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12 days post op- been taking estratest 4 days now?????? 12 days post op- been taking estratest 4 days now??????

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Unread 08-20-2005, 12:26 PM
12 days post op- been taking estratest 4 days now??????

I just turned 35 and I had a LAVH/BSO on Aug 9 and have been recovering well- have surprisingly had no mood swings or crying spells, etc -only hot flashes. On my 1 wk post op (8/17) my OBGYN started me on estratest because of my age and the hot flashes. Since I started the HRT I have been extremely irritable, have had 2 major crying spells and quick to anger. I have only taken 4 of them. Is this because of the HRT should I call the doctor or is it too soon to be the HRT effects. I was feeling perfectly fine emotionaly before and now I am not doing well at all.... Does anyone have any insight to help me know what to do?

Thank you for any info offered,
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Unread 08-20-2005, 03:46 PM
12 days post op- been taking estratest 4 days now??????

I'm so sorry about the mood swings.

Estratest is estrogen and testosterone combined. You may or may not need the testosterone, or you may need to be able to manage them in seperate doses so you can increase one and not the other or visa versa. You might ask you doctor to split them out into seperate applications. Also, you may want to have your testosterone levels checked before adding it to your cocktail .

I started with estrogen (Climara patch) for hot flashes and insomnia and took it for about a month, then added progesterone (Prometrium pill) to balance the estrogen and to see if it would enhance my libido (so I've read). My doc suggested estratest for it's testosterone, but I didn't want to make more than one change at a time by adding progesterone AND testosterone. So I am going to wait 3-6 months before adding testosterone and I'm going to request a hormone test before we bring it in to the mix.

Others who have taken estratest will be along soon and give you their experience. You may need to give your body time to adjust, however, we all know when our body is acting like an alien. Listening to your body will be your best measurement. Good luck!

~Lilbelle
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Unread 08-20-2005, 10:30 PM
12 days post op- been taking estratest 4 days now??????

Hi smdcpd! I am in a similar situation to yours. I am 33 years old, just had an LAVH/BSO 6 days ago, but was put on Estratest right away the evening of the surgery. The next day I started having crying spells that are still coming. I also have an occasional hot flash but that doesn't bother me. The irritability is incredible though. I can't tell if it is from the Estratest or because I am trying to quit smoking (no cigarettes now for 7 days but on the patch). I was under the impression that I wasn't on enough hormones but maybe it is the opposite. I think it is too early to tell with me though. I am going to give it a few more weeks. Also, my recovery is not going all that smoothly as I am still having a lot of pain 1 week post op and still taking percocet. IBprofen doesn't help. I am afraid if I have to take this much longer I will become addicted. Like who needs cigarettes when you have percocet?! Anyway, just wanted to mention my symptoms are similar to yours. Interesting Huh? I hope you get things straightened out. Good luck!
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Unread 08-20-2005, 11:08 PM
12 days post op- been taking estratest 4 days now??????

The particular form of hrt may not be correct for you. One way to tell if its the estratest is to stop taking it for a few days and see if the crying spells stop. If your mood even out and you are no longer having the emotional episodes then I would say you might want to ask your doctor for a different one.
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Unread 08-21-2005, 08:24 AM
12 days post op- been taking estratest 4 days now??????

Hi!

It's normal to experience fluctuations in hormone levels early in recovery, so I wouldn't be too quick to start making changes. You are recovering from major surgery and your body is depleting whatever hormones your ovaries made. Making changes in your hormone therapy early on can also bring along fluctuations which makes getting balanced harder than it has to be.

Keeping a journal is one way to see over time how you are doing. Keep track of your symptoms and then share that journal with your doctor as you work to get balanced. There's a list of symptoms common for too much/too little estrogen, progesterone and testosterone which you can print and then check off the ones you are experiencing. Share that with your doctor, too!

Estratest HS (Half Strength) and Estratest FS (Full Strength) are a combination of esterified estrogens and methyltestosterone. The ratio of the two is fixed so if it isn't perfect for you, there is no way to change that ratio. I started out on Estratest HS myself but after being on it for over seven months I switched to bio-identical compounds. Now I'm using Vivelle Dot from the regular pharmacy and progesterone and testosterone creams from the compounding pharmacy. In my opinion keeping hormones separate is the way to go so that changes can be made easily when needed.

Balancing one hormone first (usually estrogen) is a good way to go. Once you get the right dose of estrogen you can add in progesterone and/or testosterone if needed. Testing your free and total levels of testosterone should be done before starting testosterone therapy because there are other causes for low libido. My experiences has been that my symptoms are a good indicator of what hormones I need so I have opted out of having my estrogen and progesterone levels checked anymore. Unless you're much further post-op and hopelessly lost in the Hormone Jungle I think it's a waste to have them checked.

There are lots of interesting hormone articles you can read in this link to the Hormone Article List.

I hope this helps!

s
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Unread 08-21-2005, 09:19 AM
12 days post op- been taking estratest 4 days now??????

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Originally Posted by April Dawn
Hi!

It's normal to experience fluctuations in hormone levels early in recovery, so I wouldn't be too quick to start making changes. You are recovering from major surgery and your body is depleting whatever hormones your ovaries made. Making changes in your hormone therapy early on can also bring along fluctuations which makes getting balanced harder than it has to be.

Keeping a journal is one way to see over time how you are doing. Keep track of your symptoms and then share that journal with your doctor as you work to get balanced. There's a list of symptoms common for too much/too little estrogen, progesterone and testosterone which you can print and then check off the ones you are experiencing. Share that with your doctor, too!

Estratest HS (Half Strength) and Estratest FS (Full Strength) are a combination of esterified estrogens and methyltestosterone. The ratio of the two is fixed so if it isn't perfect for you, there is no way to change that ratio. I started out on Estratest HS myself but after being on it for over seven months I switched to bio-identical compounds. Now I'm using Vivelle Dot from the regular pharmacy and progesterone and testosterone creams from the compounding pharmacy. In my opinion keeping hormones separate is the way to go so that changes can be made easily when needed.

Balancing one hormone first (usually estrogen) is a good way to go. Once you get the right dose of estrogen you can add in progesterone and/or testosterone if needed. Testing your free and total levels of testosterone should be done before starting testosterone therapy because there are other causes for low libido. My experiences has been that my symptoms are a good indicator of what hormones I need so I have opted out of having my estrogen and progesterone levels checked anymore. Unless you're much further post-op and hopelessly lost in the Hormone Jungle I think it's a waste to have them checked.

There are lots of interesting hormone articles you can read in this link to the Hormone Article List.

I hope this helps!

s
Thank you so much for your info. If you don't mind telling, how old were you when you had the hyst and why did you decide to switch to the Vivelle Dot?
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Unread 08-21-2005, 09:22 AM
12 days post op- been taking estratest 4 days now??????

Thank you all so much for your replies - the info has definately given me something to think about. It is also good to know you are not the only one going through this, because people who have not gone through it just do not understand.
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Unread 08-21-2005, 09:45 AM
12 days post op- been taking estratest 4 days now??????



I was 46 when I had my hysterectomy/oophorectomy. I switched to the Vivelle Dot after being on various compounded estrogens for the better part of two years. I was having trouble getting just the right dose. So, I ditched the compounded estrogen and opted for Vivelle Dot in large part because of reading the message boards here and knowing that so many women who use it were very happy with it. I wanted to stay with bio-identical hormones because I think it makes sense to use something which is identical to what my ovaries made. That said, if bio-identicals didn't help me I would investigate the other options available.

When I started on Estratest HS I had no idea how many hormone options were available. Later I discussed with my doctor that the Estratest wasn't helping with libido. He suggested I consult with a compounding pharmacist, which is what I had already decided to do. I had been hanging out here in the Jungle and liked what I was reading about bio-identical hormones.

Good luck in your own hormone journey! We are here for each other to help along the way!

s
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