wanted to take bioidentical or natural hormones. My doctor could only prescribe sythentic so I found a doctor that did. There is alot of information in the Hormones Jungle here about hormones and a good book I read was by Susanne Sommers "The Sexy Years"Hope this helps you all out. Good Luck!