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Unread 11-28-2000, 08:57 AM
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Hi Everyone,
I had a TAH 6 mths ago and got to keep my ovaries. I wrote earlier that I felt my hormones were not balanced due to mood swings, weight gain, fatigue, etc. I started on some Prog. cream prior to getting my blood test results, as the Doc told me to try it. Well, I thought the Doc was going to check my Progesterone level along with everything else, but he didnt. I was a bit upset about it, and I asked the nurse on the phone why it wasn't checked. She said it didn't need to be because since I no longer had a uterus, Progesterone wasn't needed anyway. She said it had no where to go. I explained the part about the imbalance of the two hormones, and she acted like she understood, but now I am thoroughly confused! Is it OK for me to use this cream if it has no where to go? Will I get an overload since I do not have a period to get rid of it? I know now where I am in my cycle (I didn't know before and was confused on when to start the cream), as I am having midmonth pain, so should I keep using it for another week or so? Also, my Estridial, FSH and Thyroid all checked out with normal levels. I just don't want to mess myself up any further. Any help?
Thank You,
Carole (Spot)
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Unread 11-28-2000, 03:56 PM
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The important thing here is whether the progesterone has alleviated some of your symptoms or not? If it has then keep going with it. Saying that the progesterone 'has nowhere to go' is a tad misleading or uninformed really. It is the precursor to other hormones if you look at a pathway of the hormones. In other words your body may well use it to make whatever is needed - in your case that could have been just the boost you needed. If you feel OK then stick with it unless you develop side effects. You could try going off it and see what happens at a later date - by then your ovaries may have kicked back in. The blood tests are not always conclusive and need to be used in conjunction with symptoms. Your blood levels rise and fall throughout the day and it's more an indication but not always accurate unless you are post menopausal. If you are post menopausal and your ovaries have very little input then it is blatantly obvious to everyone anyway!
Unread 11-28-2000, 07:07 PM
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The nurse doesn't realize that progesterone receptors are found all over our body and not just in the uterus. Progesterone is needed in the cells, needed for our immune system, in the breasts, skin, stomach, eyes, GI tract, kidneys, and on and on. It is confusing when you have a health professional telling you one thing and the hystersisters another!
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Unread 11-29-2000, 01:14 PM
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So the next question relating to blood testing...what and when should you be tested? I have no ovaries and would like to have hormone testing done. What would be the most reliable tests to have and is there a good time to do this, i.e. morning verus afternoon. Also, isn't it possible for the adrenal gland to produce progesterone and testosterone even without ovaries? Or are these hormones only produced by the ovaries.

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