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When should I stop taking Estrogen? When should I stop taking Estrogen?

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Unread 05-30-2011, 08:32 AM
When should I stop taking Estrogen?

I've been taking Estrogel 0.06% for the past 7 years now. The research my hubby and I have done indicate that estrogen should only be taken for no more than 5 years to minimize the risk of liver and kidney problems. We're discussing if it's time for me to go off estrogen and risk the power surges and loss of energy to save on problems with liver and kidneys.

Any advice?
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Unread 05-30-2011, 08:42 AM
Re: When should I stop taking Estrogen?

Doesn't that apply more to oral estrogens than transdermal? Also how old are you? Age has a lot to do with it.
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Unread 05-30-2011, 08:59 AM
Re: When should I stop taking Estrogen?

I've been taking hrt for 12 years now. I do have my annual exams, to include bloodwork and mammogram. My doctor says as long as things check out okay I can continue using it as long as I want to.

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Unread 05-30-2011, 09:26 AM
Re: When should I stop taking Estrogen?

Gosh... if I ever went off it, I'd be miserable. But that's me. I've been on it for 27 years (wow - time flies!) and I go in yearly for mammograms and have blood work done at least every 6 months and everything is good. I started out on oral and didn't do well on it. And yes, oral goes thru the liver. I'm now on bio identical creams. IMO - I wouldn't stay on oral estrogen for years.
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Unread 05-30-2011, 12:39 PM
Re: When should I stop taking Estrogen?

I'm 42 now and yes, it does apply more to oral ert, but transdermal cream can still have an effect on the liver and kidneys. Just not sure which way to go....
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Unread 05-30-2011, 04:08 PM
Re: When should I stop taking Estrogen?

How do transdermal hormones have an effect on the liver and kidneys? It does not go through the digestive system, it goes to the blood.

I have no plans to stop estrogen, ever. :O)
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Unread 05-30-2011, 05:35 PM
Re: When should I stop taking Estrogen?

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Originally Posted by CaJen View Post
How do transdermal hormones have an effect on the liver and kidneys? It does not go through the digestive system, it goes to the blood.

I have no plans to stop estrogen, ever. :O)
CaJen,
I think it has less of an effect on the liver and kidneys than oral pills. My reasoning is: your blood is your blood passes thru your liver and kidneys and it does get filtered. Everything we take in has to get broken down and excreted right...
I don't plan on stopping estrogen either though. I am going to try and stay with the transdermals as long as possible.
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