It is interesting to see how many Dr's have such different opinions! Yes to HRT no to HRT, too young, too old, some swear by them and others run and the end result is this...
Each of us is different some have symptoms and those who don't. There really isn't a time frame. My mom for example had symptoms for 8 years and now a hot flash here and there. (She couldn't take HRT for other reasons).
So here I am 36 years old and I have enough symptoms to go around! LOL..
I May of 2003 I had a Laparoscopy to diagnose Endometrosis. This was supposed to be a 40 minute oupaitent procedure that took 3 hours and landed me 3 days in the Castle.
What the Wizzard
found was Stage IV Endometrosis. It destryoed both my fallopian tubes (they were removed) and it was all over my Uterus. The Wizzard removed all the Endo he could see and I began Lupron injections the next day in the hospital.
The Lupron put me in immediate Medical Menopause and I endured this for 6 months. It was the most horrible time of mylife the side effects were so severe that I was emotionally and physically messed up. I don't know how my family and I managed.
I went off these drugs in October of 2003 and had my first period in January 2004 for 18 days. Februray was worse and March had me back on pain meds and the heating bad.
April 27th I had a TAH. The Wizzard doesn't want me on HRT due to the Endo (this is where alot of drs. differ) and some other factors. My biggest fear is the fact that 11 months later the Endo returned with a vengence. My Colon was stuck to my uterus, I had an Endometrioma on one ovary and cysts on the other.
Surgical Menopause is ALOT easier than Medical Menopause. I do have Hot Flashes (what a beast)
and night sweats, and depression, and brain fog
and mood swings and all that.
So you can see why I am afraid of HRT I am only 36 and who wants to do that for 20 years!
My Wizzard recommed Remifemin. It is an herbal supplement. You take it 2x a day and being that it is herbal it can take 4-12 weeks to see a difference.
Ask your Dr. about it, they do have a website www.remifemin.com
and they will send you a 20 day supply. I am only on week 2 so I haven't had any notable change yet but I am hoping for the best.
Sorry this is so long but once I started I couldn't stop!
Take Care Ladies and Thanks for ALL OF YOU!!!