When I had my hysterectomy at 44, I had already begun experiencing some symptoms of perimenopause (hot flashes, night sweats, dry skin and hair, depression, fatigue, etc.).
Two months after my surgery, extreme fatigue sent me back to my gynecologist in tears, thinking I was simply not recovering from my surgery well. She read me a list of symptoms of low estrogen, ran some blood tests to learn that I was still ovulating but my ovaries were probably in a post-op sleep, and prescribed me a low dose (.9 mg) of estradiol. Within several days, I began to feel like me again.
At about nine months post-op, I felt like my ovaries were waking back up again as I began to experience my usual PMS symptoms of breast tenderness and monthly mood swings. I have continued with the estradiol, as my doctor had said to take it for a year and then re-evaluate.
Now, at almost 14 months post-op, I'm once again feeling less PMS and some of the same symptoms as before. The worst is vaginal dryness. It's time to see the doctor again to re-evaluate the hormone situation.
My question (finally) is, which doctor should I see? The gynecologist who prescribed the estradiol has moved out of the area, but I could see another doctor in the practice. My primary care physician is someone I like well enough, but I've never seen her for gynecological issues.
Since I don't have a preference based on an existing relationship with either doctor, I'm hoping to hear whether others have had better experiences with menopausal issues with gynecologists or family doctors. Does it make a difference?
for your help!