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  #1  
Unread 07-31-2007, 03:10 PM
Do You Need Estrogen After A Complete Hysterectomy?

I just had my complete hysterectomy on July 16, and so far, I haven't had menopausal symptoms. Do I NEED to be on estrogen?
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Unread 07-31-2007, 08:03 PM
Do You Need Estrogen After A Complete Hysterectomy?

My dr. told me I needed to be on HRT because of my age and my bones (I'm only 31 and lack of estrogen would cause osteoprosis by the time I'm 50, or so he said). You should probably talk to your doc. about your specific circumstances. That's great you have no menopause symptoms!!
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Unread 08-01-2007, 06:49 PM
Do You Need Estrogen After A Complete Hysterectomy?

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Originally Posted by teacher30
My dr. told me I needed to be on HRT because of my age and my bones (I'm only 31 and lack of estrogen would cause osteoprosis by the time I'm 50, or so he said). You should probably talk to your doc. about your specific circumstances. That's great you have no menopause symptoms!!
but for how long?

So you need estrogen for bone loss....hmm, I wonder if you can subsitute calcium for the bone loss in lieu of estrogen?

Oh I'm sure the menopause symptoms will start at some point. It's only been 2 weeks since my complete hysterectomy.

The baloney us women have to go thru...

so many years of suffering thru endometriosis and now this. I realize that this isn't cancer and I am grateful my breast biopsy and tumor were benign, but I wish I could have a couple years of NO menopause, NO periods, and NO endometriosis.
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Unread 08-02-2007, 06:07 AM
Do You Need Estrogen After A Complete Hysterectomy?

Kate, you might be one of the lucky ones and be fine without HRT!

I was 49 at time of my surgery and my doctor(s) still want me on estrogen for bone health.

The way my doctor described it to me was, it doesn't matter when you stop the estrogen or what age you are, it will have an immediate and detrimental affect to your bones. There is no ambivalence about it...it will affect it.

So, I don't know if it's true and I don't know if the calcium and vit D will help stop it or not...

Good luck with your decision!
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Unread 08-02-2007, 07:03 AM
Do You Need Estrogen After A Complete Hysterectomy?

I hear ya! I love my dr., but sometimes I look at him and wonder....do you really know what it is like to be a woman and go through all this stuff!!!!!!! The thing that makes me mad is my dr. told me that while I need the estrogen, it will most likely make the endo come back, and then we will have to pull back on the HRT until it dies, and then build it back up once the endo is gone again. Jezzzzz!

I know my dr. told me to supplement with folate, but he didn't mention anything about calcium. He was just adamant that I'm on the estrogen.

I'm glad everything was benign for you, and I hope the menopause symptoms stay at bay for awhile. I hope your dr. can steer you in the right direction.

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Unread 08-02-2007, 08:09 AM
Do You Need Estrogen After A Complete Hysterectomy?

The really stinky thing about my woman doctor is that she NEVER explains anything to me! GRRRR
All she told me right after my surgery was what I asked her. I said, "what about estrogen?" and she told me, "let's not worry about that right now....we want the endometriosis to shrink up and die, so we can talk again in 6 weeks."

I see her again next week, and that only makes it 3 weeks. She told me it was up to me if I wanted to go on estrogen. But what about bone loss?

I'm praying that just taking calcium tablets will help with the bone loss, but that's why I started a thread asking if there are women who aren't on any estrogen pill/patch, and what their doctors have to say about it.

I am so happy that never again will I have to purchage DEPENDS, and wear two underwear, a DEPENDS, AND a maxi pad and still have to pray that I won't have an "accident."

But on the other hand, i never planned on having to take estrogen pills or patch because of the health scare of that!

Sometimes I want to scream because right before my hysterectomy, I had a breast cancer scare as well, and JUST had a biopsy done on my breast.

Turn 45 and you fall apart. (Yes, I'm still smiling)

Thank you to both of you for answering my post. I sincerely appreciate it!

Kate
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Unread 08-02-2007, 08:45 AM
Do You Need Estrogen After A Complete Hysterectomy?

I know, my dr. is hard to talk to sometimes too.

One of the hostess on the site here reccommend to me that it might be worth it to go to another dr. specifically for HRT needs. She told me that herself, as well as other ladies on the website, didn't have much luck dealing with HRT issues with thier surgeon, and ended up with thier GP or another dr. to do thier HRT. You might consider getting a second opinion. I really wanted to do the bio-identicals, so I called a compounding pharmacy in town and got the name of a GP dr. who does HRT. I'm going to go and see her tomorrow just to get a second opinon sincethere is so much conflicting info out there. Maybe another objective viewpoint might be able to tell you if the calcium supplement is enough or if you really need more.

Good luck!!
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Unread 08-02-2007, 12:03 PM
Do You Need Estrogen After A Complete Hysterectomy?

my primary physician is the person I've been going to for the problems I experienced last week, (from surgery) as the gynie who performed the surgery, was on vacation.

I can't see why she couldn't help me with hormone problems or questions, and the most important thing to me, is she TALKS with you if you have questions.

I'm so glad to read these comments because none of my friends have gone through anything like this, and I wouldn't have anyone to chat with if not for this site.

Thank you again!

Kate
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Unread 08-02-2007, 01:29 PM
Do You Need Estrogen After A Complete Hysterectomy?

My doctor recommended estrogen because I'm under 40. I am eight weeks post op with no HRT and minimal menopause symptoms. I have talked to the doctor and to a bone/arthritis specialist about the bone density. Without estrogen we will start losing bone density. Calcium with vitamin D and regular weight bearing exercise will slow the loss but not reverse it.

I chose no HRT/estrogen because I didn't want to feed the endometriosis. I didn't want to go through all this just to have more endo surgeries later. I know that there will be a point where it will be safe to say the endo has died off, but I don't see why I should start hormones once my body adjusts to not having them.

If you have symptoms and need estrogen, my doctor recommends taking progesterone with the estrogen to keep it in check. If I ever need to take it, I will check into bio-identicals so that it will be matched to the exact levels needed for me.

If our bones do show too much loss, we could use Fosomax or Boniva. I hope not to need them, but the side effects don't seem worse than those for estrogen.

So do we have to take estrogen, not really. Some need it just for pure sanity though.
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Unread 08-02-2007, 01:47 PM
Do You Need Estrogen After A Complete Hysterectomy?

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Originally Posted by kdarm
My doctor recommended estrogen because I'm under 40. I am eight weeks post op with no HRT and minimal menopause symptoms. I have talked to the doctor and to a bone/arthritis specialist about the bone density. Without estrogen we will start losing bone density. Calcium with vitamin D and regular weight bearing exercise will slow the loss but not reverse it.

I chose no HRT/estrogen because I didn't want to feed the endometriosis. I didn't want to go through all this just to have more endo surgeries later. I know that there will be a point where it will be safe to say the endo has died off, but I don't see why I should start hormones once my body adjusts to not having them.

If you have symptoms and need estrogen, my doctor recommends taking progesterone with the estrogen to keep it in check. If I ever need to take it, I will check into bio-identicals so that it will be matched to the exact levels needed for me.

If our bones do show too much loss, we could use Fosomax or Boniva. I hope not to need them, but the side effects don't seem worse than those for estrogen.

So do we have to take estrogen, not really. Some need it just for pure sanity though.

I've had WAY too many surgeries and after this one on july 16th, my doctor said, "NO MORE ABDOMINAL SURGERIES FOR YOU!"

so if I did need to take estrogen, and it feeds the endo, well, there's not much I can do. I've already had 4 abdominal surgeries, (including this one) and I have way too much scarring.

So many goshdarn worries! I thought after my hysterectomy, I wouldn't need to think all this crud out with estrogen because I thought I would ride the whatevers out.

Every day that I don't feel any symptoms, I think is another day I can get through without taking estogen, but now I have to worry about bone loss.

I saw a commerical where Sally Field talks about Botiva, but I always ignored it. Guess I'll have to perk my ears up and listen to what the side effects are for that!

What is it my Mom used to say?

"ALWAYS SOMETHING"
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