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Unread 09-02-2000, 08:11 PM
Natural hormones??

i had a tah/bso on 8/28...a .05 estraderm patch was put on me at the hospital and have a prescrition to try the patch...I had my first hot flashlast night...never experienced that before...whewwwwwww...anyhow. a friend of mine had a tah about 6 years ago and started using ESTROVAN for hotflahses which she just started having...anyone try these type of hrt replacements and if so what kind of success. She feels great!!!!...I am not good a remembering pills thats why i chose a patch, but would prefer to do it naturally.

I seem to be coming along slowly....not a whole lot of pain..the waiting was the worse....tire easily but am taking irone due to anemia....Thanks for all your previous support...Pam
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Unread 09-03-2000, 08:07 AM
Natural hormones??

I've not tried Estrovan, but wanted to stop by and say Hi! You also should keep in mind that for the next 6 - 8 weeks your body is going to go thru many changes. You may experience some fluctuations in your hormone levels, such as hot flashes, etc. You should give your body a chance to heal and the hormones to level out before you start messing too much with your hrt mix. In the meantime you can go to and do some reading on the different types of hrt available.
Good luck and keep us posted on your recovery.
Hugs :-)
Unread 09-03-2000, 09:31 AM
Natural hormones??

Estrevan is not HRT but is a pill containing the two soy isoflavones. The knowledge of what these isoflavones do is very sketchy and in any case is a tiny fraction of what even low-dose HRT can do for you. With menopausal symptoms, there is a high level of placebo response, and soy isoflavones do not score higher than a placebo (though the whole soy protein may). So it might not be the soy that's making her feel great. In any case, it's a product designed for women going through regular menopause. Their ovaries are still producing hormones. In surgical menopause, we have none of that protective layer of hormones. So, HRT is worth some tinkering to find a livable balance for those of us in surgical menopause.

Hot flashes are a sign of fluctuating levels and can be caused by other medicines. So some might be all the anesthesia etc. and some is the dropping of your own levels as that in your tissues gets used up. You will probably have them no matter what you try because, as Kim says, your levels WILL fluctuate over the next couple of months. If your HRT is working they should be minimized though. Some people don't absorb hormones well through their skin, so it might be that an oral form would work better over the long haul.

And of course you tire easily. You will feel quite a bit of fatigue for at least two more months and some extra fatigue for six months to a year.

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