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Jan. 18th - D-Day!  No HRT options offered, normal? Jan. 18th - D-Day! No HRT options offered, normal?

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Unread 01-13-2022, 10:15 AM
Jan. 18th - D-Day! No HRT options offered, normal?

Hello everyone, new here but so thankful for this site!

I have a laparoscopic total hysterectomy with removal of my last ovary scheduled for Jan. 18th. So it's coming fast!

My OBGYN is going to discuss HRT options with me in the follow-up booked for March 11th. Is it normal that we won't talk about that until then? Don't get me wrong, I'm not sure about HRTs. I have been using Maca for my perimenopausal symptoms and it has worked beautifully but now my only ovary is going to be removed and I am not sure if the Maca alone will continue to be sufficient.

I am scared of the surgical menopause. Is it overwhelming for those who have been thru it? Does it sneak up on you or am I going to turn into a raving lunatic? LOL! I am 50 years old and I had the hot flashes, huge anxiety, insomnia and night sweats before the Maca. Definitely don't want that back!

Anyone been in this position? Please share your experience with surgical menopause and what helped you. Thanks in advance!
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Unread 01-13-2022, 08:30 PM
Re: Jan. 18th - D-Day! No HRT options offered, normal?

Hey there! I don’t have an answer but wanted to reach out as I too am set to have a total vaginal hysterectomy done on January 18th. They are planning at this time to leave my ovaries but take everything else. Good luck to you!
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Unread 01-13-2022, 08:44 PM
Re: Jan. 18th - D-Day! No HRT options offered, normal?

Hi SoScared74 to HysterSisters!

I am so glad you found this site.

To answer you question, it is not unusual to wait a bit. Sometimes, the doctors want to see how the body reacts to its new found state. For some women who are middle age and older, surgical menopause is no big deal; for other women it is huge deal. So waiting a 2 or 3 months will let them know that the symptoms you have are surgical menopause and not recovering from surgery. They will also get a sense on how extreme your symptoms are. I think younger women tend to start HRT right away.

I was rudely thrown into surgical menopause at age 46. For me it was MISERABLE. I had many, many hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disruptions, brain fog , and concentration issues. Not what you need with a scientific job. I went to my GP at the time and said HELP! She put me on oral bio-identical estrogen and it gave me my life back. My surgery was in May, and I started my HRT in August.

Here are articles that may provide information:
5 Interesting Facts about Surgical Menopause
6 Tips to Help You Prepare for Surgical Menopause
7 Tips for Managing Surgical Menopause Without HRT
Do This - Not That: Managing Surgical Menopause
Natural Menopause vs. Surgical Menopause


Every person is different. You will not know what it will be like for you until you are there. Just know that you are not alone in any of this. We will be by your side throughout this process.

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Unread 01-14-2022, 04:39 AM
Jan. 18th - D-Day! No HRT options offered, normal?

Why are you having your last ovary removed?
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Unread 01-14-2022, 11:14 AM
Re: Jan. 18th - D-Day! No HRT options offered, normal?

is there a medical reason that your ovary is being removed? even after menopause your ovary is supplying you with small amounts of beneficial hormones. removing it will put you into surgical menopause
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Unread 01-14-2022, 06:55 PM
Re: Jan. 18th - D-Day! No HRT options offered, normal?

Hello. I am scheduled for my hysterectomy, ovary removal, pelvic floor reconstruction, and bladder lift in the 26th of this month. I literally sent a message through the patient portal to my oncologist today and said that I'm not comfortable doing this surgery without HRT plans due to previous depression that nearly killed me and destroyed my family. I got a response back to go in on Thursday to discuss in person. I've had blood clots before and I'm BRCA positive so I'm really not a candidate for HRT, but my oncologist thinks we can manage the risks with blood thinners.

Maybe express that you want to be seen sooner than your appointment. Or be crazy like me and send a message???

Big hugs!
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Unread 01-15-2022, 12:05 PM
Re: Jan. 18th - D-Day! No HRT options offered, normal?

Thanks everyone for your replies!

My last ovary is being removed because it is cystic. I got 2 additional opinions and they all agree.

I had my pre op yesterday and they told me to continue the maca after surgery since we know my body likes that. There are hormones produced from other areas so if maca can regulate the lowered amounts of hormone to work for me, great! By my follow up I will know and can look at other options at that time if necessary so I feel better about that!

To smoe219, GOOD LUCK!! Let's talk after on our anniversary thread after, we can go thru this together...
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Unread 01-15-2022, 12:26 PM
Re: Jan. 18th - D-Day! No HRT options offered, normal?

Also, this will be my 6th pelvic surgery and hopefully my last! My ovaries and uterus have done their level best and I was blessed with 2 beautiful kids now adults, but now it's time for them to retire and I'm at peace with that.
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Unread 01-15-2022, 01:50 PM
Re: Jan. 18th - D-Day! No HRT options offered, normal?

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Originally Posted by SoScared74 View Post
Also, this will be my 6th pelvic surgery and hopefully my last! My ovaries and uterus have done their level best and I was blessed with 2 beautiful kids now adults, but now it's time for them to retire and I'm at peace with that.
that's how I felt when I had my surgery....had 3 beautiful children and it had done its job, best of luck to you!
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