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pros and cons of estrogen replacement therapy? pros and cons of estrogen replacement therapy?

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Unread 08-22-2008, 12:10 AM
pros and cons of estrogen replacement therapy?

Can someone list the pros and cons of estrogen replacement therapy? I know the basics. It helps with night sweats and hot flashes. It's not good for people who have had cancers. But there has to be more to it. After all, this is such a big decision for a lot of women. But before I make my decision one way or the other, I'd like to know more.
Unread 08-22-2008, 07:52 AM
pros and cons of estrogen replacement therapy?


I find this link to the Mayo Clinic helpful:


I hope this helps some.

Unread 08-22-2008, 01:49 PM
pros and cons of estrogen replacement therapy?

Thanks. It was a helpful article, but still a very confusing subject.

controls hot flashes & night sweats
Can prevent bone loss
Can decrease risk of colorectal cancer
May decrease risk of heart disease when taken in early menopause years

(estrogen only)
More risk of stroke
More risk of blood clots in legs
(estrogen and progestin)
same as above plus
More risk of heart disease
More risk of breast cancer

Oh this really is confusing. You're ****ed if you do and ****ed if you don't!

My hot flashes have increased since the surgery, but are bearable and my night sweats are about the same as they were pre-surgery. I have high blood pressure, so I don't need an additional risk of stroke.

I think I'll just hang tight for awhile and do a little more research on HRT and meds to decrease risk of osteoporosis. In the meantime, I'll add a calcium supplement to my diet and keep my fingers crossed that I don't have a heart attack or end up with colon cancer.
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Unread 08-22-2008, 05:25 PM
pros and cons of estrogen replacement therapy?

Quality of life is important to me. I feel good on my patch and that is what I will continue to use. I am not going to worry about what MIGHT happen in the future when I want to feel good now and for the future.
Unread 08-22-2008, 10:18 PM
pros and cons of estrogen replacement therapy?

It is all very confusing. You just have to decide what will be best for you.
At first I didn't want to take anything because I hate to take medicine and I knew there were risks.
Your pro list has 3 things that are high risks for me and they are not hot flashes. So when my gyn told me it was ok for me to take I decided to give it a try. Plus I had extreme anxiety issues that were solved once I got some estrogen. I decided that the estrogen may be helpful and that I would not worry about what could happen. Not that I am not aware because I have to be. I also have a history of blood clots and blood pressure issues. I switched from premarin to vivelle dot to find something better for my blood pressure. My gyn has told me I can stay on my patch as long as I want. I just have to keep up with annual checkups with her and my other doctor.
Some people & doctors have questioned my decision to use hormones but I figure life is full of choices and I can only be right or wrong. I am more worried about taking the cholesterol medicine they want me too than I ever was about estrogen. Since quality of life is very important to me I feel that I made the best decision for me.
Sorry I guess I talk too much.
Wish you luck in finding what will be the best choice for you.

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