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Unread 05-03-2005, 05:42 AM
post hysterectomy care

Ladies, I have a question that I hope you can give me some feedback on. I am going to a gyn doctor, but was told by a friend that has also had a total hyst that I really dont need the gyn and mentioned going to a different type of doctor. I would like to have a full hormonal screening done. Can anyone tell me the best type of doc to see post hyst and can my regular physician do a full hormone panel on me?? Thanks for the info.

Total hysterectomy 4 years ago.
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Unread 05-03-2005, 06:53 AM
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Yes..your "regular" physician (internist, family doc) could do a hormonal panel on you and mail a copy to your ob/gyn...but who knows more about hormones, womens health than your gyn?

"regular" doc can do a pap or vaginal exam also...I feel more comfortable w/ob/gyn. I'm not sure I fully understand your question...but hope I've helped?

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Unread 05-03-2005, 07:00 AM
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An endocrinologist specializing in women's hormones - you may have to hunt for one but it's the way to go other than your ob/gyn.
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Unread 05-03-2005, 07:32 AM
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Your gyn is the best one to assess this issue for.
They are the ones who are dealing with womens's hormonal balances on an ongoing basis.
Of course any doctor can order the screenings but why would you put the evaluations of the results into the hands of someone less then an expert?
That's your gyn.
Judy
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Unread 05-03-2005, 10:48 AM
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Hi

Any doctor can order a hormone test. Any doctor can prescribe hormones. What is important, though, is can your doctor interpret the test results and prescribe accordingly? Can your doctor interpret your symptoms and prescribe what you need? Believe it or not, not all doctors can. Many women find the doctor who did their surgery is *not* the best doctor to prescribe hormones and yes, that includes ob/gyns!

I'm not a big fan of hormone testing. If you're hopelessly lost trying to figure out what you need, it can be helpful. Otherwise, it's just as well to start out on estrogen and, working slowly, tweak the dose until you have your symptoms under control. Then add in progesterone and/or testosterone, one hormone at a time if you have symptoms of being low in them, until you're balanced. I've done it that way myself, without testing, and have been the happiest with that method. My experience is that how I feel is a much better indicator of the hormones I need than any number on a piece of paper.

It helps to keep a journal of symptoms you are having, and it also helps to print the list of symptoms common for too much/too little estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Check off the symptoms you are having and then share the list and the journal with whichever doctor you choose to work with to balance your hormones.

One good way to find a doctor knowledgeable about prescribing hormones is to find a compounding pharmacy and ask which doctors use their services. You can find a compounding pharmacy using the locator feature on this site: www.iacprx.org. That doesn't mean you have to use compounded hormones, but it can help you find a doctor who is more up on prescribing hormones.

Good luck to you! I hope this helps!!

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