I have just switched my hormone treatment to a female family practice Dr. who has had traning in this.
My OB is great, however, I don't think many have been trained in different alternative hormones and simply do not have the time to deal with it. From what I understand, like most, they remove your ovaries and just put you on estrogen alone-which honestly is good @ taking care of the hotflashes-but I feel like there is more missing here.
I just finished reading a book by Dr. John Lee-What your Doctor May NOT tell you about Menopause-excellent read.
I see by your post that you are over a year out. I am just under 8 months post op and have gained over 10 lbs. already. That is distressing to me-to say the least. She thinks that it may be the Vivelle Dot and we are going to try to switch to something called Estrogel.
Yes, there are other things that need to be tested. Here is run down of what I am having drawn next week-
TSH, T3, T4, TPO, Fasting insulin level, estrogen, free testosterone and progesterone, basic metabolic profile and of course a urinalysis.
I am felling a glimmer of hope here that maybe I will get back to who I was prior to surgery. I have had a wonderful recovery from the surgery itself-the hormone issue has become a little more challenging.
I would suggest, if there is a compounding pharmacy near you-to speak to them about who they know-who has knowledge in this area. You need to be very careful-there is a delicate balance that needs to be met here.
Best wishes to you with all